From Brisbane to Noosa to a small seaside town in Spain, these are the dishes that linger in my mind long after the last mouthful.
Over the past few years, the number of food trucks has been growing rapidly throughout Australia. Now, many roam the streets of Brisbane appearing at different locations from day to day. My favourite thing about food trucks is their diversity. It is rare to find trucks in the same location serving similar food. I have tasted my way around many of Brisbane’s food trucks and want to share a handful of my favourites. Check out Brisbane Food Trucks to find out where these food trucks and others are popping up!
Melbourne is renowned for it’s uber-cool laneway coffee culture, and while the scene in Brisbane isn’t as expansive, it has some awesome laneway cafés that would give Melbourne a run for their money. So get on your best hipster wear and check out my five favourites!
This year I have to adjust to two new things: attending University and dining on a student’s budget. This means as a student at Queensland University of Technology I have an opportunity to find cheap and quality breakfast or lunch options in the CBD. So far in my first semester I have discovered a few favourites that are worth sharing!
A few years have passed since my visit to Wasabi. Although there have been changes in the kitchen and the addition of the restaurant’s very own farm, not a lot is discernably different. Though not a lot had to; I considered my visit in 2012 to be almost perfect. However, this time Wasabi confirmed its status as my favourite Japanese restaurant and was even better!
A Mother’s cooking is a powerful thing. It can evoke feelings of comfort, safety and love knowing it has been made with care and especially for you. This is the kind of food I could eat every week. And that’s what I found in Mamaku: It’s a family Indonesian restaurant owned by a son, with his mother behind the stoves and his father joining him on the floor.
On the 18th of January, Matt Shea, the editor of Broadsheet Brisbane, published an article about this blog, the things I have achieved thus far and about what the future holds for me. Savannah van der Niet from Savvy Creative took some fantastic shots of me cooking at home and some portraits at Cinco Bistro. You can check out the article here!
At the same time each year my family and I venture to The Long Apron, located in a small town called Montville in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Each time we dine there we are stunned by the creativity of the food, the professionalism of the service and the pure bliss of the setting.
Known as one of the hardest restaurants in the world to get a reservation at, I challenged myself with the task of booking a table for four during our trip to Barcelona. After many fruitless attempts, I finally secured a booking near the end of the trip. This would be our last Michelin-starred dinner in Barcelona. Will all the effort be worth it?
After I missed out on going to one of the world’s greatest restaurants, El Bulli, which closed its doors in 2011, I kept a close eye on the chefs to see where they would go. While many ex El-Bulli chefs are now scattered across the globe, three of the main chefs stuck together and opened two restaurants, one in Northern Catalonia in a seaside town called Cadaqués and one in Barcelona. During my visit to Barcelona, there was no way I would miss visiting this restaurant!
Following only days after our meal at ‘The World’s Best Restaurant’, Sant Pau had to meet a very high benchmark in order to impress us. Interestingly, the restaurant doesn’t feature in the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list, yet they have maintained three Michelin stars since 2006. On top of this, the owner and head chef Carme Ruscellada has the most Michelin stars for a woman in the world! I pondered if the list had made a huge mistake.
It’s not often I can brag; “Hey, I’m going to the best restaurant in the world!” When a restaurant has such an accolade and three Michelin stars, there is one factor which may severely affect one’s experience – expectations. And being the best restaurant in the world, mine for El Celler de Can Roca were the highest they have ever been and probably ever will be.
First thing first, my apologies for not posting a review for a few months, however, in my defence, I have a very good reason. I have been working tirelessly to make the most from my last few terms of high school, which meant giving food blogging a bit of a rest. Now I have finished school (Woo-hoo!) my mind is focused on one thing, Barcelona (AKA Barna).
Pizza can be made in very different ways. Whether it’s a thin base or thick base, chewy crust or crispy crust, jam packed full of toppings or a few well chose simple ingredients, bianche (white base) or rosse (red base), there are plethora of ways to make a pizza. At Sorellina, they serve pizzas how they want to. There are no ingredient substitutions or additions and all pizzas have a thin base with a chewy, rather than crunchy, crust. There are a range of both bianche and rosse pizzas on the menu but they are all kept very simple using minimum ingredients, following the traditional Neopolitan way.
My mate Callum raved to me about a breakfast he had at Chow House on James St, Fortitude Valley. So, with Callum and another mate, Jakson, we all made a pact that we would go there as soon as holidays started. It wasn’t the first time I had heard about the breakfast at Chow House. I knew that head chef Timmy Kemp was well regarded for her breakfast fare having wowed diners at her previous restaurant, Timmy’s at Southbank (since closed). My Mum also whet my appetite further when she told me that Kemp’s Crumpets and lemon curd are stuff of food legend.
To celebrate the completion of term two, Grade 12, I was allowed to choose a restaurant for lunch. I had heard a lot about a newly opened eatery called Catbird Seat Bistro on Stanley St, East Brisbane, and I was looking forward to giving it a try.
A little over a year ago I experienced an amazing fine-dining meal at Brents The Dining Experience, which has since transformed into 85 Miskin St keeping the same owner-chef Brent Farrell. 85 Miskin St has been redeveloped into an approachable casual-dining restaurant. The crisp white tablecloths have gone, the carpet stripped away and replaced with shiny wooden floorboards. The food has taken a creative turn, using inspiration from a range of cuisines, moving away from its former strict Classic-French ethos.
I don’t usually write Brisbane breakfast reviews as I seem to find lunch and dinner at restaurants way more interesting to write about than the breakfasts that are served at many venues across town. However, I want to tell you about the breakfast menu that Cinco Bistro serves on Saturday and Sunday. For over 10 years Cinco has become well known for its elegant bistro food but only since September last year have they started serving breakfasts that I believe is worthy of equal acknowledgement and acclaim as their dinner service.
I wasn’t sure if it was just pure luck, perfect timing or a little bit of both but two 16 year olds managed to grab the best seat in the house at Noosa’s beachside restaurant, Season. Having front row seats overlooking the iconic Noosa Beach led to a few funny faces from beach goers as they eyed two ‘kids’ downing some freshly shucked oysters and half-shell scallops. Their faces still make me chuckle to this day!
We had walked past Betty’s one night on our way to Locale for dinner (see my first visit here) and were stunned by the large waiting line for a seat in Noosa’s new burger joint. When there is a line-up that big we knew it had to be good. We decided to go the very next day, at lunchtime though!