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HOT: Fiasco’s Steakhouse, The Morrison Hotel, 640 Stanley St Woolloogabba

An acquaintance of mine suggested we check out Fiasco’s at the Morrison Hotel, as I’d promised to shout him lunch for some debts owing. Both of us had never tried Fiasco’s before and although I hadn’t heard too much about it, I was game to give it a shot – after all, there’s a huge sign on the freeway-facing side of the building suggesting they do Brisbane’s best steaks – true or not, I figured it had to be a safe bet.

As SS was running a little late, I waited in the bar area of the Morrison Hotel and had the pleasure of having a random, older man gawking at me from the next table, as I nursed a pint of Extra Dry and tried to avoid all eye contact. Clearly a regular at the bar, I shouldn’t have been worried but I couldn’t shake his piercing glare and was tempted to have a word…or run away – either way things weren’t exactly off to a good start for me!

A very hasty three-quarters of a pint down, my lunch-date finally arrived and I encouraged him to hold off for a drink ‘til we were seated in the restaurant, so I could remove myself from old mate’s line of sight. We hadn’t booked a table (hmmm, not so well planned, turns out this place is pretty popular on a Friday at lunchtime) and to my delight the staff were very accommodating and after some trickery with their booking sheet found a table for two tucked away in a nice quiet corner.

I was ravenous so insisted SS share an entrée with me to prevent me chewing an arm off. I couldn’t look past the grilled haloumi with prosciutto-wrapped fresh asparagus drizzled with balsamic ($12). What a great way to get the palette ready for action; if only I was talented enough to replicate this dish at home – the perfectly seasoned haloumi was still warm, the wrapped asparagus cool, crunchy and fresh, the balsamic with the perfect amount of zing to balance it all out.

Over a few more beers we entertained ourselves with some light banter with the staff and engaged in some serious people watching as herds of people came through the doors, filled their bellies and departed for their sleepy afternoon back at the office.

For mains I was hoping for something light but filling, so opted for the Asian beef salad ($24). Although pleasantly surprised by the generous helping of sliced tender beef fillet resting atop a huge bed of mixed leaves (and the usual suspects as far as vegies go), I wasn’t so impressed with the sauce which was gluggy, thick and tart. Let’s face it, the dressing can make or break a salad – using a sauce or dressing predominantly from a bottle is an epic fail in my book, especially when you’re paying gourmet prices for what is glorified rabbit food. Even so, I munched through what was a generally satisfying dish but I was disappointed, especially considering the great start with the haloumi entrée.

SS gave the steak a miss and went for the chicken parmigiana with side salad and thick cut seasoned potato wedges ($29). This was a meal made for a man, with most of the plate catering for the chicken, which had a wad of gooey ham and cheese oozing from a little pocket of goodness, in the middle of the perfectly cooked breast meat. On top, a warming layer of chunky tomato topping. This dish looked and tasted like one worth returning for in the cooler months.

I can’t pass judgement on their claim of serving Brisbane’s best steaks (I suspect their signage is quite dated however!), but throughout the meal, the staff were very friendly, despite the consistent turnover of patrons and although the salad didn’t impress, I’d be pleased to return to Fiasco’s for another crack at their menu and maybe make nice with the regulars in the bar!

  • Fiasco’s Steakhouse, The Morrison Hotel, 640 Stanley St Woolloogabba +617 3391 1413
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