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Bar Alto - A genuine dining experience

Bar Alto – A genuine dining experience

Review Overview



Fantastic food, helpful staff and great location. Winner.

| On 10, Jan 2014

It’s the holiday season and your parents are feeling festive and generous. It’s your graduation and you’re going out to dinner to celebrate. Or perhaps a hard-to-please elderly relative is visiting.

You have to find a dining destination that will satisfy the haughtiest of culinary snobs, dish up decent sized meals and, most importantly, a venue so exxy you would never take yourself.

Enter ‘Dining with Daddy Warbucks’ – your go-to guide to choosing from Brisbane’s finest culinary experience, when you’re not paying of course. We find the place and Daddy Warbucks pays.

This week, my very own Daddy Warbucks (a friend’s parents) took us out for lunch to impress an interstate family friend. We went to Bar Alto, located in the chic, industrial New Farm Powerhouse.

Bar Alto serves a fusion of modern Italian and Australian dining. You can choose to sit indoors or outdoors, and both options face the majestic Brisbane River.

The interior exudes rustic, urban elegance, which is a fitting backdrop for a beloved culture icon of Brisbane.

Delicious quail at Bar Alto.

Delicious quail at Bar Alto.

The waitstaff were friendly and efficient, and gave great advice when choosing from the epic wine list.

Theatre goers undoubtedly benefit from Bar Alto’s prime location. You could roll from your seat in the theatre right into a place at a crisp table complete with cutlery set no more than one thumb-length apart.

I withheld my urge to wince as I read the menu, remembering I wasn’t forking out my life savings to cover the bill. The entrees were exquisite. I had the Fungi alla Milanese – a duck egg combined with tasty bread and mushroom. The combination of these three flavours gave the meal a unique texture, depth and flavour.

My friend had the pan-fried quail saltimbocca, radicchio, pear mostarda, vino cotto for entree, which was fantastic.

For mains, a creamy duck parpadelle was chosen. The rich creamy sauce complemented the salty duck making it a pleasure to eat.

My polite efforts to pay for my meal were declined and I could finally revel in the glory of scoring a meal at the legendary Bar Alto.


The Details
What: Bar Alto 
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
When: Tuesday – Friday 11am til late Saturday – Sunday 11am til late.
Contact: (07) 3358 1063
For reservations call the Restaurant on 3358 1063 after 10.30am Tuesday to Sunday.