A food fiesta, Burnett Lane bar, fairy tales at The Princess, Everton Park’s new punchy Asian, Boonah’s latest destination diner, Peking duck secrets, and the Dr has landed – there are 10 top Brisbane bites for your eating pleasure in Feast on Brisbane #38.
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South Bank’s weekend of global food
Global Fiesta is two days, three stages, 30 pop-up gourmet food, drink and craft market stalls, music and dance troupes from around the world at South Bank Parklands this Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17. Brisbane and international Chefs such as Peter Kuruvita (who is opening a new venue ALBA in Noosa), Louis Tikaram, Dario Manca and Aunty Dale Chapman will take to the stage to celebrate their heritage through cuisine, cooking the food of their cultural origins. Other highlights include spice walks and masterclasses. There are two sessions on Saturday 10 am – 3 pm and 3 pm – 8 pm and one on Sunday 10 am – 3 pm.
Punchy Asian flavours at Everton Park
Opening Friday night, Mai Gai is a spicy Southeast Asian addition to Everton Plaza’s restaurant and bar-filled alleyway. Expect punchy complex flavours that celebrate the authentic elements of Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Laos, and Cambodian cuisine, accompanied by a bespoke range of delicious, creative cocktails. Dishes include Wok Tossed Cashew Chicken, Brisket Massaman Curry, Crispy Cauliflower Bites, Whole Fried Baby Snapper, Chicken Laab, Moreton Bay Bug Rolls, Signature Fried Rice, and the unexpected Curry Boa options. Mai Gai Head Chef, Suchada Nakbunchuay has moved from Byron Bay for the role.
Burnett Lane’s new bar
Newly opened Mr Wabi is an Asian street food fusion restaurant and bar that offers barbeque salmon, crispy pork belly, slow-cooked short ribs, burgers, chicken bao, and pad Thai for lunch or dinner. Taking over the old El Matador site on the George Street end of Burnett Lane, Mr Wabi offers a good selection of cocktails. They are also vegan friendly.
Once upon a time in Woolloongabba
Fables is Brisbane’s newest speciality coffee house + bar, located in the heart of Woolloongabba and neighbouring The Princess Theatre at 2/8 Annerley Rd. It opens Monday to Friday from 6.30 am and on Saturday it opens from 2 pm till late. The coffee is Allpress.
New Scenic Rim restaurant
Surrounded by a wonderful landscape and heavy food bowl, Boonah is one of those small country towns that has bloomed over the past few years. Now another new destination restaurant is set to expand the region’s dining options, this time right in the heart of Boonah. Keep a lookout for Blume opening in a heritage building before the end of 2021 with farm to table menu focusing on local suppliers including Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, Towri Sheep Cheeses and Summerland Camels (here’s how to visit them). Chef Jack Stuart will open Blume from Friday to Sunday with two lunch sittings and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Follow the Blume progress on Instagram.
West End food trail
Harris Farm Markets in West Village has announced an in-store food trail on Monday, October 18 from 7 am to 5 pm with almost 20 tasting stations including flavours from Salumi, Maleny Dairies, Olympus cheese, BioSoto Family Eggs, Watson Family Eggs, BioSoto Honey, Danny’s Bread, Rebel Donuts and more.
Peking duck with a secret sauce
A new Cantonese restaurant, Uncle Su, has opened at The Star Gold Coast. Inspired by the cultural heritage and authentic Chinese family traditions of Executive Chef Song Yao Su, Uncle Su will offer an impressive rendition of classic Cantonese cuisine, created with local Australian ingredients and a coastal sensibility. Expect a blend of Cantonese style favourites with a selection of signature Beijing and Szechuan dishes. Chef Song’s signature Peking Duck, marinated in his own secret sauce for 24 hours before being roasted to perfection will be carved at the table, while clams served in Chef’s secret XO sauce are not to be missed. Uncle Su is the first in a new wave of dining and entertainment destinations at The Star ahead of the inaugural hotel and apartments tower opening in early 2022. Open Wednesday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner.
