Yes, this dégustation-only destination opens only three nights in seven. But if reduced access is the trade-off for such precision and creativity, we're on board.
181 Mary St, Brisbane, urbanerestaurant.com
Esquire describes its adventurous dégustation approach as a commitment between kitchen and diner. Certainly, a visit to this riverside rule-breaker requires faith.
145 Eagle St, Brisbane, esquire.net.au
Ben Russell has led a team delivering a pitch-perfect rendition of fine dining for almost a decade now, and appears to only be getting better with age.
Eagle St Pier, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane, ariarestaurant.com
Ben Williamson and the team subvert Middle Eastern cuisine, hijacking typical ingredients to create share plates as complex and surprising as the richly detailed fit-out of this must-visit James Street eatery.
14/15 James St, Fortitude Valley, gerardbistro.com.au
Just like the artworks in the gallery where this light-filled, minimalist restaurant resides in, chef Josue Lopez's food is designed to make patrons think.
Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Pl, South Bank, qugoma.qld.gov.au
When a restaurant's very name references diversions, you'd expect it to eschew the straight and narrow. Detour doesn't disappoint.
11 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, detourrestaurant.com.au
This café-by-day and restaurant-by-night has become the yardstick for ambitious Brisbane dining.
77 Grey St, South Brisbane, gaugebrisbane.com.au*
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, the twin peaks of the landmark Story Bridge your backdrop for the evening.
Level 4, 480 Queen St, Brisbane, ottoristorante.com.au
9. Stokehouse Q
When the bi-fold doors are retracted at this smartly appointed riverside restaurant, there isn't a more picturesque place in Brisbane to enjoy lunch.
Sidon St, South Bank, stokehouseq.com.au
Francophiles will feel nostalgic as soon as they open the door: a traditional comptoir on one side is laden with French liquor, while a room-length red banquette with snug, white-clothed tables fills the other.
*1/30 King St, Bowen Hills, montrachet.com.au