Midday munching – these Dine BNE City deals are worthy of taking a long lunch for
Have you heard the good news? The heart of Brisbane is set to come alive between May 13–30 for Dine BNE City, a celebration of The City’s best restaurants and bars. The jam-packed program will see a whopping 50 venues come together to offer more than 80 distinct dining experiences that are sure to fill your belly and tempt your tastebuds. The foodie festival will look to inject some excitement back into weekday lunching for Let’s Do Lunch, with some dynamite deals and special offers. Here’s a taste of what you can grab when the clock strikes 12:00 pm …
If you’re in the mood for a burger …
Vintaged Bar & Grill: There’s something pretty special about dining in the Hilton’s iconic Harry Seidler-designed space. If it’s been a while since you stepped inside, you’ve now got an excellent incentive – the culinary maestros at Vintaged Bar & Grill are serving up a mouth-watering lunch combo. An easy $25 will get you a classic Vintaged Burger stacked with an Angus beef patty, bacon, cheese, tomato and lettuce, a side of chips with Vintage’s signature seasoning, and your choice of draught beer, wine or soft drink.
Mr Edwards: Inner-city craft beer oasis Mr Edwards is joining in on the lunchtime fun with a juicy burger served with fries and a pint of beer for just $15. Wrap your mitts around one of three flavours – a Beyond Meat vegan burger (Beyond Meat patty, lettuce, tomato, red onion, tomato chutney on a vegan bun), a chicken and prosciutto burger (fried chicken breast, prosciutto, parmesan, aioli and rocket) or a Mr Edwards royal burger (Angus beef patty, cheese, tomato, red onion, lettuce and house-made burger sauce). We’re licking our lips already.
WingHAUS: For the uninitiated, WingHAÜS is the wing-packed little sibling of The Bavarian, known for serving up sauce-doused American-inspired fare and thirst-quenching beers. Its $25 lunch deal gives you a small taste of everything with your choice of burger, paired with six saucy wings and a refreshing soft drink. Winning!
If you’re craving seafood …
George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant: Whether you’re looking to dine with a work crew or you have a lunch date with someone special, George’s Paragon is the perfect place to soak up the sunshine while indulging in authentic Mediterranean flavours – and it won’t even break the bank. Enjoy a lavish lunch for just $25 – garlic prawns served with a glass of sauvignon blanc sounds like a pretty good deal to us.
Friday’s Riverside: There’s something about enjoying a platter of seafood whilst taking in picture-perfect views and you’ll get all of this and more at Friday’s Riverside. For just $25, you can score a seafood plate teaming with fresh ocean-caught eats and glass of wine to wash it all down with. Did someone say TGIF?
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Queen Street: If you’re cruising around Queen Street Mall and you’ve got a hankering for a seafood feed, stop in at Pig ‘N’ Whistle to get your fix. The team is slinging barramundi served with peas, carrots, crisp prosciutto, capers, lemon-butter sauce and a half pint of Stone & Wood for $35. Barra and a beer is a winning combination, if you ask us.
For a lighter option …
Fat Noodle: The temperature is dropping and that calls for some belly-warming nosh. Thankfully, Treasury Brisbane’s Asian-fusion dining den Fat Noodle has you covered with its tom kha bug and salmon soup with a drink (your choice of wine, sparkling or soft drink) for just $25. Penny pinchers, rejoice!
Cheeky Poké Bar: Tucked away off Elizabeth Street in the newly revamped Ulster Lane, Cheeky Poké Bar serves up a lip-smacking selection of protein-loaded poke bowls, wonton tacos and salivation-worthy snacks. If you’re yet to hit up this new venue, then now is your chance as the crew is slinging a three-piece lunch deal for just $25. For this wallet-friendly price-tag you’ll get a signature taco, a lunch bowl and your choice of drink.
Donna Chang: Dim sum is one dish that we will always have room in our stomach for and inner-city gem Donna Chang is pumping out a tasting plate of these moreish morsels for $35 per person. If there’s ever a time to eat your body weight in dim sum, it’s now. That’s still a lighter option, right?
When only a meaty feast will do …
Navala Churrascaria: Navala serves up riverfront dining with a helping of Latin American flair – and it definitely doesn’t skimp on flavour with its $25 lunch special. Its charcoal-barbecue skewer tasting plate features lemon-mustard chicken drumettes, maple-syrup and cinnamon pork neck, baby-bell pepper and pickled onion, beef striploins, and rump camps all served with a tantalising selection of sauces.
