Restaurant Guide

Restaurant Dan Arnold: Restaurant review

The complex dishes display contemporary French flair.

Address

10/959 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Hours

Lunch Thu-Sat noon-2pm;
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-9pm

Prices

Dégustations $72-$160

Brisbane boasts a clutch of great French eateries, but none are quite like Restaurant Dan Arnold. There's no steak frites or Édith Piaf. Rather, Arnold applies French techniques to local ingredients, capturing a precise style of fine dining that was meant to be long gone by now. The lack of pageantry starts with a minimalist fit-out of greys, floating floorboards and modern timber furniture. Such understatement keeps the focus on the food, and it's needed to keep up with the rotating set menus and their accompanying phalanx of amuse-bouches, petits fours and optional cheese courses. As for what you order, caramel-like eggplant confit with lamb breast and tomato dressing is brought into focus by a brush of ras el hanout, and slow-roasted Brisbane Valley quail with black garlic purée and young leeks refuses to overcomplicate such fabulous produce. Let the staff match the food from a thoughtfully compiled list of Australian and French wines and watch as a three-course menu expands into seven artfully presented mini courses. Fine dining is alive, and better value than ever apparently.
Phone:
(07) 3189 2735
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair access
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Dan Arnold
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.
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