Top cuts - just the best bits from this week's food news

This week's top food news - winners are grinners, bonus for beef lovers, two new openings, craft cocktail science master classes, Japan food tour, some great foodie events and more.

Entrée -

  • Take a bow

Congrats to Aria and sommelier Ian Trinkle for taking out the top award in Queensland in the Gourmet Traveller Australian Wine List of the Year Award 2013. The award was hotly contested in Brisbane with Bacchus South Bank, Bistro One Eleven, The Brisbane Club, Cru Bar + Cellar, E’cco Bistro, Il Centro, Moo Moo, Salt Grill, Stokehouse, Urbane and Sails in Noosa, all awarded the top three glass ranking for exceptionally well designed wine lists.  See the full list here

  • Eat the beast

Get yourself down to Cha Cha Char to taste a Manning Valley Rib on the Bone for 2 from the RNA’s 2013 branded beef competition’s Champion Branded Beef of Show award winner, Grassfed Manning Valley Naturally, during Ekka week. The Manning Valley Rib on the Bone (Shorthorn X. from Wingham, Queensland) for two costs $95 and comes with macaroni and Donnybrook Vintage cheddar cheese, peas and triple smoked bacon. Awesome! Book on p 3211 9944

  • Asian twist

Look out for more action in the A&C precinct. Damien Griffiths has his eye on the old noodle shop next to Alfredo’s with plans to open something with an Asian theme. Bring it on I say. Damien has the golden touch at the moment and it’s sure to be yet another success.

  • First birthday

Traders Hotel, Brisbane, has launched a special anniversary accommodation package to mark its first birthday milestone. From 7 August for 365 hours, guests can book on the “Staying Connected 365” hotel package ? $365 for a night's accommodation ? but within the deal, will receive $365 credit to spend in the hotel. Book at  Traders Hotel

The Bakers Arms

  • Hot baker

Look out for my blog post on the newly opened The Bakers Arms in the top end of Logan Road, Woolloongabba. Great spot for breakfast and lunch. Full blog post coming soon

  • Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant

The Norman Hotel is at it again, celebrating Ekka with a new range 20 types of steak sourced from some of Australia’s best producers of grass and grain fed beef and nine Directors Cuts. Wrap your lips around a Manning Valley OP Rib, a Grassland Sirloin on the bone or a CAAB Pure Black Angus Sirloin.

il locale at Rosalie

  • Just open

Tognini’s have opened il locale at Rosalie in the site formerly occupied by Tomato Brothers.  The décor is slick and the pizzas moreish but there’s plenty more on the menu.    Full blog post coming soon.

Main course

Francis and Marilyn Domenech

Au revoir

One Brisbane's oldest restaurants, Baguette Bistrot, is up for sale. After 37 years Francis and Marilyn Domenech have listed their Racecourse Road Ascot restaurant for sale and are hanging up their aprons.

“While Racecourse Road is just on the verge of a new resurgence, we have run out of puff and want to take time travelling and to be with our family,” says Marilyn Domenech. The decision to sell was difficult because the restaurant is so busy at the moment, but we are happy to leave future growth for the new owners.”

Hospitality business broker Hugo Martin of ABS Business Sales is managing the sale and is expecting huge interest.

Craft Cocktail Science Master-classes

We can thank a French doctor for bringing us Absinthe, a Dutch doctor for introducing us to gin and bakers in the Middle East for giving us beer, but it takes a scientist to truly master the cocktail in all of its complex glory.

In the hidden depths of Brisbane’s favourite speakeasy, the Walrus Club’s own mad scientist is getting ready for this year’s National Science Week mixing up his very own cocktail science master-classes for those brave enough to enrol.

Andrew Cameron and the team at the Walrus Club will next week fling open the doors to showcase some of the more fanciful, startling and downright fascinating aspects of cocktail design over three free ‘Craft Cocktail Science Master-classes’, courtesy of Angostura Rum.

Kicking off at 5pm across the 15th, 16th and 17th of August, the sessions are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in learning the science behind what has long been considered an art-form.

Tickets are free but limited. Find out more at the Walrus Club 

Hello Japan

Sally Lynch from Taste Trekkers and Jane Lawson, former Kyoto resident and author of the cook book Zenbu Zen, are heading to the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan in October and you are invited.

Their 11 day trip begins in Osaka and ends in Kyoto, the old imperial capital. Well off the usual food tourist trail, they will visit farmers living and working the land in an ancient volcanic crater, witness the intricacies of ramen making and lunch at a wagyu beef farm. There’s a visit to a small factory, that for centuries specialises in making made samurai swords and now makes acclaimed chef’s knives, a tea ceremony in a tea house dating from 1688,  a demonstration of how a tofu skin is made and visit a family run sake brewery. Local experts at each stop will introduce the group to their towns, restaurants and inns and even their families, giving a deep entre into the Japanese culture.

Find out more here

This week I’m liking  -

Boscastle family meat pie

I’m always on the lookout for easy family meals that don’t break the budget. At around $20 this generously-sized family pie ticks those boxes and also comes up high on flavour and ingredients.  There’s nothing on the ingredient list that rings alarm bells and the filling looks and tastes just like a meat pie should and the pastry comes up golden and flakey.  They are made in Melbourne by a family company who have been baking for generations. I would definitely have some of these in the freezer for those nights when it’s all too hard.  Find it at good delis. Bostcastle  

Cibo Cucina Lemon, Pine Nut & Vanilla Crumble Gelato

The South Australian based founders of the Cibo Espresso stores have branched out with a range of gelato made by two brothers from Florence who have trained at some of great artisan gelato shops in Italy.  The Torta Della Nonna gelato is derived from a traditional Tuscan cake, generally made by a nonna or grandmother, and made using the same ingredients used by Italian grandmothers Italy. It’s a lemon and pine-nut custard tart in the form of creamy and smooth gelato. Totally delicious and great served with fresh strawberries.  Cibo Cucina

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was supplied with these products

What’s on

A big welcome to Granite Belt winemaker Steve Messiter of Girraween Estate who will be in Brisbane on August 21 for a meet the winemaker event at Green Beacon. Tickets $45. Bookings at Green Beacon
Is this the first ever gig in a chocolate shop? Steve Sheldon of Monty’s Chocolates invites you to a free evening of original acoustic music by Brisbane folk musician Hannah Rosa, combining great original music and world class chocolate on Friday August 9. Monty’s renowned Italian hot chocolate, coffee, and other beverages will be available on the night. Monty’s Chocolates on Facebook at

Kerry Heaney