Working at The Urban List we often get asked all of the hard questions. The one I often find hardest to answer is where to go for dinner in the CBD that isn’t at the exxy end of the fanciness spectrum. After a visit to The Croft House, I think I’ve found the answer. It’s the perfect spot for after work drinks, pre work coffee or a dinner where you still want to wear jeans.
The space, for a start, is beautiful. Bright and filled with light, it’s made for conversation over cocktails. Large, French-style make for seating that feels outdoors, with all the comforts of remaining indoors out of the QLD sun. Touches of wood and leather accents make the place feel all the cosier.
With a full bar, the cocktails on deck are pretty swish, too. First of all, there’s a breakfast martini—with orange marmadale, no less—, and the house classic, the South Side with (shocker!) Southside 16 Gin, lemon juice and mint which were our faves. The drinks list features more delicious cocktails and a bevy of beers, wines and spirits.
Food wise, we opted for the much hyped Butcher’s Board. The board features a selection of the menu’s best cured meats, a tasty terrine and crusty bread. You can add cheese if you want to go all out. Obviously, life is better with cheese, so you should probs add it. For mains we honestly couldn’t decide, so we kind of ordered everything. The slow cooked Darling Downs beef brisket was So. Damn. Good. The beef was so deliciously tender and served with cauliflower, roasted onions and a refreshing splash of chimichurri.
Being the greedy guts that we are, we also opted for the free range half (you can get whole, too) roasted chicken with farmhouse vegetables and roasted garlic. The chicken was a similar story to the beef; perfectly tender and delightfully juicy. The roasted vegetables were epic, too. There’s nothing we love more than seeing a whole head of roasted garlic.
After two mains, dessert didn’t feel like the best idea. We had our eyes on the textures of chocolate, though, and totally caved (yes, we have willpower issues). Bittersweet mousse, choc fudge brownie, peanut butter malto and espresso ice cream. Drooling yet?
For more information on The Croft House check them out on The Directory.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson