Deery’s Restaurant – The Story Bridge Hotel
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Story Bridge Hotel (SBH) has been a popular watering hole for Brisbane locals for many years.
SBH has been in the Deery family since 1967 and is one of the very few pubs left that hasn’t been gobbled up by the two conglomerates that dominate the Australian business landscape.
Built in 1886 it opened as the Kangaroo Point Hotel and had a name change to The Story Bridge Hotel in 1940 when it’s namesake opened, understandably as it is literally under the Story Bridge.
I have spent may nights at the Story (that’s what us locals call it) watching various sporting events on the big screens, catching up with friends for a pre dinner drinks, or, as was the case for this visit, dinner at Deery’s Restaurant.
For the past two years we’ve watched the AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final at Deery’s which also coincides with Riverfire, a firework spectacular that closes the annual Brisbane Festival. A 20+ minute pyrotechnic show fully choreographed to music from Beethoven to ACDC. Each year surpasses the last and I have no doubt this year will be the same.
Last year, however, we were relocated to the back of The Story Bridge Hotel as Deery’s underwent a huge makeover and renovation, for a fresh new look, a bar relocation and an open ceiling exposing the timber beams that compliment the flooring and furniture for a casual, warm, earth feel.
I’ve never had a bad meal at the Story, or bad service and that spans over 10 years! That is a testimont to the owners and paints a picture of consistency, sadly lacking in some businesses in today’s world.
200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland 4169 Australia.
Ph (07) 3391 2266
For the very first time I skipped the eye fillet and ordered something different. Deery’s are renowned for their great steaks so after much humming and harring, the smoked prawns on the seafood dish won me on the night!
I ordered a Seafood Assiette consisting of seared jumbo scallops, grilled smoked prawns, salt and pepper local fish green beans on a bed of celeriac puree.
The prawns had a subtle smoked flavor and were delicious. Seared scallops were just warm, a little too cold for my liking, but still lovely. Snapper was the fish of the day, crumbed, crispy on the outside with firm white flesh, cooked beautifully.
The Vadouvan Sauce (served on the side) was subtle and complemented the seafood.
A definite “Died and gone to Heaven” type of dessert! Huge serving of chocolate browne served warm with a gooey centre that oozed once pierced, yum!
Complemented with a dollop of cream, salted caramel ice cream and shavings of dark chocolate.
Not to be missed!
I highly recommend Deery’s for dinner at The Story Bridge Hotel.
The menu is varied and would suit all foodies. Vegetarian and gluten free options are clearly stated throughout the menu.
A few starting plates to share, Small Plates offered as Entree’s with most beasts represented on the Mains selection. Char Grill for sirloins, eye fillets, ribs or rumps choices for steaks, a variety of sides and sauces round the menu off well.