GOMA Restaurant, the secret jewel in South Bank’s culinary crown is a chic contemporary space where art meets gastronomy and is a must do on any visitor to Brisbane’s list.
Two Hatted Executive Chef Josue Lopez has created an inventive menu using fresh seasonal and locally sourced produce that is literally art on a plate, and one that is inspired by and changes with each major exhibition at the gallery. Also giving the menu a unique Australian flavour are native herbs and plants that you rarely find in restaurants elsewhere – think saltbush, lilly pilly, beach bananas and Davidson plum.
Diners can take a seat in the cool minimalist glass-walled dining room with views of the William Jolly Bridge and Brisbane river or al fresco on the deck for lunch on Wednesday to Sunday or dinner on Friday nights.
Dishes revolve around themes, with entrees such as Celery (in several forms), pecan, chardonnay, parsley and egg, Suckling Pig with chestnut, Davidson Plum, blood and fodder or the delicious Plate of Bait, featuring what’s at the end of the reel rather than the catch: butter-poached pippies, lightly fried school prawns, seared squid, baked octopus and crustaceous foam.
Mains include dishes such as sheep-themed melt-in-the-mouth Mutton, sorrel, sheep milk feta, saltbush and leek, Maleny Buffalo Haloumi with asparagus, duck egg and bitter herbs or the must try Duck (slow-cooked duck breast with watercress emulsion, cucumber, pear and malt).
To accompany you'll find extras like Sides of Haricots Verts with garlic emulsion, Smoked Pomme Puree or Mixed Floral Leaf Salad with caramelized chardonnay.
From the Dessert menu there’s choices such as Macadamia (from Mt Tamborine) with coffee, anise myrtle and burnt meringue or Wattle Seed Custard, an extraordinary dish that resembles an Aboriginal artwork, incorporating chocolate, a layer of Davidson plum and vanilla bean curd dots.
Lastly a Cheese plate features the likes of Nimbin Valley Nardi with violet textures and bee pollen.
For the ultimate dining experience, highly recommended is the degustation menu (5 or 9 plates), with the option of superbly matched wines.
Need to know – The above menu is just a sample - it changes according to season and exhibitions. As well as lunch GOMA Restaurant makes a perfect and exclusive Friday night dinner destination (enter via GOMA's main entry) Set menus are available for groups of 10 or more. GOMA Restaurant is also available for functions.
Nice to know - Proceeds from dining at GOMA Restaurant go towards supporting QAGOMA.
Must Do Brisbane.com were guests of GOMA Restaurant