We went to the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm to watch some Harry Potter improv comedy. The Powerhouse is actually at the river end of James Street, one of the more affluent places in Brisbane. The Bang & Olufsen store is on James Street, to give everyone a sense of the place.

Bar Alto is one of two restaurant operating out of the Powerhouse and boy, is it busy. It might have just been the pre-show crowd, but this restaurant certainly is used to large crowds.

The appetizer we chose was actually the special for the day, so I can’t find the exact name for it.

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The major components of the dish are, mozzarella cheese, prosciutto ham and figs, dressed with balsamic vinegar. This dish was spectacular. Lots of celebrity chefs talk about balance and flavours complementing each other, and they have always sounded a little bit vague. Like they are making it all up. This dish, I think, is proof that balance is a thing.

The richness of the cheese, the saltiness of the ham, the sourness of the vinegar and the sweetness of the figs, they all come together brilliantly in each mouthful.

10/10 would order again anyday.

The main course was ribs, because the missus and I love ribs.

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The portion was very substantial and the sides were lovely. However, I wasn’t really that big a fan of the way the ribs were cooked. I felt like the glaze was a little too thin, so not enough of it stuck onto the meat. Its not to say that it was bad. We still finished the whole rack.

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The restaurant has a view of the Brisbane river, so if you are looking for a relaxing long meal to chill and have a nice chat over, I would definitely recommend Bar Alto.

Bar Alto
Level 1 Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, 4005, QLD
Tuesday – Sunday 11am till late