The round-up: the restaurants ready to feed you (at home) this Easter weekend in Brisbane
It’s wild to think it’s Easter this weekend, right? In light of everything going on, plus self-isolating, it’s easy to lose track of the dates. With holidays deemed non-essential and unnecessary travel advised against, it’s safe to say most of us (as we should be), will be staying at home this extra-long weekend. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a good (Friday) time! Instead of our traditional ‘what’s open this Easter’ round-up, we have put together a list of places that want to make sure your Easter feasting is still extra special at home with their seafood and takeaway offerings. Be sure to get in quick – some venues require pre-orders to ensure you get your spread in time!
Bare Bones Society, Jindalee: In addition to its regular at-home heat and eat meals, Bare Bones Society is doing a special Easter pre-order set menu. The meal packs serve four people (you can add additional serves if needed) and come with two starters, main course (think coq au vin and slow-braised beef cheeks), honey carrots, potato puree, salad and four desserts. Orders close at 12:00 pm on Wednesday April 8, to be picked up between 4:00–6:30 pm on Thursday April 9.
Bare Naked Bowls, Newstead: If you indulge in a few too many quarantinis over the weekend, you might want to start the next day with some superfood goodness. Luckily, Bare Naked Bowls is remaining open for takeaway all weekend, open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm from Good Friday through to Easter Monday – you can even pre-order via the app or online store.
Betty’s Burgers, various locations: Especially for Easter, Betty’s has launched a limited-edition burger – the Betty’s Classic Prawn. For one week only from Thursday April 9, you can wrap your mitts around a warm Betty’s bun filled with four lightly battered prawns, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo. If you’re in iso with a pal, you can get a Prawn Pack, filled with two Classic Prawn Burgers and two serves of French fries for $35. The burger is only available via the new Betty’s Burgers app, for pick up or takeaway.
Cheeky Poke Bar, Greenslopes: The eatery has just launched its Cheeky To You service, offering deconstructed versions of your favourite Cheeky dishes as well as ‘Cheeky groceries’ to stock your pantry and fridge. As an Easter special, Cheeky To You is offering a selection of Easter Kits, available as feasts for four, six or eight people, including prawns, oysters, calamari, salmon, chips, salad and a couple of bottles of wine. You can also order per-person lunch kits to choose your own adventure!
City Winery, Fortitude Valley: Continuing with its trend of adapting stunningly to current circumstances, City Winery is serving up family feasts and classics to keep you going this Easter long weekend – dry-aged Granite Belt sheep-leg roast, anyone? Par-cooked meals just need to be ordered a day in advance, or you can go nuts any day with bar snacks and the regular menu (with vino, naturally). Be sure to order through the City Winery website!
Coffee Head Co., South Brisbane: You’re probably going to need a good strong coffee after the late-night streaming marathons you’ll be having this weekend (did we mention Parasite is coming to Stan?). Coffee Head Co. is open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Good Friday through to Easter Sunday, serving coffee, toasties, smashed avo toast, pastries and desserts for takeaway – you can even order ahead online!
Colle Rosso, Red Hill: The Red Hill mainstay is preparing a takeaway three-course Easter Sunday lunch, to be picked up at 11:30 am on the day. Enjoy the likes of homemade arancini, seafood lasagne and orange-and-rosemary panna cotta, plus options for kids under 12.
Dalton Catering, Fortitude Valley: In response to the current landscape, the seasoned caterers have launched Feasts by Dalton Delivered – vacuum-sealed high-temperature bags filled with delicious ready-to-go meals, all you have to do is follow the heating instructions and voila! A gourmet feast, such as braised beef cheeks, Greek lamb shoulder and garlic chicken à la Moutarde. Dalton is delivering on both Good Friday and Easter Saturday – just be sure to place your order by 6:00 pm the day before.
Deer Duck Bistro, Auchenflower: The westside fine diner will be open from 5:30–8:00 pm on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, offering a special five-course menu for pick up or local delivery. The at-home degustation for two includes the likes of caramelised-onion risotto and lamb backstrap, and can be paired with a bottle of wine. Pre-orders are encouraged through the website.
Gambaro, Petrie Terrace: Seafood institution Gambaro has launched its uber-convenient Gambaro2Go service, offering click and collect, drive through and home delivery for ready-to-eat meals, family seafood value packs, raw cook-at-home seafood and a selection of alcoholic beverages. You can order a wide range of fresh Easter seafood through the online ordering platform, as well as offering takeaway and deliveries from 4:30 pm on Good Friday.
Gauge, South Brisbane: Grey Street favourite Gauge is taking care of your Easter Saturday and Sunday feasting, offering its daily Feed Me menu for dinner Saturday, or late lunch/early dinner on Sunday. The Easter Sunday menu features the likes of chicken and oxtail agnolotti, half roast chicken with lardo, fingerlime and black-pepper oil, crushed kipfler potatoes with brown butter, and soft meringue with yoghurt, plum and vino cotto. Pick up is between 2:00–6:30 pm – order via the Gauge website.
Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley: Gerard’s chef Adam Wolfers has crafted a seafood-only takeaway set menu for Good Friday, including fermented potato pita, grilled prawns with toum butter and steamed market fish with preserved lemon and raisins. On Easter Saturday, indulge in a meat feast – think slow-cooked lamb shoulder and duck-fat potatoes, finished with lemon meringue and tahini praline. There’s also a Thursday Passover menu if you want to kick off the feasting early. Order ahead online here.
Golden Pig, Newstead: If you’re craving pan-Asian flavours, one-hatted Golden Pig will be trading its regular takeaway hours over the long weekend, open from 5:30–8:30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Claypot goldband snapper with ginger and shallot, anyone?
