The Iconic Brisbane Restaurant You’ve Probably Never Tried

By Desta Cullen
16th Jun 2015

If you’ve been following us even marginally closely you’ll know that we go total fan-girl for Brisbane restaurants that tick one of two boxes: they’re under-the-radar (aka delicious secrets that no one knows about), or they have classic appeal.

Brisbane restaurants that are both, though? Well it’s almost too much to bear.

Consider this, then, a PSA motivated by a) our complete inability to keep things to ourselves (where’s the fun in that?), and b) our somewhat childish desire to boast about things we love.

And boy, oh boy, do we love Customs House. Here are 6 reasons you should revisit this iconic Brisbane restaurant, or make it top of your dining hit list if you’ve never been.  

Location, location, location.

Did we mention the location? Sure, it’s on the river, but it also overlooks another  Brisbane icon, the Story Bridge. It’s iconic squared and that makes for a big fat tick on the location front.

It’s got swank appeal.

Customs House has everything that a classic, iconic restaurant should. History, classy fit-out, amazing food and a schmick location, but it’s not just a restaurant. A swanky but fun bar serves up cocktails, craft beer and bubbles seven days a week, and then there’s the beautiful function rooms, for private and corporate parties of all shapes and sizes.

Bubble-soaked high tea.

We’re suckers for ribbon sandwiches, petit fours and pastries at the best of times but when they are washed down with a our favourite bubbles, Veuve Clicquot? Get in our bellies!

It’s approachable.

Don’t be fooled by their long and rich history, Customs House is no stuffy, too-formal affair. Serving up share plates, lunch and dinner daily, plus a weekend brekky on Sundays, the Customs House crew just wants you to have a good time, with great food and even better drinks.    

Fresh with a capital ‘F’

Like those other ageless icons—Madonna and Prince, we’re looking at you—Customs House keeps changing with the times, without giving in to those flash-in-the-pan trends. The seasonal menu is made from the freshest produce (sourced daily) and local seafood.

The wine is [much more than] fine.

The extensive wine list is a masterstroke; local, national and international all call the list home, and even the most discerning wine lover (ahem, snob) would be stuck choosing what to drink here. 

TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Customs House and endorsed by The Urban List.  Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

Image credits: Esteban Rivera and Ariana Gillrie 

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