While date night doesn’t have to be a multi-course meal with wine and roses, it does have to mean something special.

That’s why the perfect dinner never goes astray when you want to connect with your other half or celebrate an occasion.

There’s certainly something very special about fine dining at Aria. There’s the elegance of the surroundings and the quiet, efficient friendliness of the staff combined with the joy of food well prepared and served.  However, it’s the unexpected delights that take this type of dining to new heights for me, and something Aria does so well.

Aria has occupied one of the prime possies on of Brisbane’s riverbank dining scene for more than eight years, and owner Matt Moran recently gave it a little revamp, both in menu and décor, to keep it looking fresh.

Strawberry roulade

Start your evening here with a pre-dinner drink at the bar before moving into the dining room and those views.  With the Story Bridge dressed in an ever-changing cloak of colours, the river vista only gets more interesting as darkness descends.

Head chef Ben Russell’s menu is creative and modern, full of top Queensland flavours featuring local suppliers, producers and farms.  Even bread and butter is a standout here with memorable flavours in these most simple foods.

Our choices for the first course were the grilled buffalo milk halloumi with pear, date and finger lime and creamy Sydney rock oysters, with a piquant shallot and champagne vinegar dressing.

Strawberry roulade dessert

Aria’s grill selection has been recognized as one of Brisbane’s, and the steak selection did not disappoint.

A palate cleanser of lychee sorbet with a dash of sake was a wonderful delight and surprise during the meal.

Freshly picked strawberries

 

Queensland sommelier of the year award-winner Ian Trinkle offers well-judged matches from the 400+ wine list to all the dishes leading diners on a viticulture adventure.

When it came to dessert, I found it impossible to go past the chocolate, hazelnut, caramel ice cream offering which lived up to the promise with sweet, intense flavours.

Even if it is not a special occasion or date night, dinner at Aria will make it seem like it is.

Date night rules

Just in case you need reminding.  Date night has some rules.

  • Take turns in planning
  • No discussion of issues.
  • Date night timing is non-negotiable

Where is Aria?

Find Aria Brisbane at 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane which is Eagle Street Pier, right on the river.

Ed+bK rating 4.3/5 stars

As one of Brisbane’s six two hatted restaurants, Aria lives up to the expectation of an excellent dining experience.

Bottom line

A four-course meal at Aria costs $155.

Best tip

Parking is available at Eagle Street Pier, and entry is discounted to $15 if you book online.

 

Disclaimer: Eat drink and be Kerry was a guest of Aria.