What are the best places to eat in Brisbane?

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Brisbane’s dining scene has flourished in recent years, with award-winning restaurants helmed by some of the country’s best chefs. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose some of the best restaurants to try while you’re in town:
1. ARIA Restaurant. The Brisbane counterpart of celebrity chef Matt Moran’s Sydney dining juggernaut features the same chic design and focus on fresh Australian produce, and its location on Eagle Street Pier provides stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. Be sure to sample some of the top Australian drops on their award-winning wine list.
2. Moda. The menu at this trendy city restaurant includes contemporary Aussie favourites like barramundi, lamb and sirloin steak, but they are made with a Mediterranean twist. Want the true Moda experience? Order chef de cuisine Javier Codina’s signature paella, made with fresh Queensland seafood, or Javier’s Table Experience, three courses of chef’s specials created from the best seasonal produce of the day.
3. Stokehouse. Located on the riverfront at South Bank, Stokehouse offers enviable river and city views from both its indoor and outdoor dining areas. Relax with a drink in Stoke Bar before dinner, or head to the restaurant and dive straight into the Mediterranean menu which includes dishes like squid ink linguine, Daintree barramundi and free-range duck breast.
4. Esquire. Esquire has a long list of awards and its easy to see why — chefs Ryan Squires and Ben Devlin are known for their skilful, creative degustation menus, which can range from six to fifteen courses.
5. Urbane. Inner city restaurant Urbane offers a selection of degustation menus – choose from four, seven or eleven courses, all with the option to add matching wines. Their fresh, creative menu has been a go-to for foodies since the restaurant first opened in 2001.

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