Restaurant Reviews

Gauge: Restaurant review

Gauge

Address

77 Grey St
South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
Australia

Hours

Brunch daily 8am-3pm
Dinner Thu-Sat 5.30pm-9.30pm

Prices

Small plates $4-$20
2 courses$44-$55
3 courses $60-$72

REVIEW

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.

Phone:
(07) 3638 0431

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Breakfast

Accepted card types:

  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
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.