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 a Bastille Day celebrations, truffle-infused cheese feasts and a month of free croissants!
Persone at GOMA
Two of Brisbane’s best hot-shot chefs will team up for a one-off Italian food and wine dinner experience at the end of July. QAGOMA head chef Aaron Holt will link up with Gambaro Group’s Shane Veivers (head chef of Persone at Brisbane Quarter) to create a four-course degustation offering paired with wines selected by BJ Jull – Queensland state manager at Bacchus Wine Merchant. The evening will see the talented tandem craft dishes like mortadella profiterole and truffle-and-porcini macarons, as well as large-format plates of barramundi crudo with scallop bottarga and lemon myrtle, Moreton Bay bug cannelloni, and porchetta braised fennel with apple and prunes. The degustation will finish with a melt-in-your-mouth coconut panna cotta with roasted pineapple, lime and caramelised puff pastry, as well as a selection of petit fours. This must-attend dinner will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday July 27 at the GOMA River Room – be sure to nab a seat before they’re snatched up.
Bastille Day at Bisou Bisou
Francophiles, your favourite day of the year is fast approaching! Bastille Day is right around the corner, which means Brisbane’s French restaurants are gearing up to celebrate in suitably chic style. Fortitude Valley’s Bisou Bisou will be hosting a week-long celebration from July 11–17, with a six-course dinner curated by head chef Jeff Campbell on offer (featuring soufflé chèvre and peppered lamb loin, comté polenta and ratatouille, and a seafood bouillabaisse) alongside pastry chef-prepared macarons infused with French spirits (chartreuse, armagnac and chambord) and a Taittinger champagne and cheeseboard special. Bookings are available via the Bisou Bisou website – act quick!
High Cheese and Bottomless Wine Series at La Valle
Few phrases get us as excited as ‘bottomless wine’ and ‘truffle-infused cheese’. Both are on offer at La Valle this month, as the Fortitude Valley wine bar hosts an indulgent fromage and vino-centric series every Saturday. Every weekend, guests will be able to gorge on a tiered cheese tower (loaded with sweet and savoury truffle-infused morsels) while enjoying two hours of bottomless wine for only $55 per person. The High Cheese tower will boast truffle and fontina cheese arancini balls, truffle whipped mascarpone focaccia, house made truffle brie slices, and four-cheese croquettes with truffle aioli. The offer is available every Saturday in July, with seatings from 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. More details and bookings can be found on the La Valle website.
Gnocchi and wine night at Botero House
Popular inner-city cafe Botero House is hosting a special night of warming winter fare later this month, with a one-off gnocchi and wine night set for Saturday July 23. Botero’s head chef Dan Brown will be serving a menu anchored by pillowy soft gnocchi. The affair will start with snacks including marinated artichoke and mixed grape-tomato bruschetta, before moving on to gnocchi served with your pick of sauce (including the likes of fermented butternut pumpkin, sage and brown butter, and Fraser Island spanner and blue swimmer crab with mascarpone, saffron, leek, chives and bottarga). A curated selection of wine will be on hand for perfect pairings, too. Bookings can be made via the Botero House website.
Lune’s monthly specials
Another month starts and with it comes a swag of covetable treats from the pastry pioneers at Lune Croissanterie. Lune’s July specials range features some absolutely cracking selections. We’re drooling over the Iced Vovo cruffin, which boasts a dual core filling of coconut custard and raspberry jam, a raspberry glaze dip, a sprinkling of coconut, and a cute button of raspberry jam. Other highlights include a margherita pizza-inspired escargot, carrot cake croissant, an apple crumble danish and the Marble – a pain au chocolat brushed with a frangelico syrup and filled with hazelnut frangipane and a thick seam of chocolate hazelnut custard, before being finished with a dusting of Mork powder and milk and white ‘marbled’ chocolate shards. We’ll take one of everything!
Christmas in July at Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.
With these frosty temperatures giving us the chills, it’s not too big an imaginative leap to pretend we’re celebrating a northern-hemisphere Christmas. Not content with only celebrating Christmas once per year, Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co. is adding a bit of festive cheer to our winter with its Christmas in July celebrations on Saturday July 24. From 5:00–8:30 pm, guests will be able to enjoy a buffet-style dinner (boasting a selection of roasts, seafood, vegetables and dessert) as well as some limited-edition winter beers. Wearing an ugly Christmas sweater in encouraged! Tickets are $65 and booking is essential –don’t miss out!
King St Bakery is giving away free croissants
There’s nothing like a freshly baked croissant to start our morning. The only way it could be improved is if said croissant is free. Good news for pastry lovers – Parisian-inspired King St Bakery will be giving away 2500 croissants throughout July! Here’s how it will work – every day 100 plain croissants will be given out on a first come, best dressed basis. Simply buy a barista-made beverage (a simple flat white is our pick) and you’ll score a croissant at no extra cost. The giveaway is limited to one per person, per day – but if there’s any excuse to make King St Bakery our daily coffee stop then this is it.
