Modern Vietnamese. New Farm, Brisbane.

In the heart of New Farm, the seductive and diverse flavours of Vietnamese cuisine have been deliciously shaped by a wide variety of culinary influences over time, and at The Balfour Kitchen and Bar, this exploration and evolution continues with creativity and flair. Fusing the core disciplines and fundamentals of Vietnamese dishes – spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet – with the style and élan of French cuisine, the result is an award winning, inventive and edgy experience that takes guests on a journey of exultation.

Beneath the restaurant’s classic corrugated tin roof and sheltered from the street by the gentle branches of a soothing plane tree, Head Chef meticulously devises a menu that is both fresh and indulgent. Creations such as aromatic broths, crispy bao, fried pork neck, turmeric barramundi, hot sticky and sweet beef cheeks, sourdough crumpets and pickled prawn, roast white chocolate and pandan mousse, all delight the palate and stimulate the imagination.

Our menu showcases sustainable seafood, ethically farmed meats and hero vegetables, sourced from a carefully hand-picked team of small scale, quality food producers. Balancing lean, more humble cuts of meats with premium local seafood and Vietnamese flavours to create flavourful dishes, which are delicate, but deep and rich. A considered wine list continues the French influence, with plenty of crisp fragrant styles made from riesling and pinot gris, the minerality of Sancerre and Chablis, and careful selections of gamay, pinot noir and grenache blends.

Guests of Balfour can sit either inside or alfresco on the veranda or leafy courtyard and enjoy drinks before or after in the hidden gem of a rooftop bar.

Asian flavours of Brisbane at Spicer’s Intimate Urban Retreat

The Balfour Kitchen & Bar at Spicers Balfour Hotel is a dining experience in harmony with its leafy, heritage streetscape and the bounty of the Brisbane region. Balfour offers award-winning modern Asian dining in an expansive, elegant Queenslander. Guests can sit either inside or alfresco on the veranda or leafy courtyard, and enjoy drinks before or after in the hidden gem of a rooftop bar.

Showcasing sustainably sourced seafood, ethically farmed meats and hero vegetables with beautifully balanced Asian aromas and the distinctive sweet, hot, sour, salty flavour of Vietnamese cuisine. While respecting the traditions of French and Asian cuisines, bringing an edgy and stylish flair to the fusion.

Best local produce, modern Vietnamese flavour

Spicers Balfour Hotel is only one of two Spicers Retreats that bring their signature emphasis on locally sourced produce and naturally sustainable practices to an urban landscape (the other is Spicers Potts Point in Sydney), with the same sense of place and connection to the local environment, complete with roof top garden, green waste recycling and beehives.

Balfour’s cuisine balances produce from small scale, quality focussed producers and lean, more humble cuts of meats with premium local seafood and Vietnamese flavours to create flavourful dishes, which are delicate, but deep and rich.

With this in mind, at The Balfour Kitchen & Bar, aromatic whites and light red wine feature on the wine list, which is unashamedly focusses on Australian labels, but like Vietnamese cuisine, there is a strong French influence, and cameos from around the globe. Perrier-Jouet is Balfour’s Champagne house, and you’ll find plenty of crisp fragrant styles made from riesling and pinot gris, the minerality of Sancerre and Chablis, and careful selections of gamay, pinot noir and grenache blends for the lighter reds.

Working with nature

The Balfour Kitchen & Bar values the freshest ingredients, including citrus and herbs from a rooftop garden, and even maintain beehives on the property. Their food philosophy is to ‘keep it simple’ by making the actual produce the hero of the dish, and minimise wastage by allowing every part of an ingredient to play its role.

Intimate, inner-city haven

Just three kilometres from the CBD and only 20 minutes from Brisbane Airport, Spicers Balfour Hotel is hidden within the chic inner-city suburb of New Farm.

The retreat offers 17 rooms and suites, and three event spaces across two properties on Balfour Street. A heritage Queenslander hosting The Balfour Kitchen & Bar and the art deco ‘Simla’ built c1921 a few numbers down the street, provide bespoke, contemporary accommodation with an individual art deco style, in touch with its leafy, breezy surrounds.

Spicers Balfour Hotel puts guests at the heart of the best Brisbane has to offer in a very human, intimate space that’s a peaceful oasis among the life and action. Explore the thriving city and surrounds by foot, ferry, car, bike or join a scenic tour along the Brisbane River or beyond to spectacular rainforest and mountain landscapes.

Spicers Balfour Hotel is within walking distance of many of Brisbane’s best restaurants and bars, while the glorious New Farm Park and River Walk are on the doorstep, as is the nightlife and restaurants of Fortitude Valley and the Howards Smith Wharfs, making The Balfour Kitchen & Bar the centre piece of your next unforgettable experience.

Awards

  • 2024 – AGFG Chefs Hat – 12 points
  • 2023 – AGFG Chefs Hat – 12 points
  • 2022 – Best of Queensland Experience – Tourism and Events Queensland
  • 2022 – Readers’ Choice – Australian Good Food Guide
  • 2021 – Two Wine Glasses – Australian Wine List Awards
  • 2021 – AGFG Readers Choice Winner
  • 2020 – Restaurant and Catering Savour Awards for Excellence QLD – Best Asian Restaurant
  • 2020 – Two Wine Glasses – Australian Wine List Awards
  • 2020 – Delicious Top 100
  • 2020 – AGFG Readers Choice Winner
  • 2019 – Delicious Top 100
  • 2019 – Restaurant and Catering Savour Awards for Excellence QLD – Best Asian Restaurant
  • 2019 – Restaurant and Catering Savour Awards for Excellence NATIONAL – Best Vietnamese Restaurant
  • 2019 – Two Wine Glasses – Australian Wine List Awards

Honourary Roles

  • OzHarvest – Ambassador
  • RNA Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show – Branded Beef and Branded Lamb Judge