Strangers’ Dining Room
One of Brisbane’s oldest restaurants is also one of its most secretive. Strangers’ Dining Room at Queensland Parliament has been operational for 150 years, feeding politicians and high-profile guests alike. For most of its history, Strangers’ Dining Room (the term ‘stranger’ was used to describe any visitor to Parliament House who wasn’t a member of parliament or parliamentary officer) has been closed to the public, but as of June 2019 the establishment opens every Fridays for its Sometimes Strangers’ lunch service. From 12:00 pm, Strangers’ Dining Room seats guests and invites them to sample the fare prepared by executive chef Andrew McCrea, who uses the highest quality local ingredients across three courses. Dishes include potato gnocchi with almond-roasted king oyster mushrooms, gold band snapper with citrus ricotta dumpling, Torres Strait painted crayfish with spanner-crab silk and Towri Farm sheep’s milk sorbet with chocolate soil. Reservations can be made here or by emailing [email protected]. Entry to Strangers’ Dining Room is via the Parliamentary Annexe Building on Alice Street.