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ARC Dining

This beauty serves up seasonal dishes, more than 400 wines and top-notch river views.
By Sarah Ward
October 23, 2019
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ARC Dining

This beauty serves up seasonal dishes, more than 400 wines and top-notch river views.
By Sarah Ward
October 23, 2019
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Thanks to towering cliffs on one side and the glistening Brisbane River on the other, the Howard Smith Wharves precinct boasts a mighty fine location. If you're heading by, you'll want to make the most of it — and by eating and drinking in this glasshouse bar and restaurant, you'd certainly made the right choice.

One of the revamped area's standout eateries, ARC Dining, serves up views in every direction, whether you're keen to marvel at rocks or just can't pass up gazing at the water. Interiors are designed by Anna Spiro, and feature pink and black marble, a patterned sofa, yellow chairs and plenty of greenery — including a large fig tree in the centre of the structure — so there's plenty to look at inside, too. Save some of your attention for the food and drink lineup, as the 240-seater is fast becoming one of Brisbane's go-to venues.

Chef Alanna Sapwell heads up the kitchen, overseeing the seasonally changing menu that focuses on light but satisfying dishes — and given that she came to Brisbane after a stint in Sydney's wholly fish-focused restaurant Saint Peter, it's hardly surprising that seafood ranks among the highlights. Start with oysters, before tucking into raw bream ($22), albacore tuna ($18), and squid and ink crisp ($21) entrees. Then move onto mains such as swordfish and lilly pilly ($42), and tropical painted crayfish (market prices).

Other notable dishes include the goose prosciutto ($26), mushroom pasta ($28–36), and both six- and eight-course tasting menus ($68–90) — for when you want to try a bit of everything, but don't want the headache of choosing for yourself. Dessert-wise, there are five options to tempt your sweet tooth, including a tangelo pudding ($16) and a celeriac tart with beeswax cream ($18).

To wash it all down, you'd best dedicate a fair amount of time to perusing the wine list, which offers more than 400 tipples. Ex-Aria sommelier Ian Trinkle has curated the hefty vino selection, which you can sample while you dine, or enjoy at the bar over a smaller snack.

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