I love spending my weekends bouncing from coffee shops to fresh food markets, cocktail bars and restaurants. I have a long list in my phone of new and old places I want to try. Each Friday evening my hubby and I scan my list and plan out our Brisbane food adventures for the weekend. Like all great weekends, it begins with a bit of exercise (to make room in the stomach!) followed by breakfast. Here is my ideal day on a plate in Brisbane.
The Corner Store Café on Sylvan Road in Toowong is one place I am happy to wait patiently in line for a table. The light, bright and airy outdoor area is perfection for the Brisbane climate and I recommend grabbing a seat with views over the herb and vegetable garden. Food envy is guaranteed as the waiters carry around plates for the breakfast aficionados - chorizo stuffed jalapenos and poached eggs is just one of the dishes that will waft past, strategically close enough to smell the aromas. A menu staple of smashed avocado is jazzed up with dukkah, boiled eggs and chilli oil, a dish I adore.
Stocking the pantry and fridge:
If I am not out eating or at home cooking, you will find me filling my shopping basket down at Rosalie Gourmet Food Market. It is impossible for me to just pop in for a fresh loaf of artisan bread as I always walk out with my shopping bag overflowing with local and international fare. A particular favourite is the Morcon salami which is similar to a chorizo. The smoky pork and chilli is seasoned with garlic and sweet paprika and is deliciously naughty with Locheilan soft cheese layered on bread for lunch.
There is something so exciting about discovering new cocktails and flavours at a place you frequent. Living in Paddington, I have been to Libertine Bar & Restaurant at the Barracks on numerous occasions for cocktails. Recently I discovered one of the best cocktails I have ever tasted. The #NAMEIT cocktail is devine and I believe it should be called #SweetAndSavouryHeaven with the muddled tangs of gin, lillet blanc, lemon, orange and rosemary syrup. The secret to this palate tingling mix is the savoury notes of rosemary and it gives the drink real depth of flavour. A must have before heading out for dinner.
It is no secret I am slightly obsessed with all flavours and aromas Middle Eastern and Northern African and Gerard’s Bistro is my absolute favourite restaurant in Brisbane (I will even say Australia!). Influenced by these exotic locations, the menu is bursting with interesting and mouthwatering selections and I just wish I had twice the stomach room to try everything. The waiters are excellent at guiding one through the menu, but there are a couple of dishes I can highly recommend. The fried chickpeas with burnt onion and preserved lemon salt sets the scene at the beginning and gets the palate salivating, but the hero on the menu is definitely the slow roasted full blood wagyu brisket, it simply melts in your mouth.
The best news recently is that Gerard’s is open for breakfast and their garlic yoghurt poached eggs will be perfect to start my next ideal day on a plate in Brisbane.