Play catch-up with me every fortnight as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in Brisbane’s Food+Drink scene.
1. Gerard’s Bistro named as QLD best
The Australian Financial Review has announced its annual list of Australia’s Top 100 restaurants and Gerard’s Bistro came in at #64, making it Queensland’s best restaurant of 2016. Have you been to this gem of the James Street precinct? The menu is crafted by chef Ben Williamson, channelling Middle Eastern and North African influences.
2. Get to the Greek
Zeus Street Greek on Stanley Street in South Bank is launching a new bar on Thursday, May 12. Now we can treat ourselves to a cheeky plate of Nutella-covered loukoumades (honey puffs) with a delicious cocktail after hours.
2. New Nodo Location!
It’s no secret we love our guilt-free, gluten-free treats from Nodo Donuts, and it seems the rest of Brisbane feels the same! Nodo Donuts has just announced that a second location will soon open in the Brisbane CBD. The location is still hush-hush but there are rumours it’ll be on Elizabeth Street, next to Fitness First.
4. Healthy Indian in Bulimba
If you’re always torn between your love for butter chicken and your attempts at a healthier diet, you need to try It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian! Their dishes are certified organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and nut-free, and they also have vegan meals. They’ve had a restaurant open in Paddington for a while, but now they’ve opened a second location in Bulimba on Oxford Street.
5. Inner-city Catering
Just two months after opening, Botero Brisbane in the CBD has launched a catering menu for hungry office workers during meetings and corporate events. Guided by head chef Tom Monk, the menu will rotate weekly and feature seasonal produce in a range of artisanal sandwiches, salads and house-made small treats such as bliss balls and cakes.
6. Milo Soft Serve
We’ve all put too much Milo in our glass, sprinkled it on hot chocolates, sprinkled it on top of ice-cream and sneakily spooned it straight from the tin. (There’s no judgement here.) Milo addicts rejoice! Now you can get it in soft serve form at Mister Fitz. Yummmm!
7. KFC Nail Polish
Yep. In the weird, wacky and wonderful world we live in, edible nail polish that tastes like KFC’s 11 secret herbs and spices is REAL. Hong Kong launched the two nail polishes, Original and Hot & Spicy, last week and the internet lost it. We have SO MANY QUESTIONS!
8. Chinese and Italian under one roof
Sichuan Bang Bang & Pizzeria Violetta have partnered for a dual restaurant experience in Paddington. On Given Terrace, you’ll find an old cottage split into two, with a life-size dragon mural on the ceiling on one side and an epic wood-fired pizza oven on the other. Pick your side and feast on spicy Chinese flavours or traditional Italian dishes. However, if you are super indecisive you can find comfort in the fact they both offer takeaway so you can really have the best of both worlds.
Gluten-Free Food Expo | May 14-15
The Gluten-Free Food Expo returns to Brisbane this May for its 11th year running. The annual two-day event will take place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the best gluten-free producers, food and specialists. Don’t miss out on the Masterchef cooking demonstrations! More info here.
Alice in the Wonderland of Alchemy | May 20
Alchemy Restaurant & Bar is devoting a night to Alice, the Mad Hatter, and everything else utterly bonkers. For $150, you will a five-course menu, including wine. Who knows? You might even find out why a raven is like a writing desk. More info here.
Paniyiri Greek Festival | May 21-22
Brisbane’s famous Paniyiri Greek Festival will be celebrating 40 years in 2016. Get ready for more than 30 food stalls, rides, activities, fireworks and celebrity appearances from Home & Away stars and Greek goddess and comedian Effie. More info here.
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