Brent Farrell, owner and head chef of Brent's.

Brent Farrell, owner and head chef of Brent's. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Brisbane diners might be dazzled by the new but when it comes to choosing a place to return to again and again, it seems cosy and familiar wins out.

Toowong restaurant Brent's has been named the winner of the 2012 brisbanetimes.com.au Queensland Good Food Guide Diner's Choice award.

Queensland Good Food Guide editor Natascha Mirosch said the modern French restaurant, established seven years ago (a veritable age in hospitality industry years) by owner and head chef Brent Farrell, was a ''worthy winner'' of the Diner's Choice award.

The 2012 brisbanetimes.com.au Queensland Good Food Guide.

The 2012 brisbanetimes.com.au Queensland Good Food Guide.

''Brent's is a bit of a surprise package. It's housed in traditional Queenslander in a typical surburban street but is pretty tucked away and you don't hear a lot about it except by word-of-mouth,'' she said.

''The food is really cutting-edge and service is great, all of which makes people feel like they've made a bit of a discovery.''

Mr Farrell said the award came as a ''bit of a shock'' but was ''very humbling''.

''I'm not going to lie, I was very surprised [when I found out] because there are so many good restaurants in Brisbane,'' he said.

''Being able to get up and do what I do every day - cook - means everything. It is rewarding for me knowing that the Brisbane public support our restaurant so well. It's very humbling.

''I'm very pleased for my staff as well. For them it’s a sense of achievement to know they’re a part of something that's doing well.''

Mr Farrell said he believed the appeal of his restaurant was in its ''homely environment''.

''We're very friendly and relaxed when people come through the doors. And the style of the restaurant; it's in an old Queenslander, it's got a lot of history being previously owned by Bruno Loubet,'' he said.

The suburban site was formerly home to Mr Loubet's much-loved Bruno's Tables before being taken over in July 2005 by Mr Farrell.

Ms Mirosch said Brent's was quite typical of a restaurant that achieved longevity in the difficult business of hospitality.

''One of the reasons, I think, is that the suburban local is able to tailor themselves precisely to the customer, because by their very location, they have a much better understanding of their demographic," she said.

''Therefore the diner feels really comfortable in that restaurant and will come back again and again.

''Baguette in Ascot is a classic example; it's been going strong for more than 40 years.''

Other restaurants that received strong support in the closely-contended Diner's Choice award were Alchemy in the CBD; city newcomer Public; Cinco Bistro in Camp Hill and Libertine at the Barracks, Paddington.

The 2012 brisbanetimes.com.au Queensland Good Food Guide will be launched next Monday, April 30, with major awards including Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year. The guide will be sold in bookstores and newsagents for $24.99, and as an app for $8.99, from May 1. For more information visit goodguides.com.au/queensland