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 haloumi 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. For lunch, expect flavoursome combinations such as seared scallops with cashews, tomato and pea purée, and duck breast with sour cherry jus, kale and cauliflower purée. Stop by for an afternoon tea of Balfour's signature honey patties on charcoal brioche, wagyu beef brisket croquettes, macarons and chocolate-dipped fruit. 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.
Breakfast is from 6.30am to 11.30am in the week and 7.30am to 2pm on the weekends; lunch is from noon to 2pm, Monday to Friday; and afternoon tea is served 11.30am to 4pm. 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).