Top cuts from Brisbane's food and travel news

Here's the best local food news, a new food app and some Sydney tips.

This week's best value lunch deal has to be the $20 per person Sono sushi platter with miso soup which is available Wednesday to Friday only.    It's a big leap to the most interesting lunch deal of the week which comes from the three hatted est. in Sydney where the lunch special comes from a collection of Peter Doyle's most celebrated dishes - two courses at $69. I'm talking Moreton Bay Bug with wombok cabbage, Doyle’s signature ocean trout sashimi and the lamb rib eye with smoked eggplant.

Good Food Guide Awards

There's more than a few nervous chefs and restaurant owners around town today as the launch of the Brisbane Times Good food guide draws close tonight.

This edition includes 500 new reviews covering everywhere from northern New South Wales to north Queensland.

Editor Natascha Mirosch has given little away in the lead up to the awards except to tip the Gold Coast as a hot contender.

“It has certainly been an interesting 12 months in dining across the state with an increase in
impressive regional performance,” Ms Mirosch said.

“This is particularly apparent on the Gold Coast, which has been busy reinventing its dining scene
this year, with on-trend openings such as Cambus Wallace, Bin 12 and The Fish House. Then there’s
the wave of coffee culture that’s hit the coast.”

I will be sharing the winners names on Twitter tonight and on the blog tomorrow so be sure to check in.

The Queensland Good Food Guide 2013 will be available from 16 April at
bookstores and from 17 April from newsagents for $19.99. You can order online at

Greek kitchens rule at Paniyiri

If the promise of freshly barbecued haloumi, flavour-filled souvlakia and sweet, sweet honey puffs sets your taste buds dancing you had better put Paniyiri into your diary on May 18 and 19.

This year there will be two full cooking program days upstairs at The Greek Club where great Greek cooks and big name chefs will reveal Greek kitchen secrets.

Musgrave Park will be a giant Greek kitchen with over 50 stalls serving traditional Greek dishes - expect Kourambiethes – traditional celebration almond shortbread; dolmathes yalantzi – stuffed grape vine leaves; horiatiki salata - your basic big, fat Greek salad, baklava (pictured at the top) and much more.

Find out more at 

Got the munchies? 

This has nothing to do with late night substance-abuse linked attacks on the pantry but rather a new app that takes the hard work out of deciding what to eat.

Simply pick the ingredients that you have in your kitchen and let Munchies show you what you can make. All 300 recipes have been carefully selected to be simple and quick to make snacks or easy meals - so lengthy recipes have not been included. The selection of ingredients is limited to those that are relatively common and lend themselves to recipes that can be prepared quickly.

Munchies is available free to download (with the inclusion of adverts) so that you can enjoy the vast majority of its functionality. If desired, a simple in-app purchase will remove the adverts and also make the shopping list function available. Find it at the App store.

Does it get better?

If you are looking for a new place to stay in Sydney with ultimate wow factor, you would have to put the seven new over-water suites at The Sebel Pier One Sydney on the list. I'm talking private balconies with sweeping harbour views, designer day beds and twin rain showers with side jets. The list goes on but you'll have dig deep for the $3000 a night price tag. Maybe just enjoy the photo.

New Pale Ale

It's makers call it a beer created for those who would rather toast than boast, a memorable beer with true substance and character, it was designed with the righteous Aussie drinker in mind. Created by two Melbourne lads living the quintessential Aussie blokes dream of producing their own brew, Patrick Alè & David Milstein, Quiet Deeds went down well in our house with particular appreciation from the younger beer drinker and silent approval from the alpha male. Use the find Us’ app on our Facebook page or visit

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid post.