For the innamorati, there’s nothing more intimate than breakfast taken in your room.
Stylish yet laid-back threads are in order, ideal for lounging with a copy of Monocle on the roof terrace, or playing a game of chess with fellow guests.
The Balfour Kitchen serves up unpretentious, bistro-style food for breakfast and lunch. The seasonal dishes (featuring locally sourced, organic produce delivered daily) are best enjoyed on the breezy expanse of the classic Queenslander wrap-around veranda. Tuck into large breakfasts of hand-cut double smoked bacon, lamb and rosemary sausages, hash browns and halloumi frittas with cherry tomatoes, eggs and roasted pineapple relish, or eggs benedict with a chardonnay hollandaise, served on toasted brioche with ham and smoked salmon. Stop by for an afternoon tea of Balfour's signature honey patties on charcoal brioche, wagyu beef brisket croquettes, macarons and chocolate-dipped fruit. Dinner is available Tuesday to Saturday; order mod-Vietnamese dishes of purple taro gnocchi, Khmer-style charred squid or green mango salad with crab, lychee, and prawns. If you can’t quite decide, spring for a five-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings. On Sunday and Monday evenings, antipasti and cheese boards can be ordered for dinner and enjoyed in the restaurant or up on the rooftop bar; if you want something more filling, the hotel has a list of local establishments that'll deliver tasty treats to the hotel.
A rooftop view of the city skyline, smudged with the pastels of dusk, sets a sultry scene for an evening rendez-vous at the Balfour’s bijou bar. Cocktail connoisseurs can’t resist sliding their hands around liquid ladies such as the Vesper Lynd or Scarlett O’Hara, a moreish mix of Southern Comfort, cranberry and lime. If you're feeling peckish, charcuterie and savoury bar snacks are available until late.
Breakfast is from 6.30am to 11am, lunch is from 11am to 3pm, and afternoon tea is served 11.30am to 4pm. Dinner is available Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm to 9.45pm. The rooftop bar is open 24 hours and works on an honour system when unattended.
Order items from the restaurant menu; breakfast and lunch can also be served in the room (there are no tables in rooms, so you'll get a tray).