Restaurant Reviews

The Catbird Seat Bistro

The Catbird Seat Bistro
2/888 Stanley St East East Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD


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.

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Wine: ★

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The Catbird Seat Bistro
2/888 Stanley St East East Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD
James Guldberg
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm Dinner Tue-Sat 5.30pm-9pm

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