Andrew Buchanan and Alejandro Cancino have built themselves quite the empire on Mary Street in Brisbane. As well as offering fine dining degustation experiences at Urbane since 2001, in 2009 the pair expanded into the tenancy next door, adding the less formal restaurant, The Euro.
Andrew and Alejandro passionately manage all aspects of the business, and Alejandro is also the Executive Chef. Andrew works front of house, and is the winner of the 2014 Gourmet Traveller Maitre’ D of the Year award. Born and raised in Brisbane, he said he is fascinated watching the transformation of the Brisbane dining scene. With a focus on premium service and constant innovation, The Euro couldn’t be in better hands.
The pair gave The Euro its name to reflect their love for all things European: not just French cuisine, or Italian, or Spanish, but an opportunity to explore all sorts of styles. The Euro encourages people to eat in a relaxed, informal environment, sharing dishes from the bar menu at the large bar, or from the main menu at the tables, (or from the main menu at the bar, whatever you like!) This is fun, chic, inner-city cool with a relaxed vibe and top-notch flavours. Good, simple European favourites that everyone will enjoy.
Argentinian born Executive Chef, Alejandro Cancino, is the proud winner of many prestigious titles and awards. He was the 2013 Winner of the Australian Gourmet Traveller Best New Talent Award, the 2013 Winner of the QLD Good Food Guide Chef of the Year and the 2008 Young Chef of the Year UK. He also maintains two hats for Urbane, and one for The Euro. He may be young, but he knows his stuff!
The starters menu alone offers you a European tour, from the chilled tomato gazpacho, crouton and jamon; to the house-made potato gnocchi, tomato fondue, buffalo mozzarella, pesto and parmesan.
The main course offerings provide the very best in simple but sophisticated European fare, made with fresh, responsibly sourced produce. Try the Braised Bangalow Pork Shoulder, served with honey roasted carrots, eggplant purée and Mt Zero lentils; or the Manning Valley Grass Fed Sirloin, served with smoked pomme purée, King Brown mushrooms and Madeira sauce.
Vegetarians, or those looking for something a bit different, will love the Mushroom Pearl Barley with onion, buckwheat and quinoa with eggplant purée. Follow this with the hazelnut, financier, rum and pineapple sorbet; or the chocolate and Cognac Marquis with passionfruit mousse and caramelised white chocolate…well, what an experience.
Before your meal, or perhaps afterwards, when you can’t bear leaving the gorgeous surrounds of The Euro/Urbane complex, you can head through
The Euro into The Laneway Cocktail Bar or the Garden Bar.
The Garden Bar opened to make use of their outdoor space in Spencer Lane; think shabby-chic, Soho meets New Orleans style. The small and intimate Laneway Cocktail bar is buzzing with energy and boasts a sophisticated cocktail and crafty drinks menu. The Urbane/Euro empire is in Brisbane to stay.