Motorwagen is a stunning contemporary cafe, restaurant and bar found in Brisbane’s CBD, offering a refined dining experience without pretence.
Named after the world’s first petrol powered car, patented by Karl Benz, Motorwagen is a collaboration between restaurateur Sam Pask (Otto Brisbane, Urbane) and Mercedes-Benz.
This stylish city eatery is striking with an industrial chic fit-out – think exposed brick and concrete. Customers can dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking Adelaide Street or in the sophisticated dining room with burnt orange banquette seating.
The innovative menu, created by Head Chef Callum Rodgers, features modern classics with a creative twist. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday, Motorwagen is also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30pm until late.
Breakfast fare is simple and well executed - think avocado on rye; egg and bacon brioche bun; eggs scrambled, poached or fried with house-made sourdough and tomato relish or Eggs Benzy (poached eggs, house sourdough and Hollandaise sauce). Boasting Brisbane’s first state-of-the Modbar espresso and pour-over system by La Marzocco, Motorwagen offers locally roasted Blackstar Coffee on pour. Otherwise, there are specialty lattes, organic loose leaf teas, classic fruit juices and kombucha.
For lunch, a selection of dinner dishes are available (see below) as well as more casual bites like steak sandwich on sourdough with Texan BBQ relish, aioli, horseradish, watercress and hand-cut chips; Motorwagen fish and chips or Southern fried chicken served with classic coleslaw and hand-cut chips.
The exquisite Friday and Saturday dinner menu is available for a la carte dining with 3 courses for $70 per person. Entrees include pan-fried Queensland king prawns with ginger and roasted pineapple salsa; pork spring rolls with nuoc cham dipping sauce or dark rum and vanilla bean cured salmon, finger lime and rye bread.
For Mains, dishes include duck breast with lavender honey, blueberries, broccolini and duck jus; celeriac steak with mushroom broth, wild rice and pickled celery or barramundi fillet with fennel salad, bisque beurre blanc and baby potatoes.
And for Dessert, delectable choices include coconut parfait, marshmallow, banana crunch and coconut caramel sauce; pineapple carpaccio, Vietnamese mint granita and sesame praline or chocolate raspberry mousse, aero chocolate and strawberry sorbet. There's also a selection of 2 cheeses with accompaniments.
Motorwagen is fully-licensed with local craft beer on tap (Semi Pro, Stone & Wood and Newstead Brewing), classic cocktails and a carefully curated, concise wine list.
Good to know – A private dining room is available for functions with vintage inspired Mercedes-Benz murals painted by a local artist.
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300 Adelaide St