Attention Dr Who tragics
The tardis has landed at the Fox and Hounds, an authentic 18th century English pub at Wongawallan. Expect to see Daleks, cybermen and more. If you are feeling a little homesick for old blighty, the pub is worth a visit just to see its interior which was imported from the UK. Their menu is full of traditional English food such as Toad in the Hole, Beef and Guinness Pie and weekend roasts topped off with golden Yorkshire puddings. The Fox and Hounds is about a one-hour drive from Brisbane on the way to Mount Tamborine. The tardis is in residence until October 31.
Brisbane dining deals
- Brisbane’s newest overwater bar, Will & Flow is launching a new Thursday evening special: Beats and Eats—a night filled with pizzas, cocktails, prosecco and great music. Perfect for an after-work drink, the Beats and Eats special will feature $20 Pizza and Prosecco, plus a special cocktail menu and DJs playing – from October 14. If you haven’t been here before it’s a little tricky to find. Explore the boardwalk to the City Cat terminal between QUT and the base of the Goodwill Bridge.
- The Truffle Man is celebrating 15 years in business by offering 15 per cent of all products during October. It’s a great chance to stock up on their Spanish ham, truffles, champagne and spices. The magic before checkout code is 15BDAY to receive this special saving.
- New Petrie Terrace rooftop bar Ivy Blu has a $49 per person Bottomless Brunch every Sunday from 11.30 to 1.30 pm.
Plan your next escape
Go strawberry picking
I don’t think I’ve had a better strawberry sundae than the one they serve at Ashbern Farms. It’s a combination of the freshest strawberries and a local strawberry sauce over creamy vanilla ice cream that does the trick. The Granite Belt farm is open for the new season pick your own strawberries so try it for yourself! Here is where to go.
Luxe city to coast getaway
W Brisbane has partnered up with JW Marriott Gold Coast to launch the ultimate City2Coast travel package. Guests will get the best of both worlds with the 2-in-1 package – including a one-night stay at each property, and all the trimmings to make it an epic one! Guests can turn up the heat with a stay in a Marvellous Suite with welcome amenity at W Brisbane, before heading to WET Deck to soak up some sun or booking in a treatment at AWAY Spa (at an additional cost). As part of the City2Coast package, guests will receive two complimentary cocktails and nibbles at Living Room Bar as they settle into an afternoon of the hottest tunes with live DJs on weekends. Guests will also receive breakfast for two in Three Blue Ducks to kickstart their morning, late 1 pm checkout, and complimentary transfers to JW Marriott Gold Coast. At JW Marriott Gold Coast guests can enjoy two complimentary signature cocktails in a poolside private cabana by the saltwater lagoon, before settling into an overnight stay in a luxurious Junior Suite. Start the next day with complimentary breakfast for two at Citrique and a late 12 pm check out. The getaway is priced from $750 per night (minimum 2-night stay required) and is valid until December 16. Book at either W Brisbane or JW Marriott.
Try saltwater beer
Just when you thought the world of brewing couldn’t get more innovative, Townsville Brewing Co and dive operator, Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive, have partnered to develop the world’s first beer brewed with water from the Great Barrier Reef. They have collected 60 litres of water which will be made into 1,600 litres of beer – or 2,807 pints in Townsville. The salty water gives the beer mouthfeel as opposed to tasting extra salty, but you’ll have to go to Townsville to try it.
Hidden in the Tasman Peninsula bush – The Stand Alone.
Tasmania sounds nice
Are you dreaming about a Tasmanian holiday? I am and I would love to plan my route around these eight quirky stays. There’s a fishing shack, geodesic dome, luxury lodge and a hidden forest retreat. So much to love in this list of places you’ll want to explore. From love-struck couples to families on the hunt for fun, whether you are looking for luxury accommodation in Tasmania or just somewhere that’s new and different.
Find of the week
Easy margarita magic
Everyone needs a little easy margarita magic in their lives and thanks to SOPHisticated Cocktail Co we had a fun afternoon. Just refrigerate, pour and serve. It’s a good balance between sweet and sour and low in sugar.
Feast on Brisbane #38 Recipe of the week – Chunky Steak Pie
Make a slow-cooked chunky steak pie with this easy recipe. I’ll never forget the first time I made a proper meat pie for my love. The look on his face was adoring and I think he nearly proposed!
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