Toro Bravo Reviews

Tony Harper: Brisbane News

“The service was bright, fast and capable… It’s more like a contemporary bar with a dining room attached, and it’s a very well-stocked bar indeed, with an array of rare spirits and some interesting wines. The menu draws its inspiration from Europe. It is a thoughtful amalgam of well-conceived European bistro food, excellent service and a crackerjack drinks list in warm, modern surrounds.”

Alison Walsh: Courier Mail
“The wine list is a carefully selected range of interesting choices, including plenty of boutique wineries and selections from Spain, France, Italy and Austria, as well as a small rarity collection…”

Madeline Healy: The Courier Mail – Good Life Restaurants Guide
“Bravo is both a restaurant and a buzzing bar and the two spaces are separated by a large oval-shaped bar that opens on all sides. There’s a large range of appealing tapas on offer… you can saddle up for the full deal of mainly modern Australian bistro-style main courses.”

Anooska Tucker Evans: Sunday Mail
“GOING to a bar for lunch is not always the best of ideas. It’s far too easy to settle in and not notice the passage of time.” Enjoying a few drinks and a meal with friends, before long the so-called lunch has turned into dinner.”
On a recent visit to Hotel Bravo in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, it took all my willpower not to let that happen.
This modern restaurant and bar offers a relaxing and unpretentious atmosphere with a French-style bistro down one half, a funky minimalistic bar down the other and a covered outdoor dining space at the front.
We sat outside, trying to soak in the warm winter sun, and set our sights on the cocktail list.
It’s lengthy and made up of classics, martinis, sours, long drinks, champagne cocktails and stick drinks. Most drinks are common combinations, then there are those that have the Bravo flair, such as the vanilla and cinnamon sour (Licor 43, lemon juice, cinnamon gomme syrup and eggwhite) or the hot chocolate and hazelnut martini (Kahlua, Frangelico, milk, chocolate and cinnamon, served hot). We opted for one such imaginative creation, the vanilla ice-cream martini.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, though, the bar has a comprehensive wine list, with some well-known commercial labels plus a variety of little-known but very good bottles at reasonable prices.
Then there’s their range of boutique beers from around the world, with a particularly good variety of Asian beers.
We were there for lunch, too, and the bar’s restaurant offers a tempting modern Australian menu with the likes of lamb shank massaman curry, chicken laksa, pastas and risotto, good old fish and chips, plus a variety of steaks.
None of us felt like a heavy meal, so we chose instead from the tapas menu.
While we managed to pull ourselves away after just one drink, Hotel Bravo is definitely a place worthy of a long lunch.

Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide
“There’s more to this Valley venue than meets the eye The distinctly casual decor is dominated by a large bar separating dining tables from bar-goers and there’s a large covered terrace out the front”

Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide
“One of the few spots in town where you can dine late at least on Friday and Saturday nights as the kitchen guarantees orders will be taken until 11 pm”

Queensland Food and Wine

“A sprawling timber framed space taking in a covered terrace, elliptical bar as well as a more intimate dining area; this is a good-natured spot with a fine choice of boutique beers, wines and spirits”

Courier Mail Food and Wine Guide Queensland
Score: 14.5/20
“Hotel Bravo is an Aladdin’s Cave for lovers of the eclectic. The back bar has a great range of exofica from ancient rums to small-batch vodkas, the wine list is a mix of small Australian and well-priced European labels, and the menu is an enticing array of mostly Euro-inspired dishes”

Courier Mail Anooska Tucker-Evans,
“GOING to a bar for lunch is not always the best of ideas. It’s far too easy to settle in and not notice the passage of time. Enjoying a few drinks and a meal with friends, before long the so-called lunch has turned into dinner. On a recent visit to Hotel Bravo in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, it took all my willpower not to let that happen”

Courier Mail food and wine guide Queensland 2008
Score: 14/20
“It doesn’t really matter what your bent is, Hotel Bravo will have something to suit. Capably operated by a bevy of beautiful young things, it has a formidable drinks list (cocktails, rare spirits and a multifaceted wine list) and a European-inspired menu that is divecse and occasionally eclectic”

Brisbane News Dining Out Guide
“Here is a St Germain-inspired bistro with a street-side courtyard around an expansive bar”

Courier Mail Alison Walsh, Food
14 Wine 16 Service 14 Ambience 15 The Score 15
“As part of its makeover, Hotel Bravo has decided on a French accent in areas other than its name. Some French staff have been employed, including our waitress, and the menu is dotted with French dishes, although overall it has quite a multicultural tone. Head chef Colin Brown has devised a menu offering 15 main courses that cover everything from linguine to risotto, wild kangaroo rump, seared Moroccan spiced salmon and Grimaud duck with raspberry jus. The aim seems to be to ensure there is something for everyone, and that’s without even looking at the tapas menu.”

Courier-Mail Goodlife Restaurant Guide
“In the middle of Brunswick St, Bravo is both a restaurant and a buzzing bar and the two spaces are separated by a large oval-shaped bar that opens on all sides. Bi-fold windows open the full length of the restaurant along the street at waist height and a spacious covered terrace hangs off the front”

Brisbane News Eating Out Guide
“Bravo is an ideal place for watching the Valley crowd. Chef Colin Brown (also at neighbouring Monsoon) is inspired by the Mediterranean, Mexico and California.”

Natascha Mirosch
score 7/10
“Bravo Wine Bar and Bistro could practically be considered an old timer after almost seven years in Fortitude Valley. It’s the kind of place that offers something different to everyone – a laid-back people-watching bar or a late nightspot, but for me, it’s always been a reliable eatery with the bonus of rare-as-hen’s-teeth Valley parking. Bravo’s decor is warm, bright and vaguely Mediterranean, with seating inside and out on a terrace. The menu is modern Australian with a side trip to our Asian neighbours as well as a brief nod to Europe and the Middle East. Instead of entrees, it offers tapas, which are great as a prelude to dinner or just with drinks. ”

Courier-Mail Goodlife Restaurant Guide
“Since opening more than six years ago this combination of bistro and wine bar has remained a consistent performer in both areas. Overlooking Brunswick St, with waist-high windows opening out on to the footpath and a terrace off to one side, it is a well-loved watering hole for inner-city dwellers and a central meeting place”

Brisbane News Dining Out Guide  “A Valley hotspot, Bravo has great tapas that can be enjoyed with any one of a host of well-known wines. Chef Colin Brown’s extended menu is similarly appealing.”

The Courier Mail,Good Life, Lizzie Loel
Food 15/20,Wine 15/20,Service 15/20, Ambience 15/20
The Bravo menu leans towards classic Mod-Oz bistro fare but strays into some interesting arenas collecting inspiration from Creole cooking,Mexico,California and also the Mediterranean.’