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The Balfour Kitchen & Bar

37 Balfour Street, 4005 New Farm (QLD)
Average price $99

The Balfour Kitchen & Bar

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Meet the Chef

Chef Lachlan Horstman is primarily inspired by Vietnamese cuisine but also draws on traditional French techniques. Growing up with a mother who had her own restaurant, Lachlan learnt to love simple cooking that respected the ingredients; pasta, roast chicken, slow-cooked pork shoulder. Now an acclaimed chef with several awards under his hat, Lachlan has brought his creative vision to an impressive roll call of kitchens including the London Club, , Survey Co, Gordita and Ginger's Diner.

Restaurant menu

Chef Dann Rowell
Dietary optionsDairy Free, Gluten free, Vegetarian dishes
Tea Smoked Chicken Breast, Ca Ri Ga Espuma, Popcorn Snow
Spanner Crab, Hazelnut, Otak Otak, Celery Dust, Puffed Rice Cracker
Sauteed Sweet Corn, Hot And Sweet Sauce, Silken Tofu, Spring Onion

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The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, New Farm (QLD)
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The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, New Farm (QLD)
The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, New Farm (QLD)
The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, New Farm (QLD)



Excellent277 reviews











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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
Very quiet
  • Jo H.1 review

    27 February 2023


    Lovely place to dine in, Food is excellent and service are wonderful. Will recommend to family and friends.

  • Maria G.1 review

    24 January 2023


    Truly enjoyable dinner. Sitting on verandah with soft breezes and the scent of frangipani flowers . The taste all menu was superb, diverse values, quality ingredients, exquisitely presented. Never disappoints. Well done team. Maria

  • Sarah G.2 reviews

    3 January 2023


    I'm not sure if their usual Chef is away but the food was mostly bland. The fish main had no flavour at all. The staff were ok but the person who greeted is seemed to be in a bad mood. It was a birthday lunch, so very disappointing.

  • Kelvin V.1 review

    12 December 2022


    This restaurant was Ok. The service was a little slow and not very attentive. Empty plates left for some time. The food was again ok, nothing outstanding. I had tomato salad dish it did not have any flavour and the tomatoes were soft and flavour Less. I also had the lamb which was tough and chewy. However the atmosphere was nice.

  • Sue H.3 reviews

    17 November 2022


    Relaxed Queenslander atmosphere, excellent food beautifully presented, great service, no noise to contend with!! Would recommend ...this is my 3rd visit this year and never let down.

  • Z C.9 reviews

    10 November 2022


    Still enjoyable breakfast...not as tasty as our previous experience but would still return as do like the current menu!

  • Angela P.1 review

    8 November 2022


    Beyond disappointing, couldn’t even eat the entree as it was raw and they still charged me for it. They said it was supposed to be raw chicken,

  • Peter C.22 reviews

    29 October 2022


    Service was ok, the waiter kept on butting into our conversation, I wouldn’t mind if he tried to engage the whole table, but his conversations was directed to one person on the table and not the whole table. Either engage the whole table or don’t at all. Engaging one person on a table of 4 makes the rest of the table feel left out and not want to go back

  • Z C.9 reviews

    20 October 2022


    Went for breakfast which was perfect!! Can't wait to go again!! Lovely relaxed service & really tasty food!! Looking forward to trying the new dinner menu!

  • Karel D.1 review

    17 October 2022


    The restaurant was lovely and the staff very welcoming. Beautiful presentation and great service. Unfortunately the main I chose (gnocchi) was dry and starchy... Although disappointing I will return

  • Raelene F.3 reviews

    11 October 2022


    Absolutely delicious food (barramundi and duck were amazing), very generous portions and a lovely setting. The wait staff were thoughtful in offering advice to assist us in ordering the right amount of food. A great venue for a special birthday celebration last night and we'll certainly be making a return visit again soon.

  • Craig R.1 review

    6 October 2022


    High quality food & service, as usual. Highly recommend.

  • Gloria C7 reviews

    23 September 2022


    Amazing food! We ordered from the a la carte menu. Strong flavours and we’ll be back again

  • Dean L.7 reviews

    16 September 2022


    Fantastic atmosphere and food was amazing. The staff know the menu really well. You can hear yourself speak.

  • Sue T.2 reviews

    27 August 2022


    Such a beautiful restaurant with gorgeous ambience. The staff were fabulous which was refreshingly different in these times. I would definitely recommend. And have a drink in the roof top bar for starters.

  • Daphne K.4 reviews

    23 August 2022


    Great food, great service, great ambience! Just tricky to find a car park nearby. We tried a range of different snacks, entrees and mains and loved it all.

  • Phoebe L.19 reviews

    22 August 2022


    The dishes we had were fresh and delicious????

  • Gina C.2 reviews

    9 July 2022


    A cocktail overlooking the story bridge upstairs, followed by the tasting menu downstairs. Always delightful.

  • Jenna H.1 review

    29 June 2022


    The best service and food in Brisbane I have had in quite a while, its a cute intimate venue which is was I was looking for. Just beautiful and there was so many good flavours.

  • Nancy K.22 reviews

    11 June 2022


    Thank you Claudia & Klaudia for your continued amazing service, food was delicious kudos to the chef….. also wait staff knowledge and recommendations of the food was on point we took all of them and everything was faultless. I have been here over a dozen times for lunch and dinner though this was my first breakfast and I will be back again and again ????

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Opening time
Open today

07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
05:30 PM - 08:30 PM
07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:00 PM - 07:30 PM

How to get to the restaurant

37 Balfour Street, 4005, New Farm (QLD), Australia

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About the restaurant

Escape the bustle of the city to our charming and serene Queenslander – with Modern Vietnamese dining on the veranda, relaxed gatherings under fragrant frangipanis or cocktails on the Rooftop Bar as the sun sets over the iconic Story Bridge.

Our edgy Modern Vietnamese inspired cuisine with a French twist, will entice those with a palate for fresh, light and punchy which also includes a delicious selection of vegan and vegetarian options. The enticing menu is the creation of Head Chef Lachlan Horstman and showcases local Queensland ingredients, fresh and cooked, with beautifully balanced Asian aromats and the distinctive sweet, hot, sour and salty flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at its best.

Breakfast at Balfour, almost a Brisbane institution, is a must; the perfect place to start the day. Linger with friends over High Tea, lazy lunches or sunset cocktails in our rooftop bar.

For those with dietary requirements, our Chefs are here to please.

Head Chef Lachlan Horstman showcases local Queensland ingredients with beautifully balanced Asian aromats and the distinctive sweet, hot, sour and salty flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at its best.

While respecting the traditions of French and Asian cuisines, he brings a rebellious flair to the fusion, inspired by the image of a Vietnamese chef cooking to comfort a Frenchman far from home.


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