A couple of nights ago I was lucky enough to be asked to attend a complimentary dinner at Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse, located on the riverside of Riparian Plaza on Eagle Street, Brisbane City. I was thrilled to have been invited and jumped at the chance. I had already dined at their Sydney venue when I was in Sydney for the Australian Food Bloggers Conference – [you can read about Kinglseys Woolloomoolloo here].
Sadly, it was a pretty miserable day here in Brizzy, on and off showers and overcast.. Not the greatest mood setter – but I was still pretty excited. Bart was as well. Bart is not one for fancy food. In fact his defination of fancy food, is anything with a garnish. HA. True Story.
So we arrived for dinner just on 7pm. Greeted by Vienna, the duty manager and she kindly seated us at a table in the main dining room. The air was filled with warm and welcoming chatter, laughter and conversation. I dare say we had one of the best seats in the house though. We had a near panoramic view of the Story Bridge, Brisbane River and Kangaroo Point; all lit up to what appeared to be a near full moon. Not to sound corny, but it was kind of magical.
As soon as we were seated, a waitress appeared, kind of out of no where. Boom. And she was there! Wow. Our glasses were filled with sparkling and we also were given a menu. The menu looked divine. So much to choose from. I was already briefed that a specialty menu had been prepared for us. I was eager to see what arrived as I had been stalking it all day at home, thinking, and choosing, and thinking some more about what I was going to order. Entree was a surprise. Mains were steaks chosen by us + a side and we could also choose dessert. Wine was also provided. I was so eager to know what the entree was…
Soon arrived a warm loaf of bread with an olive oil and balsamic dipping plate. Bart was in heaven. He looooooooooooooooves thick rustic bread with olive oil and balsamic. We were also supplied with a bottle of Parker Coonawarra Estate, Terra Rosa Cabernet Sauvignon from 2007. It was beautiful, deep and rich. Absolutely stunning. I also thought it was cool that it had the same name as our son, so very fitting to Bart and I.
Then out of mid air whilst Bart and I were in conversation.. our entree appeared. It was beautifully arranged. Angus sirloin skewers, tempura prawns, marinated duck breast, seared scallops with lemon and crispy sage leaves and soft shell crab with a tomato and chilli jam. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Heaven. If I could, I would have ordered a main serving of this plate. The batter on the prawns was buttery and crispy. The scallops were cooked perfectly, however it needed a tad more sage butter and lemon zest. The duck and angus skewers were juicy and tender. But I made sure the soft shell crab was left last… and I am so glad I did. OH MY.. The crust on this little sucker was mouth wateringly good.. and the relish aside it – drool worthy. The combination of the salty batter and sticky, spicy, sweet tomato chilli jam was a party in my mouth – and yes – every one was invited. I was actually a little devo when I finished it.
As my lover and I finished our 2nd glass of wine, our mains arrived. Bart ordered the Wagyu Sirloin with 1/2 a Moreton Bay Bug, served with Bearnaise sauce accompanied by a side of spring greens with lemon oil and balsamic – (mainly because I banned him from ordering steakhouse chips or mashed potato). Barts’ only complaint was that the bug wasn’t big enough – which he then corrected by saying Moreton Bay Bugs themselves just aren’t big enough. I must say though that Bearnaise sauce.. WINNING!! So buttery and creamy, really lovely with the bug flesh and the steak.
I ordered the 120day aged, grainfed Angus sirloin – medium rare (of course!). As all steaks come with a red wine jus, I requested tomato chilli jam instead. a) because I’m daring and like to be different, and b) because it was delicious with the crab and I craved more. I also ordered a side of tomato and cress salad. The steak with tomato chilli jam was definitely the highlight of my main. The meat was beautifully cooked, the salad was crisp and fresh and ended up being really refreshing after so much chilli jam.
Soon after… Dessert was on the menu. Hmmmm decisions, decisions. Bart ran with the vanilla creme brulee with crunchy nut biscotti. I decided on the baked cheesecake, with white chocolate and berry compote. I was watching Bart eagerly to hear the cracking of the toffee top cracking under the pressure of the spoon. Quite satisfying to hear the crack and watch the spoon delve into the rich, thick and decadent custard below. The custard had the texture between thick full fat greek yoghurt and double cream.. It was incredibly luxurious and decadent. Speaking of decadent, as was my cheesecake. It was delicious and rich, but maybe a little too sweet for my liking. I actually didn’t finish it. Between that and my last glass of wine, too much sugar !! haha.
All in all, a fantastic evening. It has been forever (and some) since Bart and I enjoyed an evening meal alone without our precious Parker-Bear. It reminded us that we will have to start making more time for ourselves, and start eating out more. So, in name of that…
Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse… we will be back. Again.
** as stated above, this dinner was complimentary of Kingsleys. However all thoughts, opinions and images are my own.