GOMA Restaurant: A new vision


Like so many in the food industry, GOMA Restaurant has taken a mandatory sabbatical throughout this rollercoaster year that has been 2020. At long last, QAGOMA is excited to announce GOMA Restaurant will be reopening on Wednesday 4 November, with a striking new vision for their food and wine experience. The core team have remained with QAGOMA Executive Chef Douglas Innes-Will; all have been working hard on a reimaged menu and contemporary wine list.

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Douglas Innes-Will, QAGOMA Executive Chef
Douglas Innes-Will, QAGOMA Executive Chef
Mirin-washed Hervey Bay scallop, tom yum, yuzu, crystallised peanut

GOMA Restaurant

Moving away from the traditional menu format, Innes-Will and GOMA Restaurant Chef Matthew Blackwell have taken the closure period to reimagine what the restaurant represents. Innes-Will reflects on what that means:

“We wanted to retain the remarkable level of artistry and culinary technique in our dishes, continue to highlight the close relationships we’ve built with local producers, and lead on sustainable fine dining.  We want to invite in more of the community to experience what we do here. We also wanted to inspire more playfulness from our guests — we want people to feel less obliged to follow the usual meal progression and instead have the freedom to explore the menu any way they choose. The new menu encourages guests dropping in for a quick glass and bite on the terrace, or a long lazy lunch, and everything in between. Everyone is welcome here; I want our guests to feel like this space belongs to them”. Douglas Innes-Will

Saku tuna, crème fraîche, cucumber, fennel pollen
9Dorf Farms chicken, black garlic, black rice, pickled blackberry

As always, you can still enjoy gastronomic treasures, skilful culinary techniques, and leisurely tasting menus. Now in addition, the team is offering more options to suit any occasion or appetite. A sneak peek at the menu shows a long list of sumptuous-sounding dishes, from small and salty, to not-so small and savoury, or intelligent and fresh. And happily, the menu ends with the kind of indulgent and sweet plates you’ve come to expect from Matthew Blackwell. Blackwell barely contains his excitement, when asked about the upcoming opening day.

“We’re looking forward to having that incredible energy from a room full of happy people.  We can’t wait to welcome everyone back and show you our new concept”. Matthew Blackwell

Preserved Granite Belt black cherry, macadamia nougat, amaretto, roasted white chocolate, sake lees
Matthew Blackwell plating Confit & hay-smoked celeriac, PX prune, aged Comté, preserved winter truffle

To celebrate the reopening of this exceptional dining room, GOMA Restaurant is welcoming back diners with exciting events and promotions throughout our summer blockbuster exhibition ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire‘.  Join the team on a series of events, exploring experiences like fine dining amongst ‘The Motorcycle’, intimate tasting dinners exploring remarkable wine styles, collaborations with some of Brisbane’s best restaurants, sustainable and vegan-themed menus, and more!  

Amy McElhenny

The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire

Until 26 April, this world-exclusive exhibition, only in Brisbane, will showcase the art, design and history of one of the most iconic objects of the last 150 years, the motorcycle.

Featuring more than 100 innovative and influential motorcycles from the 1860s to present day, ‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire‘ will consider the iconic vehicle from the perspective of social history, popular culture, design and technology, tapping into the appeal of this enduring object of design and art, and looking at the motorcycle’s past, present and future.

‘The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire’, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

QAGOMA operates its own restaurant and cafes, using local seasonal produce to create menus inspired by the art on display. Read more

Enhance your visit with a dining experience at one of our venues — the GOMA Restaurant, GOMA Bistro or QAG Cafe when you’re next at QAGOMA.

Featured image: AACo Wagyu beef cheek, bone marrow, Fino sherry, malted onion