Rico Bar & Dining
Picture jugs of sangria, plate of croquettas and calamari and waterfront views under green and white striped umbrellas—now take away your waiter’s Spanish accent, because you’re not somewhere on the coast of Spain, you’re right here in Brisbane, at Eagle Street Pier’s Rico Bar & Dining. A third venue from Michael Tassis, owner and operator of George’s Paragon and Massimo in the same precinct, the glam new spot is ideal for everything from post work drinks and bites to a romantic date night with your beaux.
Outside, striped pastel umbrellas will transport you straight to the Mediterranean, with lounge areas, garden-side benches and big group tables for you and your crew. Out here you can take full advantage of the entire menu, but personally we’d just be ordering up a few serves of tapas and pintxos like the bug brioches with chilli aioli, braised beef cheek empanadas and jamon iberico to nibble while you sip on endless cocktails.
If it’s a heartier feed you’re after, either shared with the whole gang or just you and special someone tucked away by the floor-to-ceiling windows, there’s a pastel table awaiting you inside. A live oyster and ceviche station at the bar makes for a dinner-time show, but the real star here is the pans of paella, which come piled with plenty of fresh seafood in the form of prawns, mussels and calamari.
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