The Valley gets a new restaurant and the CBD a wine bar, relax and dine at this new luxury rural estate, test yourself at a Chilli Festival and Father’s Day solved, it’s all in Feast on Brisbane #32. This week’s carefully curated collection of the best food news include six new Brisbane bites, seven top Father’s Day tips, two dining deals and a recipe you won’t want to miss.

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Here are six food finds for your eating pleasure.

Dr Gimlette

Get ready for Dr Gimlette, a new wine bar from Sommelier Ian Trinkle and the Death and Taxes team. You’ll find it in Edward Street’s Metro Arts Building. This heritage space is being restored with love to include a long marble bar, high ceilings, and leather booths.  Follow their progress on Instagram. Opening September 7.


This one has been coming for a while, but after four years of anticipation, the doors to ESSA in Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley will open from Friday, August 27. It’s a collaboration between head chef and co-owner Phil Marchant (ex-Gauge) and Angela Sclavos, the mastermind behind The Green in James Street. Expect a wood-fired grill, a creative, share-style menu with harvest driven dishes and a raw menu with tartare, charcuterie and oysters. The wine list will have more than 100 varieties. It all sounds extraordinary, so grab a booking quickly on their website.

The Paddock at Hazelwood Estate

When luxury rural retreat Hazelwood Estate opens its doors in Beechmont next to Lamington National Park on September 1 this year, it will include a new casual fine dining experience at The Paddock. With Cameron Matthews (ex-Winston and Spicers Retreats) as a chef in residence, the 50-seat restaurant has an a la cart menu with meat cooked on a parilla grill.  There are also casual meals if you just want to stop in for a bite. Local vegetables will star with Cameron working with local farmers to produce an authentic on-farm paddock-to-plate experience to complement the property’s traditional roots. There are 17 onsite cabins for guests.

Murphys Creek Chilli Carnival

If you like it hot, you’ll love the Murphys Creek Chilli Carnival on Sunday, September 26. There will be chilli plants, chilli (and non-chilli) food trucks, a chilli beer garden and chilli eating competitions.

Verde and Sweet

Look out for Verde and Sweet, an artisan kitchen and pantry opening in late August from the team at Petrichor & Co in Racecourse Road, Hamilton. Located next door, it’s a place to stock up your pantry with easy, ready-made dinners, salads and sweets.

Willow Café

Balmoral locals should expect new Willow Café in their hood in early September.


Brisbane dining deals

  • Mucho Mexicano has all you can eat Taco Tuesday for $25 (kids $10) from 5 pm at Hawthorne or South Bank.
  • E’cco Bistro has a new menu with five courses for $89 (Wednesday to Saturday) or three courses for $69 (Wed and Thursday).

Father’s Day

Want to spoil someone special on Father’s Day (September 5)?  Here are some top suggestions.

  • Scenic Rim Farm Shop & Cafe has a day in the country with a three-course set menu designed by chef Kate Raymont featuring a mezze platter with local pickles, dips, house-made flatbread, olives & small goods, slow-braised beef cheeks with creamy mash & spring veggies and an alternate drop of Chocolate Ganache Tart or Fresh Citrus Tart served with ice cream.
  • Treat Dad to a family night out  at Sirromet on Father’s Day with a three-course paddock to plate style menu, paired wines and live music on the Terrace.
  • W Brisbane is serving buckets of beers and prawns at WET Deck for a leisurely afternoon filled with the simple things that will make Dad’s day. Grab a half bucket of King Prawns, sip on beers from Stone & Wood, Green Beacon and Sunny Seltzers and relax in the sun. It’s $59 for a half bucket of King Prawns and $40 for bucket of beers (4 beers).
  • Three Blue Ducks have quality acoustic tunes and specials like grilled Moreton Bay Bugs, 800gm T-Bones and wood-roasted half lamb racks, paired with ice-cold Stone & Wood. Guests who dine at Three Blue Ducks will also have exclusive access to the WET Deck pool and bar so they can kick on for an afternoon in the sun. Various seatings are available for breakfast and lunch.
  • Walter’s Steakhouse has an epic feast featuring their signature porterhouse. Seatings are 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Cost $100 per person. 
  • Emporium Hotel South Bank’s The Terrace Restaurant has a two-course Fathers Day menu. It features a paddle of Boiling Pot Brewing Co. beer, a delicious entrée platter of calamari, karaage chicken and eggplant chips, followed by his choice of oven-finished market fish, black angus steak or kimchi fried rice for $49 per person. 
  • Nota at Paddington has an $85 set menu with reservations available until 1 pm. ‘Dad” gets a free drink to start off his lunch. Bookings via phone 3217 6116


Fried Chicken with Waffles


It’s not a dish for every day, but Spicy Truffle Fried Chicken with Waffles and Buttery Maple Truffle Syrup is the sort of treat you really should try.  Adding truffle to the mix lifts this combination of umami flavours even higher. Serve it with crisp bacon on the side for the ultimate indulgence.

Spicy Truffle Fried Chicken Waffles and Buttery Maple Sauce

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