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Vietnamese Wine bar

The Balfour Kitchen & Bar

9.2/10
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37 Balfour Street, 4005 New Farm (QLD)See map

Average price A$99

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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

Last update: October 2022
Chef Lachlan Horstman
Average price A$99
Tea Smoked Chicken Breast, Ca Ri Ga Espuma, Popcorn Snow
A$19
Spanner Crab, Hazelnut, Otak Otak, Celery Dust, Puffed Rice Cracker
A$24
Sauteed Sweet Corn, Hot And Sweet Sauce, Silken Tofu, Spring Onion
A$19

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Reviews

9.2/10
Excellent289 reviews
9/10

Food

9.2/10

Service

9.4/10

Ambience

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  • Maria G.
    Maria G.

    January 24, 20231 review

    10/10

    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.
    Sarah G.

    January 3, 20232 reviews

    5/10

    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.
    Kelvin V.

    December 12, 20221 review

    6/10

    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.
    Sue H.

    November 17, 20223 reviews

    10/10

    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.
    Z C.

    November 10, 20229 reviews

    9/10

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

  • Angela P.
    Angela P.

    November 8, 20221 review

    4.5/10

    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.
    Peter C.

    October 29, 202222 reviews

    7/10

    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.
    Z C.

    October 20, 20229 reviews

    10/10

    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.
    Karel D.

    October 17, 20221 review

    7.5/10

    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.
    Raelene F.

    October 11, 20223 reviews

    9.5/10

    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.
    Craig R.

    October 6, 20221 review

    10/10

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

  • Gloria C.
    Gloria C.

    September 23, 20227 reviews

    10/10

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

  • Dean L.
    Dean L.

    September 16, 20227 reviews

    10/10

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

  • Sue T.
    Sue T.

    August 27, 20222 reviews

    9/10

    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.
    Daphne k.

    August 23, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    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.
    Phoebe L.

    August 22, 202219 reviews

    9/10

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

  • Gina C.
    Gina C.

    July 9, 20222 reviews

    10/10

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

  • Jenna H.
    Jenna H.

    June 29, 20221 review

    10/10

    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.
    Nancy K.

    June 11, 202222 reviews

    10/10

    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 ????

  • Robert H.
    Robert H.

    May 13, 20221 review

    8/10

    Food was pretty decent. Just have an issue we asked for no chilli as my partner gets a rash from allergies but the meal came out still with chilli on top. I know it's a Vietnamese fusion restaurant but don't say you won't put chilli then put it on anyway. We just swapped what we ordered so wasn't the biggest deal just for next time please accommodate if you say you will.

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Opening time
Open today

Monday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tuesday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wednesday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Thursday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Saturday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sunday
07:00 AM - 09:00 PM

How to get to the restaurant

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

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.

Features

Asian, , Brunch, Good for groups, Romantic

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