Our hunt for a good Italian restaurant in Brisbane led us to Verve Restaurant and Bar in the city. We wanted to go last weekend but it was fully booked. Thankfully, we were able to squeeze in a reservation for dinner on Saturday despite me forgetting to book until Saturday afternoon.
Verve is located on Edward Street, in the basement of the Metro Arts Building and as such has more of a casual, artsy atmosphere with paintings on the wall for sale.
When we arrived, the staff showed us to our table and told us that we had an hour and 15 minutes until the next seating – also citing that the food comes out very quickly. We didn’t have a problem with that as we were just planning to eat and go.
D had been to Verve once before and had already decided what to order for both of us. Trusting his expertise, I let him choose our meal.
We started with Calamari ($9.90) for entrée. The deep fried calamari came served on bit of rocket and balsamic vinegar with aioli sauce. It was the best Calamari I have ever eaten! It was cooked to perfection and melt-in-your mouth soft.
For mains, I had the Pescatore Linguini ($22.90). The linguini was cooked al dente and dressed with a lot of little scallops (I think it was bay scallops), juicy prawns, roasted capsicum, olive, olive oil and fresh basil. It was really delicious and I was very satisfied with the meal.
D had the Pork Belly Linguini ($22.90) with roasted garlic, chilli, mushroom, mint, English spinach and olive oil. On his previous visit, one of his colleagues (with an Italian heritage) ordered this and told D that it was the ‘best pasta dish he had tasted from a restaurant’. He has been wanting to try it ever since and the dish definitely lived up to our expectations. It was well-seasoned and just simply delicious! I would definitely order this again when we go back.
I think we have just found our favourite Italian restaurant in the city. We will definitely be back to try their other dishes.