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OTTO night to be truffled.

posted by Emmy O'Neill June 19, 2018 0 comments

Fancy a night of decadence? Of divine feasting? Of delicious food? All generously topped with truffles.

Then ‘Holy Truffle Balls’ have OTTO Ristorante got a treat for you. Prepare to be truffled. Like completely truffled.

Last week I had the privileged of dining at OTTO for a media launch of their Truffle Degustation Menu. Just the mere words ‘truffle degustation’ had me weak at the knees and that was before I had arrived at the venue. That was before the aroma of freshly shaved Western Australian Black Manjimup Truffles filled the room. That was before I tasted course after course of delicious meals generously topped with black truffle. My knees were indeed weak and my excitement to feast on in-season truffles could not be contained. What can I say? It was perfection.

Every single mouthful was truffle perfection.

As I said on the night, (whilst savouring every  bite of the truffle gelato with hazelnut praline and fresh truffle); ‘I have died and gone to truffle heaven’. And yes you read that right… there was truffle in the gelato! And it was unlike anything I had ever tasted in my life; creamy, sweet, salt, crunchy and absolute explosion of flavours and textures. The stuff of truffle dreams!

OTTO’s Head Chef Will Cowper is truly celebrating this year’s truffle season with the introduction of a truffle service; which basically means you can add freshly shaved truffles to your favourite OTTO dish. During the winter months from June through to August for $30, you can add 5 grams of freshly shaved truffled to your dish of choice; the truffles will actually be delivered to your table by Head Chef Will himself! And you also receive OTTO’s chocolate truffles to take with you; perfect for the uber ride home.

There is nothing better than the aroma of fresh truffle. At the end of every truffle season I am already  thinking of ways to use them next year. So by the time they are in season I’m so excited to showcase them through specials to our diners,” says OTTO’s Head Chef, Will Cowper.

Will has also created a number of scrumptious dishes, such as house-made fettuccini with slippery jack mushrooms, pan fried gnocchi with truffles, Parmigiano reggiano and fresh truffle risotto and the aforementioned Truffle gelato with hazelnut praline!

If you are a true truffle lover you really can’t go past the Truffle Degustation hosted at OTTO on July 4th. Prepare to have all your senses overwhelmed when you experience Western Australian Manjimup truffles in all their glorious earthy and delicious glory with an exclusive 5-course degustation with matching premium Italian wines.  For more information on how to book this event head to OTTO.

Just in case you still needed to be convinced that heading to OTTO to be truffled is a great idea… here’s some photographic evidence.

OTTO Ristorante | 480 Queen St Brisbane, 4000 | (07) 3835 2888

 

 

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The stuff of kitchen dreams…

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 20, 2017 0 comments

I was dreaming of a new kitchen from the day we got the keys to our new house. Like dreaming. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t being greedy… I mean, I did just buy a house! But the slightly seedy, blue, no dishwasher, leaky tap, broken oven vibes certainly didn’t have me weak at my knees. I wanted to be madly in love with my kitchen, after all it is the heart of the home!

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GROWN

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 20, 2017 0 comments

A few weeks back I had decided to treat myself to a solo lunch. Not for any particular reason other than I was desperate to try GROWN. Every single time I saw a @grown_bne post on my Instagram feed, I found myself day-dreaming of eating everything plant based. #GimmeAllTheFood

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Sleeping at Spicers Balfour

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 18, 2017 0 comments

As the new year fast approaches we usually start to turn our thoughts to our 2018 resolutions #amiright. We at BT think that spoiling oneself should be high on everyone’s list. Well, we have a great idea for you!

And this time you can avoid the bumper-to-bumper M1 to the Gold Coast or the even-longer Sunshine Coast, but rather pack your suitcases and head to New Farm. Yes, New Farm!

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Here at BT we are a little nuts…

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 16, 2017 0 comments

As you probably know, we here at BT are a little nuts! Nuts for nuts that is!! And as the festive season hits us, be assured that Australian macadamia nuts will be on our menus. Continue Reading

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Time to Visit the Doc. Doc Brown that is.

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 15, 2017 0 comments

In the highly competitive Brisbane cafe market it can often be a challenge to find the right place to sip your espresso or enjoy a wholesome breakfast. Doc Brown Cafe in West End ticks all the right boxes!

Previous owner of the popular Brown Dog in Woolloongabba, Christian Maltby, has done it again with this cafe which opened it’s doors last month.  The contemporary design, the oh-so-friendly staff, and the attention to detail make this cafe a #MustVisit this summer! Continue Reading

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The blackest of all sheep

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 14, 2017 0 comments

Hiding in the industrial streets of Woolloongabba is my favourite of all the coffee shops! I am almost tempted to not give away the address for fear that all the hipsters of Brisbane will travel far and wide just to get a taste of one of Brisbane’s most perfectly extracted espresso. Black Sheep is more than a coffee shop. It is an iconic, right of passage for all coffee lovers…or tea lovers, or hot chocoalate lovers or chai lovers…[the staff at Black Sheep are a very inclusive bunch].  Continue Reading

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Affordable Organic Veggies

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 14, 2017 0 comments

Dreaming of starting the New Year with some kick ass resolutions… those oh-so-common goals… loose a few kilos, move daily and eat healthy. #SaysEverybodyAtTheEndOfEveryYear

Well healthy eating has never been so easy… and whilst I am partial to eating out (just look at#BTInsiderTip) I also love to get creative in the kitchen and cook with fresh produce. Over the past six months I have been travelling to Ipswich on the weekend to collect farm fresh, ORGANIC, picked-a-few-days-before veggies from Hillfields Farm. Continue Reading

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The Racing Cafe

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 12, 2017 0 comments

A few weeks ago I crossed the river and headed to the North Side where I stumbled across a just darling lil place called The Racing Cafe. Actually full disclosure my husband actually stumbled across The Racing Cafe and did a little U-turn. What a find!

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Up Up Up And Away…

posted by Emmy O'Neill December 8, 2017 0 comments

A morning in the departure lounge at Brisbane Airport, sipping espresso and awaiting a holiday *Cue destination holiday daydream*

Last week I packed my bags and headed to Brisbane Airport for an adventure – only we didn’t leave the ground…

Whilst I would love to say I was jet setting off to come exotic location (oh hello Bali please let me Eat, Pray, Love you); I was actually there to taste test some of Brisbane’s finest beans and brews – something I was sceptical even existed at an airport. After all, I thought airports were home to instant coffee and not much else. Boy-oh-boy I was wrong.

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Shhhh… can you keep a secret?

posted by Emmy O'Neill November 23, 2017 0 comments

Fancy going to a chocolate degustation? Hold the gosh darn phone… What is a chocolate degustation I hear you ask? Well it is only one of the most fabulous food experiences of your life! I know, I know huge call… but once you sink your lips around BASIK Chocolates you will never go back to the old ‘favourites’ again… #TRUSTME

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