Get into retro food and drag out your dog-eared copy of any early Women’s Weekly cookbook or give Margaret Fulton some love and drool over her photos Beef Wellington, Chicken Kiev or hand-rolled chocolate truffles.
We are talking about a world filled with lobster mornay, smoked oysters, prawn cocktails, sticky date pudding, scotch eggs, brandy snaps, sun dried tomatoes, Baked Alaska and vol-au-vents, both large and cocktail size.
While you’ll still find plenty of restaurant menus featuring food tricked up with foams and soils or so deconstructed it’s hard to remember what you ordered, there’s also a splash of retro food around bringing back the warm memories of childhood.
It doesn’t matter what generation you are, there are always family favourites passed down filled with aromas and flavours that are just like a big hug from Nan and will take you back to sitting on the couch with Pop waiting for dinner to be served. Where can you find these retro gems? Here’s a few picks from Brisbane’s menus.
Read more of my story in the June edition of Brisbane Where Magazine or click on the image below to expand. Browse the fab retro food photos, like the English pork sausage from Hamptons, Paddington, that follow.
|Devils on Horseback from Alfred and Constance|
|Ploughman's Lunch from the Pig 'n Whistle, Eagle Street|
|Oysters Kilpatric, Alfred and Constance|
|Scotch egg, Alfred and Constance|
|Vintaged, Brisbane Hilton. $35dinner-Thirlmere duck leg confit, Bubble “n” Squeak and fried duck egg|
|Nasi Goreng, Cafe East, Queen Street Mall.|
|Bavarian Bier Cafe, Wiener Schnitzel|
|Pineapple Upsidedown cake, The Walnut Restaurant, Royal on the Park|
|Banana waffle, Royal on the Park|
|Pear and plumb crumble, Alfred and Constance|
More on the restaurants mentioned
Walnut Restaurant, Royal on the Park
Bavairan Bier Cafe
Vintaged Bar+Grill, Brisbane Hilton
Alfred and Constance
Bistro One Eleven
Disclaimer: This is an extract from Brisbane Where Magazine June 2013