Brisbane Icon serves up a treat! || ARIA Brisbane

Even though I’ve lived in Brisbane for 11 years now, I could never actually afford to try Matt Moran’s ARIA at Eagle Street Pier. I’d always looked on lovingly, hoping that ‘one day’ I could sit comfortably at the white table-clothed spots in those large glass windows, in the afternoon sunshine, drinking wine and delighting in the flavour sensations created by a chef who knows his craft beyond exception.

So it happened, that on the very last day, nay within the very final hours of my in-laws stay over Summer 2015-2016 that we booked lunch at ARIA, where I was probably the most excitable person you could have met.

We were ushered into the minimalist dining room, and apart from feeling slightly under-dressed and a little out of place, what came was nothing short of marvelous.

We started with complimentary appetizers, served on being seated while we perused the wine list. I was pretty much dreaming at this point. I was now that girl sitting in the full length windows in the afternoon sun. Woot!

What followed was a long leisurely lunch filled with decadent textures and tender cuts that I doubt will be matched any time soon. I also skipped the meats and ordered two vegetarian meals from the menu (while the family ordered a variety of dishes that I also talked my way into trying).

Zucchini flowers had been on my radar for years – I’d always planned to make them myself (what a disaster) but trying them on that day, in that place, was the perfect introduction to the beautiful flavours and textures when it comes to plating up these delicacies.

The meals:

Appetizers: Squid Ink Prawn Cracker with Hummus and Roasted Carrot

Entrees:

  • Pork Belly: grilled pork belly with pear chutney, blood sausage and crackling
  • Scallops: seared with salt baked celeriac, wood ear mushroom and miso butter
  • Goats curd with grilled cauliflower

Mains:

  • Asparagus & Zucchini flower
  • Beef fillet
  • Rack of Lamb

Petite Fours: Coconut Marshmellows, Poppyseed Snaps & Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Sides:

  • Hand cut chips
  • Truffle mash
  • Greens in lemon & olive oil
  • Melons & Haloumi salad
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Appetiser: Squish Ink prawn cracker with hummus and roasted carrot
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Entree: Pork Belly
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Entree: Scollopes
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Entree: Goats curd
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Mains: Beef Fillet
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Mains: Rack of Lamb
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Mains: Zucchini Flower & Asparagus
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Sides: Melon & Haloumi Salad
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Sides: Greens in lemon & olive oil
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Sides: Truffle Mash
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ARIA: The Table