17.5/20

Urbane

181 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD

Urbane, restaurant, Brisbane. Picture supplied.
Artfully presented on driftwood, stones and micro-herb gardens, the dishes could exhibit in GOMA. Photo: Supplied

Artfully presented on driftwood, stones and micro-herb gardens, the dishes could exhibit in GOMA. Yet Argentinian-born chef Alejandro Cancino delivers flavours that hit the comfort-food spot; pleasing your tastebuds as much as your eyes. The seasonal menu is degustation only with five or nine courses – but that's misleading in the best possible way. The chefs creatively use up surplus ingredients, meaning you could receive several additional dishes. A sweet tomato broth draws out every last flavour molecule then amplifies them; just-tender vegetable spheres pop on the tongue. Creamy tendrils of chargrilled octopus team deliciously with juicy green apple and golden rye crumbs. A parcel of lamb shoulder with sugar snap puree and a dollop of horseradish is like the best of Sunday roasts. ‘Different textures’ of cassis translates as a version of deconstructed cheesecake with pureed and meringued berries – the perfect end to a dining experience not easily forgotten. 

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181 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD

  • Cuisine - Contemporary
  • Prices - 5 courses $110 ($170 with matched wines); 9 courses $135 ($235 with matched wines)
  • Features - Private dining, Bar, Wheelchair access
  • Chef(s) - Alejandro Cancino
  • Owners - Andrew Buchanan & Drew Patten
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Mastercard, Visa, EFTPOS
  • Opening Hours - Mon - Fri noon-3pm, Tues - Sat 6-10pm
  • Seats - 50
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