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HOT: Hotel Bravo, Brunswick Central, 455 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

I was pleasantly surprised when I found out my hens night was being held at Hotel Bravo in the Valley, clinic but wondered if it would adequately cater for 30-odd cackling females.

It’s been about four years since my last cocktail at Hotel Bravo, and I’m pleased to say it seems to have maintained its flare for fruity, sexy cocktails made with love, and great customer service.  Females aren’t easy to handle even in small groups, so when my hens all descended upon the Hotel Bravo bar and restaurant recently, I was concerned we’d be too much for this bustling venue in the very popular Brunswick Central complex.

For most of us, the evening started with strawberry and watermelon champagne Bellinis and I can’t say how many in total I had, but they were a real treat on this balmy evening that called for nothing but fruitiliciousness.  After the usual pre-dinner banter, the wait staff somehow managed to heard us into a united group and seat us for dinner.  Our meals were attended to promptly; however I suspect we were too busy gas-bagging to even have noticed if they hadn’t….

Bravo Hotel Bar Restaurant 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Brisbane Hot or Not review

As soon as I saw the yellow fin tuna on the menu, I knew I’d found my match.  Served rare with hot and sour salad and café de Paris butter ($30) it was absolutely, hands down, the best tuna dish I’ve ever eaten.  The fish was ultra fresh and tender, seared perfectly on the outside and raw as you like in the middle.  The combination of flavours in the salad was balanced nicely, with some tangy citrus slices and some hints of sugar.  At this time I was onto a glass of Craggy Range sauvignon blanc ($11) and it complimented the tuna to perfection.

Bravo Hotel Bar Restaurant 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Brisbane

The hens to my right were indulging in the risotto with chicken, pumpkin, lemon and crisp sage leaves ($22).  They were deep in conversation and didn’t notice me sneak a taste.  The arborio rice was cooked perfectly – not too hard, not too gluggy and the flavour of the pumpkin throughout was strong but not overbearing.  This dish really was delicious.

Bravo Hotel Bar Restaurant 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Brisbane

Some hens across from me were sampling some morsels from the tapas menu and seemed pleased with their selections from the extensive list.  Their fare consisted of Persian fetta, double smoked bacon and leaf spinach tart, river prawn and arborio croquettes with smoked tomato chutney, and the honey glazed seafood dumplings ($25 for three tapas dishes).  All racked nicely on your typical tapas tower, the tasty treats didn’t last long.

From there the night is a little blurry, strangely enough.  More cocktails mixed to perfection were consumed and there were smiles all round.  Even the people who weren’t with our party were beaming.

Hotel Bravo has a great vibe and the bustling venue no doubt keeps the punters coming back due to the great service and crafty work behind the bar.  It’s so hot right now.

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