There are now actually four Three Blue Ducks dotted along the east coast, with the latest landing in the W Brisbane hotel in the heart of the city. The vast 156-seater has minimalist, neutral-hued décor and sweeping views across the river to the cultural precinct, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s a long way from the chilled coastal vibe of the original restaurant in Sydney’s Bronte. Fear not, that dedication to honest yet exciting, sustainably sourced ingredients translates beautifully to the Queensland capital. After a stint in the woodfired oven, whole fish of the day comes with chilli, coconut brown rice and the fresh flavours of lemongrass and lime. The coal pit and grill delivers the simple pleasure of Moreton Bay bugs with charred cavolo nero and XO butter. There are fruity cocktails, a wine list featuring low-intervention, organic and biodynamic options, plus Brisbane’s favourite craft beers on tap.
Open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Best for: Admiring Brisbane's beauty
Stand-out dish: Anything from the wood-fired oven
Fab factor: The view over the Brisbane River
Address: Level 3, 81 North Quay, Brisbane
Phone number: (07) 3556 8833