Joining Westfield Chermside’s new resort-style food precinct, BiN 931 is Brisbane’s first restaurant from the Coast-based Ridgeway Group, owned by award winning Chef Daniel Ridgeway and Ruggie Ridgeway. Spanning from Coolangatta, all the way up to Burleigh, Mermaid, Broadbeach and beyond, the Ridgeway Group are setting the bar for both beautiful venues and tantalising food and drink menus. A classically designed restaurant with a splash of modern age, BiN 931 has a service that echoes fine dining and an atmosphere that represents sophistication and relaxation.
BiN 931’s menu is an around-the-world share plate adventure by executive chef Dustin Sanderson, which features amazing food, decadent wines and unique cocktails. With cameras in hand and our stomachs rumbling loud, we visited BiN 931 for an afternoon of menu tasting and high review ratings!
Slipping into one of BiN 931’s intimate and spacious booths, we were provided with award-winning service from speedy and friendly staff. Adding to the efficient and modern service, we were then given an iPad that featured a detailed drinks list with high-quality images of all drink items. Settling on Hesketh’s The Proposition Moscato, and Saignée Rosé, we now had two of the best tasting wines by our side, ready to combat the food journey ahead.
The appetisers arrived on a bed of crushed ice and salt, and came in the form of four fresh and delicately prepared oysters; two of each in the mignonette (minced shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar) and tosazu (a Japenese inspired vinegar sauce) flavour. It was like eating a small amount of pure ocean as the oysters were prepared to perfection - chilled, salty and smooth.
Following the elegant Oysters came a shared plate of two Karaage chicken steamed bao buns with tonkatsu sauce and japanese mayo. Simple but delicious, the Karage chicken was crispy and succulent whilst being accompanied by a burst of savoury and an alternative hint of the slightly sweet bao bun. Next up was a bowl of melting Fried Jamon & mozzarella balls with citrus aioli. On the outside the balls are superbly fried crunchy and golden, however take a fork to the center and you will be met with cheesy and creamy goodness, with small rashes of dry-cured ham inside.
Ready to meet our mains, we chose one from the grill section: the Beef sirloin (250g), red wine jus, served up with duck fat kipfer potatoes and a leaf salad. Cooked medium-rare, the high-quality sirloin was perfectly matched with the red wine gravy to produce a tangy, tender and juicy finish. Our second main was from the pasta family; a Prawn & Moreton Bay bug agnolotti. Pair fresh and perfectly seasoned seafood with a tangy lemon beurre blanc sauce - and you got yourself an intensely flavorsome pasta dish.
Next up, we decided to change routes and try the Southside Ink cocktail. Boy oh boy do they need to scream “GIN” in the chorus instead of “TEQUILA”, because this cocktail packed a punch! With Ink Gin, fresh lime, clapped mint, and a dash of sugar syrup for a bit of sweetness, the Southside Ink is a refreshing but daring cocktail for all Gin lovers.
Running up to a home stretch, we finished off with the Chocolate & hazel nut mousse with raspberry puree and hokey pokey. Clearly made from the Dessert God high above, this heavenly treat would have to be the star of the show. Giving us a burst of flavours in just one big bite, the chocolate mousse was creamy, salty and sweet – all at the same time. Beware though: it can cause a spoon war between who gets the last bite!
With such a beautiful space and a diverse range of items to order, we can guarantee we will return to the BiN 931 to wine and dine very soon. If you dig reasonable prices, excellent service, fantastic food and innovative cocktails, then BiN 931 is your next go-to spot!