Photo Source: The Weekend Edition (http://theweekendedition.com.au/food-drink/kentucky-fried-duck-done-differently-at-public-brisbane-city/)
I was sceptical when I first heard about this establishment; the place is called 'Public' after all and it would have appealed to me much more had it been named 'Private'. It is also located on George Street, and you know how I generally feel about George Street
. Despite all of this, I have actually looking forward to blogging about Public for some time now. After all, it was awarded 'Best New Restaurant' and 'one hat' in Queensland's Good Food Guide
this year. I would have to agree with the discerning judges of the Good Food Guide because I have come back to Public on several occasions ever since my first visit a few weeks ago. It seems that the George Street side of the city has stepped up its game with new establishments like Public, and I like it. ...
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Perched in a glass box upstairs in the popular 400 George Street complex, Public is a bar and restaurant in an urban New York loft-style setting. As you take the escalator up from the street level, the front bar area welcomes you in to experience some killer cocktails and sophisticated wines whilst gazing down at the hustle and bustle of the city streets below.
I was most recently at the Public bar on Monday night celebrating with the new lawyers who were admitted to the legal profession that day. We killed some cocktails and then murdered some champagnes (and then partied Gangnam Style at Harajuku Gyoza
) - it was awesome. Admission is such a special day for lawyers. Unlike marriage, you only ever get one admission ceremony in your lifetime.
As the name of the restaurant alludes to, the style of food is 'public' by nature and the menu has a range of signature share plates to suit all appetites. When I came here for dinner, we ordered the scallop with pumpkin and smoked wagyu before moving on to my favourite dish of the night: Texas brisket in flour tortillas with chilli sauce. This was followed by the delectable saltbush lamb with sheep’s milk and caramelised onion, and the signature KFD – Kentucky Fried Duck. The menu is sophisticated, intriguing and appealing. Best of all, the menu is available from midday through to 11pm so you can graze over some snacks or enjoy a fuller meal at any time of the day.
KFD - Kentucky Fried Duck, Photo Source: PUBLIC Restaurant and Bar (http://www.lovepublic.com.au)
I will always be partial to Eagle Street, but the George Street side of the city has really stepped up its game. There are amazing restaurants like Public and Tank to dine at, and the new courthouse is looking very snazzy (even if the artwork inside cost a few job cuts at Queensland Health). Maybe us Eagle Street Yuppies should be traversing across the city more often?
Address: Upper Level 1, 400 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Phone: 07 3210 2288
Opening hours: Monday to Friday - Midday to 11pm, Saturday from 3pm