When it comes to prime-time Brissy dining spots, there’s little that can beat a good meal and wine in a casual atmosphere against the backdrop of the lively Brisbane River. Unless you’ve also got the CBD’s only beach in the forefront, just as South Bank Surf Club has.
By day, the view is a pulsing hub of bodies on sand and in the water, but by night, the view is spectacularly poignant: South Bank Surf Club cuts a fine figure against the glistening beach, rippling river and twinkling skyline.
And once you take your eyes of the view, you’ll discover the menu’s offerings are on par.
The summer menu centres mainly on seafood, offering an upmarket twist on traditional surf club fare. After something light to share? You’ll find fresh Gold Coast prawns by the half kilo, natural oysters and various share platters. For those that love a little crust with their crustaceans, go the oysters Rockefeller topped with a light cheesy spinach sauce and breadcrumbs. Despite being very tempted by the sticky house-glazed BBQ beef ribs, I wasn’t able to go past the Thai marinated Moreton Bay Bug. Chargrilled and served with a tasty combination of mango, salad and a nuoc cham dressing, it’s sure to garner some serious food envy from those around you.
Dessert wise, it was an easy choice with the traditional crème brulee - and it didn’t disappoint.
You’ll find a cleverly curated wine and beer list as well, with some more boutique and unusual imported beverages making an appearance.