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Customs House-University of Queensland

399 Queen Street
Brisbane CBD QLD 4001
Tel : +61 7 3365 8921
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Chef: Didier Pollaert
Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Customs House offers guests the chance to dine in a building steeped in history. The heritage dining rooms provide a taste of the old world, while the al fresco space offers stunning views of the modern landscape; the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. The cuisine served in Modern Australian and meals can be paired with a quality list of wines.

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On the Brisbane River in the CBD.

Dwarfed by modern towers of glass and steel, Customs House still shines like a beacon on the banks of the Brisbane River. With work commencing in 1886, Customs House is an imposing and rare surviving masterpiece of colonial architecture. This grand old building has been beautifully restored and maintained by the University of Queensland and today serves as a cultural, educational and heritage facility. Behind the Corinthian columns you will find exquisite boardrooms, a stunning ballroom, and a licensed restaurant.

The licensed restaurant is housed in a heritage room, and there are outside tables overlooking the river and the Story Bridge. The relaxed dining ambience is popular with tourists, business clients and local customers. The cuisine is modern Australian with an emphasis on fresh seasonal produce including seafood.

One of the loveliest old buildings to grace the Brisbane River’s banks, the century-old Customs House has been beautifully restored by the University of Queensland. Today, the building serves as a cultural, educational and heritage facility, and with its grand Corinthian columns and majestic ballroom it’s a popular venue for weddings. Customs House Restaurant consists of a riverside alfresco area under a roof and a smart elegant dining room, which has recently been refurbished.

A modern Australian menu makes use of some terrific local produce while remaining fairly priced for a restaurant on the river in the CBD. The cuisine philosophy is to source fresh, seasonal produce to prepare dishes that are well presented with good clean flavours.
The stellar wine list has quality local drops, as well as a large selection of international varietals.

With five different rooms available for hire, excellent facilities including audio-visual equipment and catering for up to 300 people, the unique setting of Customs House is an ideal venue for functions, conferences and weddings.

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Hervey Bay scallops, baked carrot custard tart, organge and ginger marmalade | $23.00

Grilled quail, fresh figs, baby rocket, toasted walnuts, Persian fetta, vincotta | $22.00

Braised pork belly, fresh pea kimchi, roasted peanuts, sweet onion relish | $22.00

Sweet potato pancake, goats cheese mousse, roasted baby beets, truffled honey, rosemary dressing | $21.00


Pan roasted snapper, wilted Asian greens, caramelised shiitake mash, tom yum broth | $35.00

Lamb rump marinated with yoghurt and citrus, kipfler and Spanish onion salad, haloumi, preserved lemon dressing | $36.00

Veal scallopine, sand crab meat, asparagus, potato mash, dill hollandaise | $37.00

Eye fillet,salt and pepper onion, red pepper rouille, pulsed broccoli, mushroom ravioli, jus | $38.00


Creme brulee , cats tongue biscuit | $16.00

Saffron poached pears, caramelised pistachio praline, orange and cardamom ice cream | $16.00

Valrhone chocolate fondant, roasted strawberry ice cream, hazelnut and almond puree | $16.00

Steamed lemon pudding, kaffir lime ice cream, devilled citrus segments | $16.00

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white wine selection

10 Isabel Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough NZ)
bottle | $55.00
glass | $11.00

O`Leary Walker Polish Hill River Riesling (Clare Valley SA)
bottle | $55.00
glass | $11.00

04 Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon (Hunter Valley NSW)
bottle | $85.00

11 the Lane Block 2 Pinot Gris (Adelaide Hills)
bottle | $50.00
glass | $10.00

red wine selection

09 Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir (Bellarine Peninsula Vic)
bottle | $50.00
glass | $10.00

Star Lane Merlot (Beechworth Vic)
bottle | $85.00

Devil`s Lair Dance with the Devil Shiraz Temporanilla (WA)
bottle | $45.00

09 Oakridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Yarra Valley Vic)
bottle | $67.00

sparkling wine selection

Louis Roederer Brut Premier (Reims France)
bottle | $120.00

G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge (Reims France)
bottle | $95.00
glass | $19.00

06 Yarrabank Cuvee (Yarra Valley Vic)
bottle | $60.00
glass | $12.00

Sir James Pinot Chardonnay Cuvee Brut
bottle | $33.00
glass | $7.00

dessert wine selection

07 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon (Riverina NSW)
bottle | $64.00
glass | $13.00

06 Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling (King Valley Vic)
bottle | $52.00

05 Ballandean Estate Sylvaner (Granite Belt, Qld)
bottle | $48.00

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Historic Building
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