Where to Celebrate a Milestone with a Long Lunch

Published on: 19-Aug-2019
Where to Celebrate a Milestone with a Long Lunch

Our friends at Concrete Playground scoured the selection of restaurants in the Citibank Dining Program to curate a series of lists designed to help you find the ideal restaurant for a specific occasion. Read their review below.  

Whether it's a birthday, promotion, anniversary or celebration of general adulting (taxes in and laundry done), there are times you just want to treat yo-self with some luxurious daytime dining. Luckily, Brisbane has no shortage of restaurants where you can park yourself for hours, feasting and clinking glasses upon glasses of celebratory vinos. To make it easy, we've partnered up with Citi to narrow down some top Brissie faves for a leisurely lunch, spanning the spectrum from Italian along the river to Vietnamese fare with an extra French twist. Plus, there are a few wine pairing suggestions in there, too. All you have to do is make the booking.

What's more, if you've got a Citi card, you can kick things off with a free bottle of wine, thanks to the Citibank Dining Program. Sad desk salad be gone. Book at any participating restaurant, mention the offer upon arrival and settle in for a long lunch complete with a free bottle of wine — just make sure to tap that Citi card at the end.


At Lutece, chef Romain Bapst — one of Brisbane’s finest — brings a slew of honed culinary skills to this gem of a bistro. Sticking to classics and doing them well is what Lutèce is all about, With rich, creamy flavours typical of French cuisine, the restaurant provides a menu of dishes perfect for warding off any winter chill. Plus, its got sweeping views to Mount Warning. Start with the buttery Alsace-style onion soup with house-made duck sausage, croutons and gruyere (with an accompanying baguette, of course). Then pair your free Tightrope Walker chardonnay with the signature sand crab lasagne with creamy crustacean sauce. Or, if you prefer red, the Last Horizon pinot noir with the roasted duck leg atop Alsace sauerkraut, pomme rattes and dried coriander jus is also a must.


Urbane champions the evolution and fusion of cuisines, refusing to be defined by country or style. It’s committed to seasonal, sustainable ingredients and uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, meaning you’ll always get something dynamic and unpredictable. Even the menu itself is elusive, with two-word items such as ‘brioche/miso’ and ‘pelamide/herbs’ all that’s indicated. So, leave your inhibitions at the door and trust this award-winning restaurant will deliver, with both omnivore and vegetarian degustations available. As fine dining experiences go, this one has taste twists aplenty to pair with the free Under & Over shiraz or pinot gris. Take a chance on a next-level lunch that will blow your mind, without blowing the wine budget.

Allium Restaurant and Bar

Allium serves up exciting Modern Australian cuisine in a relaxed New Farm setting. You can expect high-class fare from this award-winning restaurant, but with a less fuss, more fun approach. Serving comforting, familiar dishes that allow the ingredients to shine, Allium is a people pleaser. Pair the citrus notes of the free Mount Pleasant Eight Acres semillon with the Spencer Gulf hiramasa kingfish, cucumber, buttermilk, apple and dill. If it’s a cold Brisbane day, go for something richer, like the Black Onyx rump cap with roasted shallot, celeriac, horseradish and sour cream with some shoestring fries and the free Partisan Trenchcoat, a blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre.

Otto Ristorante

With geometric wood interiors, purple detailing and its enviable river views, Otto sets a ‘cool Italian’ vibe for your lazy lunch. Plus, it’s got some really, really good bowls of pasta for when you’re hankering for some homey (but still fancy) fare. The menu combines seasonal ingredients with southern Italian influence and there’s a mighty nice wine list to go with it, naturally. A free Framingham Marlborough sauvignon blanc suits dishes as simple as ostriche al naturale (raw oysters) as well as the more decadent Champagne lobster spaghettini with garlic, chilli, white wine, shellfish stock and lemon butter. If you’re more of a red drinker, opt for the free Mount Pleasant Mothervine pinot noir to sip with the woodfire-grilled duck breast or the simple, delicious tomato-based strozzapreti. Sometimes you don’t need all the bells and whistles, just some heart-warming tasty food and a good vino.

This article was originally published on Concrete Playground. You can view the original article here.

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