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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’s recommendations Nick Stapleton

Festive Lunch Menu
Average price $65 Special request

TheFork offers

MENU Festive Lunch Menu 49AUD

All dishes served to the table family style Drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.
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MENU Lunch & Movie Special 35AUD

Drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.
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Scores & Reviews

based on 270 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.8/10
Service :8.8/10
Setting :9.1/10
  1. Julie B.
    Julie B.
    • 3 reviews

    Staff are wonderful

  2. 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 .

  3. Julie B.
    Julie B.
    • 3 reviews

    Fantastic service

  4. 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.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews

    great ambience

  6. 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.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews

    Wonderful experience, and very tasty food

  8. 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

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 251 reviews

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

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 264 reviews

    Always great meals here and the service is exceptional. A beautiful setting and can't wait for our next visit. Thanks again.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews

    So many great things on the menu was a hard choice. Loved the place and the food

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 274 reviews

    A beautiful restaurant, lots of ambience - great views from bar area looking back over the city. Staff very attentive - a great night

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews

    Fantastic food and service as usual. Modern French Vietnamese food that never ceases to impress

  14. Geoff S.
    Geoff S.
    • one review

    We had the 3 course tasting menu, but for us thought there were one or two too many vegetarian courses. Also not being a great fan of kale, having it served with two of the courses was not too our liking. The absence of beef in any course was surprising as was two pork dishes being provided. The scallops with chicken butter sauce and the panacotta were absolutely fantastic. The service was outstanding.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews

    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and experience. Wish parking was a bit easier.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews

    Fabulous food, atmosphere and staff.

  17. John M.
    John M.
    • one review

    We chose the 2 course dinner at $85 each. The selection of small plates was extensive and reasonable value although two of the dishes were lacking flavour. The selection of large plates was really disappointing. One large plate serving was a skinny bit of roast pumpkin and three tiny cubes of tempeh - the other was at least a reasonable sized duck dish. The other 3 dishes were all off the sides menu including a bowl of steamed rice! Value for money was extremely poor. It also seemed strange that our waiter for the night seemed to clock off work before the mains and no-one was designated to finish the task.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 295 reviews

    Wasn’t clear on the website that the two course meal was actually everything on the menu in small bits, would have preferred to be able to order a starter and a main or main and dessert.

  19. Sharon B.
    Sharon B.
    • one review

    Dom was incredible. He felt more like a host and made our night. His suggestion of food was fantastic, as well as the wine. The rooftop bar was the perfect place for drinks. I want to go back tomorrow. Amazing.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 255 reviews

    This is the 4th time I been to the restaurant and I have yet been disappointed. The service, however, can be improved. My finished plate was not collected till the end of the dinner and in between, the waitress was at the table not less than 4 times.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

37 Balfour Street, 4005, New Farm, Australia

Directions to get there

Brisbane City, New Farm

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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