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“Bellissimo”

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar
Ranked #126 of 4,929 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 6 - USD 37
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar is an above-average find amongst the numerous average finds on Brisbane's highly popular South Bank restaurant and cultural strip! It's located away from the thick of things, towards the Goodwill Bridge end of South Bank, on South Bank Boardwalk, not far from the South Bank 3 Ferry Terminal. Its quiet, calm location, opposite River Quay Green, afforded a stunning view of the Brisbane River just a few metres away, and the cityscape on the opposite bank. Our party of 5, including two children, dined there on a balmy winter's evening, warm enough to sit outside to appreciate the beautiful river view; if you felt a little chilly, each chair came with a blanket to warm your legs.
The food is modern southern Italian. Whilst the menu comprised a good selection of starters and mains, the concept of service at the restaurant is akin to a Spanish tapas bar, with your dishes being served at intervals throughout the meal, and all designed to be shared. This was explained to us at the start, but having already known this beforehand it was one of the reasons why we chose Popolo. It makes for casual and informal dining, where you can experience a variety of dishes in a really relaxed yet beautiful setting!
The food was delicious, beautifully cooked and presented, full of southern Italian flavours! Our starters comprised the Antipasti platter (bursting with delicious charcuterie items), the Arancini (stuffed rice balls), and the Polpette (meatballs). So delicious, fresh, and thoroughly enjoyable! The mains we chose were the Pumpkin Ravioli, the Ricotta Gnocchi, and the Risotto of the day! Once again all were delicious! The timing of the service of the dishes was impeccable; whilst the menu selection is not massive, there are a variety of dishes to please both vegetarians and carnivores!
Service was courteous, friendly and unobtrusive. I was impressed with how well the young children were catered for, and a pizza for them was prepared exactly as the wanted, slightly 'off menu'!!!
It's a great place in which to dine, and I will return on my next visit to Brisbane!

4  Thank Brian T
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

4 of us eat 3 course at Popolo the entrees and the mains were ok the tiramisu was like eating aerated cream with 3/4 of it a drinkable liquid, tasteless and not a pleasant way to finish, the staff were quite rude and pushy with ordering and wanting us to leave the restaurant it was only 10.30pm on a Saturday night over all not a great eating experience would not go back

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Thank Kaye X
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Gnocchi was rubbery, pasta was awful, pizza, and arrancini were good. The view at night and the atmosphere are great, service was average.

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Had a work lunch at this restaurant and was not impressed with the food or service. During the lunch the presenters for Master Chef walked in and that's when things got really bad. They were not concerned with all the other diners in the restaurant, just trying to impress these guys that will probably never eat at the restaurant again. Food was not great, and I will certainly not dine here again.

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1  Thank holidayfly
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Great view of the river with the city as the backdrop, great service, great food. Perfect for a laid back afternoon with friends.

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Thank arcarter135
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