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“6 courses with matching wines”

The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar
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Ranked #40 of 4,799 Restaurants in Brisbane
Price range: AU$19 - AU$57
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: As one of Brisbane’s longest standing restaurants, The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar is renowned for its exceptional service and delightful dining experience. With a seasonal menu crafted around locally sourced produce, you’ll enjoy modern Australian fare accompanied by a well-cultivated beverage menu. The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar offers a charming and relaxed atmosphere with only the best service. Relax amongst the elegance of shimmering Egyptian crystal chandeliers, polished walnut wood paneling with gold trimmings and comfortable leather seating, complemented by a roaring fire whilst you enjoy the spectacular views towards the City Botanic Gardens. Located inside the famed Royal on the Park Hotel, the Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar has delighted hotel guests and Brisbane locals for over 50 years. So what are you waiting for? Book now to see what all the fuss is about. Call now on 07 3112 1650.
Reviewed 1 June 2016

$130 a head was great value for money excellent service chef come out to ask how we would like our eye fillet cooked I asked him where it come from and he was happy to share with us .
take your time to enjoy it maybe go for a walk between every couple of courses . the restaurant is beautifully decorated really a classy joint the kind of place you expect the rat pack to dine at . we really enjoyed it and will be back .

Date of visit: May 2016
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Dear Guest,

Our team at the Walnut Restaurant is thrilled to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience with our 6-course Degustation with wine pairing.

Due to a sharp interest from our guests, we have just launched Degustation Saturdays, featuring a 5-course Degustation (wine pairings available) that unleashes the creative forces of our entire Kitchen brigade. Using the best quality ingredients, Head Chef Frederick Marechal and his Sous Chef Joshua Williams deliver delicacies worthy of a Michelin star. This weekend's offering includes Hungarian Paprika Lamb Tenderloin with Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Snow Pea and Watercress Salad. Do head to our website for the latest Degustation Saturday menu. Royal Rewards members receive exclusive previews and complimentary sign-ups are available online.

We hope to warmly welcome you back to the Walnut Restaurant very soon!

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Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Normally the hotel restaurants aren't meant to be anything crash hot, but according to other reviews the walnut was the place to eat in Brisbane. I did not find this to be entirely true. To begin, the service was good, but we were only offered water or sparkling water for drinks and nothing more despite us mentioning soft drink as an alternative for a younger member if the family. After ordering our main, we waited 40 minutes before we were told they were busy in the kitchen and we had to wait another 15 minutes, which developed into 20. This was however worthwhile as the lamb shanks were extremely delicious. Beautifully seasoned, cooked rare, a true treat. The mash potato served on a side was also creamy and fine, and the blue pumpkin rich with flavour.

The interior is fashioned as if you've traveled 40 years into the past, truly a good looking design with crystal chandeliers and of course, the main feature, walnut furnishings and architectural pieces. Pleasing to the eyes and brings in a soft, homely feel. Very nice.

This is quite a fancy restaurant, while casual attire is accepted, formal clothing seems to be preferred. To sum up the experience, it was sound, but not anything overly great. You will most likely enjoy your meal, the food is very good, but the service is slow and the staff relatively unenthusiastic.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Dear Guest,

The evolution of the Walnut Restaurant continues with the addition of new furnishings, furniture and also a new-look menu launching shortly, featuring Braised Lamb Belly with Cranberry and Pomegranate Agro Dolce and Grilled Corn.

We are constantly reviewing our service standards and thank you for your constructive observations. It allows us to improve our guests' dining experience and maintain our iconic status currently in its 47th year.

The Royal on the Park Hotel hopes you will return soon to view the results of our extensive renovations and sample our tantalising new winter menu.

