145 Eagle Street Brisbane, Queensland 4000
|Opening hours||Lunch Tue-Fri; Dinner Tue-Sat|
|Features||Licensed, Accepts bookings, Wheelchair access, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Degustation, Bar|
|Prices||Expensive (mains over $40)|
|Payments||Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||07 3220 2123|
|Free wine for Citibank cardholders here|
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016
Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year
Most of the Esquire performance is nothing short of masterful: precision-drilled staff, a thought-provoking trail of goods from the kitchens, a spacious room carefully littered with bespoke furniture and a view that would be quite breathtaking if it took precedence over the theatre of the kitchens ... which it doesn't.
It's a world-class restaurant toting a very good but sadly not quite world-class drinks list. That's the only blemish on its otherwise perfect hide.
The meal comes as a multi-course degustation (think late teens in number) that is timed to perfection. The early courses follow hot on each other's heels; breathing space prevails as the meal progresses.
And that degustation morphs on a regular basis to take advantage of often obscure and, usually, local 'finds': Moreton Bay catfish (firm, delicate, startling); wagyu calotte grilled over coals with a generous line of grated horseradish; slivers of house-smoked mackerel draped over a rock.
It's a culinary roller-coaster that's equal parts kitchen alchemy, art, breathtaking imagination and just plain good cooking.
Vibe Sleek, modern, polished and unique.
Pro tip There's a 'taste' option for the wines by the glass ... use it.
Drinks Cosmopolitan wine list with reasonable prices and a good glass array. Beers? Hmm