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Il Centro

Address
Address:
45 Eagle Street
Brisbane CBD QLD 4000
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Contact:
Tel : +61 7 3221 6090
Fax : +61 7 3221 6130
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Chef
Chef: Catherine Anders
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
BYO
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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One Chef Hat & Sommelier of The Year, Shawn Gomes – Queensland Good Food Guide 2012
Il Centro commands an impressive position at Brisbane’s Eagle St Pier, overlooking the colourful lights of the city reflected in the Brisbane River. Since it first opened in 1992 this restaurant has drawn crowds of people to its dining room which spills out onto a terrace. The menu may be titled modern Italian, but Il Centro’s creations are unashamedly Queensland - and unashamedly delicious. Expect friendly service in relaxed, welcoming surrounds.

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LOCATION
Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane CBD

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Il Centro begins to work its magic before you even arrive. Whether you reach Eagle Street Pier by ferry or on foot, it is impossible not to be amazed by the gorgeous location. Although nestled among the high-rise offices and hotels of central Brisbane, the restaurant’s riverside location and glorious view of Story Bridge give it a unique atmosphere of its own. It is urban and urbane all at once. The sleek décor complements this feeling. Curved glass walls give even indoor diners full access to the stunning view. White tablecloths and dark wooden chairs create a simple yet refined setting allowing the skyline to take the eyes' attention. When owners Andy and Marcia Georges opened Il Centro in April 1992, they were told that a waterfront restaurant was a mistake. Eighteen years acquiring numerous awards and a loyal clientele have proved that advice spectacularly incorrect.

The food served is of a highly creative modern Italian style. The popular sandcrab lasagne with creamed crustacean sauce is Italian in style, but fresh and inventive in recipe. The rest of the menu follows the same appetising trend. Dishes from fresh crab and avocado salad with tomato gazpacho, to veal scaloppine with fettuccine are available, all done in an inimitably original fashion. Sommelier Shaun Gomes presides over an award-winning wine list, which offers over 250 high-quality Australian and Italian wines. Cocktails include the sumptuously-named Tuscan Sunset which is a delicate floral combination of elderflower and yellow chartreuse, perfectly complemented by the zesty botanicals of the Tanqueray Gin. Il Centro, quite simply, is an institution of rare excellence. It offers great food, stylish design and friendly service, all in one of the most scenic locations which central Brisbane has to offer.

Aran Ward Sell


DETAILS
Il Centro owners and hosts, Andy and Marcia Georges, endeavour to make every guest feel like an old friend, and together with Restaurant Manager, Zahir Meher-Homji, instill this friendly attitude in all their staff.

Il Centro Restaurant is renowned for its modern interpretation of some traditional Italian classics. The innovative menu however, has a uniquely Queensland twist – best illustrated by the signature dish, the sandcrab lasagne. Executive chef Catherine Anders ensures the creations remain faithful to their Sunshine State origins by ordering most of the fresh ingredients (including Queensland’s finest Seafood) from the very best local suppliers. The restaurant also boasts an impressive cellar. The wine list ensures there’s a perfect choice to compliment every meal.

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 Awarded One Chef Hat
Queensland Good Food Guide 2012

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entrees

BBQ Octopus - Chilli marinated with black garlic aioli, pine nut and baby herb salad | $18.00

Grilled tiger prawns with roast fennel cream, potato and pickled fennel salad | $27.00

Yellow Fin Tuna - Pepper crusted tuna loin with baby beetroot, black sesame tuile and citrus butter | $21.00

Pan seared scallops with truffled potato gnocchi and sautéed wild mushrooms | $27.00


mains

Cannelloni - Braised beef ragout with roast tomato sugo and shaved pecorino | $31.00

Linguine - Slow cooked duck leg with creamed leek, pear and almond linguine and baked ricotta | $35.00

Crispy skinned snapper with tiger prawn raviolo, snow pea salad and tomato, white wine and garlic sauce | $42.00

Berkshire pork cutlet crumbed with celeriac and raisin gratinato, green asparagus and marsala jus | $41.00


desserts

Pear and rhubarb tart with coconut crumble and ginger gelato | $17.00

Chocolate orange fudge with orange blossom cream and pine nut praline | $17.00

Banana bread and butter pudding, poached autumn fruits and malt gelato | $17.00

Almond mousse with amaretto syrup, peach sorbet and almond florentine | $16.00

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winelist

white wine selection

2012 ROCKFORD `VINE VALE` RIESLING, BAROSSA, SA
bottle | $95.00

2012 BRASH HIGGINS `SM/R FIELD BLEND` SEMILLON/RIESLING, MCLAREN, VALE SA
bottle | $80.00

2012 ALBINO AMANI PINOT GRIGIO, VENETO, ITALY
bottle | $70.00

2012 BROKENWOOD `INDIGO VINEYARD` CHARDONNAY, BEECHWORTH, VIC
bottle | $95.00

red wine selection

2008 GREY SANDS PINOT NOIR, TAMAR VALLEY, TAS
bottle | $105.00

2006 BELLWETHER CABERNET SAUVIGNON, COONAWARRA, SA
bottle | $110.00

2011 HEAD WINES `THE BLONDE` SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER, BAROSSA, SA
bottle | $75.00

2010 TELLURIAN `TRANTER` SHIRAZ, HEATHCOTE, VIC
bottle | $90.00

sparkling wine selection

NV COLLALBRIGIO PROSECCO DOC BRUT, VENETO, ITALY
bottle | $60.00

NV VEUVE CLICQUOT, REIMS, FRANCE
bottle | $130.00

NV CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT RESERVE, REIMS, FRANCE
bottle | $130.00

2009 DOMAINE CHANDON `BLANC DE BLANCS`, YARRA VALLEY, VIC
bottle | $70.00

dessert wine selection

2008 HAMILTONS BLUFF `DOLCE NERO` LATE HARVEST SANGIOVESE, CANOWINDRA, NSW
bottle | $65.00
glass | $15.00

2010 DONNAFUGATA `BEN RYE` PASSITO, SICILY, ITALY
bottle | $75.00
glass | $16.00

2012 PAOLO SARACCO MOSCATO D`ASTI, PIEDMONT, ITALY
bottle | $32.00
glass | $10.00



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