Brisbane's set to gain another big-name eatery, with the acclaimed Manjunath Mural set to open an upscale destination bar and restaurant within the new Brisbane Quarter development.
Mural's earned his Singapore restaurant The Song Of India a Michelin star for the past two years, and it remains Southeast Asia's only Indian restaurant to be awarded the honour. Now, for his boundary-pushing Brisbane project, the chef's teaming up with Malt Dining's Nick Pinn and Sridhar Penumechu from Gold Coast restaurant Saffron to treat locals to a taste of his unique brand of 'Asian-Indian gastronomy'. The name of the restaurant's being kept under wraps for now, though it's slated to open by July this year.
From a sprawling first-floor space overlooking the Brisbane River, he'll be plating up a fine dining offering that blends traditional Indian techniques with distinct Aussie flavours, to complement the in-house bar being imagined by Pinn. This part of the operation's set to feature a new-school riff on street food, alongside an extensive cocktail lineup, and a spirits offering focused on gin and exclusive American whisky blends.
With this latest restaurant, Mural continues to push Indian food into the fine dining spotlight. "My dream is to share my style in presenting Indian cuisine in a way which is relevant to diners across the world, and that haute Indian cuisine will one day be as accepted as haute French dining," he explains.