Play catch-up with me every month as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in Brisbane’s Food + Drink scene.
The authentic Italian flavours at Windsor’s Va Bene restaurant may just be Brisbane’s best-kept secret. Now the secret is out! We can’t go past the linguine mare, with fresh seafood, garlic and chili with a touch of tomato sauce. Bellissimo!
Nodo has become the perfect destination for health-conscious foodies with a new brunch offering. They’ve welcomed menu items such as a green breakfast bowl, breakfast bun, smoothie bowls and salads, as well as collaborating with Kiss the Berry on an exclusive acai bowl. Now you can get your Nodo fix all day long! For those with a sweet tooth, they are still serving up their famous weekend waffles (my personal favourite!).
Poké (po-kay) bowls and sushi burritos are two of the biggest trends on the foodie scene and The Ole Group (aka the minds behind Mucho Mexicano, Ole Restaurant and Mister Paganini) is the first to bring them to Queensland. Later this month, South Bank will welcome newcomer Suki to Grey Street, so you can get creative and make your own sushi burritos and poké bowls. Read more about poké foodie trends here!
LOVE ME TENDER
Paddington’s Given Terrace is about to welcome a new bar called Winner Winner that will focus on fresh, fun and affordable eats. The bar will serve up Nashville-style fried chicken wings, tenders, drumsticks and thighs in three different heats, with a menu of sides that you won’t want to miss out on. It’s finger-lickin’ good!
AIN’T EASY BEING CHEESY
Unless of course you’re a cheese toastie! Brisbane is getting its very first licensed gourmet grilled cheese eatery, Melt Brothers. And you know what that means! Cheese toasties from breakfast, lunch and dinner! Keep an eye on Style’s Fork Talk for the big location reveal in coming weeks!
BY THE FORKFUL
This Milton newcomer is one for the carnivores! In a world full of fast food, three mates with a love for good food recognised the need for a good pulled meat restaurant in Australia. They wanted to put the focus on slowing things down with 10-hour cooked meats served in a variety of ways. At 2Forks, you can order your pulled meat as a burrito, rice, burger, nacho or salad. Their black brioche pulled meat burger is definitely the coolest-looking burger going around!
New ice-cream parlour, Dimanche has just opened its doors on Oxford Street, Bulimba. Dimanche is French for "Sunday" and just like Sundays, Dimanche’s ice-cream is made to be enjoyed with family and friends. Their signature ice-cream sundae bowls are set to be the coolest Brisbane foodie trend this summer as they celebrate the wonderful fruit of South East Queensland, showcasing it with premium ice-creams and sorbets, house-made sauces and fine couverture chocolate.
THE BURGERS ARE COMING
A trip to Noosa or the Gold Coast is not complete until you visit Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. But guys, our burger prayers have finally been answered! The most coveted burgers and ice-creams on the coasts (Noosa and Goldie) are coming to a new location on Skyring Terrace in Newstead! We just have to sit tight until early next year and start thinking up new excuses to escape to the coast for the weekend.
SLICE OF ITALY
You may have seen the Style team out and about in King Street precinct recently as it’s officially our favourite new foodie hub! We were thrilled to see modern Italian restaurant Il Verde finally open to the public last week. Inventive flavours meet traditional favourites to create an exciting Italian menu that is only complemented by the impressive drinks menu. You can’t go past the signature green Il Verde spritz! Il Verde’s owners are no strangers to wholesome Italian dining. Dom and Simon Barakat, and Ibrahim “Bob” Haddid boast a combined 40 years of experience in the industry. The Barakat family are starting their experience at Il Verde after long-running success at Gino’s, one of Brisbane’s most beloved Italian spots.
A STONE’S THROW AWAY
New to Spring Hill and part of The Johnson Hotel (an initiative of the Art Series Hotel Group) Tumbling Stone is not your typical hotel restaurant. The impressively fitted-out restaurant offers up a seasonal menu that is made to be shared tapas-style, with dishes that are light and flavoursome. Style Editor Christie Sutherland reviewed the restaurant this month and SHE SAYS you can’t go past the blackened belly of Bungalow Sweet Pork! Sounds delish and is at the top of my hit list.
TAP AND CRACKLE
Just off Oxford Street in Bulimba, the latest café/bar/restaurant, Tap and Crackle has opened, giving locals a scrumptious offering for brekky, lunch, dinner and drinks. From Nutella Lamington French Toast and Wagyu Savoury Mince in the AM to the Tap and Crackle signature tapas and espresso martinis in the PM, this new spot is open seven days a week from 6am and they keep going until late from Thursday to Sunday.
Valley Fiesta | Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30
Now in its 20th year, Brisbane’s favourite free, all-ages festival will return to the streets, malls and laneways of Fortitude Valley. We’re in for a massive three-day program of music, food, art, fashion, multiculturalism and markets. With something for everyone, Valley Fiesta 2016 is more than a street party! Find out more info here!
End of The Line Festival | Saturday, November 5
Woolloongabba’s free, all-ages block party is back for another year to celebrate the best music, food, art, retail and street culture of Brisbane and The Gabba. Expect delicious eats and drinks from a number of stalls and restaurants. Find out more info here!
Brisbane Thai Festival | Sunday, November 13
Roma Street Parklands will play host to this year’s Brisbane Thai Festival, Sawasdee, which will showcase the best of Thailand’s culture and food. Find out more info here!
Brisbane Vegan Markets | Sunday, November 13
The first ever Brisbane Vegan Market will take place on Boundary Street in West End. From organic doughnuts to chai teas, there will be an interesting and exciting array of food vendors worth checking out, vegan or not!
Find out more info here!