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Lennons Restaurant & Bar

Just downstairs from Next Hotel's rooftop pool terrace is a restaurant and bar with its own sparkle.
By Daniela Sunde-Brown
May 21, 2015
By Daniela Sunde-Brown
May 21, 2015

By now you’re probably well acquainted with the rooftop pool terrace, so it’s time we introduced the restaurant. A welcome addition to Brisbane CBD’s central dining scene, Lennons Restaurant & Bar is here to cater for everyone at any time, on any day, at any budget. A simple escalator ride from the mall, indulge in the a la carte menu, speed through the 60-minute 'Lunch Timed' concept or take your pick of the daily lunchtime deals.

Located within the new Next Hotel, the venue is named after the original dwelling. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows that look onto Queen Street Mall, the interior finds that warm balance between modern sophistication and comfortable class. Large spaced with natural light? Tick. Executive chef worth writing home about? Tick (Todd Adams previously worked at Stokehouse and the Euro). Business lunch? Tick. Cheap and quick bite? Tick. Totally air conditioned? Tick (can’t be underestimated in summer). Breakfast, lunch and dinner? Tick.

The a la carte menu offers everything from salads and burgers to pasta and woodfired pizza, but if you’re out to treat yourself, order a steak ($32–$38) hot off the parrilla grill. Lennons steaks could be the best you find outside of a specialty grill restaurant in Brisbane. Served with a whole bulb of roasted garlic, it's even better if you add the roasted honey pumpkin with spiced nuts and seeds side.

Realising the Monday to Friday clientele consisted mainly of time-poor business people who wanted quick food (not fast food), the restaurant introduced Lunch Timed. "Making your time count", the express lunch menu delivers a three-course meal in under 60 minutes, or you get half off the bill. Either way, you’re winning. The menu consists of a set entree and dessert, and your choice of three mains.

If you’re penny-pinching, from Monday to Friday there is also a daily lunch deal, $10 burgers on Monday, "veal-like-a-schnitzel" Thursday $15, and so on. The range Lennons shows makes it a winner among hotel restaurants. And if you haven’t been up to the pool terrace yet, then you’ve got some work to do.

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