Restaurant Dan Arnold
Guests are invited on a culinary journey of Australian flavours and techniques, respecting the traditions Dan learnt while perfecting his craft in France. Dishes are prepared from an open kitchen, creating a connection between chef and diner.
Here, dishes are often created in the moment and the menu is ever changing. Influences range from the terroir, to the current season, with the ingredient dictating the technique to be used to prepare it.
My partner and I don't eat out frequently but when we do, we want it to be special and exceed what we can do ourselves at home (often not the case in our experience). Having mourned the loss of Esquire, we were delighted to discover that Restaurant Dan Arnold reaches similar levels of execution, imagination and flavour.
The five course degustation (which is actually more than it sounds with two lots of amuse-bouche and petit fours) was sublime and wines matched perfectly. Whilst not strictly a vegetarian, I hardly ever eat meat so generally prefer when fine dining to at least ask if degustations can be made vegetarian. Despite the late notice (about four hours), Dan accommodated my request and did not put a foot wrong. The zucchini cannelloni was a sensation, as was the eggplant, while the king brown mushrooms was one of the 'meatiest' vege dishes I've ever had. It was hard to pick a standout, but the 'Fall's Farm Tomato' dish was a jaw dropper, particularly as it seemed such a simple dish on the surface.
I tasted most of my partners dishes and my vegetarian options lacked nothing by comparison, which in my mind is the mark of a serious chef. Service was wonderful from all staff, the cheese trolley a thing of beauty, and the warm, down to earth welcome from Dan's partner, Amelié (maitre d') another highlight. It's inspiring to see a couple put their heart and soul into a new venture together. The passion is plain for all to see and we'll be back for sure.
Outstanding 5 course degustation! Delicious, innovative food with attentive service. Will definitely return when we’re back in Brisbane.
We enjoyed all aspects of the evening at Dan Arnolds. From pre-drinks cocktails at the bar to the great dining experience.
Probably the best restaurant in Brisbane at the moment, so enjoy.
The best meal in Brisbane! Far exceeded expectations and the service was impeccable. The degustation menu was superb with cleverly matched wines.
Well priced for the fine fresh quality and imagination used in presentation
My father’s 86th birthday was celebrated recently. The food with matching wines was beyond exquisite I will definitely be going again.
The ambience could do with something more. The food was by far too good for the setting.
The staff were amazing and very attentive.
Worth every penny
We loved the inventive combination of flavours in the 5-course tasting menu with matched wines. Our highlight was the Hervey Bay scallop course, matched with an atypical Australian Chardonnay.
The restaurant was not busy when we went and service was attentive, however we did have some difficulty understanding the French accent of one of the waiters.
Relaxing long lunch to celebrate Christmas break.
Amazing food, wine and the service was impeccable!
Exquisite cuisine expertly prepared and beautifully plated. Service was also exceptional.