Cocktails to covet, deep pan pizza masterclass, drinking verve in the snow, steak heaven, getaways in Caloundra, Sydney and Melbourne, and how to love thy neighbour! Best of all Chocolate Strawberry Crepes for dessert. Your carefully curated view of Brisbane’s best eats and new treats in Feast on Brisbane #19.
This story includes
- 1 New Brisbane eats in Feast on Brisbane #19
- 2 Plan your next escape – Local getaway
- 3 Plan your next interstate getaway – Sydney
- 4 Plan your next interstate getaway – Melbourne
- 5 Feast on Brisbane #19 Diary Date
- 6 Feast on Brisbane #19 Recipe of the week – Chocolate Strawberry Crepes
New Brisbane eats in Feast on Brisbane #19
W Brisbane’s Living Room Bar is Brisbane’s new cocktail scene courtesy a collab with a trio of expert mixologists from East London’s Oriole Bar. Famed for adventurous cocktails that evoke a sense of discovery and theatre which regularly feature on the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards, Ali Ali, Mihai Ostafi and Samet Ali will take over the cocktail menu with Flight of the Senses, a curated list of 15 drinks exclusive to Living Room Bar. A highlight of the exclusive menu is the Toowoomba Cocktail, inspired by the sweet treat that many believe is named after Lord Lamington, former Governor of Queensland. Bittersweet with refreshing berry notes and a nutty chocolate finish.
Did you enjoy some artisan honey for World Bee Day on May 20? Here’s how to give bees a chance in your own backyard.
- Give your local bees some help by growing a bee-friendly garden as it can be beneficial to bees’ diets. Much like us, bees need a variety of nectar to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet.
- You could also build a bee hotel or a bee bath or water fountain with stones in the water for the bees to rest and hydrate.
- Do stay away from pesticides in your garden as they can kill bees instantly or bees can carry the pesticides back to their hive and kill an entire hive of bees.
Veuve Clicquot in the snow
Custom’s House is celebrating the cold again with Veuve Clicquot In The Snow served in pop up igloos on the waterfront terrace from June 3 at the Saint-Tropez Sunsets Pop-Up Bar. Must try – the new Moreton Bay bug brioche roll with lime mayo! Find it at 399 Queen Street, Thursday to Sunday and book your igloo online.
Morningside’s new Sushi Factory
Seafood lovers alert! Commercial seafood supplier The Fish Factory has opened The Sushi Factory with all your fave sushi rolls made from their premium quality fish. It’s open Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Find it at 355 Lytton Road, Morningside.
Pan pizza masterclass
If thick, spongy pan pizza is your thing, I found the easy fix. A Pan Pizza Masterclass with chef Marco Graziana of Graziani homemade will show you how easy it is to make and cook this type of pizza. The small group sessions are held every Thursday night at Farm House, Kedron. Eating pizza for supper followed by a sneaky ice cream at Miss Sophia’s Gelateria next door is a great night out.
Lift your kitchen game
Six kick-ass small food businesses at Food Connect Brisbane are putting on a workshop chock-full of value, hacks and taste tests this weekend, on Saturday, May 29, with a delicious lunch to boot. The makers are Kim from Hello Sweetness – raw, vegan treats and desserts; Maya from MYKs Kefir – fine fruited and fermented, gut-loving kefir; Geoff from Sabarac – quality fermented hot sauces and condiments; Kate from Simply Piękna – modern handcrafted pierogi (Polish dumplings); Lauren from Southern Sweeties Ice Cream – artisanal Texas-style ice cream and Alice from Sunshine Organic Miso – handmade traditional-method miso.
The menu includes Pulled lamb and pulled pork (outstanding with a selection of fermented chili sauces); four savoury types of pierogis (vegetarian and/or gluten-free options by request); Ginger & Pear Slaw (misoed!) (V, GF, O) with Miso and Rice (optional); Chocolate Pierogis … perfect with the Raspberry and Nutmeg Pie Ice Cream; Matcha and the Myrtles Cheesecake (VE, GF, O) and Mixed Kefirs (VE, GF) and Kefir Spiders w Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Tickets are $110 each or two for $200. Book here.
A new menu at Walter’s Steakhouse meant it was my happy duty to give it the Eat drink and be Kerry taste test. I can confirm their steak is still one of Brisbane’s best and the dining experience is elevated.
Styled after New York’s legendary steakhouses to fulfil a dream for three friends, Denis Sheahan, Paul Piticco and Andrew Baturo, dining amongst red banquettes surrounded by wood-panelled walls at Walter’s is a meaty experience.
Entrees include unctuous roasted bone marrow and a thick rasher of their signature free-range bacon. However, it’s Walter’s 270-day grain-fed, in house, dry-aged porterhouse, prepared and served with style at the table that makes my taste buds water even days later. I finished with a slice of warm pumpkin pie that came to the table enveloped in an aroma of cinnamon. (If this makes you long for pumpkin pie, try this recipe and tips from some expert Virginian cooks.
Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra.
Plan your next escape – Local getaway
Winter is the perfect time for a beach getaway. I love Caloundra’s beaches for their laid-back charm, buzzing food options, cycling trails and wide range of accommodation. There are so many things to do in Caloundra and I ticked many off my list with a stay at Rumba Beach Resort which has a great Stay 4 / Pay 3 nights offer at the moment. Find out more here.
Plan your next interstate getaway – Sydney
Captain Cook Cruises has partnered with NSW wine giant, Tyrrell’s, to create a Sydney Solstice culinary experience to warm the soul. Fire, light, food and wine are the four ingredients in Captain Cook Cruises’ lineup. The Sydney Solstice Gold Lunch and the Sydney Solstice Sunset Dinner will run for six days, between 11 and 20 June 2021. More details here.
Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne on Spencer
Plan your next interstate getaway – Melbourne
Opening in June, Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne on Spencer will be Australia’s second Mövenpick hotel. Situated at the meeting point Spencer and Bourke Streets in the CBD, the 172-room premium hotel includes a dedicated cafe serving the brand’s signature ice cream, an exotic blend of modern South-East Asian cuisine at Miss Mi restaurant and bar, and a daily Chocolate Hour. The opening special is from $240* per night in a Superior King or Twin Room including a Chocolate Hour experience for two on one afternoon. To book, visit all.accor.com
Feast on Brisbane #19 Diary Date
Love Thy Neighbour, Saturday 19 June from 12 pm at River Quay, South Bank.
This Signature Grazed and Grown by Regional Flavours South Bank (June 18 – 20) June Event brings Harvest Head Chef Santiago Socrates from neighbouring Harvest Newrybar, along with Byron locals Stone & Wood and Brookies Gin together to showcase seasonal produce and collaborative efforts.
Book your tickets for $91.30 pp via Oztix.
Feast on Brisbane #19 Recipe of the week – Chocolate Strawberry Crepes
Make these chocolate strawberry crepes and enjoy their light, sweet flavour. This clever but delicious recipe is light on calories without losing any punch.
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