What did the Romans ever do for us, eh? Well, aside from the aqueducts, the roads, irrigation, public health and sanitation. The Roman Empire bar and restaurant in Brisbane boasts a legacy of cooking that dates back to Roman times, with authentic Italian recipes that have stood the test of time. Of course, the Cosmopolitan Centre in Carindale is a slightly more recent addition to the landscape than the Colosseum or the Circus Maximus, but the tradition of the food is centuries old: pastas and pizzas, risottos and salads as well as plenty of meat and fish dishes. Take a trip back in time – or at least, a trip to Creek Road in Carindale – for an Italian meal that offers something for your entire legion. Book a table though, as they have been known to fill up quickly.
Serving up exceptional Italian food is the name of the game at The Roman Empire. Things are not done by half here, and there is passion flowing right through this Carindale restaurant, in true Italian style. Their menu is of course the star of the show, and we recommend starting your Italian affair with The Roman Empire with the antipasto plate brimming with cured meats, olives, cheeses and pickled vegetables, alongside natural oysters with a spiced gazpacho shot and fresh lemon on the side.
With your palate sufficiently enticed, perhaps go for the Moreton Bay bug risotto in a creamy garlic sauce, or the beef cheek orecchiette with flavoursome vegetable ragout. It would be remiss though to not indulge in one of their pizzas, and the king roberto is topped with pork belly, ham, pepperoni, bocconcini and mozzarella and we’re calling it one of the best pizzas in Brisbane. You’ll also find delicious Italian-style meat and seafood dishes and fresh salads, so everyone is guaranteed to be satisfied. You’ll find The Roman Empire along Creek Road in Carindale, close to Mount Gravatt East, about thirty minutes from Brisbane’s CBD. Bookings are essential.
Authentic Italian bistro with delicious home-made elements. The gnocchi di fungi was sensational, my partner really like the generosity in size of each individual gnocchi.
It was a lovely night the staff were excellent and food was good. Quick service. Always offered a drink. Had a great night and nice and local
Great yummy food, serving size was spot on. Excellent service, not too pushy but just right. Really good value for money. We would eat there again.
We had a wonderful evening, the service was extremely good, staff we’re polite and attentive and amazing food, starters were delicious and main meals were huge, will definitely return
Food was great, service was good, but need to have more flexibility with payment method. We had a party of 7 friends and everyone had either an eftpos card or credit card. The sign indicated only one bill per table, no split bills. When we questioned the waitress, her response was to go over to the teller machine in the convenience store which was totally inconvenient. We just settled in at our table on a cold winter's night and there was no way we were going to get up and walk a fair distance to go get money out. Many people these days don't carry cash and pay by credit card. We didn't order any share plates and only had a main and our own drinks to make it easy to pay for our own meals. As a large group of girlfriends, we all pay for our own meals so we will use cafes where you can either split the bill or have counter service where everyone pays at the counter.
Three friends went for lunch on a Friday. We were early and the place was pretty empty. Staff were attentive to a degree and two of us enjoyed our meal. One ordered the Mariana fettuccine but wasn't overly impressed. My chicken was a bit chewy but had a nice flavour. It is years since we had been to Roman Empire, and clearly it has been taken over from the Italian family who used to run it , very successfully. Not sure if we will return, but I was impressed by the look of their pizzas, so that might persuade me to try again. Not a total loss but could have been better, but not too expensive either. Cant have everything it appears.
Staff are very friendly and prompt with bringing orders. Entree's taste great! We had the Garlic Pizza Bread and the meatballs. Very tasty. My dinner was really good. I had the Fettucine Marinara. Someone else at the table had the Veal Scallopine. The might was a little on the tough side which can ruin a scallopine dish. Meat also didn't taste fresh. The Moreton Bay Bug Risotto was also ordered. Bugs were salty and the rice was non-existant. Overall the night was pleasing. Last time I was here was 4 years ago and I remember walking away quite content. This time...don't expect anything amazing. Great for a quick bite.
We were a party of 8 for lunch. We were warmly greeted on our arrival and offered a choice of seating inside the restaurant or outside in the sun as it was a cool day. Water arrived immediately without any request. The lunch menu offered a good variety and also there were specials. Everyone likes specials. There is a good variety of drinks on offer. We did not have dessert but there we plenty to choose from. The coffee is very good.
The Roman Empire Bar Restaurant featured excellent food and service. Situated in a hidden corner of Carina, Roman Empire lived up to expectations and gave us a great night out.
The food was delicious and the service spot on. There was a good range of drinks to choose from. My father particularly enjoyed the bread and butter pudding, and my husband and i tried the semifroddo for the first time. It won't be the last. Overall, good value for a good meal.