The Matriarch is an historic Newstead warehouse transformed into an exquisite 19th century French-style oasis with courtyard garden.
Enter via the vintage wrought iron gates to the charming al fresco terrace which has its own cocktail bar and from there hand-carved wooden doors lead to the magnificent high-ceilinged atrium that is a world away from the streets outside.
A destination for every occasion, The Matriarch is open for breakfast on weekends, lunch and dinner daily, tapas, drinks and a high tea service that is unlike any other in Brisbane. Take a seat on the gorgeous pick and gold patio furniture or inside on the plush royal blue and hot pink velvet banquettes, chairs and stools.
Adorning the stunning indoor space are 25 year old olive trees, giant urns of flowers, crystal chandeliers, kerosene glass lanterns, antique carved windows and ornate lace iron panels, while tables are marble topped and chairs are trimmed with gold. Attention to detail carries over to the bespoke cutlery with twisted wrought iron handles, gold teapots, crystal glasses and hand painted crockery.
Despite the opulent setting and trimmings, The Matriarch offers casual and affordable dining for all to enjoy and welcomes everyone including families with kids. Drop in for weekend breakfast that is fit for a king, with dishes designed for one or to share.
House speciality are the Breakfast Boards (for one or two) - chorizo, roast cherry tomatoes, avocado, eggs your way, thyme grilled mushrooms, home made hash browns, bacon and sour dough toast. Otherwise there's the option to 'build your own breakfast' or order a la carte from a choice of avocado on sour dough; The Matriarch omelette stack (filled with mushroom and cheese and topped with smoked salmon and Hollandaise sauce); fruit and nut plate; and the highly recommended 'Banh my Chao' Vietnamese Shakshouka.
From lunch through until late there are delicious tapas available including goats cheese balls, duck spring rolls, the Matriarch Puffs (choux pastry filled with pate), cauliflower bites and lobster rolls as well as small dishes to share such as pulled pork pancakes with plum sauce or sweet potato nachos. More substantial are the Bangers and Mashed potato, the Matriarch Fisherman Basket and Rosemary Lamb lollipops. To follow there's a selection of cheese boards and a special Dessert Cart which is wheeled out by The Matriarch's 'tea ladies'.
The Matriarch is also the go-to for Brisbane's most unique high tea - a yum-cha style affair whereby dessert trolleys are wheeled from table to table bearing an assortment of sweet and savoury delicacies and diners can indulge in as much as they want, accompanied by champagne, tea, coffee and even cocktails.
Also a gorgeous place for a drink, The Matriarch has an extensive cocktail list including the house signature 'Call Me a Sex Object', as well as boutique spirits, wines and beers. There's also fresh squeezed juices, coffee and tea available all day until late.
Nice to know - The Matriarch has a kids menu featuring chicken nuggets and fries, spaghetti bolognese, mini pizzas or cheese burgers.
Need to know - There are function spaces available, including the front garden with its own bar, which can be cordoned off for exclusive use for groups of 20+.
22 Masters St