Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
It’s a relatively chilly day for Brisbane – temperatures are in the low 20s. It’s not at all to the liking of my tropical blood, so I’m on the hunt for some warm broth. A colleague recommends Sono on Queen Street Mall, so after a last-minute booking through the Qantas restaurant reservation site (another 100 points!), I stroll up to the restaurant.
It takes the waitress a while to find my booking. In fact, I’m not even sure that she found it. It’s a problem that I frequently encounter because I tend to book at the last minute and the Dimmi booking system doesn’t seem to have a real time connection to the restaurants’ reservation system. Eventually, I am seated at the bar by smiling, kimono-clad Japanese ladies.
I had looked through the menu online – another advantage of the online reservation system – so I knew exactly what I wanted. But the restaurant was bustling, with not an empty table in sight, and it takes the waitress a while to get back to me. It seems like word has gotten around that Andy Murray dines here – a photograph of him towering above the waitresses is placed front and center at the reception.
Before too long, my seafood kami nabe arrives, seved in a paper-lined pot that is reminscent of a flower. The waitress solemnly warns me that it is not quite ready and to give the hot pot and its little flame five more minutes to do its job. When I finally dig in, it is just as good as I had hoped. The broth is savoury and full of umami; The seafood – two pieces of salmon, two prawns, a scallop and a king crab leg, is exquisitely fresh and sweet. I am not exceptionally hungry, so I find that the portion size is perfect, especially when paired with the silky smooth chawan mushi.
Would I go back? Absolutely. I’d love to try some of their sushi – the food looked super fresh, and the taste of my hotpot was amazing, so I have high expectations.
Level 1 Tattersalls Building
Queen Street Mall
Corner of Edward St & Queen St
07 3320 1888
Tip: If you book through the Qantas restaurant reservation system, you’ll get 100 Qantas frequent flyer points per diner.
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