The more bite for your buck, the better it tastes, don’t you think? Dishes and deals are the best kind of pairing, and when you chuck in the incredible restaurants and bars that call Brisbane City home – BRB, drooling.
That’s the exact premise of Dine BNE City – the inaugural two-week celebration of The City’s best venues. From 13 – 30 May, you can snag 80 exclusive offers and dining experiences across 50 venues, who will be serving up delicious deals and menus to suit every taste, time, and budget. With so much to choose from, here are our top picks!
Ditch the meal prep and brighten the 9 to 5 with some good ol’ weekday lunching. With $25 and $35 wine and dine offers, you’ll want to use your entire lunch break for this.
Dig into sand crab lasagne in rich abalone sauce with a crisp glass of Chandon Blanc de Blanc at Mr & Mrs G, or house-made gnocchi dripping in gorgonzola cheese with a 2018 Vigne Arpine Falanghina at Alchemy. For an even heartier lunch, there’s juicy flank steak with house Pinot Noir at Fatcow Steak & Lobster, a two-course lunch at the Port Office Hotel, a charcoal BBQ line-up at Navala, or chargrilled organic sirloin at Goldfinch. You can even spice it up with a Thai banquet at Jumbo Thai or an authentic Pad Thai with wine or beer at Naga Thai.
Put on your fancy pants for a boujee dinner date with an exclusive set menu from The City’s best restaurants. With 3 or 5-course options, there’s a choice for every palate.
If you want to keep it classic, opt for a three-course meal with Jonah Crab claws and a toasted baguette at Walter's Steakhouse, a four-course signature menu including Hervey Bay scallops and a glass of Prosecco at Patina Customs House, a three-course feast with cured salmon and wine or beer at Vintaged, or a sneak peek at the New Classics menu at Sake.
For a three-course meal that will have you saying mamma mia, head to COPPA where the starring plate is the Fraser Island crab linguine or indulge in a Massimo feast including fresh oysters.
Brisbane City knows its way around a drinks menu, and this self-guided trail is the easiest way to experience them all. Sip and snack your way around the best watering holes featuring signature food and beverage pairings.
For the beer drinkers there’s wood-fired pizza at Will & Flow and delicious bar snacks at The Croft House to go with your brew. Meanwhile wine lovers can pair six house Gerler wines with a cheese platter at City Winery Cellar Door Edward Street, smoked ocean trout salad or steamed duck buns with Mumm champagne at Madame Wu, freshly shucked oysters and a Jacquart Champagne at Grape Therapy, or a beef brisket slider alongside a glass of the perfect red at Sixteen Antlers. And, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a cocktail connoisseur, you’re looking at any dish from the share plate menu with a cocktail at Bar Pacino, or a match made in heaven with an Aperol spritz and arancini at the Port Office Hotel.
There are pleeeeenty more offers available – check them all out here.
If you’re looking for an adventure, a ticket to one of Dine BNE City’s epic bar crawls is what you need asap. All self-guided with an incredible line-up of venues and exclusive experiences, take your pick from the Urban Wine Walk (Saturday 15 May, $75 per person), the Urban Craft Beer Crawl (Saturday 22 May, $55 per person), or the Urban Cocktail Trail (Saturday 29 May, $65 per person). Tickets will be pouring out the door so grab yours here.