Brent Farrell is a Brisbane icon when it comes to the foodie scene, having successfully run his eponymous restaurant for more than eight years. Rebranding Brent’s Restaurant to 85 Miskin St at the end of last year saw the dining experience shift from “fine” with white gloves and silver service to a more “casual/relaxed” vibe where families are welcome.
However, when it comes to the food there is no mistaking Brent’s signature artistry. Each dish is a guaranteed masterpiece, delivering incredible and innovative flavour combinations using the freshest of ingredients from the garden out the back. Plating is an art form, both allowing individual components on the plate to shine as well as being so visually striking that you may experience a sudden urge to take a photo of your food...
The menu is designed so that you can “eat as you please” with the option to choose a three-course structure or share multiple starter and main plates. Don’t be fooled by the descriptions – they may seem simple but each dish you choose will pack a complex, mind-blowing punch.
To start, opt for an antipasto style option or choose the impeccably light house-made Semolina crusty loaf and cultured butter. For entrée you simply can’t go past the sautéed scallop and broth with cauliflower and lemon oil (kid you not the broth is the tastiest, fluffiest, creamiest soup you will ever experience) or the Citrus cured ocean trout with edible ants (YES, ants!), rosehip sorbet, dill crème fraiche and radish. And for mains the crispy skinned glazed pork belly with mandarin, chilli and ginger and wild rice is a must.
Finally, the desserts (although seemingly simple) are sweet surprises that tantalise the tastebuds and leave you in a state of awe. The fresh berries with Madagascan vanilla and garden flowers is served in a terracotta pot with chocolate dirt and the intriguing and unexpected yoghurt, dill and nasturtium comes with fragrant dill ice cream, a tangy yoghurt and French vanilla pannacotta and a halo of toffee. Highly recommended.
Whether it’s a fine food experience you seek in relaxed surrounds, or you’re looking for something to excite and delight the taste buds then 85 Miskin St is your ultimate destination.