World Class Dining at Urbane, Brisbane City
Alicia Moo | On 30, Nov 2014
As the world leaders leave our small paradise and the hustle and excitement of the G20 farewells our humble shores Iâ€™m in search of a meal fit for Obama himself. Cue Urbaneâ€¦
A few months ago I had the great pleasure of interviewing Urbaneâ€™s head chef Alejandro Cancino for Sartre Magazine and since then I have had a yearning to dine at his fine establishment. Ok, letâ€™s not lie. Urbane has been on my foodie bucket list since day one and now that Iâ€™ve had the experience I can safely say it deserves every accolade and more.
Dining with a fellow Creative Drinks foodie for a five course omnivore degustation was heavenly. We sat amongst exposed brick walls juxtaposed against the crisp white and black dÃ©cor shaded with candlelight and giggled like little school girls about to meet their fantasy rock star boyfriends.
The waitress elegantly arrived with the first of several snacks before the first course. Yep! Beautifully crafted snacks of in house made kombuchi, quinoa crackers, tomato infused soup and the freshest most delicious bread and butter ever!
The cucumber and toasted quinoa arrived, a signature of Urbane. The textures and flavours were perfectly balanced and the presentation as Matt Preston would say â€œdisgustingly goodâ€. Then came a perfect dish of octopus and squid ink, I cleaned the plate! This was followed by sweet breads and oh what a joy they were. People are too often put off byÂ things slightly out of the ordinary but if they would just give it a go, they might just be surprised. My dining companion and I were running out of adjectives to describe the flavours bouncing off our tongues so there were moments we just sat in absolute silence, appreciating the craft.
As we finished the best piece of wagyu accompanied with the freshest oyster, oyster emulsion and marrow Chef Alejandro came out to say hello. His endless passion for food is infectious and Iâ€™m ever so happy he decided to grace this little part of the world.
Before dessert arrived we were presented with a palate cleanser of fresh apple flavours. I scooped up every last bit and I thought wouldnâ€™t it be nice if we always had palate cleansers. The desert was a fresh bowl of mandarin, honeycomb and parfait followed by a native fruit infused tea and mint chocolates.
As the last dish was satisfyingly digested depression was settling in as I knew my time had come to an end. How would my inferior food taste after this gastronomic whirlwind? Although I canâ€™t recall every ingredient in the dishes it didnâ€™t matter because it all simply made my knees a little weak, my stomach more than satisfied and my heart sing. There’s a vegan degustation as well which Iâ€™m already dying to try (Alejandro is a steadfast vegan so it must be amazing).
I couldnâ€™t fault a single thing. If only I had a couple more digits to my name Iâ€™d be dining here every night. Each dish is a work of art and you are left wondering how do they do it, how can food be made like this!? If only I could recreate this in my kitchen. But that’s just it. I don’t want to, because fine dining is one of those things you leave to the professionals, it’s something you cannot recreate, it’s a world far removed from the everyday, smothered in talent and this great respect for food.
Whether it comes across as pretentious or not, fine dining is truly an experience and worth its golden price tag. So if you are in search of world class dining in a city more commonly known for bogans and thongs head to Urbane.
To quote my foodie dining companion, â€œIf a man took me out to Urbane, heâ€™s definitely a keeper!â€
WhenÂ Dinner from Wednesday to Saturday from 6.00pm
WhereÂ 181 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
How MuchÂ $110 five course degustation $145 eight course degustation
More InformationÂ Head to Urbane’s official website
Photos Credits: Creative Drinks andÂ Concrete Playground.