Eterna is a late night Roman-Italian eatery that brings the romance and flavours of Rome to a secret Fortitude Valley laneway.
Leave the streets of Brisbane behind as you enter the enchanted fairylit lane, from where a rustic wooden door leads to a lively restaurant and bar tucked away in the base of an historic Valley building.
The ambient, open-plan space features leather booths along one wall, a bustling open kitchen and bar as centrepiece, and long tables to accommodate communal groups who gather until late for drinks and dining.
With a menu that takes inspiration from Rome's Testiccio Market, at Eterna you will be treated to some absolutely delectable traditional dishes that you won't find elsewhere else in Brisbane. And best of all, they can be enjoyed as a late night supper as Eterna is open late for dining.
Start with an appetiser of Italian Street Food such as Suppli Al Telefono (fried rice croquettes with tomato sauce, filled with melted cheese) or melt-in-the-mouth Polpetta all' Amatriciana (100% beef meatballs cooked in house made amatriciana sauce).
Antipasto dishes to share are equally delicious - try the Carpaccio Di Wagyu (thin sliced wagyu carpaccio, rocket salad, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, pine nuts and lemon truffle oil), Polpo alla Griglia (grilled octopus served warm with chickpea puree) or Baccala e Carciofi (crusty paprika battered salt cod and tempura artichoke served with zesty herb mayo).
No visit to Eterna is complete without trying one of 'The Eternal Three' signature Roman dishes - Rigatoni Carbonara (the original!), Tonnarello Cacio e Pepe (homemade tonnarello pasta tossed with pecorino cheese and freshly ground pepper) or Bucatini all'Amatriciana (homemade pasta simmered with gentle spicy tomato sauce, guanciale and Romano cheese).
Other pasta dishes include Pachero with Moreton Bay bugs and clams (with chilli seafood bisque) and Gnocchi alla Vaccinara (homemade potato gnocchi tossed with slow-cooked oxtail broth), while Mains include the must-try Appacchio Alla Scottadito (rosemary-marinated lamb chargrilled chops) and Pollo alta Romana (traditional free-range chicken, simmered in a red capsicum, reduced tomato and white wine sauce).
And, for something sweet, Eterna serve traditional Roman-style ricotta and cherry cheesecake, tiramisu or vanilla and fresh berry semifreddo. Meanwhile, to accompany, there's a cracking wine list showcasing a range of Italian wines (including premium bottles from Tuscany and Piedmont), complemented by a small selection of NZ, Australian and french wines and champagne. There's also a specially blended Eterna house wine.
More than a restaurant and bar, Eterna is a destination, with live music rounding off the experience.
Good to know - Eterna is brought to you by the canny folks behind Salt Meats Cheese.
Need to know - You'll find Eterna in a blink-and-miss-it laneway wedged between BUNK backpackers and Nonbei Japanese. Look for the bicycle out front.
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610 Ann St