Modern Vietnamese, locally sourced

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 Lachlan Horstman 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.

Horstman’s menu showcases sustainable seafood, ethically farmed meats and hero vegetables, sourced from a carefully hand-picked team of small scale, quality food producers. He balances 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.

Our Chef

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. Under the leadership of new Head Chef Lachlan Horstman, 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.

Horstman showcases 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, he brings an edgy and stylish flair to the fusion.

Rising from The Balfour Kitchen & Bar sous chef in mid-2019, Horstman has helped Balfour achieve accolades including a Chef-Hat in the Australian Good Food Guide and the Reader’s Choice Award for Vietnamese; and Best Asian Restaurant in the 2020 Queensland and Northern Territory Restaurant & Catering HostPlus Awards for Excellence.

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COVID safe establishment

We are now open to outside diners for dinner. The restaurant is registered as a COVID safe establishment. Details are available here.