Former Saint Peter head chef opens diner and wine bar at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves

Another exciting opening has graced Brisbane with Arc Dining at Howard Smith Wharves.

Former Saint Peter head chef Alanna Sapwell has moved back home to Queensland to take on the top job running the kitchen at her new 100-seat restaurant and 140-seat wine bar.

Located at the New Farm end of the huge new dining precinct, which opened last year, Arc’s spacious glasshouse dining room, designed by acclaimed interior designer Anna Spiro, drinks in views over the Brisbane River. The eclectic, art-filled space centres around a fig tree that almost brushes the ceiling. 

Sapwell’s contemporary menu zooms in on locality and sustainability. “At Arc our aim is to provide food that people feel great about. We feel really strongly about our use of ethically raised and sourced produce. We want the diners at Arc to have an elevated dining experience while still making it fun, approachable, fresh and satisfying,” says Sapwell.

At the bar, the native Australian ingredients and animal off-cuts sit proudly on the snack menu. One, to be eaten with hands, is a tumble of fried saltbush leaves and thin strips of pig’s ears spiked with vinegar. 

The restaurant menu showcases a lot of local seafood, like rock crabs and mantis shrimps. For dessert, there’s a Granny Smith and sunflower tart with lemon and honey, and, as Sapwell is a proponent of animal fat in desserts, lavender and lamb fat caramels.

Sommelier Ian Trinkle, formerly Aria where he won the Judy Hirst Award for Best Sommelierlast year, has pulled together a list of 400 bottles that focuses on natural and organic wines from winemakers with sustainable practices on the brain. 

Arc joins the three other venues that have opened at the enormous precinct: Felons Brewing Co, bar Mr Percival’s and Jonathan Barthelmess’s Greca restaurant. But there's still plenty more to come for the complex. 

 “Arc Dining and Wine Bar is a really special addition to Howard Smith Wharves. The unique food and wine offerings from Alanna and Ian add something new and different to the Brisbane dining scene,” says Howard Smith Wharves director Adam Flaskas.