The time has rolled around again for the Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi. Come July 9, Brisbane’s culinary scene takes the stage for a month of festivities revolving around our favourite thing – food.
To celebrate the launch of Good Food Month here in Brisbane, the Good Food Guide launched last week in a shiny new format and full of restaurant reviews, cheap eats, recommendation, must-eat dishes and of course, the prestigious awards that every chef and restaurant owner in Brisbane is chasing.
Esquire won the Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year award, The Catbird Seat Bistro won Best New Restaurant and Josue Lopez from GOMA Restaurant won Citi Chef Of The Year. Other locals who received the top gong in their categories were Ollie Hansford from Gauge, Shawn Gomes from Il Centro, Francois Le Saveant, Philip Johnson from E’cco Bistro. In the Brisbane’s Best categories, Wasabi Aria, Bird’s Nest Yakitori, Gerard’s Bar and Black Bird Bar & Grill all walked away winners too.
So what can we expect for the 2015’s Good Food Month?
There’s all of the usual dinners and gastronomic celebrations including the Hat’s Off Dinners, World Safari Dinners, the Ultimate High Tea, Talk & Taste and so much more to make the city’s foodie rejoice with glee.
The Breakfast Club specials see participating cafes and restaurants serve a one-month-only $20 weekday breakfast special to celebrate Good Food Month. Think brekkie salads, coconut and lemongrass porridge, grilled sardines, confit duck, thai chicken omelette, pork pad okra pao and other breakfast offerings.
For lunch, expect a meal and beverage for $38 at the likes of Gambaro Seafood Restaurant, Madame Wu, The Regatta Hotel, Pony Dining, Stokehouse, Bucci Restaurant, ARIA, Billy Kart Kitchen and 127 Bar & Bistro. On Sunday, stop in to The Flying Cock, Gazebo Terrace, Lennon’s Restaurant & Bar or Wild Canary for a lazy lunch with friends or family.
If you’re on a budget, there’s dinner under $30 at Baguette Bistrot & Bar, Chop Chop Chang’s, Kitchen At Treasury, Lost Boys, Mecure Restaurant at the Mecure Hotel Brisbane, The Spaghetti House Trattoria and more.
Bar hopping more your thing? Check out the gin cocktail and bar snack offerings at Canvas Club, The fox Hotel, The Kitty, Leftys Old Time Music Hall, lychee Lounge, Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess, Cowch Dessert & Cocktail Bar, Escobar, Madame Wu, Papa Jacks, Esq., The Tree House, Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Riverbar and Kitchen and Soleil Pool Bar.
And last but definitely not least, my favourite event of them all, The Night Noodle Market! It’s back this year for its second year in Brisbane, setting up camp under lanterns in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank from July 22 to August 2. You can expect it to be bigger and better than last year, with Asian inspired restaurant stalls, themed bars, live music and entertainment and a vibe that can be summarised as outdoor party meets Asian hawker-style food markets. It’ll be one heck of a good time, and I’m sure I’ll pop in more than once while it’s there. Grab your posse, stop in after work or laze around for a long lunch by the river – whichever way you choose to experience the Night Noodle Market, just make sure you start it on an empty stomach.
If that doesn’t have you salivating at the thought of delicious food (and lots of it) then I don’t know what would! If you’re out and about enjoying Brisbane’s foodie offerings this month, don’t forget to tag #BTinsidertip in your social pics so we can see what you’re up to (and regard the best)!
Eat well beautiful people!