Award-Winning Chef Martin Boetz Presents Short Grain Restaurant in Fortitude Valley

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In a heritage-listed former clothing factory in Fortitude Valley lies one of Brisbane’s best kept culinary secrets, Short Grain restaurant.


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Step inside its brick walls and you will discover a warm and cosy space bathed in natural light, complete with banquette seating and artwork by Vicki Lee. This inviting backdrop provides the perfect canvas for award-winning chef and author Martin Boetz’s mouth-watering Thai-inspired cuisine.

From duck egg custards enveloped in pork fat pastry to fragrant curries made from scratch, each dish on the menu emerges from the kitchen as a feast for the senses. 

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The drinks menu expertly pairs with each plate, celebrating the bold spices and flavours of Boetz’s cooking. Beyond the exceptional dining experience, Short Grain allows guests to take the magic home through house-made products like curry sauces, condiments, and ready-to-go meals.

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Martin Boetz is no newcomer when it comes to dishing up exceptional Asian cuisine. He honed his craft as co-owner and Executive Chef at the acclaimed Longrain restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne for over 20 years combined.

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Under Boetz’s leadership, Longrain Sydney won Best New Restaurant and two chefs hats in its very first year of opening back in 2002. He continued to helm the kitchen for 14 illustrious years, helping cement Longrain as one of Australia’s premier Thai dining destinations.

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Now in 2023, the award-winning chef has returned to his hometown Brisbane to open Short Grain. Drawing from decades of experience wowing diners across Australia, Boetz promises to deliver an exceptional Asian dining experience in the heart of Fortitude Valley.


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Foodies searching for a true taste of Asia need look no further than this hidden gem located at 15 Marshall Street. Open Wednesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch, the cosy eatery welcomes walk-ins to its modern room filled with heritage charm.

Published 13-November-2023