Hôntô, Fortitude Valley: Glow up your regular Easter seafood feast with Hôntô’s famous lobster kastu sando, Mooloolaba prawn sushi rolls and miso cod and potato gyoza. The restaurant is open every day over the extra-long weekend from 5:00 pm.
Industry Beans, Newstead: When you’re desperate for a caffeine hit over the weekend (or have run out of beans at home), Newstead’s Industry Beans will be there to help. The specialty coffee outfit will be open for takeaway coffee, treats and beans for home brewing all weekend, open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm from Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
Josie North, Toowong: Six words – Sprout. Artisan. Bakery. Hot. Cross. Buns. Pair them with Josie North’s coffee and takeaway goodies, and you’re onto a winner. The Toowong cafe is open from 7:00 am to 12:oo pm Friday to Monday.
Julius Pizzeria, South Brisbane: Buona Pasqua! The Julius team is cooking up an Italian feast all weekend to cater to your pizza and pasta cravings. The Fish Lane eatery will be open from 4:00 pm every day.
La Macelleria, Teneriffe and West End: We know that seafood is synonymous with the Easter long weekend, but for us, it’s also a time for bulk gelato. La Macelleria has just announced its online shop, but its Teneriffe and West End locations are open Friday to Sunday from 2:00–9:00 pm.
Les Bubbles, Fortitude Valley: Les Bubbles’ signature steak frites are available all Easter weekend, for lunch from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, and dinner from 4:00–9:00 pm. Plus, every order of $100 or more gets a free Easter brownie!
Lokal + Co, West End: Egg-spressos all weekend? Yes please! West End’s Lokal + Co is open for takeaway every day over the long weekend, for breakfast, pre-order lunch and pre-order dinner … plus you’ll find a little chocolatey treat inside your espresso if you so desire!
Moda, Petrie Terrace: Chef Javier Codina and team have put together a takeaway Easter weekend special (alongside its easy to cook/ready to eat menu), available every day. You can feast on Moda’s cold seafood platter, brimming with lobster tail, Western Australian scampi, Moreton Bay prawns, and spanner crab and avocado rillettes, served with bread, cocktail sauce and sauce vierge.
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point: Online orders Although temporarily closed, One Fish Two Fish is reopening on Good Friday for one day only to make sure your seafood needs are satisfied. The restaurant is offering oysters, cooked and peeled Queensland tiger prawns and house-made tartare sauce, alongside a selection of perfect seafood wines. for seafood and wine close at 9:00 pm on Tuesday April 7 and orders can be picked up or delivered on Thursday April 9.
Perch’d, Coorparoo: Trading hours are being extended at Perch’d across the long weekend! You can get your proper takeaway fish-and-chips fix from Good Friday right through to Easter Monday, with the eatery open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm each day.
Piccolo Coffee Co, Camp Hill: The hole-in-the-wall Camp Hill Marketplace cafe will be open all weekend from 6:30 am to 11:30 am for all of your morning coffee needs – just the pick me up you need to start each day of a wild weekend (at home) filled with lots, and lots, of eating.
Ploughman, Alderly: The neighbourhood bar is open for all of your beer and charcuterie cravings across the weekend, open from 3:00–7:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and 4:00–7:00 pm Sunday and Monday.
Reef Seafood and Sushi, Newstead: Sort out your feast from the palm of your hand – Reef’s Easter menu platters and cold seafood are available from pre-order via its website and ordering app. The restaurant’s signature Japanese-meets-Western style carries through to its platters, which include hot and cold items, as well as fresh and cooked seafood.
Rogue Bistro, Newstead: You can ‘go rogue from home’ all Easter weekend – the restaurant is remaining open for takeaway dinner every day from 5:30 pm and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Kicking off Easter Sunday with peanut-butter-and-salted-caramel-topped pancakes in bed sounds like a holiday to us!
sAme sAme, Fortitude Valley: Tuck into sAme sAme’s Thai takeaway all weekend, open for lunch and dinner Good Friday to Easter Sunday, and dinner only on Easter Monday. Starting Friday, you can also order a Thai Thai’s Margarita or the Same Same But Taller cocktail to go with your meal!
SeaVibes Kitchen & Bar, Manly: Waterfront SeaVibes is open all Easter weekend for takeaway and local delivery. You can grab everything from coffee to fish, chips and burgers, with the Manly favourite open from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday, and 9:30 am to 8:00 pm on Easter Saturday.
Tartufo, Fortitude Valley: Tartufo is putting together a true Italian feast for the Easter weekend for two or four people. Its pre-cooked and chilled family packs include the likes of baby veal wrapped in pancetta and filled with mortadella and mushrooms, tomato and thyme frittata, or traditional porchetta with a selection of accompanying dishes and desserts. Call or email to design your perfect Easter menu.
The Barra Boys, East Brisbane: The fish and chippery will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Good Friday, and 10:30 am to 8:00 pm Saturday to Monday for all of your seafood needs. As well as its full menu, you can pre-order fresh seafood including Moreton Bay bugs, local tiger prawns and sand crabs, and oysters, also available in platters for two or four.
The Fishmonger’s Wife, East Brisbane: The much-loved restaurant open for all of your Good Friday seafood needs for safe, contact-free takeaway, taking phone orders from 11:00 am and serving from 12:00–7:30 pm. If your fish-and-chips cravings carry over to Saturday, The Fishmonger’s Wife is open from 4:00–7:30 pm.
The Lighthouse Restaurant, Cleveland: Bayside seafood institution The Lighthouse is open all Easter long weekend for takeaway from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, with the cafe open from 7:00 am until late. You can pre-order fresh seafood packs via phone or online, which include prawns, lobster, Moreton Bay bugs and sand crab. It is recommended you place your order 24 hours ahead to avoid missing out.
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