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Brisbane The River City

The city of Brisbane on Queensland's east coast of Australia is a fantastic place to visit. The weather is consistantly beautiful, the river provides energy to an economically strong and growing population and the city has everything in it that residents or visitors could possibly want.

Having travelled the world i believe Brisbane offers the vibrancy to rival Seattle, the climate better than LA, the visual beauty of San Francisco, a culinary range that aspires to Paris and a positive economic future that is not far behind Silicon Valley.

Brisbane is an alfresco city, where every opportunity is taken to spend time outdoors. Walking,biking,dining,running,playing sport and barbecuing as close to the river as you can get.

Dell’Ugo….the perfect restaurant for a romantic evening

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3rd wedding Anniversary and the darling wife’s birthday caused us to venture on a relatively rare night out together last night. I say relatively rare as 2 children with number 3 on the way has slowed down what was a great pleasure of eating in some fantastic restaurants all over the world on a regular basis. The Balthazar in New York will always be our favourite but last night we decided to try on spec, an italian restaurant on Brunswick street in New farm called Dell’Ugo. Post extended easter break New farm was very quiet, normally Thursday night would bring plenty of people out but having had the anomaly of the double header public holiday it was unusually subdued.

We had not gone to Dell’Ugo for any specific reason, we were toying with Spanish or Italian, my wife being 15 weeks pregnant is very sensitive to heavily spiced food currently so avoiding the asian options was are only pre-meditated decision. We parked on Brunswick street and had a look at a couple of neighbouring Italian restaurants before stumbling across Dell’Ugo. Experience has taught me that you can tell a lot about a restaurant by simply the presentation of the menu, in Dell’Ugo’s case the menu was succinct but full of palate tingling options. Approximately 6 options for each of the 4 sections: anti-pasti,primi piatti,main courses and desserts, compared to neighbouring restaurants that offered a vast range of options. The learning is that no restaurant can specialise in 80 different dishes but a menu that the chef feels he can really deliver a fantastic experience with each dish is one where i want to spend my money. We shared a calamari which melted in the mouth, we thought we had found great Calamari recently in Manly but this was better. I ordered the roast lamb with roast potatoes and other roasted vegetables it was fantastic, cooked exactly as requested, my wife had the roasted pumpkin gnocchi which she loved. I took the reccomended Chocolate pudding and my wife the Baileys Profiteroles, both were magical, whilst a couple of glasses of perfectly presented Chianti Classico complimented the whole meal. The service was fantastic, simple advice delivered with great charm. The bill of $180 for 2, whilst above average, could have been double that, Lindoni’s on Hastings Street in Noosa’s rack of lamb takes some beating but Dell’Ugo is a restaurant i would highly reccommend, we will be back.

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