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 four-course crustacean feasts, disco-themed yum cha dinners and more!
Crab & Cray Cray at One Fish Two Fish
Calling all crustacean lovers – Kangaroo Point seafood specialise One Fish Two Fish is bringing back its beloved Crab & Cray Cray lunchtime feast from June 24–26. This four-course seafood banquet is just the ticket for those that salivate over shellfish and crab-crazy gourmands, with this year’s menu featuring the likes of Fraser Isle Crab bruschetta, with fennel, lemon and caviar, painted Crayfish salad nicoise, and fried creamy sand-crab lasagne with Napoli sauce reduction and basil. Sittings for the Crab & Cray Cray lunch are available between 12:00–2:00 pm and 2:30–4:30 pm. Click here to make a booking.
Disco Yum Cha at La La Land
Put on you glittery platforms and flared jeans! Combining dining and dancing into one fabulous event, glamorous Fortitude Valley cocktail bar La La Land will serve up a sumptuous disco-themed yum cha feast on Sunday June 5. Between 12:00–6:00 pm, The Prince Consort’s head chef David Blackman will serve a Chinese-inspired yum cha banquet menu featuring the likes of char siu pork, barbecue pork buns and glazed duck, accompanied by beverage pairings courtesy of Heads of Noosa and LS Merchant wines. Vinyl Slingers members Dj Rasp and Bushboy will present rhythmic decks and drums show Superjam, while DJs Chantal and Coolhand Luke will be spinning disco tunes all afternoon. Sound like your kind of shindig? Nab a seat here.
Traditional Thai Night at Melrose
On Wednesday June 8, Melrose head chef Arté Assavakavinvong will take diners on a trip to Thailand with a special one-off dinner to celebrate the restaurant’s one year milestone. The night will see the kitchen deliver a special set banquet menu showcasing fresh produce and authentic Thai flavours. Expect the likes of pork-and-prawn dumplings, seared scallops on betel leaf, pan-seared flametail snapper with glass noodles, char-grilled duck breast with cumquat and red endive, kind prawn pad Thai and black sticky rice with custard apple. Bookings are available – snag a spot here.
La Marzocco Social
Coffee fiends will get a kick out of this one – on Thursday June 2 at 3:00 pm, Bear Bones Coffee in Fortitude Valley will host the La Marzocco Social, a caffeine-centric party. The afternoon gathering will feature food, drinks, live DJ sets and a Wally Milk latte art smackdown. Got the afternoon free? RSVP here and head along!
Regional food, Australian wines and local music will be celebrated at Brookfield Harvest – a brand-new outdoor dining experience taking place at the Brookfield Showgrounds on Saturday June 4. This open-air feast will showcase open-fire cooking from Terra Firma Dining and cheese and charcuterie platters from NOTA Restaurant & Wine Bar, as well as a matched wine list curated by sommelier Olivia Evans. The evening’s musical accompaniment will come courtesy of local acts Those Folk, Brenton and The Vernons. The lunch will take place between 12:00–4:00 pm, with live performances running until 10:00 pm. Tables of eight are available for $1760 per group and includes a two-course lunch, charcuterie platter, paired wines and beer, so round up your pals and secure your spot here.
All-you-can-eat satay at Ma Pa Me
Ma Pa Me on Little Stanley Street in South Bank is been scoring fans amongst Brisbane foodies with its sensational Southeast Asian fare since its opening last October. If you’re yet to pop in for a meal, we reckon Tuesday June 7 is a great date to do so. From 5:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month throughout winter, Ma Pa Me will host two hours of bottomless satay skewers and tasty side dishes for just $30 per person. Head chef Alfan ‘Alfie’ Musthafa and his team will be whipping up chicken, pork, squid and tofu skewers – all of which have been lovingly cooked on a traditional hibachi charcoal grill – to enjoy alongside Asian craft beer or delicious cocktails such as Ma Pa Me’s yuzu sour and Thai-style margarita. Bookings are essential and can be made here.
The Dinner Crawl
We love a good pub crawl, so it stands to reason that we’d love a dinner crawl too! On Thursday May 26, four Fortitude Valley venues will host a multi-stop epicurean odyssey, from appetiser to dessert. The Dinner Crawl will see guests pop into La Valle Wine Bar & Bottle Shop, La Costa Restaurant, Evita Restaurant and Cielo Rooftop, taking in a bite and a drink at each. The journey will start with a grazing platter and a glass of vino at La Valle, before moving on to La Costa for a serve of pasta and a refreshing spritz. From there, guests will saunter over to Evita to enjoy some malbec wine and a premium picanha steak, and then will finish with a cocktail, ricotta cannoli and some sky-high views at Cielo. Tickets are on sale now for $115 per person – nab yours here.
4 Hearts Brewing’s Beergustation
Ipswich brewery 4 Hearts Brewing is giving sippers the chance to have a beer with the brewer and head chef at its forthcoming Beergustation event. On Tuesday May 24, guests will be treated to a five-course feast featuring grub whipped up by head chef Shawn Breen and paired craft beers selected by head brewer Reece Richards. Expect the likes of cold smoked beef tenderloin salad served with a Super Model pale ale, bacon-and-cheese-stuffed petite chicken roulade paired with an XPA 88, and a 16-hour hour slow-cooked brisket joined by a glass of Kickback Red IPA. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here.
Night Fever at Redcliffe Markets
Fancy a little bit of disco? Redcliffe Parade will transform into boogie central on Saturday July 9 for Night Fever – a free family-friendly night market hosted by the Redcliffe Markets crew. From 4:00–9:00 pm, locals can strut over and savour a host of street food, source unique finds and take part in some disco-themed activities. Bring a Plate will be hosting two disco dancing workshops at Rotary Park, then will be following it up with a flash mob in front of the Jetty building, turning the street into one big dance party. Bee Gees tribute trio Staying Alive will be performing some of the iconic disco troupe’s most iconic hits, while those that get dressed up in their best 70s outfit will be able to take part in a costume competition. The evening will be capped off by an impressive fireworks display at 8:00 pm. You can find more details on the event and all of the funky happenings here.
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