Adam Barton’s passion for food stems from his love of sharing a meal with friends and family. Since opening his first restaurant Cove Bar and Dining five years ago, he has continued to spread his passion throughout the city with a number of restaurants and bars, the most recent being the transformation of Cove into River Quay Fish.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS?
I started in the restaurant business about five years ago when I opened Cove Bar and Dining in South Bank after working in the liquor business. Since then, I have opened up a few other restaurants and bars in Brisbane including Chingón, Brooklyn Standard, and most recently completed a rebrand for Cove, which is now River Quay Fish.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN RIVER QUAY FISH?
I saw a hole in the market for affordable seafood restaurants in Brisbane that didn’t sacrifice on quality. I also saw a need for a dedicated seafood restaurant at River Quay, which suits the area perfectly because of the stunning view of the Brisbane River.
WHAT MAKES THE RESTAURANT UNIQUE IN THE BRISBANE FOOD SCENE?
As I said, I think River Quay Fish fills a hole that was in the Brisbane food scene, which was affordable, delicious seafood to be enjoyed by the water. Due to our extensive takeaway options, we can cater to such a wide demographic, because you can enjoy fish and chips by the water with your family, or come to dinner with a large group to enjoy a seafood feast with house-made cocktails.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE DISH ON THE RIVER QUAY FISH MENU?
It would have to be our pan-fried Spanish mackerel, with a side of Asian greens.
WHAT GOURMET TREND HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY?
I don’t like to follow trends when it comes to food. I far prefer to focus on good quality produce that is done right consistently, rather than fall to what everyone else is doing at one time.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT SOUTH BANK?
I’d say it’s a tie between the great view of the Brisbane River and the wide mix of people that it attracts. From cyclists, to families, to couples, it’s great to see so many different walks of life mixing together.