End of an era for River Canteen

The writing is on the wall for River Canteen on the Boardwalk at Southbank as the Southbank Corporation plans a huge revamp for the space.

Brisbane will loose the board walk which is one of the last remaining elements of Expo and the building which currently houses River Canteen.

An inlet lagoon with a grassed river bank and five to six food outlets is what current plans indicate will reopen in the area in about two years time.

In the meantime River Canteen will trade until the wee hours of January 1, 2010 with a great menu that showcases their style well.

Where they will open after that is still in the melting pot but the owners are considering several CBD options which, of course, include a river view. The closure also has driven the launch of River Canteen's corporate catering arm.

But all is not lost yet. Still plenty of time to get in and enjoy some fabulous meals. Here's a run down of what to expect.

From top:
Fresh Pacific oysters with caramelised chardonnay vinegar and dutch shallot dressing.

Seared Queensland scallops on marinated zucchini ribbons with sauce vierge.

Roast fillet of black angus beek with celaric and truffle remoulade, baby vegetables and red whine jus.

Ballontine of Inglewood Farm chicken with red wine fondant potato and proscuitto wrapped french beans.

House smoked duck breast, saffron and juniper berry bavrois and citrus salad .  And last but not least, the view from the upstairs function room, which is quite superb!.

River Canteen has a great Melbourne Cup Day function  with three courses for $55 per person. New Year's Eve should be something special too.

River Canteen, The Board Walk, Southbank.  3846 1880