Chef Ben O’Donoghue Debuts Italian-Inspired Dining Destination in Fortitude Valley

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Fortitude Valley just welcomed its newest dining hotspot, Establishment 203, an Italian-inspired steakhouse by celebrated TV chef Ben O’Donoghue.


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For this new venture, O’Donoghue has partnered with premium beef producer Stanbroke. Bringing a touch of la dolce vita to Brisbane, Establishment 203 marries top-quality steaks with homemade pastas for a unique Aussie-Italian cuisine.

Housed in a converted nightclub transformed into a plush dining room by acclaimed designer Tamsin Johnson, the mood is as sleek as the steaks. 

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Hand-selected cuts of Wagyu and Angus from Stanbroke’s family-owned stations are cooked over flaming grills in full view at the restaurant’s open kitchen, then served alongside plates of fresh seafood, rich bolognese, and more.

Indulge in succulent Southern Rock Lobster drizzled with lemon and garlic butter or opt for a rich Tonnarelli pasta with a Wagyu sirloin bolognese – both signatures expertly prepared in Establishment 203’s kitchen.

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With a 230-bottle wine list and cocktails at the adjoining Bar 203, Establishment 203 offers a complete night out. Chef O’Donoghue, who was also behind the Billykart Kitchen and Bender’s Bar, brings his chef expertise to the table and aims to make it among the world’s best steak restaurants.

Chef Ben O’Donoghue (Photo credit: Establishment 203/Instagram)

O’Donoghue is staking his reputation on serving Brisbane’s best steak – and with partner Stanbroke overseeing cattle every step of the way, he’s confident the claim stacks up.


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Stanbroke’s vertically integrated process means the family company manages breeding, grazing, processing and ageing, enabling exacting quality control from birth on their farms to butchering.

Now open at the corner of Ann and Marshall Streets, reservations can be made online through their website for a taste of Italy by way of Queensland farm country – only at Establishment 203.

Published 6-December-2023