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Meet the Chef

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Nick Stapleton

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.

882 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.8
882 reviews
Recommended
(9.0)
Food
(8.8)
Service
(8.9)
Value for money
(8.3)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

(7)
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.

dined on Sat, 6 Jul 2019

(10)
We did the New Farm cinema movie meal deal- what a bargain! We shared 3 entrees and 3 mains, and a bottle of wine. Wonderful first experience at Spicers Balfour. The Asian/ French mix is scrumptious. Definitely recommend the ribs and pork belly!

dined on Fri, 21 Jun 2019

(10)
The Balfour Hotel is a real gem where the whole experience from arrival through pre-dinner cocktails to dinner was delightful. I have an unusual food intolerance which the chef accommodated with imagination and creativity. All of the staff from the cocktail bar to the restaurant are truly a credit to their craft.

dined on Sat, 15 Jun 2019

(7)
Exceptional fusion food but the service had let me down. I took my kids there so I ensured one particular dish was not spicy but it turned out to have chilli flakes on it. Spoke to the waiter about it but no apology or any effort to exchange the dish to something more suitable for my kids. It's not really a family friendly restaurant.

dined on Thu, 6 Jun 2019

(10)
Wonderful service with an excellent and diverse menu supported by delicious, well presented dishes. The layout offers a variety of settings in a quiet atmosphere without the intrusion of loud music. An idyllic dining experience.
Tsui Ling

dined on Sat, 25 May 2019

(7)
We had our breakfast there 1. No high chair 2. Ordered a Big breakfast but never came 3. Got charged with 4 lattes and 2 babycino S when we only ordered 2 lattes and 1 babycino Hmm..... it was a nice place, unfortunately.

dined on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

(8)
great ambience

dined on Fri, 11 Oct 2019

(10)
Wonderful experience, and very tasty food
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Specials

Dinner & Movie Special

Enjoy a great night out at The Balfour Kitchen in New Farm Brisbane. From Tuesday to Saturday you can enjoy dinner with us and a movie at New Farm cinema, which is right around the corner. You can pre-book your table from 5.30pm and please allow at least one hour to enjoy your meal before going to your movie. Your movie tickets are redeemable at the candy bar or ticket office & will be provided to you when you arrive.  $49 per person includes: Two course dinner - starter & main One movie ticket to New Farm Cinema RRP $80 per person
When
21 Sep 2018 - 28 Nov 2019
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
When
21 Sep 2018 - 28 Nov 2019
Sat 5:30 PM - 5:30 PM
When
31 Dec 2018
Mon 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Lunch & Movie Special

Enjoy a main course with a glass of wine or beer plus a movie ticket to New Farm cinemas $35
When
03 Apr 2019 - 28 Nov 2019
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
When
25 Dec 2019 - 24 Apr 2020
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Baos & Bowls - Mondays

Bao alert!! Chef Nick Stapleton will unleash his new Monday night offering - Bao & Bowls. It’s geared for casual, fun and utterly delicious dining and you can even BYO wine! Mondays only. *Set 3 course $49pp* *To Start* Build your own Bao- Pulled pork, tamari mushrooms, fried prawns, pickles, sriracha slaw, 10 spice, hot & sweet sauce & tamarind dressing - all served to the table to share *Main* Twice cooked beef in Aunty 5’s sauce on shaved cabbage, Asian herb salad OR Vietnamese curry of tofu,baby corn, broccolini OR Chef’s special bowl- Changes weekly (all dishes served with rice) *DESSERT- *Condensed milk & cinnamon ice cream with chocolate crunch pearls
When
16 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2040
Mon 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Festive Lunch Menu

$49 per person *All dishes served to the table family style* **Starter** Build your own pork bao Fried chicken ribs Warmed mozzarella on kaffir lime leaves & fresh tomatoes **Main** Drunk duck Salt and pepper prawns (df,gf,pesco) Vietnamese vegetable curry (df,gf,vegan) Duck fat potatoes, truffle salt, sauce gribiche Steamed rice, dressed green leaves **Desert** Chocolate parfait, salted caramel
When
29 Nov 2019 - 26 Dec 2019
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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About The Balfour Kitchen

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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