Restaurant Reviews

The Catbird Seat Bistro: Restaurant review

The Catbird Seat Bistro


2/888 Stanley St East
East Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD


Lunch Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 5.30pm-9pm


E $14-$22
M $28-$38
D $14-$16


Bare-bones dish descriptions are effective teasers for the menu at this European-inspired bistro. Sure, the stylish 30-seater run by owner-chef James Guldberg and wife, Erinn Jordan (who oversees the floor), has a steadfast local clientele. But it's also a venue worth making a trip across town for, particularly for the bargain prix-fixe lunch. Try the turkey liver parfait with plum preserve and buttery brioche, maybe, or the kangaroo tartare with macadamia bread? Cape Grim sirloin comes paired with a leek and potato hash that boasts enough punch to hold its own against richly flavoured meat, and is a standout, and adventurous diners can eat nose-to-tail with the aptly named "Best Bits From A Pig". The dessert offer is short but sweet, especially if you order "Lots of Chocolate", a creative dish featuring rich marquise, bubbly Aero, chocolate jelly and crumbs. A glass of something tawny from a mainly Australian wine list is the perfect foil.

(07) 3392 2645

Bookings recommended


  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

James Guldberg

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.