Now Open: Rico Bar & Dining Brings Fusion of Spanish, Australian and Latin Cuisines to Brisbane Restaurant Scene

Newly opened Rico Bar & Dining on Eagle Street Pier brings an exciting fusion of Spanish, Australian and Latin cuisines to Brisbane’s bustling inner-city dining scene.

Rico Bar and Dining, Eagle Street Pier Brisbane
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The man behind Eagle Street Pier’s latest hotspot is Michael Tassis, the culinary mastermind behind Massimo Restaurant & Bar and George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant. Coming from a family that’s been running award-winning restaurants in NSW and Queensland for more than 30 years, Michael has over 25 years of experience as a restaurateur. His most recent venture, Massimo, impresses with its fresh take on Italian culinary arts.

This time around, Michael has drawn inspiration from Spanish and Latin cuisine in conceptualising Rico Bar & Dining’s menu line-up and overall concept. A day before the opening, Rico Bar and Dining gave a sneak preview of the interior, designed by the same team behind Massimo Restaurant.

57 Deliciosa Dishes

Headlining Rico’s 57 deliciosa menu line-up are the not-to-be-missed Paella, their Pintxo (Spanish Brioche Bug Roll), varied selection of tapas, meat raciones, and fresh-from-the-sea dishes.

Rico’s signature Pintxo (Photo credit: Rico Bar & Dining / Facebook)

The tapa line-up features a selection of slow-cooked, chargrilled lamb ribs, gambas al ajillo, calamari, chargrilled pork belly, empanadas with braised beef cheek, char-grilled octopus, eggplant fritters, and bone marrow.

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Nibbles at the restaurant also include picadas, ceviche cured with lime, chilli and fresh herbs, ensalada, and oysters prepped seven ways at its Oyster Bar.

Rico Bar and Dining menu must-try
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The main dishes are sure to whet your appetite with its choices of chargrilled pork cutlet, braised beef cheek, Argentinian style lamb shoulder slow-cooked to perfection, and chargrilled chicken with chimichurri sauce.

Rico’s signature saffron-infused paella can be seafood, live marron, or vegetarian.
(Photo credit: Rico Bar & Dining / Facebook)

For the seafood enthusiast, Rico has equally delectable creations, including ocean trout with saffron beurre blanc, chargrilled barramundi, whole baby South Australian squid with chimichurri, chargrilled live marron, and marinated snapper tail with chimichurri.

All the deliciousness ends with specially concocted desserts, which include Rico’s signature catalana. Check out their complete menu here.

To celebrate their Oct 11 opening, Rico Bar & Dining is giving complimentary cava to all diners upon arrival. Four lucky winners announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page will also be enjoying a $250 dining voucher on the day.

Sea to the City on Opening Weekend

Rico Bar & Dining will cap its Opening Weekend as the first stop on the Brisbane Bug & Oyster Trail, with special dishes prepared for the Sea to the City event on Sunday, 13 October 2019. Now in its second year, the alfresco food trail will feature 17 of the best Brisbane riverside restaurants. The highlights of the trail also include Georges Paragon and Massimo Restaurant, among others.

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Rico Bar & Dining’s special Sea to the City menu includes Mixed Dozen Oyster Plate with Four Sauces – mignonette, gazpacho, pink pepper and finger lime, along with Spanish Tempura Moreton Bay Bug on Brioche with Cos Lettuce, Chilli & Lime, Aioli. Diners will have a choice of red or white sangria to perfectly complement their meal.

The Sea to the City trail covers the stretch from Eagle Street Pier to Riparian Plaza, Riverside Centre, Riverland and ending at Customs House. Download the map or find out more about Sea to the City here.

Rico Bar & Dining promises to bring the best in fusion cuisine, blending different cultures through its exciting culinary creations. With stunning views of the city’s river and Story Bridge, this new Brisbane restaurant would be the ideal place for a romantic dinner, a solo dining experience or a simple catch-up with friends.

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Address: Eagle Street Pier, 45 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia