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Alchemy Restaurant and Bar 
28th-Jan-2009 08:34 pm
The mother-in-law's birthday was some weeks ago, but we kept having to reschedule celebratory dinner till after the new year. The SO had been dying to take me to the restaurant, so made the reservations 2 weeks ago.

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar overlooks the Brisbane river and summer months meant the glass panels are open to the Story Bridge. The waiters are extremely attentive and charmingly well-trained, presenting a choice of pumpkin, wholemeal or plain bread to dip in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

But as always, it comes down to the food.

My main.
I had agonised about what to select, but the parents-in-law both opted for the same salmon dish.
Gotta give the chef something else to prepare and lamb is often overdone.
Here, I asked for medium rare and this was perfect.
The meat barely bled into the mushrooms and fresh salad below.
Every bite was sheer perfection and I would recommend anyone try it, even if mutton isn't your thing.

The parents-in-laws' salmon.
The father-in-law practically licked the dish clean of its sauce with extra thick slices of bread.

The SO went with the special: a braised beef cheek with a beautiful side of mash and mushrooms, pork and vegetables. The photo I tried to take honestly didn't do it any justice, so I won't put it up.
But it was everything the waiter said it would be.

The SO was adamant we try this dessert, a selection of nibbles dipped in liquid nitrogen.
And first up was honeycomb, which was so crisp and half the fun was watching our mouths blow smoke.

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28th-Jan-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
ooh the liquid nitrogen dessert looks so interesting! I've always been super fascinated by liquid nitrogen haha so the honeycomb pieces were swimming inside?
29th-Jan-2009 12:26 am (UTC)
It's quite amusing watching the chef don the gloves and heavy apron before pouring the liquid nitrogen into the specially allocated section of the restaurant.

He actually adds each nibble to the liquid nitrogen with a holey (ha!) spoon and depending on how crispy he wants it, he'll leave it in the liquid longer. Best part is popping the finished product in your mouth and then 'breathing like a dragon'.
29th-Jan-2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Checking my drool at the door. :)
29th-Jan-2009 04:48 am (UTC)
*wipes away drool* Looks so yummy!
4th-Mar-2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Have you been there recently? It's Elliot's 21st coming up and I want to go out to a nice place. We eat out all the time at cheap-medium$ places but I want to make a night of it but at the same time I'm not absolutely loadddedd.. We usually split mains too, which would make us seem pretty cheap but we have small tummies (and a lot of room for desert). French would be nice, since we eat Japanese so much, and somewhere with good desserts. I wouldn't mind trying Alchemy but i'm sure we'd have to get 2 meals since pricier places have smaller portion sizes, and so if mains are $50 each I definitely cannot afford it..

Anyway, thoughts/suggestions?
7th-Mar-2011 11:50 am (UTC)
I've been to Alchemy once more after this, but not since they re-opened from the floods.

Alchemy is really nice, but pricey. Mains are between $38 - 47, but the portions are not tiny. They're decent. You have to book though and you have to be dressed smart casual. If you don't drink any alcohol, get 2 mains and a dessert to share (not the liquid nitrogen nibbles, cuz it's small), you're looking at about $110-ish?

The plus side is you get a gorgeous view of the Story Bridge and the river.

Otherwise, you could go to Saké.
7th-Mar-2011 11:59 am (UTC)
;_; my whole day's pay.. hmm. Elliot and I usually walk around looking like we're going to a wedding so that's no issue. Is Sake marginally cheaper at all?

/might just go to Bamboo basket/think of another way of celebrating 21st in a couple-y way.
7th-Mar-2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
Saké is marginally cheaper per dish, but the portions are smaller. We ordered 2 entrees, 2 mains and rice to feel comfortably full.

If you like Italian, you could try Barolo (http://night-child80.livejournal.com/1072651.html). They're cheaper, they serve good size portions and food is divine. You don't get a view of the river, but you don't need it if you're going to keep staring into each other's eyes. :)
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