Step into old world glamour at Malt Dining
While they say the global financial market is declining for a double dip, there is another ‘market’ closer to home where things have been looking up. What am I talking about? Malt - the newest establishment on Market Street, of course. Since opening in mid 2011, this bar and restaurant has been giving corporates a great excuse to escape from the hubbub of Eagle Street’s usual hotspots. ...
Just around the corner from Waterfront Place is this hidden gem of a venue. Enter this iconic heritage building and behold - a luxury three level bar and dining experience comprised of a bar, a restaurant and a cellar for private events. Each level has its own distinct feel to it but the overall atmosphere is intimate and exudes old world glamour.
An artistic collage of the bar, cellar and restaurant at Malt. I stole these off the internet (thank you Google images).
On the ground level is a charmingly sophisticated bar which resembles an exclusive gentleman's speakeasy of yesteryear. Think exposed brick walls, a solid oak bar and eloquent dim lighting. I often like to nestle myself here for a serious cocktail (or two) after having a rough day in the office. Ladies, try the Singapore Sling or the French Collective. Gentlemen can opt for an Old Fashioned or Cuban Lace for a more masculine looking cocktail. I'll admit the crowd here is slightly older than other Eagle Street waterholes, but its a great place to start with some classy drinks before moving on to a dirty night at Fridays.
My pan seared duck breast was delightfully succulent. For the life of me, I can't remember what I ordered for dessert (clearly I had too many glasses of shiraz by then) but as you can see, it looked exquisite.
After easing up with a few drinks at the bar, you can head upstairs to the ‘Attic’ for dinner. The restaurant on the third level boasts a classic menu with a creative and confident twist. Based on my last interlude here, I would highly recommend the pan seared duck for the main course. It was tender and succulent thanks to a perfectly cooked breast and a good choice of accompaniments. The wine list is also intriguing and shows some imagination. Our little posse of suits opted for a bottle of the 'Snake Charmer' shiraz (and we ordered a second bottle soon enough). Off the plate, we were impressed with the polished service and the ambient tunes from the piano man. Oh and one other thing - be sure to admire the contemporary artwork that is sure to spark conversation at the dinner table. ('Contemporary' being a code word for erotic).
All in all, if restaurants were stocks then I would definitely be investing in this one. Check it out.
Address: 28 Market Street, Brisbane
Phone: 3236 4855
Monday to Friday 11:30am - Midnight
Saturday 5:30pm to Midnight