Fatcow Steak & Lobster: Carnivores can feast on meaty morsels and sip on top-notch wine at Fatcow Steak & Lobster for just $35. This delicious lunch deal includes a flank steak with horseradish mash potato and pico de gallo served with a glass of house pinot noir. That should tide you over until happy hour.
Goldfinch Restaurant: If a meaty meal and a glass of wine is just what the doctor ordered, then you’re in luck, as Goldfinch Restaurant is dishing up just this for $25. Choose from one of the following mains – 200-g chargrilled organic sirloin steak served with buttery potatoes, beer-battered fish with tomato, caper and parsley salad, or peri-peri chicken served with minted coleslaw. The crown on top of this fantastic feast? It comes with a glass of house wine (sparkling, white or red) or a soft drink.
For delectable Asian eats …
Tokyo Premium Curry: Craving a soul-warming curry? Tempt your tastebuds with a salivation-worthy concoction from Tokyo Premium Curry for just $25. Relish a flavourful curry with rice or ramen – choose from either chicken, pork loin mille-feuille, tofu or Salisbury steak. The bonus? This merry meal includes salad, spring rolls and a drink.
New Shanghai Restaurant: If we’re being completely honest, we are always on the hunt for our next noodle fix. You’ll discover oodles of noodles at New Shanghai Restaurant, where you can snap up a serving of xiao long bao, Shanghai stir-fried noodles with pork and vegetables and Chinese tea for $25.
Naga: Keen to devour some Asian-inspired delights during your lunch hour? Wrap your chopsticks around a pad Thai (which comes with your choice of free-range chicken, Shark Bay tiger prawns, Moreton Bay bugs or vegetables) from Thai party palace Naga with a glass of wine or Naga Laga for just $35.
To make your Italian dreams come true …
Alchemy Restaurant & Bar: It’s simply undeniable – Italians do food best. If pasta is your nourishment of choice, then dig a fork in to house-made gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and black cracked pepper for just $25 from Alchemy Restaurant & Bar. Your lunch will be levelled up with a lovely drop in the form of a 2018 Vigne Arpine Falanghina. We’ll cheers to that!
Persone Italian Restaurant: Stellar views, primo wine and pinch-me-it’s-so-good pasta abounds at Persone Italian Restaurant, which you should make your next lunch-hour meet-up. For just $35, you can indulge in Persone’s signature pappardelle al ragu dish, which features melt-in-your-mouth beef and pork ragu piled on fresh house-made pappardelle pasta. You won’t go thirsty with this special, as it’s served with glass of Le Marquis’ De Beaurepaire cabernet sauvignon.
Mr and Mrs G’s Riverbar: Looking for a cracking meal to stop your stomach from grumbling? Look no further than Mr and Mrs G’s Riverbar, which is serving up sandcrab lasagne in rich abalone sauce and burnt sage with glass of Chandon Blanc de Blanc for a breezy $35. Long-lunch Friday is sorted.
When you’re with a group of varied tastes …
Blackbird Bar & Grill: Convinced your co-workers to sip and snack in the sun for your lunch hour? Take them to Blackbird Bar & Grill for a riverside lunch plus a house beer or wine for just $25. Choose from three delicious options – Blackbird Burger with Monterey Jack cheese and native bush tomato relish, crumbed whiting with French fries, grilled citrus and desert lime tartare, or a Cubano sandwich with Schultz Farm suckling pig, glazed ham, Swiss cheese and leatherwood honey mojo. Nobody said the decision would be easy.
Port Office Hotel: Got seafood on your mind? Port Office Hotel is frying up fresh fish, giving you the choice between two $35 lunchtime specials. Dig in to reef fish and scallop nummus with coconut, sesame seeds, coriander and chilli, market fish with South Australian-caught mussels, saffron veloute, peas and snow pea tendrils, or a 250-g striploin steak with truffle chips and green salad.
The Bavarian: The legendary haus of hearty bites, also known as The Bavarian, is giving eager diners, not one, but two courses of tastebud-enticing eats. For the main affair, you can choose between a loaded chicken schnitzel served with fries and mushroom sauce, a roasted pumpkin, beetroot and goat’s cheese salad, a classic cheeseburger, or a magic mushroom burger. To finish, sharpen your sweet tooth with your choice of a cinnamon pretzel doughnut served with salted-caramel dipping sauce or fresh apple strudel topped with vanilla ice-cream and walnut dust.
To book into these lavish lunchtime destinations, hop, skip and jump over to the Dine BNE City website.
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