Brisbane is affectionately known as the River City, and yet there are very few places where one can sit right next to the river and enjoy a meal or a drink whilst watching the passing boats and river activity.
Riverbar & Kitchen is one of a handful of locations on the riverfront – indeed it has been resurrected from The Boardwalk which went under in the 2011 floods. It is in a prime position on the promenade of Riparian Plaza with spectacular views across the river and is a perfect place to enjoy a drink, share a meal and watch the passing parade of people on the boardwalk.
Although it is owned by Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, it is very different from their other city eatery only a few doors away, Aria. Riverbar & Kitchen is a casual “drop in” location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It does not take bookings and all food and drinks have to be ordered from the bar.
The food is casual with plates to share, such as wood-fired pizza ($19), tangy chilli salt squid with coriander and lime ($16), snow crab sliders ($9 each) and a bucket of crispy fried chicken ($18).
For mains try the tender steak sandwich with caramelized onions and chips ($18) or pan-fried snapper fillets ($30) – delicate and moist with a crisp skin, complemented with pickled fennel and olives or a 250g sirloin steak ($29) – perfectly cooked to order and served with chips and a tasty parsley and garlic chimichurri sauce. The wood-roasted lamb shoulder ($59) is slow-cooked until it falls off the bone and served with smoked eggplant and a tomato basil salsa – with bread ($3) and chips ($8) this is generous enough for four people to share.
The menu has been developed by Matt Moran and the kitchen is overseen by Matt Wood. The bar features a number of cocktails ($17) and jugs to share ($32) as well as beers and a good wine list with most available by the glass.
The décor is like an open airy boathouse with VJ weatherboards, “washed grey” timber rafters and booths, rope features and sails covering the outdoor area. Riverbar & Kitchen is in a great position and the perfect place to sip a coffee or a wine and watch the day go by…