An indisputable local icon, the Brisbane Powerhouse is home to theatre, music, comedy and restaurants Watt and Bar Alto.
Bar Alto opens out from the main bar and performance area, with seating areas perched outside on the upper deck as well as inside the Powerhouse building. The outlook from the deck, which takes in the Brisbane River and the constant relay of CityCats, is beautiful regardless of whether you're visiting during the day or night.
Bar Alto was the 2009 winner of a Best Italian Restaurant Award at the Restaurant & Catering Queensland HostPlus State Awards for Excellence, so this place knows how to do pasta. The risotto with gorgonzola, radicchio and balsamic is cheesy indulgence, while the roasted duck and mascarpone ravioli with mushroom ragout is rich and flavoursome with pine nuts adding texture. The homemade pappardelle with goat ragu also comes highly recommended by the restaurant staff. A wide range of entrees, main courses, shared dishes, sides (try the zucchini fritters) and desserts are also available.
Whether you've made the journey specifically for the food or are looking for a bite to eat after seeing a show or sunning yourself in New Farm Park, Bar Alto is a great choice for a relaxing lunch or dinner by the river.