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e'cco, Brisbane CBD

When e'cco won  the Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award in 1997 it was a seminal moment in Brisbane's dining scene.

In those days Brisbane food was often compared with Sydney and Melbourne's offerings and found wanting and there's nothing those south of the border liked more than laughing at brash Queenslanders.

Well they are still laughing, now with Queensland's sense of fun, but from 1997 onwards the Australian food community started to look at Brisbane a little differently.

Flick forward 17 years and e'cco is still pushing out fabulous food that is simply a pleasure to eat.  There's no trickery, instead its honest flavours carefully nurtured to highlight outstanding local produce.  

Philip Johnson invited a group of food writers and bloggers to experience e'cco's new seasonal menu.

"My head chef Norman Harvey has built this new menu around seasonal produce such as padron peppers, mango, peaches and broad beans.The seafood and meat on offer is also seasonally focused."

Philip described the Brisbane public as an unforgiving lot but said e'cco had stood the test of time.  Few could disagree with that!

He's also proud that along with many loyal customers, some of his staff has been with him for up to 10 years. He loves the way they work seamlessly as a team with no disagreements between back and front of house.  I'm sure his customers would agree that goes a long way to ensuring a great dining experience.

So here's what we ate - it is drool worthy!

Lemon thyme butter poached bug tail, saffron mayonnaise, jamon crumbs & fennel salad

seared scallops, pea tendril panna cotta, smoked ham emulsion & crispy leeks.

green eggs and ham, white asparagus, pine nuts, rocket & vincotto

Hazelnut crumbed veal sweetbreads, sauce soubise, shimeji mushrooms, truffled pecorino & candied hazelnuts
Grilled white fish, roast pumpkin, wilted chard, lemon, caper, crouton and almond beurre noisette.

duck breast, grilled mango, duck fat congo potato & red currant jus

lamb loin, aubergine parmigiana, padron peppers and crispy artichoke

licorice spiced pork belly, caramelised peach, onion jam & mustard kipfler potato.

spanner crab tortellini, cauliflower puree, caperberries, peas, shallots & speck

cape grim eye fillet, bone marrow, field mushroom, broad beans, onion rings & red wine jus
crema catalana, red wine poached pears and almond praline

cinnamon sugared doughnuts, lemon creme & raspberry jelly

warm carrot cake, cream cheese mousse, candied pepitas and pumpkin ice cream

mint &  lime parfait, strawberry sorbet and lime meringue


Bottom line: perfectly presented, beautifully flavoursome food.  A delightful package.
Best tip:  Street parking is available after 7pm.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: E,d+bK was a guest of e'cco


  1. Aged 17 (circa 1998), Ecco was my first 'grown up' dining experience.
    I'd eaten at fancy restaurants before but this was the first time I felt like my parents equal.

    It was a turning point for me and I recall everything about that evening: what I wore, what I ate (crispy-skinned atlantic salmon), what the atmosphere in the restautant felt like. It was that experience which cemented my foodie-status and I haven't looked back.

    Having recently returned to SE Qld, your post has inspired me to revisit those memories and make a booking!

    1. I love your story Georgina - thank you for sharing. I hope your next visit to e'cco is as memorable as the first. Enjoy!

  2. I'd be more than happy to offer my photographic services to come along to these events, why put yourself through the stress of eating, enjoying and writing, plus photography? It's tough working for free, but somehow I could force myself through this one.... :)


  3. Thank you Gillian. You are such a trooper. You'll be top of my list next time I need a photographer to accompany me :)

  4. :) yes, it's the least I can do.... (will work for croissants)

  5. We went to E'cco last week - thanks for reminding us how fabulous this place is. We were thinking about trying one of the new Southbank places but decided to revisit E'cco. Everything was wow (bug tails, duck, fish) and my dessert, carrot cake w pumpkin ice cream was mindblowing. a pic does it no justice. I'm no longer a dessert person (prefer to drink my calories, w cheese on the side) but at e'cco I always make an exception.

    1. Tried and true wins the day! e'cco is always a stand out.


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