Stanley Is the New Two-Level Cantonese Restaurant and Bar Opening at Howard Smith Wharves

When it opens later this year, the restaurant will have three bars, peking duck and spectacular river views.
Sarah Ward
Published on May 08, 2019

When Brisbane's Howard Smith Wharves initially unveiled its first tenants back in 2017, four restaurants were revealed: a Greek taverna, an octagonal overwater bar, a Japanese joint and a Chinese eatery. One by one, the precinct is delivering on those promises, with Greca and Mr Percival's both already up and running, and the as-yet-unnamed Tokyo-style hangout due to open in October.

That leaves Hong Kong-inspired Cantonese venue Stanley, which has announced that it'll launch in September or October — with a few changes from its original concept. The overall idea remains the same; however, instead of being the latest venue from restaurateur Andrew Baturo (Walter's Steakhouse, Libertine, Popolo, Heya and The Gresham), the space — and lease — is now in the hands of private investors.

Despite the swap behind the scenes, Stanley is designed to impress, a revamp of the two-storey, heritage-listed, 1930s-era former water police building in the riverside precinct. When it opens, it'll feature three bars, cater for 200 guests and include seating on a deck by the river. Plus, menu-wise, it'll serve up a range of authentic Cantonese dishes — such as peking duck and dim sum — as well as lots of fresh, local seafood.

Hervé Dudognon.

Leading the charge on the ground will be General Manager Hervé Dudognon, who comes to Stanley with a heap of experience. In Sydney, he worked at Merivale's Mr Wong and Coogee Pavilion, with his resume also extending to a stint as head sommelier at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, and second in charge of the sommelier team at Paris' The Hotel de Crillon. Fittingly, he was also the restaurant manager of Pierre Gagnaire's restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.

Find Stanley at Howard Smith Wharves, 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane from September/October. We'll keep you posted with more details as they come to hand.

Top image: Howard Smith Wharves.

Published on May 08, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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