At this contemporary restaurant perched atop the humming incline of Edmonstone Street, the sophistication starts with a minimalist fit-out of neutrals, floral rugs and modern ambient lighting. Here, the popular one-platter wonder, which is traditionally constructed with humble ingredients such as cheese, fruit and crackers, becomes appetisingly ameliorate. Up levelled. If there was ever a reason to break the rules of your standard Cheesy P, this is it. In place of a beige block of mercy valley is one meticulously crafted heart-shaped Brie, blueberry Wensleydale, one blushed corella pair, together with a glossy puddle of marinated olives and sun-dried tomatoes, hand plucked from the vine. Charcuterie remains courteously separate for dietary considerations with pleats of cured meat draped across themselves, gracefully encircled with a herbed garnish and water crackers. Surprises flow into dessert, where blueberries are carried through to the top of baked cheesecake, aesthetically matched with the paired sour beer. This is a firmly finessed, fine-dining affair.
Brisbane boasts a clutch of great eateries, but none quite like The Chub. It’s obvious that the goal of this establishment is to offer a sophisticated take on the funky and nostalgic flavours modern Australian cuisine is best known for. The Chub is a reimagined example of the executive chef’s culinary prowess, showcasing experience and skill, which comes from years of working in the virtual reality space. Creating wonder without limits. Honourable mention to the guest mixologist who kept Irish mudslides flowing seamlessly, covered in porous chocolate garnishes that knocked them out of your common Baileys-on-the-rocks park.
It takes an endearing amount of confidence to mess with the mundane, of which this place has achieved artfully. Highly recommend. See less
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