Dining with a difference at Urbane

When a dinner needs to be more than just a night off from the kitchen, a degustation at Urbane promises food to please both the eye and the palate.

With a list of prestigious awards and three chef hats, Urbane at number 24 on the Australian Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants in Australia, represents one of the peaks of Brisbane dining.

Shrouded from prying eyes by a screen of bronze mesh, diners who step inside Urbane find a restaurant that revolves around high quality food and service.

Designed around a multi-course degustation delivery, Urbane is an opportunity to sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of an excellent chef, and enjoy a food discovery.

Executive Chef of the Urbane Group, Alejandro Cancino, is also a co-owner with Urbane’s founder, Andrew Buchanan. Cancino is Argentinean-born but has worldwide experience, including time in the world’s fourth ranked restaurant, Mugaritz, in Spain. In 2008 he was awarded Young Chef of the Year in the UK.

Now firmly entrenched at Urbane, Caninco was honoured by Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards for Best New Talent, in addition to being named Chef of the Year 2013 by The Good Food Guide. Urbane has three hats in the 2017 Good Food Guide.

Urbane’s menu includes a wide variety of techniques and cuisine influences and focuses on seasonal Queensland or Australian produce, often sourced from small local producers.

Their degustation, which can be five or eight courses and either omnivore (meat eating) or herbivore (plant eating), is available with matched wines. You might start with a few snacks such as a seaweed rice cracker with oyster emulsion or a small ramekin of pumpkin soup with rosemary foam, and then a taste of coal-grilled barramundi belly seasoned with teriyaki sauce.

As the evening progresses the courses become more substantial: such as ravioli filled with house made ricotta and shiitake mushrooms; and Peachester Farm chicken with root vegetables.

Dessert is always special at Urbane and their interpretation of cookies and cream is just one of the delights that won’t disappoint.

While fine food is certainly the focus at this restaurant, the staff also care about the operation’s environmental impact. Urbane’s waste is recycled through a self-contained composting unit, which decomposes and homogenises (composts) food and waste in an aerobic environment. They also grow their own herbs and have installed a beehive on the roof of the CBD restaurant to create their own honey to use in dishes.

Urbane is an RACQ Dining Rewards partner and is located at 181 Mary Street, Brisbane, telephone 3229 2271 or visit their website. The restaurant is open Thursday to Saturday evenings.

To find out how RACQ members can receive 10 to 20 percent cash back on their dining bills, visit Dining Rewards on the RACQ website.