The paint has barely dried on some of Brisbane’s newest venues. Perhaps the most obvious are those amongst Howard Smith Wharves – a historic shipping precinct directly under the northern end of the iconic storey bridge. Right on the water’s edge and wrapped by the escarpment of New Farm’s Wilsons Outlook, this dramatic new destination has 80% public space, a new Art Series Hotel – The Fantauzzo, plus a range of modern eateries including recently launched ARC Dining.
Stylish and tasteful, ARC is a waterside restaurant with a superb view of the city skyline and river. The vista is punctuated by the sweeping, floating arc that is Story Bridge. The restaurant is housed in a bright, light shed-shaped building with exposed white painted structural beams and windows built to take in the view of the city and Kangaroo Point.
The room has a salmon pink and white colour scheme with bare white tables, mismatched chairs and modern art on the feature wall. (One note, the unusual broad conical shape of the table legs makes it hard to find a place for your feet.)
The wine list is an admirable document and there are some excellent wines, some with considerable age, kept fresh under gas using the Coravin dispenser and sold by the glass.
The menu has a strong seafood focus and could start with an impressive dish of calamari, barbecued until the flesh just set, finely sliced, almost julienned, tossed through fine preserved lemon peel and set as a mound on top of squid ink and saltbush puree. Mains could be a crisp skinned filet of John Dory on a plate of corn kernels and wing bean slices with a butter sauce. The food is good, the wine list excellent, although there is not much on offer under $65 a bottle, and the view outstanding.
5 Boundary St, Brisbane, Queensland
Tel 07 3505 3980