Nigella Lawson Describes Brisbane’s Agnes ‘An Extraordinary Experience’

The queen of indulgent home cooking, Nigella Lawson, recently brought her speaking tour to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre- but it was one of the city’s hottest restaurants that truly delighted her palate. 


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The bestselling author and television host visited Agnes in Fortitude Valley and documented the sublime experience on Instagram for her millions of followers.

“Ever since I found out that Adam Wolfers was opening Agnes Restaurant, I had been longing to go,” Lawson gushed. 

She started her feast with “rock oysters with coal mignonette (suitable for a former foundry) and Koji hot sauce, which was an extraordinary experience.”

“I must also report ecstatically the raw beef – chopped bigger than a regular tartare – with dripping toast. And the Bangalow pork chop with piccalilli and a concentrated sauce of trottery pork broth spoke insistently to me,” she wrote.

Agnes’ open kitchen (Photo credit: Suzie Lee/Google Maps) 

However, it was Agnes’ chicken skewer that Lawson declared “quite spun my senses.” The “chicken oysters brined in onion juice, flamed and brushed with toum, along with turmeric and fresh fenugreek” left Lawson “still reeling with pleasure” at the combination of flavours.

Photo credit: Junhyuk Choi/Google Maps 

Agnes seemed equally enamoured with their famous guest, responding that it was an absolute pleasure having Nigella Lawson dine with them and to see her joy when it comes to food first hand.

Photo credit: Agnes/Instagram 

Launched in 2020 by Anyday, the team behind Same Same and Honto restaurants – Tyron Simon, Bianca Marchi and Frank Li – along with former head chef of Gerard’s Bistro, Ben Williamson, Agnes has recently welcomed Adam Wolfers into the fold. Wolfers, who has joined the hospitality group this year, now serves as the new group chef overseeing operations at Agnes.


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For the beloved British personality known for her unabashed celebration of rich flavours and romantic descriptions of food, the ringing endorsement of Brisbane’s Agnes is sure to be a crowning feather in the restaurant’s cap.

Published 19-March-2024 

Agnes Restaurant Head Chef Calls It Quits, Passing Torch to Sous Chef

Brisbane’s acclaimed Agnes restaurant has a new head chef taking over the stoves after the recent resignation of Alex Gregg, who led the eatery to be named Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2023.


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Gregg departs after an impressive three year tenure at Agnes, located in Fortitude Valley. Under his guidance, the cosy 87-seat woodfired bistro was elevated to the pinnacle of fine dining in Australia. 

Gregg crafted unique dishes all prepared using fire, smoke and flame. His beef tartare, wagyu, and duck plates drew particular acclaim.

Head chef, Alex Gregg (right) with group pastry chef, Danny Rahilly (Photo credit: Agnes Restaurant/Facebook)

Gregg expressed what an amazing experience it was to lead the Agnes kitchen and achieve such honours in his time there. However, he and his partner decided a move to the coast was best for them now, leading to his difficult resignation.

Gregg previously honed his skills at the esteemed MoVida restaurant in Melbourne before relocating to Queensland in 2021. He said he leaves Agnes very proud of all he accomplished, finishing on a high note as the country’s premier restaurant. Though he has no concrete plans yet, Gregg mentioned he is interested in running a smaller establishment on the Gold Coast next.

Agnes restaurant
Photo credit: agnes.restaurant/Instagram

Now taking over head chef duties at Agnes is Ryan Carlson, formerly the sous chef. Carlson draws inspiration from Fergus Henderson, whom he worked under at the acclaimed St John in London. That stint remains a career highlight for Carlson, providing invaluable experience alongside star chefs in one of the world’s top restaurants.


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Carlson also credits his mentor Ben Williamson, Agnes’ executive chef, for pushing him to excel. In his spare time, Carlson enjoys charcuterie and sausage making. He feels ready to continue Agnes’ success, with Gregg offering praise and confidence in Carlson’s abilities to carry the torch.

Published 30-January-2024