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 floral brunches, tasty beer collabs, takeaway feasts and more!
Summer temps can only be conquered with the help of summer treats – chilled confections perfectly geared to help cool off the scorching sting of the hot season. There’s nothing like some soft-serve ice-cream to soothe our woes and Whip by Nodo – the doughnut-slinger’s own vegan coconut soft serve – is just the ticket. This specialty item is only available at Nodo’s South Bank location, with customers able to order Whip by Nodo in a cup or a gluten-free cone (topped with sprinkles and their choice of choc fudge, native strawberry, or peanut caramel sauce) or have it as part of a gluten-free doughnut sundae. There are three kinds of sundae to choose from the Native Strawberry Sundae (raspberry white-chocolatedoughnut with Whip, native strawberry gum sauce, fresh and freeze-dried berries), the Apple Yuzu Crumble Sundae (apple and native cinnamon doughnut with Whip, yuzu custard, freeze-dried lychee and ginger-biscuit crumb) and the Peanut Caramel Sundae (house-baked vegan doughnut with Whip, peanut caramel, wattle seed peanut brittle and freeze-dried pineapple). Summer temps, conquered.
ZA ZA TA’s spring takeaway menu
The team at Fortitude Valley’s ZA ZA TA isn’t afraid to shake things up. After completely overhauling its menu last year to become entirely vegetarian, the Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant is now making an intriguing foray into the realm of takeaway. Head chef Michael Jackson has created a range of vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu items for spring, all of which will be available to go thanks to a partnership with online food ordering platform Hungry Hungry. ZA ZA TA’s takeaway range includes small snacks and larger mezze options, with highlights including haloumi doughnuts with pomegranate and chilli jam, beetroot top-to-tail with smoked labneh and mulberry, and shish barak-style pumpkin dumplings with burnt chilli butter. Lovers of plant-based cuisine can opt for burnt capsicum with rose harissa and lemon thyme, Fine Cultures fetta borek with tomato salsa, and old school hummus with braised chickpeas and jackfruit. ZA ZA TA takeaway can be ordered via the restaurant’s website or via the Hungry Hungry app.
Felons Brewing Co. and Yoko Dining’s Best Lager
There’s nothing like sipping on a few frosty suds at Felons Brewing Co. before moseying over to Yoko Dining for a feast of delicate and delicious Japanese-style eats. Now, the two Howard Smith Wharves institutions have collaborated on a new limited-edition drop – the Felons x Yoko Best Lager – that will take summer drinks to refreshing new heights. Crafted in homage to Japan’s creamy premium malt beers, this all-malt lager has been brewed with European hops and Weihenstephan Lager yeast, resulting in a crisp, clean, easy drinking beverage that is best served ice cold. The drop is limited to 100 cases and is available on tap at Felons Brewing Co. and Felons Barrel Hall, in cans at Yoko Dining and online via the Felons web store.
King Street’s Blossom Brunch
In case the abundance of blooming jacaranda trees and cracking weather (one or two rainy days aside) didn’t clue you in, we’re in spring. This means there no better time to get outside and celebrate before the summer heat sends us scurrying back inside. On Saturday November 6, Bowen Hills will turn on the action for the King Street Blossom Brunch – a sensational long table experience that will see a bunch of King Street eateries teaming up to deliver a multi-course meal served with a three-hour beverage package. Locales such as King Street Bakery, Il Verde, Fat Dumpling and Kuhl-Cher Coffee will be contributing to the menu, which is being kept under wraps until the day, but we can confirm it will include stuffed zucchini flowers from Il Verde and blue butterfly pea gelato from La Macelleria. A gorgeous floral set-up – including an overflowing flower cart – offer some great Instagrammable photo ops, while Franky Smart and her band will serenade diners all afternoon. Keen to come along? Nab a ticket from Eventbrite and reach out to [email protected]
Harajuku Gyoza’s lemon meringue dumplings
The mad scientists in the Harajuku Gyoza kitchen have done it again. Following on from the restaurant’s mozzarella-stuffed gyoza and the kawaii marshmallow gyoza, the beloved Japanese-inspired eatery has now created another limited-edition dessert-inspired dumpling – the lemon meringue gyoza. These delightfully crispy hand-wrapped parcels feature a lemon curd filling and a topping of mini meringues. A plate of these beauties are available at all Harajuku Gyoza locations for just $10 and can also be ordered as part of Harajuku Gyoza’s new banquet and beer packages.
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