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Novotel Brisbane South Bank restaurant, Spice Central Kitchen & Bar, shoots to number one on Tripadvisor

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Brisbane has a new number one rated restaurant on Tripadvisor and it’s Novotel Brisbane South Bank’s Spice Central Kitchen & Bar.

Inspired by the great food markets of the world, Spice Central Kitchen & Bar’s menu takes diners on a culinary journey.

Opening in 2018, Novotel Brisbane South Bank is one of the ‘next generation’ of Novotel hotels. The design of Spice Central Kitchen & Bar – complete with its focal point ‘show kitchen’ that brings the theatre of the kitchen to the forefront of the dining experience – is the result of a collaboration between Noel Robinson Signature Architects and Kinstone Group and is inspired by the finest airport lounges and dining spaces around the world.

Floor to ceiling windows overlooking leafy Musgrave Park invite the outside in, complementing the greenery and brushed steel lattice framework that provides diners with a sense of refinement and elegance; a perfect backdrop for the polished presentation of Executive Chef Devranjan Dasgupta’s dishes, which are rich with flavours celebrating local produce and exotic spice elements.

“Finding a balance between simplicity and richness, emotion and precision, and wellness and indulgence is what I’m aiming for with these dishes,” says Chef Devranjan. “Food is a memory, and I wanted to use my craft with food to make dishes that would become a memorable part of everyone’s journey.”

Chef Devranjan started his career in culinary schools in India, moving quickly to prestigious brands such as Oberoi and Taj Hotels Palaces and Resorts, then sailing for a number of years with international cruise liners and eventually landing in Dubai at the Burj Al Arab hotel.

Once there, when Chef Devranjan wasn’t looking after celebrities such as David Beckham, he was winning medals in the 2013 UAE Chefs competition. This winning streak followed him to India where he led a team of chefs to receive a ‘Best Multi-Cuisine Restaurant’ award for three consecutive years.

“Bringing all that knowledge to Australia in 2018, I feel grateful to have had experience working in several different countries,” says Chef Devranjan. “I have learned different techniques, discovered local produce and undiscovered cuisines, and what could be better than combining different cuisines all on one table, using some of the best fresh and local produce.”


  • ‘Pasta al Nero’ Grilled Octopus ala Luciana’, which is a traditional Neapolitan seafood dish, named after the fishermen, ‘Luciani’, of the historical seaside neighbourhood of Santa Lucia. Using Western Australian Long Leg Octopus, the pasta is infused by squid ink, colouring it black and perfectly complementing the grilled octopus tentacle.
  • Mirin and soy glazed Atlantic Salmon with braised shitake and beans.
  • Four-hour slow cooked Braised Lamb Shank with red wine, smoked cheddar polenta and fresh gremolata.
  • Locally sourced Toowoomba Borrowdale Pork Tenderloin, served with ‘pont neuf’ potatoes, confit tomato and red wine jus, paired with Mooloolaba prawns for an exquisite surf and turf experience.

General Manager of Novotel Brisbane South Bank, Jean-Phillippe Lagarde, says the team have been working extremely hard to ensure that the combination of well-presented food, cooked to perfection and served with a passion for human connection truly delivers a dining experience worthy of glowing reviews.

“Our focus was on delivering a great culinary experience,” says Mr Lagarde. “There is a great misconception about the standards of hotel restaurants, we have demonstrated that we can serve quality and refined dishes and are able to be up there with the best in the city. I am extremely proud of the team who have dreamed big, and have achieved this number one position.”

Spice Central Kitchen & Bar is located in the Novotel Brisbane South Bank at 38 Cordelia St, South Brisbane and is open daily for breakfast and dinner, and lunch on Friday and Saturday only.

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