The Balfour Kitchen & Bar


Average price $80

Sample Menu 65AUD

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Meet the Chef

Chef Nick Stapleton is primarily inspired by Vietnamese cuisine but also draws on traditional French techniques. Growing up with a mother who had her own restaurant, Nick 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, Nick 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 Nick Stapleton
  • Average price $80 Special request
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2 or 3 course set tasting menu
Sample Menu 65AUD
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 304 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :9.6/10
  1. Sarah G.
    Sarah G.
    • one review

    The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious and they catered very well for our vegetarian friend. Atmosphere was very relaxed and made for a wonderful night.

  2. Willie H.
    Willie H.
    • 10 reviews

    Been here the second time since it had the new vietnamese fusion concept implemented for lunch, have to say dinner is way better but nonetheless great spot for good food and any occasion.

  3. Nicola S.
    Nicola S.
    • 4 reviews

    We went to the Balfour Kitchen today to celebrate our 23rd Anniversary and after visiting there a little whiie ago (just before lockdown) and being overwhelmed with the food, we were a little unimpressed this time around. The setting is beautiful and the wine was quite lovely but for $50 per head, we would have expected a little more than what we received (basically some pickled vegetables and a few slices of pork belly with lettuce cups for me (I'm gluten intolerant) and pork buns for my husband. All in all rather average for the money we spent ($150) and the fact that it was a rather special day for us!

  4. Guy H.
    Guy H.
    • 3 reviews

    Absolutely loved both the atmosphere and the food. Service was impeccable.

  5. Terri C.
    Terri C.
    • one review

    Service was friendly but not terribly efficient having forgotten on a couple of occasions our request for water and the wine list.

  6. Gerard C.
    Gerard C.
    • 7 reviews

    Interesting food and fusion flavours in lovely setting - Pacing of meal service was overly drawn out - Was charged for bottle we didn't order but error corrected upon final payment

  7. Nicola S.
    Nicola S.
    • 4 reviews

    We loved our experience at the Balfour Kitchen. Even though the weather was wet and miserable outside, the amazing food, great service and romantic atmosphere certainly elevated our spirits. Everything about this place is first class and we will definitely be back!

  8. Sara  W.
    Sara W.
    • one review

    Wonderful food and really enjoyed the two course taste it all option. Only downer were the mosquitoes. Luckily the staff were quick to provide repellant when requested.

  9. Daryl N.
    Daryl N.
    • 7 reviews

    This is a great little restaurant. Rustic yet elegant. I was amazed by the views from the rooftop bar and the high level of service from start to finish! I would be very happy to come back to this restaurant. The food was delish and the setting was amazing.

  10. Cheryl S.
    Cheryl S.
    • 27 reviews

    Such a lovely spot in the leafy suburb of New Farm. A beautiful old Queenslander converted into a boutique hotel with this wonderful restaurant. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the menu is wonderful. Highly recommended

  11. Kerry-lynne H.
    Kerry-lynne H.
    • one review

    Great place. Fabulous atmosphere and the food is generous and delicious. The staff were attentive. You feel like you have found this very special place. Perfect Date Night/Special Birthday place.

  12. Julie B.
    Julie B.
    • 3 reviews

    Staff are wonderful

  13. Julie B.
    Julie B.
    • 3 reviews

    Fabulous service, excellent food, wonderful surrounds. Thank you for having us, we had a blissful stay with you and will definitely be back to visit when we are next in QLD .

  14. Julie B.
    Julie B.
    • 3 reviews

    Fantastic service

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Below the standard and pleasure of past visits: the pork main course was over cooked and stringy, the rice "side" never eventuated. The two entrees were very pleasant though. Very slow service.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews

    great ambience

  17. Peter M.
    Peter M.
    • 3 reviews

    Pleasant veranda setting on a lovingly restored old Queenslander. Delicious meals could be a little more substantial. Doesn't match the quantity of other Spicers restaurants we have visited.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews

    Wonderful experience, and very tasty food

  19. Kerry d.
    Kerry d.
    • 2 reviews

    Head chef Nick Stapleton never fails to deliver innovative and delicious food. Staff are polite and attentive, venue is delightful on the verandah in the evening with the twinkling fairy lights in the garden below

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews

    My second dining experience was even better than my first. I will come back.

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Opening time

Breakfast 7:30am - 11:00am - Daily

Dinner 5pm - 9pm - Mon - Sat

How to get to the restaurant

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

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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 Nick Stapleton 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 Nick Stapleton 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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