The top 10 Brisbane bites this week in Feast on Brisbane #26 – Choc chip cookie pie, must visit new cafes and bars, sunshine on a plate and crab omelettes.  A carefully curated collection to draw you out to eat and enjoy.

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Feast on Brisbane #26

Bisou Bisou Bastille Day Second Course – Poached Ora King salmon with Redclaw crayfish tomato and seaweed vinaigrette.


Here’s 10 food finds for your eating pleasure in Feast on Brisbane #26.

  • Bastille Day (the national day of France!) is on Wednesday, July 14 and where better to spend the occasion than at Brisbane’s luxury new French dining destination Bisou Bisou? Get ready to indulge in a bespoke four-course menu created by Head Chef Anthony Donaldson with expertly paired wines to match. French for ‘kiss kiss’, Bisou Bisou has been journeying guests on a Parisian holiday of the tastebuds since opening its doors in February when I dined there. Here’s my review.
  • New at Paddington – Noir Paddington is a new wine bar on Given Terrace that comes from the team that brought you Blackout Paddington at 173 Latrobe Terrace (near the Antique Centre). Expect hand-selected wines on a rotating list and locally sourced charcuterie from Saison Salumi with artisan cheeses.
  • Farrant Street at Stafford Heights has a new vegetarian and vegan-friendly café. Enoki Coffee & Co. Their Rose Waffle Benedict made with a potato and rosemary waffle, poached eggs, mushrooms and house-made hollandaise looks amazing. The coffee comes from Brisbane roasters Semi-Pro Coffee and Almanac Coffee and the café is dog friendly with pupacinos and leash hooks.
  • Only at Gelato Messina South Brisbane – No sharing – single serves of their cult choc chip cookie pies are available Monday and Thursday nights with a scoop of gelato for $12.
  • Here’s what I think about Signature’s new menu and truffle menu – read it on Facebook.
  • You’ll have to wait until 2023, but the new overwater bar and restaurant on the Kangaroo Point Green Bridge does sound pretty cool.
  • Get yourself to Kangaroo Point and try out The Lawn Bar & Café. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday at Dockside.
  • Follow the crowds and you’ll find the latest Flour and Chocolate, now in Redcliffe on 77 Redcliffe Parade. It’s just a three-minute walk from The Bee Gees Way.
  • Looking for breakfast with a difference? At Deedot, Holland Park West the all-day breakfast menu includes savoury pumpkin waffles with black garlic hollandaise, crab omelettes, and a lamb breakfast burger. Find it at 973 Logan Road.
  • Sunshine on a plate is what Simon Gloftis is promising at his new 80 seat eatery in the former Chow House site in James Street, Fortitude Valley. Sunshine will have a vegetarian/vegan focus with plenty of healthy food and some more decadent desserts. The opening is planned for October.



  • At Paddington, the Nota July Scran (a term used for food generally in the north of England, originally used by the British Royal Navy) is themed Christmas in July. As well as roast sirloin, they will also serve maple glazed ham. Date: Saturday 31st July, from 12 pm. Price: $55pp.  Here’s my review of Nota.
Winton Dunny Derby

​And they are off in the Winton Dunny Derby.


Swim with Whales

Whale numbers are accelerating along the Sunshine Coast, prompting Sunreef Mooloolaba to launch its 2021 Swim with Whales and Whale Watching season with an expanded range of tours, and a new vessel, to provide premium viewing experiences over the next three months. The three-hour round trip departs from Mooloolaba daily with a maximum of 20 passengers taken on each trip.

Once a whale is sighted, the boat is put into neutral 100m or more away from the whale, and if the conditions are determined safe by the trained crew, the vessel is turned off and swimmers allowed into the water holding on to the floating line attached to the boat. The 2021 season will run to 17th October.

Go Outback

Winton’s Outback Festival now includes the Century Cycle Challenge promises to test both the physical and mental strength of cyclists as they take on not only each other but the flat endless terrain of the Queensland Outback on September 25. The cycle race follows a jam-packed Friday night of fun and excitement as the iconic Quilton Australian Dunny Derby finds its new #1 champions of the #2. Here’s how to road trip from Brisbane to Winton.

Granite Belt does it again!

Popular national comedy and wine touring event, Grapes of Mirth, is coming to Queensland for the first time bringing with it the finest comedy line-up the Granite Belt has ever seen on September 18! Hitting the stage will be Merrick Watts, Luke McGregor, Nikki Britton, Harley Breen, Mel Buttle and Damien Power. Find it at Ballandean Estate, Sunday, September 18, 12 pm to 6 pm.

Mark these dates in your diary and book your accommodation now – the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Harvest Festival returns from 25 February to 6 March 2022! (the big weekend: 4-6 March) celebrating 150 years of Stanthorpe.

Whale breaching in front of Glasshouse Mountains. Photo by Katie Jackson

Feast on Brisbane #26

​DIARY DATE – Brisbane Night Noodle Markets next week

Top tips to make the most of the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets 2021 at City Botanic Gardens at Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens from July 21 to August 1. Find out where to park and how to register.  It’s the same market that in previous years has been held in the Forecourt in front of the Performing Arts Centre on the Brisbane River.


I find that a salad doesn’t really cut it on these cold winter days, and I really need something to warm me up.  How about a hot homemade sausage roll?  So easy to make – here’s your Feast on Brisbane #25 recipe.

Sausage Rolls with Australian bushfood flavours

Find out what happened in Brisbane last week in Feast on Brisbane #25