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181 Mary Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia
181 Mary StreetAUQueenslandBrisbane4000
+61 7 3229
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Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amThursday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday Closed
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Stylish dining space screened by bronze mesh offering creative tasting menus with global influences- Google
"As expected the degustation dishes were small but made to perfection."
"Go to somewhere like Aria for a better high class dining experience."
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Joseph Clark
a year ago
Had degustation with wines. Good. Expensive but good. Very drunk after 7th glass :)
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Jeswant Brahamanandam
2 years ago
Great flavours.,We tried the vegetarian degustation. The food tasted incredible! However the food portions were laughably small. My companion and i had to go to the local midnight eatery and get some fries to satisfy our hunger. Slightly bigger portions would make the experience perfect! The affiliated establishment next door offers much better value and shares the same kitchen as Urbane.
A Google User
3 years ago
Absolutely mind-blowing. Here in Brisbane on holiday and chanced upon this restaurant, had the most wonderful experience from the attentive and good humoured staff to the nothing short of brilliant food. We had the Snapper and the Pork Belly - and each were cooked and presented to perfection. I thought i'd log on here to find non-stop 5 star reviews and am a little shocked to read of many customers grievances. Perhaps management have taken on board feedback and ironed out the problems of late. We went on a Saturday night and service was very prompt and extremely attentive. I would recommend anyone thinking of going to definitely go with confidence.
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A Google User
5 years ago
This was a very disappointing experience. My partner and I elected for the 6 course degustation menu with matched wines. 5 of the 6 courses were needlessly sweet, and only the second course, the ocean trout with noodle (yes, literally one noodle), was a savoury dish. The first dish, lobster sashimi, was ruined by the fact that it was sashimi. The best flavours in lobster only come out upon cooking in my opinion, and this was ultimately bland except for a pistachio nut. The pork dish was a let down by sweet rhubarb accompaniment: what about bringing out the meat instead of the rhubarb? The foie gras chocolate dish with gold leaf was entirely inedible for my partner due to the richness and sweetness and he had to leave it, although I pressed on with it valiantly. Interestingly, this is the taste that remained with me all night, and it was not necessarily a pleasant reminder of our night out. The squab dish was the low point, being unnecessarily complicated by sweet chocolate and beetroot cake. Why ruin a chance at a satisfactorily savoury dish? The desert dish of poached pear was very disappointing indeed, the pear being tough and plain and tapioca was just a poor accompaniment in my opinion. My partner could not even enjoy the petit four, as there was simply too many sweet dishes and he was overcome. He ordered black coffee to nullify the effects of the sweetness, reporting it to be average. It needs to be reported to potential customers that the small size of the portions is quite a shock. You leave feeling satisfied, but not especially full. Big eaters need not apply here. It is about style over substance. The crockery on 2 out of the 6 dishes was impractical. The twice-offending plate made its appearance first up and in a later course, and was a kind of elevated ceramic basin. You could not balance your cutlery on it, so you could not signify whether you were finished or just part way through. I did not like having to attempt different strategies to balance my used cutlery on my plate. The glassware was beautiful, but I always find it tacky in restaurants when tableware is branded with the name of the restaurant, like a constant advertisement. Nevertheless, I am sure there are practical reasons restauranteurs employ this method and can overlook it. The wines were truly excellent and I agree were thoughtfully matched, but we left the restaurant feeling entirely robbed. This meal was $305 for 2 people, that being because one of us elected for a more expensive sauterne that was optional with one of the courses. Otherwise, it would have cost $280, which still would have made me feel resentful. Truth be told, I would have felt the meal to be pushing the boundaries of propriety at even $200, so you can imagine how irritated we were at the final price. The price was truly outrageous. True, the service is excellent, especially the descriptive wine knowledge of the sommelier, but we still found it hard to get our bill promptly at the end when we were seeking attention. A minor point: the toilet was well kept and immacutately clean, however the designer hand soap and moisturiser were both empty when I wanted to wash my hands. This is an unacceptable oversight at these prices. I would not visit Urbane again and I would not recommend it either. It was too experimental for my own personal tastes, and whilst I can appreciate experimentation, I do not believe the range of flavours or the experience offered were in any way justified by the exorbitant prices. It is one thing to be artless, but quite another to use art as a battering ram for a rip off. A true disappointment.
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Dan Petrovic
2 years ago
As expected the degustation dishes were small but made to perfection. The somewhat quiet and cold atmosphere did not stop us from having a great time in flavour and texture exploration. Service was excellent even if dishes came out with a touch longer delay than ideal. Very happy and will be back again.
Ced C
3 years ago
Very disappointed. Had a booking for 2 people at 8pm and our mains weren't served until 9.45pm and the restaurant was only 3/4 full on the night. No waiter approached us to explain or noticed our growing hunger irritation. We had to ask about our mains and then got a brisk reply that the food was minutes off before the waiter turned away not wanting to hear anymore of our greivance. The head waiter came out but only offered some side dish beans and to give me my single glass of rose wine for free. He then came back and wanted to point out that it was only 30mins between entree and mains away. This may be true but the delay between taking the order, getting the entree out, and collecting the dishes all added up. So to try and justify a problem rather than listen to the customer's concern is a very poor customer service approach. In a place like Urbane, you'd expect the wait staff to be more intouch with the customer's comfort and communicate better for delays. Additionally it is expected that most people would be starving by 9.45pm and lesser class restaurants are more in touch with this simple concept. We ordered the Squab and Crispy Pigstail. Although the food was interesting and inventive, it wasn't a great mix of flavours and the pigstail was so small that it is largely the reason why we were inpatient for the main. The main that we both had was the wagyu which was good but not great and not worth the long wait. The desserts were interesting and we applauded the ingenuity but not satisfying. We went home still hungry after $205. Can't recommend the restaurant. I think it has put the food ingenuity of higher importance than food satisfaction, customer satisfaction, and overall dining experience. Go to somewhere like Aria for a better high class dining experience. I concur with the negative reviews here and wish I had read these before I went so that I could have eaten before going. A true sign of a poor restaurant.
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A Google User
4 years ago
We recently tried the full degustation (with matched wine) coming in at a price of $205/pp. So at that price I think you're entitled to get treated to something quite special. This is really a mixed bag I'm afraid. The ambience matched the price tag, so did the service (mostly), but overall the food isn't worth the expense you're paying for it. Although the menu is varied and fanciful the meals are good but not great. A few exceptions to that rule exist, and there's certainly some good creativity but overall it was just barely above average for fine dining. The wine was also OK and well matched but when you get served a small sip from a $6 bottle of cider, you're left wondering why you paid $85 for the privilege. What spoils the experience the most is the extremely small quantities of food and the length of time it takes to serve them We were told to expect 3 hours for degustation... it took almost 5. Given it's steep price tag, Urbane can do with a lot less pretence and a bit more focus on providing adequate value and customer satisfaction.
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A Google User
4 years ago
The food was of a great standard, fresh, attention to detail and using good product. Unfortunately this was completely let down by very poor service. Although there were more than enough capable floor staff, they did not seem like they wanted to be there at all and paid little to no attention to our table, making it difficult to tell them on multiple occasions that they forgot our drinks as part of the degustation menu. The wine was very poorly timed, either coming out so far before the meals that they were warm by the time food came out or after the meal had been finished or forgotten alltogether, of course without apology. It was a shame that the service was so poor because it overshadowed the meals and the conversation all round could not stir from the ongoing poor manners and mistakes. I commend the chef though I would not go here again.
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