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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Decided to try here firstly it had great reviews and secondly was an opportunity to use the entertainment card and get up to $50 off meal. The restaurant is located next to the botanical gardens although does have the road in between. it is in the hotel on the park which is a lovely old hotel which some could consider dated. Similarly the restaurant has an old world feel with wood panels.. we heard that it is about to have a re-furb. The staff here are very pleasant, friendly and attentive. We were given water as soon as we arrived and our wine order was taken. The wine list was a little more expensive than other restaurants but not outrageously so. We ordered starters of Foie Gras with gingerbread toast and Red Apple tart with enoki mushrooms and poached egg. The Foie Gras was excellent and the gingerbread toast was a nice acompaniment even though a little hard to eat as it just broke apart on the plate. The apple tart was also really nice. For mains we ordered the Rosemary and Honey crumbed lamb rack, and the truffle salt seasoned duck breast with Nashi pear. Both dishes were large and we probably didn't need the two sides of steamed chat potatoes and buttered carrots. The Lamb was perfectly cooked and came with a large portion of mash. The duck again was well cooked, the nashi pair and the cherries cut through the meat which was great, the only thing I didn't like was the eggplant caviar. The carrots were really nice too and came with flaked almonds. We decided to eat a shared dessert of caramelised banana and walnut creme brûlée, this was a real surprised because when it turned up it was on fire... you waited for the flame to die down before tucking in. Unfortunately for me I didn't like the alcohol taste left behind and it did also mean that the brûlée wasn't crispy on the top which is what I think it needs to have - just cracking it open with your spoon. I also didn't really like the banana it was too dense and to be honest had a black look at the bottom of the dish... not a favourite and wouldn't have again. All in all not a bad meal here, not the best I have had but would go back.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2016

Dear Guest,

Our Head Chef, Frederick Marechal, is deeply appreciative of your in-depth review of our food. Yes, the Walnut Restaurant is currently draped in cloths as our renovators are hard at work building a new fireplace and re-creating our restaurant foyer. We are still welcoming guests as normal and do ask for patience and understanding during our metamorphosis.

Frederick is eagerly waiting to launch his new a la carte menu to celebrate Royal on the Park Hotel's new look. One of his signature dishes is rumoured to be (shhhh!) an Orange Crème Brulee with Caramel Wafer and Passionfruit Double Cream. The new menu will have brand new features that give a nod to The Classics whilst embracing The Contemporary. Intrigued? Do keep up to date on our website and take the opportunity to sign up for our complimentary Royal Rewards Programme.

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Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I had the lamb cutlets with mash potato and pumpkin for dinner and the chocolate decadent for dessert. The lamb cutlets were delicious will a lovely sauce and the mash potato was beautiful with just the right amount of creaminess. The dessert was beautiful too, the chocolate slice was rich but the richness was dulled with the foam and the ice cream, it also looked absolutely beautiful.
The service was okay, the waitresses were very nice and friendly but they took two and a half hours to make 1 entree, 4 mains and 4 desserts, although they did have a big event happening that night.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2016

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your patience and kind understanding during your recent dining experience. We are glad you enjoyed our lamb, sourced from south of the border direct from the farm.

Currently undergoing extensive renovations, the Walnut Restaurant has already received new leather chairs that is more reflective of our majestic and magnificent milieu. New floor-to-ceiling windows have just been fitted with its grand unveiling in a couple of days. The installation of a new fireplace has also begun (the renovators found, to our great surprise and amazement, what once was the original entrance archway to the Walnut Restaurant) and will incorporate this rare find that will surely impress our guests.

A new-look menu is due to launch in conjunction with our relaunch and hope to welcome you back to the Royal on the Park Hotel very soon!

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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Rarely do I eat in a hotel restaurant, but I was after French cuisine that wouldn't break the bank and the reviews for Walnut were good.

The atmosphere is pleasant and quiet but may be a little dated for some tastes.

I ordered the red apple tart as an entree while my dining partner had the scallops. The tart was beautifully done, but the scallops were sparse and slightly overcooked. For main, we had the lamb rack and duck. Both were well presented and exceptionally tasty. For desert, crapes susette were shared. This was the most disappointing course as the sauce was overly 'orange' flavoured and not well balanced.

The service was average. While the staff made a great attempt at fine dining, it missed the mark. Our order was asked for by two different people, the waiter who poured our wine only spoke to my dining partner, and there was a small fire during the flambeing of desert.

Overall I had an enjoyable meal with a good dining experience. If you're staying at the hotel, it's a sound, convenient option. If you're interested in fine French food, this might not be what you're looking for.

Date of visit: April 2016
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Rudy C, Manager at The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2016

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to craft your constructive comments. Reviews allow us the chance to evaluate our products and highlights areas for improvement in our service standards.

Our Modern Australian cuisine does take inspiration from the French classics (in part by our Executive Chef, Frederick Marechal, who worked extensively in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Monaco) but the Walnut Restaurant incorporates styles and flavours from all over the world that represent what is uniquely Australian.

Whilst we aspire to provide refined service in a superior milieu, fine dining is not our calling card and apologise for any shortcomings in your expectations. In saying that, we hope to continue to improve our service standards and hope that you will join us again in the near future.

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