Nigella Lawson Has Showered Agnes in Praise After Dining at the Acclaimed Fortitude Valley Restaurant 

The famed British chef just brought her latest speaking tour to Brisbane, and found time to hit up one of the city's best restaurants while she was here.
Sarah Ward
Published on March 18, 2024

You've watched her on television. You've cooked her recipes. Her books might sit in your kitchen. You could've even heard her culinary tips live and in-person. The next way to take your cues from Nigella Lawson? Eat where she did, and then raved about, during her recent trip to Brisbane. Fortitude Valley's Agnes is no stranger to attention — we named it Brisbane's best restaurant — and the latest comes from Lawson.

The author of How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, Nigella's Cook, Eat, Repeat and more — the star of Nigella Bites, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Kitchen, Nigellissima, Simply Nigella, Nigella: At My Table, Top Chef, MasterChef Australia and My Kitchen Rules as well — took to the stage at QPAC Concert Hall on Thursday, March 14, 2024 for An Evening with Nigella Lawson. Around that speaking engagement, she also headed to the restaurant that recently welcomed in Adam Wolfers as Group Chef (alongside Biànca, sAme sAme and hôntô). And, she couldn't have more praise for Agnes.

"Ever since I found out that Adam Wolfers was opening Agnes Restaurant, I'd been longing to go, and lo, the food gods looked favourably upon me and made sure it came to pass. What a cave of delights!" Lawson said on social media.

In a lengthy post, the celebrity chef then went on to call out the "fabulous space", Skull Island tiger prawns with fermented chilli butter that she says are now "imprinted on my taste-memory", plus the rock oysters with coal mignonette that she dubbed "an extraordinary experience". She also had kind words for Agnes' raw beef with dripping toast and Bangalow pork chop.

"But the dish that quite spun my senses was the chicken skewer with fenugreek: chicken oysters brined in onion juice, flamed and brushed with toum, along with turmeric and fresh fenugreek. Still reeling with pleasure," Lawson advised.


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Lawson's visit came just after Wolfers, Gerard's Bistro's former Head Chef, took on his post at hospitality group Anyday — which is behind Agnes, Biànca, sAme sAme, hôntô, LOS (sAme sAme's cocktail bar) and Agnes Bakery (Agnes' woodfired pastry offshoot).

Located in a three-level space in an old brick warehouse on the street that shares its name, Agnes focuses on woodfired cooking, and features not only a main dining room — which overlooks the open kitchen and its two charcoal pits — but a wine bar and a rooftop bar as well. Also boasting Ben Williamson as Executive Chef and a co-owner, it's been worth stopping by since opening in 2022. Now, however, it officially comes with Lawson's glowing adoration and tick of approval.

Agnes - The Best Restaurant in Brisbane.

Find Agnes at 22 Agnes Street, Fortitude Valley — open for lunch from 11.30am Friday–Sunday and for dinner from 5.15pm Monday–Saturday. Head to the restaurant's website for further information.

Top image: Cathy Schusler.

Published on March 18, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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