Deery’s Restaurant and Smokehouse is the latest chapter to the Story Bridge Hotel

Defining the essence of Brisbane is a topic du jour with the recent unveiling of the ‘Give Me Brisbane Any Day’ tourism slogan and the launch of the documentary ‘Uncovering the Brisbane Look’ earlier this month.

On this note, there is something quintessentially ‘Brisbane’ about Deery’s Smokehouse.

It manages to cater for a smart business lunch or a dinner with friends without losing the laid-back, airy atmosphere that we all know and love about this town of ours.

Timber furnishing, venetians, high ceilings and a polished timber floor set the scene, while waiters move around with a laid-back efficiency in their green gingham shirts reinforcing this city-meets-country establishment.

Atmosphere aside, as the name suggests, you can expect all things meat and smoked on the menu. This standard steak restaurant is moving with the times, modernised by the charcuterie board and a few smaller share plates to start.

There is also a variety of seafood and even vegetarian options to start, including whipped organic labneh with cherry balsamic and a local squid rolled in gremolata and chickpea polenta. There is of course the free range, house-smoked pork belly for those looking for a more substantial start.

Steaks range from a 200gm eye fillet (served with a delicious smoked portabella mushroom sauce) to the 450gm Pure Black Angus OP Rib Fillet, which, according to the manager, is by far the most popular choice of steaks.

As one of the only pasture-fed options on the menu, served with a side of duck-fat roasted potatoes, it’s easy to see why. For those looking for a main that isn’t from ‘The Char Grill’, there’s plenty to choose from, including a vegetable paella, smoked free-range chicken and slow-cooked duck with a dukkah, pumpkin and caraway puree.

My tip is to arrive early for your booking and start with a drink at the Main St Bar next door, where large fans spin lazily overhead and large windows open up onto the street. It’s the perfect spot to relax and cool down before tucking into what will inevitably be a big, hearty meal.

Click here to see our gallery from Deery’s relaunch.