The Balfour Kitchen

All-day dining in a classic Queenslander.
Meegan Waugh
Published on November 07, 2013
Updated on February 25, 2020


Just when you thought you knew everything that dining in New Farm has to offer, you stumble across a gem like The Balfour Kitchen.

The Balfour Kitchen is the restaurant component of Spicers Balfour, a boutique hotel tucked away on Balfour Street and best described as an inner-city sanctuary. Blink and you'll miss this place twice over, but behind its unassuming façade is a tranquil, top quality dining experience and maybe even a room for the night if you're in the mood to imbibe.

The trend of highly stylised, themed spaces and 'hipster' trimmings has passed the Balfour Kitchen by, which is a refreshing change. The building itself is a classic Queenslander at heart, with a wide timber veranda that makes the most of Brisbane's long summer evenings. Lush greenery and the bamboo-lined driveway create a tropical feel that lends itself nicely to a Mojito or a Long Island Iced Tea.

The Balfour Kitchen has received rave reviews for its breakfast and high tea for quite some time now, but only began a dinner service in recent months. Dishes are priced between $10 and $35 and are designed to share, making it an ideal destination for group dining.

The tropical theme finds its way onto the dinner menu with Asian-influenced dishes such as chilli caramel tofu with green pawpaw, coriander and pine nuts ($15), chicken spring rolls with lime and coconut dipping sauce ($16) and pan fried salmon with pak choy, shitake, grapefruit and rice noodles ($30). If comfort food is more your thing, try the cider braised pork belly with white bean puree and pickled apple ($19), which is an inspired combination of flavours and textures.

Other larger meals include a classic eye fillet dish with potato and caramel onion mash, asparagus and red wine jus ($34) and a wild barra with asparagus, leek and pea risotto and tomato pinenut salsa ($30). Sugar lovers will delight in the chocolate brulee ($15) and the Frangelico affocato ($14) dessert options, or choose a selection of cheeses. While the meal may be over the night is still young, so pop upstairs to the rooftop bar, which has a well-stocked fridge plus sprawling views over residential New Farm and Brisbane city. Ah, the serenity.


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