Brisbane, Queensland

WATT Restaurant & Bar is now listed on this website as WATT

Located underneath the Brisbane Powerhouse, overlooking the tranquil Brisbane River, is Watt Restaurant and Bar. The kitchen offers innovative Modern Australian cuisine, with some excellent seafood offerings. There's also a pre-theatre menu for those looking for a bite before a show. All this fine food can be enjoyed in the Watt dining room, which is modern and spacious, and has several sun-drenched terraces and balconies from which to enjoy the view.

WATT only accepts bookings for 20 or more
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119 Lamington Street,
Riverside of the Brisbane Powerhouse
New Farm QLD 4007


New Farm



Bar snacks, Shared Plates

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Watt Modern Dining reflects Brisbane's laid-back, modern approach to dining. As they say in Queensland, "it's all about lifestyle". Watt offers two very different dining options. Inside, warm tones of butter, chocolate and malt welcome you into a fresh, contemporary environment, whilst the minimalist outdoor area forms the perfect frame for the Brisbane River back-drop.


I've been to New Farm Park many times to go for picnics with friends or with the Brisbane Baking Group for an afternoon tea or to the market. The park that is along the river, is expansive and full of people enjoying their weekend and visiting the rose garden that sits at one side of the park. The band stand that looks across the park from the side of the river is popular amongst couples that want to get married and have their ceremony in it. Other couples with their entourage of bridesmaids and grooms men capture their precious day with photographs across the park landscape and the industrial Brisbane Powerhouse which is a hub of performance and art in Brisbane. After walking around for a few hours around the park they often meet their guests at Watt, the restaurant at the bottom floor of the Powerhouse.

Watt is romantic from the dark place settings, the dim lighting and candles and the scenic view of the river. It’s an obvious selection for the romantic couple to end their perfect wedding day. We were there in the afternoon of a weekday prior to a play. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant but it was very early in the evening. Sitting inside I could see the open kitchen and the chef at work almost like a chef’s table.

The entree menu had an Asian flavour to it with dishes like rice paper rolls and five spiced squid. Confusingly, the mains were hearty traditional dishes like confit maryland chicken and pork belly. I wanted a small meal so I chose a dish off the entree menu which was Thai fish cakes with citric lime and coriander dressing plus a side of chips. The fish cakes had only the hint of coriander but the texture was like rubber where biting into it didn’t tear it immediately but bent it before it broke apart. The fish cakes tasted and had the texture of store bought frozen fish cakes that you find in the freezer section at Coles. I asked the waitress to ask the chef how he made them as I was interested to know so that I never made them like that for myself. The chef said that he mixed the fish with flour before deep frying it. I do not often commentate on chips unless they’re very good or very bad. These chips were very bad and tasted like they also had come out of a packet from the freezer. The ‘chips’, giant, fat wedges of potato, with the battered fish were burnt but the pea and ham soup with the show stopper of the day.

When I made the booking I had said that it was a pre-theatre meal, and interestingly the waitress didn't offer us the pre-theatre menu which is $36 for a main and a drink with dishes from the main menu. But this would have saved a couple of dollars because the normal mains averaged around $32.

After this meal, I hoped that Watt didn't feature the fish cakes or the chips on their wedding menu because I would be disappointed if it was my wedding, and I would be thinking that I could have had the wedding at my house instead, all I needed to do was pull the fish cakes and chips out of the freezer and put them in the oven.
Kristin Hatherley

Specials & Events

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400 pax


Accessible by ferry
Accessible by water taxi
All day dining
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Function for over 300
Harbourside Dining
Live Music / Entertainment
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Something Different
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
This restaurant does not have any awards.


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