Two breakfasts by the river, Brisbane

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If you’re in Brisbane as a tourist or resident, you may wonder where to go for a breakfast during weekends, when many places in the CBD are closed. How nice would it be to go for a morning walk by the river, enjoy the sun, sit down and relax in a place with a view, while someone makes breakfast for you?

Venice Restaurant

Located at the end of Queen Street on the boardwalk, offers river and Story Bridge views. It’s open for breakfasts only on weekends.

We wandered there one Saturday morning only a few minutes after they opened, so we were one of the first clients there. Waiter showed us a quiet table, far from the group of 5 loud guys looking for their hungover cure.

Glasses where filled with water right after they handed us the menus. Our pick was quick and simple: San Marco Crepes ($14) – cinnamon crepes stuffed with apple and pear compote, candied walnuts and orange scented creme fraiche, and Burano Bacon and Eggs ($12). Plus standard – 2 coffees. Waiter seemed to be new in there, he came back to ask how we’d like to have our eggs done, because he forgotten to do it in the first place.

Coffee came really quickly, as well as refill of our water. But the wait for the breakfast wasn’t over for a long time. Loud at first group of hungovered guys was getting more quiet, we also stopped talking and all we could hear was the sound of a little fountain which is a part of the decor in Venice. The waiter was sitting inside the big room, folding napkins and coming to our table every few minutes to refill the water.

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How long can you make bacon, eggs and crepes? In Venice it’s a record breaking 45 minutes. And I wasn’t impressed when the dishes finally arrived. My serve of crepes was the smallest portion you can get for $14. It was almost completely cold and I couldn’t taste any cinnamon. Creme fraiche with orange was smooth and had a nice citrusy flavour. Crepes itself where dry, tasteless and looked unappetising.

Bacon and eggs is such a simple dish, it’s really hard to do it wrong. It wasn’t bad (maybe less fat on the bacon and less dry eggs would be appreciated) but there was also nothing special about it.

- Cracked pepper? - waiter offered to my husband, which seemed to be a good idea for eggs and bacon. Then he moved it over my plate - and for you? I looked at him and realised he’s not joking. Yeah, cracked pepper goes great with sweet crepes…

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Riverbar and Kitchen

Newly opened place on the promenade level of Eagle Street Pier. Looks very friendly and welcoming, and since the opening I see it almost always packed with people.

On one sunny Saturday morning we sat down in the picnic area (wooden tables, benches and yellow umbrellas) to try their breakfast menu.

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It’s all very simple there: you order by the bar, take a number and go to your table. Waiting time for food was less than 20 minutes and the presentation of it made a big impression on us.

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Our order was similar as in Venice. We had Croque madame (ham, gruyere, dijon mustard, egg – $12) and Ricotta pancakes (figs, mascarpone, honey – $14). Everything looked and tasted fresh and as opposite to Venice breakfast – we didn’t leave hungry. The portion size was very reasonable.

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Riverbar & Kitchen on Urbanspoon

I’m a graphic designer, photographer, avid traveller and wife. I like to try new things and there are no ideas too crazy for me. In 2010 my husband and I arrived in Australia with our life compressed into 2 suitcases. Since then we call Brisbane home.

3 Comments

  • Reply April 10, 2013

    FoodMeUp'scotty

    I have never been impressed with Venice, the one and only time I have been, we waited for ages and the food was really sub par for the prices.

    I think they mainly get their trade from the lucrative wedding functions and don’t seem to care about general meals

    AC

  • Reply July 15, 2013

    Kaz

    Hi, thanks for your article! I’m heading back to Brisbane for the first time in 10 years in a couple of months and realising that it has changed ALOT, I’ve been looking around for decent places to dine out and breakfast is a priority as we land about 8am and would be looking for a way to get over 49 hrs of airline food! I could think of no better place than the city botanical gardens (however I’m lead to believe this is currently closed) or somewhere on the river. I’m a big fan of Eagle Street Pier venues and your recommendation has sealed the fate of our first meal out. Thank you so much. I look forward to any other recommendations you may have!!

    • Reply July 15, 2013

      Aga

      Hi, yeah, after airline food I would go for a breakfast with a view at Riverbar and Kitchen. Hope you’ll enjoy that!

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