Brisbane, Queensland

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Upon entering The Chelsea Bistro at the Paddington Barracks, you could be fooled into thinking that you've been transported to France. The Chelsea's old-meets-new decor exudes a charming Parisian bistro air, while the Modern French menu – which is prepared almost entirely in house – shows off the very best of fresh local produce.
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61 Petrie Terrace,
Shop 2,
Petrie Terrace QLD 4064


Petrie Terrace



Bistro, European, French

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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The Chelsea's classic character is reminiscent of a quaint Parisian bistro that has taken up quarters on a leafy French lane, although this sensational eating house is much closer to our bounty shores – tucked away at The Barracks in Paddington. The modern space is engaging and defined by warm timber, polished brass fixtures, a chequered floor and sleek marble bar. Adaptation becomes the menu which casts a strong focus on seasonal produce. The chefs have daily contact with local supplies to source prized ingredients one by one; Wendland olives, light olive oil from Milmerran, berries from Feduberry on the Sunshine Coast and hand rolled artisan organic breads from Leavain bakery in Morningside. In its pursuit of freshness, the kitchen achieves one other rare feat – it makes as many goods as possible in-house. This means that everything from sauces, dressings, puff pastry and peanut butter to brownies and scones receives the homemade treatment. The philosophy: the finest dishes are made from scratch, cut, prepared and cooked to order.

Open for all three services – breakfast, lunch and dinner – the dynamics and atmosphere at The Chelsea transform throughout the day. The dining room observes a bubbly social breakfast crowd, ladies and business types lunching, friends catching up over early evening drinks and true foodies digging into dinner. The breakfast specials are truly awe-inspiring. Be persuaded by amazing pear pancakes with blueberry curd, poached pear and mascarpone or the chef's ingenious signature breakfast dish: hand-smoked bacon, potato hash, carrot jam, marinated fetta and poached eggs. Lunch offers some interesting sandwich delights; try the seared salmon, dill, fennel, rocket, sauce gribiche and mustard oil. An evening dish – a tagine of chicken, olives, preserved lemon and dates with toasted couscous, yoghurt and coriander – is a faultless reminder of what The Chelsea does best.
Katharine Chapman

Specials & Events

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All day dining
Bar / Wine Bar
Fixed / set price available
Function for 50-100
Late Night Dining
Light meals available
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
This restaurant does not have any awards.


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Phillige - 9/01/2012
Great food and wait staff, entertainment gold card holders beware the restaurant might not accept them. We chose to go to The Chelsea at the Barracks in Paddington for dinner recently, because it was listed in the entertainment book, (which meant we could afford to go). The dinner and wait staff were excellent. When we contacted the restaurant I asked about BYO wine, which it was, so we took two bottles of wine along. However, at the end of the night when we went to the pay, the manager refused to accept our entertainment gold card. His reasoning was that because the wine was BYO; then that meant we were getting a discount and that the entertainment gold cards are subsequently invalid. I argued that BYO isn’t a discount, we still pay for the wine and corkage, so they should either offer BYO or don’t. When a restaurant gains the marketing benefits from being in the entertainment book, but doesn’t honour its obligations under the book, then this is a clear violation of the conditions that a restaurant has to agree to when it joins.