This café-by-day and restaurant-by-night has become the yardstick for ambitious Brisbane dining. The evening menu at Gauge is split into small plates and fixed-price options, perhaps with a blood taco (filled with diced mushroom and native thyme, flavours nudged with bone marrow) to begin proceedings. Smoked mussel cream, dusted with a haze of bottarga shavings, comes on a crisp rye caraway cracker, while cold-smoked cobia works startlingly well with horseradish leaf sauce and oregano. And larger plates? The geometrically perfect rectangle of coal-grilled lamb belly topped with eggplant crisps on a pool of black sesame outperforms even Nan's Sunday best. And a clever sorbet using leftover wine lees maintains surprise levels through to dessert. Service is pitch perfect. Ditto a cleverly weighted two-page drinks offer that features up to 60 bottles, including a swag of mainly lo-fi, all-Australian wine.
(07) 3638 0431
- Wheelchair Access
- Outdoor dining
Accepted card types:
Cormac Bradfield & Phil Marchant
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.