Maha at Home via Providoor
Providoor a premium finish-at-home meal service has been a godsend for foodies that want to eat some of Brisbane’s best food without leaving the comfort of their own home. Now, locals are able to get a taste of a sensational Melbourne-based Middle Eastern restaurant Maha – the brainchild of Providoor founder and chef Shane Delia. Maha at Home gives Providoor users the option of ordering three shared-style set menus as well as a clutch of a la carte options. The premium option boasts mouthwatering morsels like baked kataifi prawn with honey, toasted fennel and Aleppo pepper dressing, chemen-cured Hiramasa kingfish with preserved lemon and isot pepper dressing and chives, and slow roasted lamb shoulder with roasted eggplant, tahini, herbs and capsicum burnt butter. A vegetarian option turns out muhamarra with pumpkin seed and pomegranate dressing, smoked eggplant and sesame bourek bun, half roasted cauliflower with ras el hanout, pickled raisins and garlic yoghurt, and sesame miso and preserved lemon with roasted pumpkin, tahini tarator and puffed grains. All menus include hummus, fresh saj bread with toum and za’atar, and vegetable sides. Learn more about the offering here.
Taiwan Night Market
Oodles of noodles, top-notch takoyaki, moreish sweet potato taro fries, divine dumplings and flaky roti – you can expect all of this and more at this year’s Taiwan Night Market, which is returning to Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown on July 8–9. Held in association with UQ TAISA, the Taiwan Night Market is back after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, this time boasting 25 different food stalls slinging everything from baos to bubble tea. In addition to the heavenly food, expect plenty of live performances, carnival games and a play area for kids to enjoy. The night market will be held between 4:30–9:30 pm on Friday July 8 and between 1:00–9:30 pm on Saturday July 9.
Felons Brewing Co.’s 2022 Imperial Stout
Calling all stout lovers – riverside beer maker Felons Brewing Co. has just launched a new limited-edition libation that’ll blow the socks off any serious sipper. The Felons Imperial Stout is being described as a cinematic flavour experience, with heady hop aromas and characteristics of black forest cake helping to create a malt flavour with a seductively smooth finish. Touted as an out-of-this-world flavour odyssey, froth fiends are encouraged to nab a pack of this special brew – only 3400 cans have been made, so don’t sleep on nabbing a few for yourself.
Salt Meats Cheese celebrates truffle season
It’s that time of year where our favourite flavoursome fungus comes back into vogue. That’s right, it’s truffle season! For the rest of winter, expect to see truffle appear on plates across Brisbane with greater frequency, with some restaurants even dedicating entire menus to truffle. From Friday July 1 until Sunday July 31, Salt Meats Cheese will offer a limited-edition truffle-infused menu for fungi fanatics to froth over. Feature on this exclusive list will be baked brie with truffled mascarpone and shaved truffle, deep-fried bocconcini cheese with breadcrumbs and truffle dust, house-made egg pappardelle bathed in clarified butter and topped with parmesan and freshly shaved truffle, and pork and beef meatballs on a bed of soft polenta coated in truffle paste and truffle cheese sauce. It’s enough to get our heart racing! This menu will be available at SMC’s Newstead and Surfers Paradise venues – click here for all info on SMC’s truffle month.
Banjo Bakery’s spaghetti bolognese pie
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. You really are reading about one of the greatest culinary inventions to have possibly been ever created – the spag bol pie. The mad scientists at Banjo’s Bakery, the chain famed for its lasagne, chicken parmigiana, double cheeseburger and bangers-and-mash pies, have come up with a brand-new item for its signature range. The premise for this one is pretty simple – picture angel hair spaghetti coated in a rich Bolognese sauce, baked into a pie and topped with melted cheese and parsley. This beauty – a perfect accompaniment for this cold snap – is now available from Banjo’s Bakery locations across the country.
Ultimate Winter Sunday Brunch at Lina Rooftop
Yes, we know it’s cold, but that can’t stop us from brunching! The team at South Brisbane’s Lina Rooftop is merging its popular Pasión Sundays event with an all-inclusive, sit-down brunch menu boasting a two-course set menu, unlimited peach bellinis, premium sprits and slushie cocktails. The brunch will take place between 1:00–3:00 pm every Sunday and will include the likes of grilled king prawns, sashimi, popcorn chicken, pulled-pork sliders, caramelised cauliflower arancini, and chorizo and seafood paella. The brunch will cost $89 per person for the silver package or $125 per person for the gold package. Enquiries and bookings can be made by emailing the Lina Rooftop team.
New chef and menu at Black Hide by Gambaro at Treasury Brisbane
There’s some new talent at the helm of Treasury Brisbane’s highly regarded steakhouse and restaurant Black Hide by Gambaro. Simon Palmer, the talented culinary whiz with experience manning the pans at Urbane, Gerard’s Bistro, e’cco bistro and, most recently, Beach Byron Bay, has stepped into the head chef role, immediately making his mark with a fresh menu overhaul. In addition to overseeing a new general offering guided by seasonal Queensland produce (with a spotlight on Stanbroke beef), Simon has also created a dedicated vegetarian and vegan menu – a tasty alternative to Black Hide’s lauded marbled wagyu and Angus cuts. The three-course vegan menu features the likes of smoked beetroot with white bean hummus, blackened capellini with mushroom, lemon and basil, and coconut parfait with pineapple salsa. You can check out the full menu and making a booking now.
The Beer Run
Don your sweat bands and tighten your laces – The Beer Run is back! On Sunday July 24, scores of fleet-footed froth fiends will pound the pavement, hitting five breweries across five kilometres – stopping to have a beer at each. The route will take joggers from the starting point at The Charming Squire to Brisbane Brewing Co. in West End, Fritzenberger in Petrie Terrace, down to Milton Common and then to the finish line at Newstead Brewing Co’s. Milton brewpub. Entry to The Beer Run will cost $55 per person, which will cover one ice-cold beer at each stop, a Beer Run bib and a medal that doubles as a novelty beer opener. Run (don’t walk) to secure your spot – costumes are encouraged!
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