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Showing posts from September, 2015

Restaurant Two, Brisbane CBD

It's stood the test of time, 15 years of delighting Brisbane diners, but Restaurant Two still likes to surprise.

Tucked away on the corner of Edward and Alice Streets, opposite the city Botanical Gardens, this is an elegant restaurant with well spaced tables and attentive, knowledgeable wait staff.

Owner chef David Pugh is highly respected in the local culinary scene and is a strong supporter of both local produce and local talent.  Many a promising young chef has found inspiration and experience in the Restaurant Two kitchen.

Their Spring degustation menu is a great way to work through the tempting choices on offer.

It starts with house-made sour dough bread with cultured butter and a tiny glass with an intriguing combo that they call peanut butter and toast, but also includes a celery stick and celery jell.

Second course was a crisp roasted chicken wing which was surrounded by deeply green asparagus soup with intriguing touches of lemon and fennel.

The confit of Mooloolaba tuna…

Corbett & Claude, Brisbane CBD

Brisbane's laneways are getting busier with the opening of Corbett & Claude in the basement of heritage-listed Telecommunications House, adjacent to St Stephen's Cathedral.

This building stared life in 1907 as the headquarters and clubrooms for the Commercial Travellers Association of Queensland, a pre-internet time when commercial travellers were an important part of retailing in early Queensland.  They travelled all over the colony with samples and taking orders to clients.

It became Corbett Chambers in 2009 when the building was purchased and restored by the Corbett family. So it's a nice full circle that this building is once again a place where people can eat and drink more than 100 years later.

A bar and eatery, Corbett & Claude fits perfectly into the Elizabeth Street building's basement and is big on character and clean styling with a touch of heritage.  There's also Mr Claude, named after the architect who designed the building, Claude Chambers, a…

Medley Cafe & Restaurant, Kangaroo Point

There's so much to like about this cafe - great riverside position, wide sunny terrace, dog friendly areas and there's even a walking trail right there in front of you.

Medley Cafe is one of those hidden gems that you won't stumble across unless you are a local going for a stroll because it certainly doesn't have a street frontage.  And why would it, with an envious Brisbane River outlook this cafe certainly has all that it needs for wow factor. Find this one on Google Maps but if you are close to the Story Bridge Hotel, you don't have to look far.

It's near perfect for breakfast, although a sunset drink on Friday and Saturday nights when it opens until 10pm, would also be on my list.

I was feeling the need to be healthy and the chia porridge with chia seeds soaked in coconut water with berries and chocolate nibs fitted the bill perfectly.  Decorated with a flower, it also looked very pretty when it arrived.

When the Catalan baked eggs came out it was clear th…

Stokehouse Q, South Bank

It was a food adventure, an evening where every dish was a surprise and challenge to identify the ingredients - a wild romp of flavours.
Celebrating local produce, Richard Ousbey, Executive Chef of the Stokehouse Restaurants nationally, showed his flavour artistry with Richard Goes Rogue, a degustation dinner that had guests guessing what was on their plates.  It was certainly a five course meal with a difference and judging from the guest response, it will be followed by more of the same ilk.

Using a list of ingredients, team tables worked together to decide what was included in each dish, a challenge much harder than it sounds.
Guiding us through the night was wine connoisseur and sommelier Peter Marchant at his most amusing.

First dish of the evening was a table decoration, a salad posy with bright nasturtium flowers and soft lettuce foliage.  

We started with a small bowl of Silver Lake eel dashi, one of Richard's favourite get home late at night snacks, with house made botta…

Too Zero Bar and Inn of Indulgence, Stafford

If you needed any more evidence that Brisbane's dining scene has hit its stride, a place like Too Zero and Inn of Indulgence should be all you require.

Crammed into a single shop in a strip shopping centre, well off the beaten track in Stafford Heights, this bar and restaurant must have locals smiling all the way as they walk up the hill.  This is no small feat as Farrant Street is an impressive, no-talking-while-walking kinda hill with quite spectacular views over Brisbane's city skyline.

Not that you see any of these views from Too Zero.  It's a popular and crowded space with plenty to occupy your eye inside the premises.  I was told there are plans to increase the dining area by extending with footpath tables and also into the courtyard at the rear with perhaps a pizza oven.

We sat in the window seat with a narrow bench and those stools that have tops like tractor seats. It's a funky look but not the most comfortable place to perch.  There's a long bar lined wi…