Restaurant Guide

Otto Brisbane: Restaurant review

It was meant to be a more discreet take on the Sydney original, but Otto Brisbane's fourth-floor mezzanine digs are nevertheless a jaw-dropper.

Address

Level 4
480 Queen St
Brisbane, Qld

Hours

Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 5.30pm-10pm

Prices

E $28-$30
M $45-$60
D $20
Dégustation $155

Having blown across the border from Sydney three years ago, Otto has since become an integral part of Brisbane's Italian dining scene. It's easy to see why. There are those views across the river towards the Story Bridge. An impeccable fit-out finished with mesmerising woven ceiling fans. The Amalfi Coast-inspired menus. Otto would be the ultimate occasion restaurant if it weren't so uncomplicated and approachable. Friendly, restrained and well-trained floor staff help. They can talk you through a stunning pumpkin and ricotta-filled cappellacci entrée heightened by red claw yabbies, muscatel and sage. Or into a wood-fired mahi-mahi special served with Goolwa pipis in a lively garlic, eschalot and fennel sauce. For dessert, the tip-off is a buffalo yoghurt gelato encased in white chocolate and mascarpone mousse, strawberries and baby lemon balm – the whole thing a fragrant revelation. Go large if you must with a bottle from a brilliant collection of Italian wines, but charting the meal using the considered clutch of Coravin pours is perhaps the more sensible option. Nothing Otto does is particularly cheap, but when it's this good it hardly matters.
Phone:
(07) 3835 2888
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Wheelchair access
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Will Cowper
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.