Head Chef Carlos Ortega draws on his heritage for his interpretation of traditional Italian dishes. Chef Ortega honed his craft in Spain and England before working at some of Brisbane’s finest establishments, and he is joined in the Vine Restaurant kitchen by talented chef Isabelle Curtis. The restaurant is a relaxed dining experience for either lunch or dinner. It has a wine-bar atmosphere, with timber finishes, tiled floors and plenty of wine on the move.
Lovers of Italian food will find all their favourites on the menu at Vine Restaurant. Grilled quail wrapped in prosciutto and sage, with figs, fregola, toasted seeds and tomato salad, is an extremely generous entree. The combination of ingredients is interesting and memorable. Potato gnocchi with braised rabbit, guanciale, broad beans and reggiano is delightful, with fluffy gnocchi clouds and moist rabbit meat sitting in a well-balanced brodo (broth). The broad beans provide a much-needed freshness for this rich dish.
PSST! On both Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant offers a fantastic shared platter option for lunch.