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HOT: Moo Moo (The Wine Bar & Grill) – Stamford Plaza, Edward St, Brisbane.

Moo Moo’s probably doesn’t require too much of an introduction – it’s not too hard to guess they know a bit about how to cook a decent slab of meat.  Having only sipped on delicious champagne in Moo Moo’s very funky, New York-esk bar on one occasion, it was with utter delight that I accepted an invitation to dine there for lunch on a recent work perk.

The Stamford Plaza is a great location for the Brisbane arm of Moo Moo’s (after all most of the real estate down on Eagle St Pier is taken).  There is something very grand and sophisticated about the Moo Moo’s decor and overall feel, which I think matches the similar qualities of the Stamford Plaza Hotel.

My party of 3 sat overlooking Edward St and the Port Office Hotel, which was quite a nice people watching spot and a lovely area to sip crisp white wine, tucked away from the bulk of the lunch goers.  We all agreed that both entrees and mains were a must have, in order to get a full appreciation of the Moo Moo’s menu, which was very, very impressive.

Big Phil decided to have the sea scallops with confit pork belly, wasabi cream corn and soy poached quail egg ($26).  A really well plated combination, the black sesame encrusted scallops were cooked perfectly and the pork was tender with just the right amount of crackling.

Knowing I wouldn’t have steak for a main, I figured I should have the peppered carpaccio of beef tenderloin with caper berries, pecorino, apple, curry oil emulsion and watercress ($25).  The slivers of beef were smooth and rich…every component of the dish worked.  However, it was a little on the dry side.

Tommo chose his hand very well and I had to hold myself back from stealing his entree from under his nose.  The Moo Moo’s Szechuan glazed Mooloolaba tiger prawns with fennel angel hair pasta ($26) was indeed the pick of the lot; it was fragrant, fresh and right up my alley….

Onto the mains and as predicted, both my companions chose from the long list of beef options.  All sorts of ‘x’ aged and ‘something’ fed varieties were on the list and the gents were very torn over which to choose.  I didn’t mimic their enthusiasm and although I love a good steak, I had no desire for it on this occasion and I tuned out a little when they made their decisions (sorry!).

What I can tell you is their choices of steak (both around $50) were both cooked as requested, and presented beautifully, the t-bone on its very own chopping board with gravy and roasted roma tomatoes.

I chose the yellow King Fish curry with prawns, spiced pear chutney, jasmine rice and yoghurt ($39).  The flavour was exceptional – very Thai, very fragrant, pleasantly spicy and the sweet flesh of the seafood bits and pieces made a perfect match.

The slow, lazy lunch was memorable and I’d return in a heart beat to Moo Moo’s.  The staff are friendly and helpful, with intimate knowledge of the menu and cuts of beef available.  I can’t comment on whether the Moo Moo’s steaks are worth the big bucks, but if their other fine menu options are any indication, then the steaks will surely be a cut above the rest.

  • Moo Moo (The Wine Bar & Grill) – Stamford Plaza, Edward St, Brisbane +61 7 3236 4500
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  1. Absolutely love Moo Moo, my favorite new restaurant in Brisbane. They are always so lovely, the food is amazing and I just adore the stunning venue. If you are. Cocktail fan then the Moobar is your place and it goes off on weekends.

    Posted by Joan | June 6, 2011, 9:33 pm
  2. This would have to be one of the greatest places to have lunch, dinner or just a business meeting. With a cocktail list to match the amazing foods it is definitely the place to be this winter. I will be back for sure.

    Posted by Danny D | June 8, 2011, 5:19 pm
  3. I LOVE Moo Moo – Great food (even the barfood is excellent), AMAZING drinks… 10 out of 10!

    Posted by Sho | June 12, 2011, 11:22 am
  4. Beautiful bar and booths. And the carpaccio looks amazing!

    Posted by Troy Miranda | May 12, 2012, 3:09 am

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