With the winter wind biting, on what was otherwise a gorgeous winters day in Brisbabe, we were off to Kingsleys to celebrate a birthday with a long lunch. Seated outside, beneath the wonderfully warm umbrella heaters, we enjoyed a view of activities taking place on the Brisbane River.
Staff were friendly, very helpful, with a good sense of humour and more than willing to offer advice or information. Changing the booking to suit the actual number of guests at the table, was not a problem at all.
The wine list here is extensive, with a very good selection of wine to tempt any wine conossiour, or simply those who enjoy a glass or two of wine, cocktails beer & spirits. With crab & steak featuring for this restaurant, menu choices are tantalising. After giving the menu due consideration, it was time to sit back relax and drink in the view.
Complimentary bread was delivered to the table, prior to the arrival of the entrees. Having chosen the Alaskan king crab oysters, we were interested to see how the dish presented. It most certainly did not disappoint. Not only were these oysters beautifully fresh, the king crab topping, delicately decorating each oyster, was devine.
In keeping with the seafood theme, I enjoyed some of the best mussels, I have ever eaten. Now that is a compliment, given the amount of time spent around the Matlborough Sounds in previous years, which are dotted with neat rows of green lipped mussel farms. Alaskan King Crab leg entrees were enjoyed as well. Quite simply, the seafood was superb.
Taking our time to chat and enjoy the afternoon, we had a good break between entrees and mains. Always nice to be able to savour meals, rather than feeling rushed through.
After choosing the Ribeye Scotch Fillet, (topped with Alaskan crab of course), my next question was which wine would pair with the main.
Following the staff’s selection, I requested a tasting sample of the Pepperjack Shiraz, which I was told had been specifically chosen to pair with this steak. As for me personally, a limited number of Shiraz’s appeal to my palate, the opportunity to taste first, was definitely appreciated. Thank you for granting this results, so quickly and easily. Sides were more than sufficient to cover all guests. My main choice, pictured above looked very tempting. Those Alaskan crab pieces topping the steak, were a great accompaniment to the meal. Whilst ordering the steak, I had taken up the staff suggestion for how the chefs preferred to cook the steak. To be honest, for me the charred outside was fantastic, pairing beautifully with the Shiraz. However, I think I would have preferred to stick with my usual choice of rare. That however, is not a criticism, simply a personal preference. This was overall a great meal choice.
How does one finish a meal on a beautiful day like today? Why with dessert of course. Pictured above is hubby’s choice. This dish certainly delighted hubby, who would loves bread & butter pudding., especially dripping in white chocolate as this one was!
Two of the other desserts enjoyed were the vanilla bean brûlée above and the mixed berry frangipane (1st photo above). Both an absolutely devine way to finish of a wonderful meal, paired with a enjoyable afternoon.
Looking forward to returning to Kingsleys sometime to explore more of the delights contained within the menu…..and enjoy the company of those friendly staff members. 👍