Up until fairly recently, 'fine' dining had been a pastime for those of us not short of a bob or two. Crisp white linens, (overly) attentive wait staff, dozens of culinary tools scattered around one's dinner plate…it can all be a bit OTT, you know? Money, it seemed, could get you an awful lot of fuss and pomp, but leave something lacking in the ambience department… and don't get us started on portion sizes!
But Brisbane's dining scene has come a long way in its culinary offerings. The city has become a melting pot of high-end and casual dining, giving us more bang for our hard earned buck. Some of Brisbane's best restaurants are loosening the ties, and shaking off the pomp and show for a more casual dining setting.
One such space in the CBD that is shaking things up big time, making everyday elegance accessible for us mere mortals, is the relaxed younger sibling to fine dining institution, Urbane, The Euro. Tucked in a sultry and romantic space, with floor to ceiling glass windows, low lighting and exposed brick walls, this CBD restaurant is as relaxed as it is refined.
Forget pristine white tablecloths, here you'll dine with—horror of horrors—your elbows resting against naked wooden tables. Gasp! The Euro embodies all the characteristics of a sexy European wine bar, with strategic mood lighting and a sleek design, but without the wankiness.
You wont find fussy silver service here, just '2014's Maitre d' Of The Year' and 2013 'Chef of the Year' (but hey, no biggie). Nor will you find a menu of scientific experiments gone awry. The Euro is all about paired back, simple food, that tastes as good as it looks.
The Euro has created a small but mighty menu of European influenced dishes, all finely crafted to make dining here feel very special, without the especially large price tag! The Euro's hero dish 'Cotoletta', a milk-fed veal cutlet, is unbelievably good, and don't even start us on the desserts!
Not just a pretty face with no substance, The Euro is serious about sustainable cooking and dining. The kitchen sources their ingredients locally, grow their own herbs on-site, and they've even installed a beehive on the roof for in-house honey.
The Euro is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane because they get the balance right. Equally suited for a lavish meal in all your finery, to a casual lunch or dinner with mates, this restaurant doesn't have to shout about its charms. And modesty is a very attractive quality in the fickle world of dining.
Image Credits: Jeff Andersen
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