Local seafood institution Gambaro’s Restaurant walks the line between the old and the new, and with their new menu they embrace family favourites while still pushing boundaries.

If you live in Brisbane and you’re a lover of fine food and fresh seafood, you will have heard of Gambaro’s.

Constantly striving for excellence and seeking new ways to present the ultimate experience, Gambaro’s are raising the bar high with this latest menu.

With a swag of awards under their belt and after branching out into new arenas (the Gambaro Hotel opened last year and Black Hide Steakhouse opened in 2013), Gambaro’s have brought the focus back to their original business — the seafood restaurant.

Having been in existence for over 60 years, there are many traditional elements that continue to be embraced, but to maintain your position in the dining scene, you also need to be staying abreast of trends and incorporating the new.

Gambaro’s manages this balancing act with apparent ease and a deft touch. By communicating with patrons, extensive research and a genuine interest in dining, owner John Gambaro is honing in on what people want.

Sampling the winter menu, the flavours were a beautifully balanced mix of flavours and textures, making each meal a delight.

From calamari served with radicchio, zucchini, chilli and aioli to the Hervey Bay Scallops (with lemon-herb butter and pangrattato) and roast split king prawns accompanied by a harissa, herb and pomegranate salad — the difficulty with this menu will be deciding what to eat, as the choice can be overwhelming. Not because of the number of dishes on offer, but because of the appeal of each plate.

With a nod to the patrons who are loyal and consistent customers, Gambaro’s will always include those favourites like mud crab with lemon or garlic butter and the crayfish mornay but is stepping up to compete with the latest venue openings around Brisbane.

Make sure you sample the dessert range when you go as the raspberry, chocolate and almond milk bombe with raspberry sorbet is something else. And if you’re after an entertaining show with your dessert, ask for the crepes. Everything is prepared in front of you and if the sizzle and smell of fresh crepes cooking doesn’t make your mouth water, nothing will.

Gambaro’s Seafood Restaurant is located at 33 Caxton Street and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new winter menu is available now. Click through the gallery above to see all our pics!