George’s Paragon is well known throughout Queensland and beyond. Chances are that if you’ve visited Sanctuary Cove, you’ve eaten at George’s Paragon. A big restaurant with an even bigger menu that keeps the punters happy by offering almost all of its meals at half price for early bird diners. It’s such a successful model that George’s is now in a number of locations, including a prime position in Brisbane. Perfect for a work crowd.
A group of us headed to the early bird dinner, needing to be seated by 6.30pm. I had previously booked a table but thought it may not have been too busy, given it was the evening of State of Origin. #Queenslander! I’m certainly glad I did book as the restaurant was full with only a couple of pre-booked tables remaining. The place was going off. I’m guessing it goes off every night.
Bugs For All!
The menu is a mix of Greek and Seafood (for which George’s is famous) with plenty of pasta, vegetarian and a quick tour of Europe for good measure. Many dishes feature a pairing with prawns or a small half Moreton Bay bug. Hard to go wrong when most of the mains are less than $20. Service is efficient and despite the fact the restaurant was heaving, no mistakes were made and there was attention to detail such as the correct cutlery and finger bowls.
The table enjoyed a variety of mains including Schnapper Kanoni w half bbq bug & king prawn, Veal Oskar w half bbq bug, mushrooms & garlic and, Garlic Prawns w white wine, brandy, cream & rice. My veal was delicious, pink in the middle and served with fresh broccolini that still had some bite to it. My neighbour ordered the souvlaki and was actually clapping her hands with glee when it arrived at the table. Skewers of lamb, onion and capsicum basted in oregano and lemon served alongside tzatziki and pita, it looked and smelled delicious. The dozen Oysters Kilpatrick were dispatched sharpish so I had no need to enquire whether they hit the spot or not.
We all agreed this was the perfect place for a group meal and have even discussed heading back for Christmas lunch. The only kicker is that there are no split bills but I had organised everyone in advance so there was no shortage of small notes and no short-changing of the bill by anyone. It’s true, George’s is not a five-star establishment but it’s nothing to turn your nose up at either. It’s an understatement to say there are plenty of menu options, generous portions, pleasant service and a spectacular view. Hard to complain when dinner and a drink costs less than $30.
Visited: Wednesday 13th July 2016 – Dinner Service
George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant
Eagle St Pier
1 Eagle St
Brisbane Qld 4000