IL Centro Restaurant & Bar: Eagle Street Pier

IL Centro’s reputation precedes itself. I hadn’t been in Brisbane very long before I started hearing excellent things about this restaurant. When you are new to a city people always take the liberty of recommending the best attractions, sites, or restaurants etc for you to visit. This place would always come up as a ‘must eat’ in conversation.  

IL Centro is a fine dining legend here in Brisbane and it only took one bite for me to realize why. IL Centro is located in the Eagle Street Pier, a dining hotspot here in Brisbane. 

Such a beautiful place to visit at night! You are greeted by the golden city lights and IL Centro is lucky enough to have a wonderful view of the Story Bridge which displayed a rainbow of colors on this particular night.

With the holidays approaching you might be in search of a very special place to spoil a loved one... a place that offers a beautiful ambience, incredible hospitality, stunning views, and word class food. IL Centro fits the bill perfectly.

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You must try the famous Sand Crab Lasagne.

This is IL Centro’s signature dish. Every time I think of it morning, noon, or night I’m instantly famished. Maybe you’re not a big fan of lasagne? Maybe you don’t dig crab? Still try it!

I don’t usually go for lasagne or crab dishes when I’m out dining but this dish was one of the most incredible things I’ve had the pleasure to devour. All the amazing things you ever heard about this dish are true.

One great things about IL Centro is that you can get a large portion of their dishes in main or entree size. If you just want a taste opt for the less expensive entree sized sand crab like we did.

Next, we had oysters kilpatrick. We love our oysters and this kilpatrick was top knotch. I would recommend this as one of the best places to get kilpatrick if it’s a favourite of yours.

For our mains we had the Char grilled certified black angus sirloin (150 days grain fed-300g) w/ roasted bjinte potatoes, confit heirlooms tomatoes, leek and green beans served with a mushroom sauce.

And, Grilled Coral Trout w/ stuffed zucchini flower + lemon butter sauce with a side of duck fat potatoes.

We like our steak medium rare and this was cooked to perfection. The quality of the steak as well as the size make this dish well worth the cost. Very tender & juicy, this steak put a smile on our face.

The beautiful Coral Trout had a nice buttery flavour to it. I had never tried stuffed zucchini flower before and I can now appreciate why it's a favorite among guests. Our waiter told us that sometimes people come in and order the zucchini flowers as a side on their own when they see it on the specials board. The staff at IL Centro are so accommodating they are happy to serve it up when they have a large enough supply.

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*AmeriAus was a guest of IL Centro. All opinions expressed are our own.