URBANE
Brisbane, Queensland

2017 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards - Three Chef Hats
Chic, intimate and one of Brisbane's best, Urbane brings extraordinary food and exceptional service to a quiet corner of the CBD. The pared-back design of the dining room is the perfect setting to let Urbane's intricate and carefully crafted dishes shine. The cuisine is influenced by European and Asian traditions and executed in a modern style of exceptional fine dining. The restaurant's wine list features a range of quality European and Australian labels that pair with the cuisine.
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General info

Address:

181 Mary Street
Brisbane CBD QLD 4000

Suburb:

Brisbane CBD

Contact:

Cuisine:

Asian, Degustation, European, Modern Australian, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend an intimate candlelit dinner hosted by Urbane Restaurant, held to raise much needed funds for a cause close to my food-loving heart, the Australian Bocuse d’Or team.

Surrounded by blooms from The Butterfly Lounge, a glass of Louis Roederer in hand, I was treated to seven exquisite dishes prepared by two of Australia’s most admired culinary icons: Shannon Kellam, Australia’s 2015 Bocuse d’Or candidate, and Alejandro Cancino, Gourmet Traveller’s ‘Best New Talent’ for 2013.

I can hardly describe the immense awe each dish inspired; the astounding number of elements on the plate, the complex layers of techniques and textures, and above all, the fluid, almost effortless harmony of flavours exhibited in each dish.

It truly was an experience I will never forget.

The evening started with a delicate lemongrass sorbet, layered with watermelon fragments and punctuated with bursts of heat. Following that, a subtle yet punchy dish of smoked cobia, topped with crunchy beads of toasted rye.

And then the night truly began.

As the first dish of the evening was served, a moment of reverential silence descended upon the table. Moments later, the buzz of excited chatter filled the room as each element was discussed with delight.

Perfectly paired with a buttery Chardonnay, the only word to describe Shannon’s first dish of the evening is incredible. Encased in a delicate leaf of consommé, the soft flesh of the brined blue-eye trevalla contrasted magnificently with the crisp apple cucumber and tart radish dials, the crab foam adding further textural intrigue.

The second appetiser of the night showcased the inspiring technical repertoire of Alejandro – I will never look at a beetroot the same. A dark, romantic dish of poached Galston Farm duck breast, circled by beetroot crisps, pickle, jelly and coulis, interspersed with zesty quandong puree and candied peel.

And then came the main event. Fall off your fork tender, slow-cooked Stanbroke Yearling beef fillet rolled with Rougie foie gras and spinach puree (Shannon’s signature technique), with vibrant, flavoursome vegetables and my favourite element: the vibrant green ‘dumpling’ soaked in bone marrow and filled with rich, velvety beef cheek bordelaise. A truly intoxicating dish.

Dessert was an entirely decadent affair, with two (I repeat, two) dishes. The first, prepared by Alejandro, was an uplifting lemon verbena sorbet with poached pink lady apple and pillowy salted marshmallow.

The second, prepared by Shannon, a raspberry dusted sphere of Maleny fromage blanc, a tart, silken compote hidden within. The surrounding jewels: crisp cubes of just poached pear, delicate stewed rhubarb, fresh mint sorbet, granola and a golden disc of tempered chocolate. Absolute bliss.

Have I made you hungry? Shannon will again demonstrate his culinary prowess this August for a dinner of epicurean proportions. While details for the night are yet to be finalised, if you would like to be contacted closer to the date, click here.
Eugene Went

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MAX SEATING
60 pax

Features

Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Fixed / set price only
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
AWARDS
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
Three Chef Hats
Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
Two Chef Hats

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