ALCHEMY RESTAURANT AND BAR
Brisbane, Queensland

2017 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
One of Brisbane's hidden gems, Alchemy Restaurant and Bar ticks all the boxes, with exceptional food and a dazzling view over the Brisbane River. Owners Brad and Angelica Jolly have created an exquisite dining experience that melds an inviting atmosphere, lively bar and contemporary menu into one unique venue.
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General info

Address:

175 Eagle Street
Brisbane CBD QLD 4000

Suburb:

Brisbane CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

European, Modern Australian, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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DETAILS

Brad and Angelica Jolly have created an exquisite experience with a restaurant where the chemistry is perfect. Overlooking the Brisbane River with a view of the Story Bridge, Alchemy has a unique ambience that oozes class and a touch of mystique. Polished wood floorboards, red Murano glass chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows set a perfect backdrop for the meal to come. Brad Jolly's background in the culinary arena is impressive, turning heads at an early age when he won a number of prized awards. He has worked alongside and learned from greats such as Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White, making the unique and creative dishes at Alchemy of a very high standard.

PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

While some of us may be clinging to the paltry remnants of Brisbane’s long summer, iconic riverside restaurant Alchemy has embraced the change of seasons with the launch of their new autumn menu.

Inspired by local, seasonal produce, the menu is uber creative to say the least. Featuring some wild and wonderful flavour combinations, it shows off the imagination and skill of Alchemy’s kitchen talent and head chef Brad Jolly. We were more than a little thrilled to be invited along to try a selection of the exciting new dishes.

First up on the menu was Noosa Hinterland crispy courgette flowers with herbed goat cheese and truffled honey, which hands down won dish of the day. Who knew flowers could be as delicious as they are beautiful? The crunchy golden crust on the courgette flowers was sheer perfection.

More of Australia’s finest produce followed, with Tasmanian salmon, Hervey Bay scallops and Northern Rivers pork belly the stars of their own dishes and paired with sharp, provocative flavours.

The most impressive flavour combination on the menu was the oven roasted venison loin with celeriac puree, chocolate coffee crumble and dark chocolate ganache. Yes, you read right, chocolate and venison. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it because it was genius (genius!) and even better with the matching buttery shiraz cabernet. A mouthful of heaven in every bite.

Basil ice cream might sound almost as bizarre but as it turns out, it goes fabulously with buttermilk panna cotta and rhubarb. Half art, half dessert, this rich, creamy panna cotta was balanced perfectly by tangy rhubarb, sweet sugar drops and the basil ice cream which had just hint of the savoury. The thought process that must have gone into this dish just boggles our minds.

The final course was more experience than meal. A goggle-clad Brad stood over a bubbling bowl of nitrogen, dropping in strange looking substances and looking for all the world like an alchemist trying to turn dessert into gold. And so he did, scooping out delectable frozen balls of minted honeycomb and chocolate Malteser ice cream.

The sweet gastronomic nibbles smoked their way into our mouths and kept on smoking, with nitrogen fog pouring out our nose and mouth as we savoured every bite. Hilarity ensued. The restaurant’s nitrogen station was envisioned as a diverting after-dinner experience for diners and we can see it ending many a dinner date with plenty of delicious laughter!

Overall, a fabulous dining experience that showcased some of the best produce the country has to offer and demonstrated why Alchemy is one of Brisbane’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Ranyhyn Akui

Specials & Events

This restaurant has not scheduled any event.

Functions

FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
100 pax
Functions
The private dining room at Alchemy is one of the best private dining rooms in Brisbane. Here you can hold a sit down lunch or dinner for 10 to 40 guests and from 50 to 80 guests for a cocktail event. This room is perfect for product launches, special event, board room lunch or dinner.

Features

Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Fixed / set price available
Function for 50-100
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Views
Waterfront Dining
AWARDS
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
One Chef Hat

Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Brad Jolly on 11/09/2014
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David - 29/04/2015
I've dined at Alchemy many times and can't fault the food or service. Not sure where this reviewer dined in 2012. Alchemy is one of the best restaurants in Brisbane. We have had many corporate events and not once has anyone complained. Ideal location if you are entertaining out of town guest.
Anonymous - 15/04/2012
My wife and I dined at Alchemy and we both ordered a day special with frites and mushrooms. Both dishes were tasteless, except maybe for the bacon used to flavour my beef, which was way too salty and made a particularity bad combination with the beef. Veggies or herbs were nowhere to be found. The fries were tasteless, mushrooms ok. The presentation of the dishes was not good. Interestingly nobody asked if we enjoyed our meal, despite leaving most of it on the plates and not ordering desert.