Born in El Salvador, Josue Lopez came to Australia at the age of two. He has travelled widely, and his experiences at some of the world’s best restaurants influence and inspire his sensational contemporary menu at GOMA Restaurant. The dining room has a minimalist decor, with clothed tables in neat rows. Ceiling-to-floor windows offer a stunning view of parklands and the Brisbane River.
Chef Lopez’s dishes look like works of art, and are packed with flavour. Billabong (eel, waterlily, onions, sorrel and beef) is incredibly well executed, with the arrangement of elements representing a watering hole. The floss on the eel fillet is seasoned perfectly, while the rich and well-balanced onion consommé is delightful. Murray cod with kohlrabi, watermelon, desert lime and watercress is another winner. This is a fresh and flavoursome main, with tantalising pops of citrus in every mouthful.
PSST! For a special dining experience, try the five- or nine-course tasting menu, which can be matched with wines.