Pause Samford



Samford, on the green edge of our city, calls you to experience the most exciting Restaurant option the North of Brisbane has seen for many years.

Fresh delicious food, with simple crafted Mediterranean flavours and high quality ingredients promise something to explore.

It’s designed to have you dwell, to take your time.

Our expert Italian Chefs and high-touch service team hope to provide you with a few hours of deeply satisfying “time out” from the pervasive busy-ness of City rhythm.

Come for just a cocktail and an aperitivo on our Sunset Deck, or come for a full experience “Leave it to Chef” degustation.

Bring friends, relax and enjoy our generous wish for you to leave content.

A Pause.






The Menu

    • Entrèes

    • Freshly Shucked Coffin Bay Oysters

      lemon, mignonette

      1/2 doz. $20

      1 doz. $38

    • Baerii Caviar (10g)

      Normandy Butter, our pain brioche, quail eggs
      with 1/2 doz Coffin Bay Oysters $85
    • Smoked Speck


      smoked "baby mozzarella", house made focaccia

    • Selection of bread


      Gwydir Grove (Moree) EVO oil, Stanthorpe balsamic vinegar and long cured, marinated Australian olives

    • Warm Duck Breast Salad


      salted mandarin caramel emulsion, croutons

    • Blowtorched Kingfish


      enoki mushrooms, edamame and bonito flakes

    • Vegetarian Meatballs

      Chunky nap sauce, parmesan foam
    • Scallops in cured lardo


      cauliflower puree & herbs

    • Mains

    • Slow cooked Pork Cheek


      in almond milk, celeriac, parsnip and grilled polenta taragna

    • Butter and lemon fillets of sole


      cream of spinach and legumes

    • Beef Short Ribs Goulash


      trofie and peas

    • House made Pumpkin and Ricotta Ravioli


      quail, sage and jus

    • Ribollita Toscana


      3 day process vegetable soup, cannellini beans and old bread

    • Aussie Classic

      • Barramundi Fillet $36
      • Black Angus Rib Eye (Riverina MB 1-2) $43
      • Wagyu Rump (Ranger Valley MB 7) $40
      • Angus Tomahawk (Cape Byron)
      • 1.25kg+ to share $90

      mashed potato, roasted mushroom and radish, green peppercorn sauce




    • Sides

    • Steamed mixed greens


      lemon dressing

    • Mixed tomato salad


      mozzarella di bufala, basil oil

    • Local Farmer’s salad


      organic pickled red grapes and red onion

    • Roast pumpkin


      greek yoghurt and sesame

    • Beer battered chips


      our house BBQ sauce

    • Dessert

    • Creme brûlée


      vanilla, coffee, liquorice

    • Chestnut semifreddo


      white choc chiffon, vin brûlé

    • 70% Belgium choc soft cake


      sabayon foam & yoghurt ice cream

    • Cheese

      Vintage Cheddar Black Wax
      Taleggio DOP
      Brie “Mon Sire”
      Goat Cheese
      Truffle Manchego
      Choice of 2 cheeses $17
      Choice of 3 cheeses $23
      Choice of 4 cheeses $27

    • Assorted sorbets and icecreams



“Leave it to Chef” Degustation Menu

Allow us to spoil you, it’s what we do best.
A wonderful exploration of our current menu allowing you to enjoy Chef Rino’s creativity.
Allow Chef to select and offer you several cold entrees, several hot entrees, often a hand made pasta dish, or a freshly prepared crafted soup,
a main course (or often 2) and a delicious desert.
Shown here is a typical selection of 8-9 dishes, in an equivalent portion for 2 guests.
Promise you won’t leave hungry! Our Italian Chefs are generous by nature.
No trendy Micro-portions to be seen…
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Our Team

Our Team

in the kitchen


Head Chef

rino Avellini

Andrea Leone

sous chef

Andrea Leone


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