We said goodbye to our little home on wheels for a touch of luxury and a self-indulgent weekend in Brisbane, staying at the gorgeous Stamford Plaza. We ate, we drank and explored all that both the Stamford Plaza and Brisbane had to offer.

Where is the Stamford Plaza located?

The Stamford plaza hotel is located on the banks of the Brisbane River and a short walk to the Botanic Gardens, Stamford Plaza Brisbane hotel was in an ideal location to explore the surrounding area. Our room had a stunning view of the Brisbane River and the surrounding city scape. Restaurants, cafes and shops were right at our door step. You can book your stay at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane here.

What can you do within the hotel?

The hotel itself has a variety of different facilities, we found ourselves quite pre-occupied with all that was on offer. You’ll find a gym, sauna, heated spa and pool with views overlooking the river.

Did somebody say buffet breakfast? Start your day off right with a delicious buffet and enjoy a range of cooked breakfast items, baked goods, fresh fruits, yogurt, smoothies and coffee. Shannon absolutely loved the omelette station (freshly cooked in front of your eyes) and spent the next hour tasting every single breakfast option. There are options for all dietary requirements and the staff are so helpful.

Ready for lunch? We highly recommend a burger from La Boca (within the hotel) or some on the go teppanyaki from Kabuki. Both restaurants are also open for dinner but I’ll tell you a little bit more about them shortly.

La Boca bar and grill Brisbane

The both of us have been craving some good authentic Argentinian food ever since we got back from South America and this restaurant really hit the spot. It’s safe to say that our cravings have been satisfied, except now we’ll have the desire to visit La Boca every weekend.
The restaurant features a huge wood-fired Parilla, traditional asado cooking style and an extensive cocktail list (highly recommend the sangria). If you are wanting to know more about the food, how its cooked and a demonstration, head to La Boca at 5.30pm for Light My Fire. There you will be able to get a free sample of some of the best meat, and you might even get a free sandwich. Shannon hasn’t eaten red meat in 8 years and the smell of the pork that had been cooked for 8 hours was too good to resist! In the words of Shannon ‘that is the best meat that I have ever had’.
While the restaurant is known for its slow cooked pork, beef and premium meat menu, it also has delicious seafood and mouth watering vegetarian options. Click here to visit La Boca’s website and explore their menu and up coming events! It’s pretty safe to stay that we will be back, especially for their sweet corn and cheese Empanadas!

Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant

After eating our way through a delicious Argentinian menu, we headed to Kabuki for a very entertaining and lively Japanese meal. The evening was filled with delicious food and lots of laughs while marvelling at Chef Miguel’s impressive cooking skills. Kabuki offers a captivating show while cooking up your selected menu but if that is not your cup of tea and you are looking for a more intimate dinner, there is also a traditional a la carte menu of offer, you can find the menu here.

Our incredible teppanyaki chef kept the whole table entertained with his stories and jokes, all while flipping his cooking utensils around like a juggler in a circus. We loved watching him fling egg through the air into the mouths of the guests, Shannon managed to catch it on the first go, as for me… let’s just say that I won’t be adding egg catching to me resume anytime soon! If that wasn’t challenging enough we also tackled some good old friend rice catching (also failed terribly at this), watched the teppanyaki version of Mount Fuji bubble over and played witness to an Eiffel tower egg stack. If you are in Brisbane definitely head to Kabuki Teppanyaki restaurant and if you’re lucky enough, you might also get to witness chef Miguels impressive skills in action – side note, ALL of the chefs are incredible and we heard laughter coming from all tables throughout the restaurant!

We left the restaurant with very full bellies and extremely sore faces from all of the laughter throughout the night, we can’t wait to come back!

‘Must do’ activities in Brisbane

The Stamford Plaza Brisbane is in an ideal location to explore the surrounding area, these are our 5 favourite activities from our stay in Brisbane.
1. Visit the Farmers Market that takes place in the West End district every Saturday. This is the place where you can score fresh fruit and vegetables for little money, but also buy vintage clothing and cheese. In addition, you can enjoy the street music here.

2. Head to the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery (both free) which are located next to each other. The Gallery of Modern Art has three floors full of cool exhibits, often interactive. The Queensland Art Gallery has an impressive exhibit of native Australian art.

3. End the day with a homemade picnic and a view of the sunset over the Brisbane skyline. This is best done on top of the cliffs of Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park. Rest your feet after the intensive day today and enjoy some cheese, baguette and a glass of wine!

4. Free guided tours – So much fun, Brisbane organises free tours given by… Brisbanites (Brisbane residents). This Brisbane Greeters walking tour takes you through the highlights of Brisbane from the local guide. If you have a certain area of ​​interest for Brisbane and want to hear more about it, book the Your Choice tour, where you will be matched with someone who has the same interest.

5. City Botanical Garden – Tired of the Brisbane walking tour, it’s time to relax in the Botanical Gardens! Bring a rug and enjoy the sun for a few hours. Grab an ice cream from the cute ice cream truck or admire the beautiful flowers planted along the river.


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    Debbie O'Brien says:

    Looks like a great place to stay!

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