The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week
There’s a lot happening in Brisbane these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of Brisbane food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of rooftop brunches, five-course pasta degustations, cookie butter thick shakes and more!
Escape to OTTO
While we are counting down the days until domestic and international borders reopen and we can jet-set once more, the TWE team is compensating by indulging in some culinary escapism. OTTO Brisbane is giving diners the chance to sojourn to the Italian Riviera with its Escape to OTTO offering, which includes a luxurious seafood menu for two and a five-course pasta degustation. If you love tucking into a feast worthy of Poseidon, the seafood menu – boasting chargrilled local king prawns, chargrilled local bay squid, baby barramundi fillets and a bottle of Italian white wine to share – is a must-try option. The carb lovers among you (and we know there are many) will naturally gravitate towards the pasta dego, which includes champagne lobster spaghettini, chargrilled local bay squid rigatoni, ricotta-filled tortellini with mushrooms, pecorino and chicken brodo, braised veal shin fettucine, and potato gnocchi with OTTO Reserve brisket, roasted onion and gremolata. Hungry? We sure are – all the tasty details can be found on the OTTO website.
Betty’s Burgers cookie butter thick shake
Between its cracking range of burgers and sublime frozen custard, the Betty’s Burgers crew knows how to entice us. This month the bun slingers are adding an extra-decadent item to its menu to celebrate International Enthusiasm Week. The limited-edition cookie butter thick shake will be available throughout the month of September, giving shake slurpers the chance to savoury the confection – made with fresh custard ice-cream – as the temperatures rise for spring. Those that purchase a thick shake from Betty’s Burgers and tag the crew in an Instagram post or reel will also go in the running to win a year’s worth of Betty’s thick shakes. Head to the Betty’s Burgers Instagram page for more info!
Fiume Bar’s rooftop La Dolce Vita brunch
Brunch with a view – is there anything sweeter? The team behind Crystalbrook Vincent’s rooftop bar Fiume doesn’t think so – it’s celebrating the warmer months with the launch of its new springtime La Dolce Vita Sunday brunch offering, which kicks off on Sunday September 12 and runs all the way until the end of November. Every weekend guests will be able to indulge in a three-course brunch that highlights sweet and savoury flavours and ingredients sources from local growers and providores. Expect dishes like house-made baked gnocchi with smoked pancetta, potato cream and a crumbed soft egg, and balsamic baked onion-cured salmon with gin-and-herb dressing, fried capers, horseradish cream and baby beets, while a two-hour beverage package can be added in for lovers of mimosas and bloody Marys. Fiume’s Sunday brunch will be available across two sittings – one between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and another from 12:30–2:30 pm. Click here to view the menu and book!
Sababa Nights Trail at Kazba
Moody Middle Eastern-inspired bar Kazba is inviting revellers on a journey to Tel Aviv, using a special cocktail menu as its transportation device. The Sababa Nights Trail will see the Fortitude Valley bar debut a special cocktail-based experience consisting of four ambrosial concoctions – each using rum as its key ingredient. This line-up of lovely libations is comprised of several plantation rums, such as Ron Zacapa 23 Years, Pampero Anejo and Pampero Blanco. Stand-out selections include the Levinsky Market Julep – a Kazba twist on the classic Mint Julep that exchanges bourbon for rum and adds fresh local mint, strawberries, sumac and prickly pear shrub – and the El Floridita, a riff on the daiquri made with rum, fresh lime and sugar. Kazba’s Sababa Nights Trail is available every night of the week for just $69. Don’t forget to add a few of Kazba’s woodfire-cooked snacks for good measure.
$10 Schnitzels for National Schnitzel Day
For one day only, Thursday September 9, make the most of National Schnitzel Day with $10 schnitzels! Head to The Bavarian for the ultimate schnitty fix – choose from the entire schnitzel menu including the Parma, layered with mozzarella, double-smoked ham and Napolitana sauce and the Classic, a perfectly golden-crumbed chicken breast served with creamy mushroom sauce. Our tummys are growling just thinking of it.
Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager 3.5%
We’ve been loving the trend of breweries releasing lower-alcohol sips of late, which are perfect for enjoying in the sunshine of an afternoon and waking up sans hangover the next day. Following the release of its popular East Point lower-alcohol beer, the Byron brew-slingers Stone & Wood have now released the mainstay Green Coast Lager in a lighter 3.5% option. It’s a crispy and easy drinking drop, with a subtle bitterness to keep you on your toes. Head here to grab a pack of the refreshing sip.
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