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Where To Get The Best American Food In Brisbane

posted by Cass Catsoulis April 16, 2016 17 Comments

We are always trying to update our mind and stomach, and this post is no exception. We know you loved our post on the best American food in Brisbane from a couple of years ago, so we pulled it from the archives, gave it a fresh update and added a bunch of new restaurants to help you introduce your sheltered Australian palette to the holy grail of American foods. American food is addictive, growin’ and stickin’ around Brisbane and sometimes it can even stick to your hips for- days, weeks and months after that juicy pulled pork slider.

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Eat: The Mercure Brisbane

posted by Joanna Fraser June 16, 2015 0 comments

I don’t know about you but there is something just a little fancy about dining in a hotel. It’s the kind of fancy that makes you want to peel off those skinny jeans and put on a pretty dress. Perhaps you might even order a cocktail or a glass of wine instead of just sipping on the free tap water or the standard lemon, lime and bitters.

Featuring beautiful river views, a locally sourced menu and sexy, ambient lighting, the restaurant and bar at the Mercure Brisbane achieves that perfect level of fancy.

With the kind of menu that makes you ask the waiter to come back in five minutes because you can’t possibly decide what to have (slow cooked lamb shank!? Chinese braised pork belly?- help!), the Mercure Brisbane doesn’t fuss around with tiny portion sizes or pretentious ingredients. Instead it offers wholesome food that celebrates Australia’s love of fresh seafood, tenderly cooked meat and the innovative use of fruits and vegetables.

Perfect for a weekend date night or a wholesome after work dinner, the Mercure Brisbane brings sophisticated without prestige, making it an enjoyable affair for young and old alike. So next time you’re reaching towards that little black dress, why not head to the Mercure?

Here’s just some of the colourful array of food you can expect!

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Hola! IndiMex Turns One

posted by Wendy Serrano May 10, 2015 1 Comment

It’s the great debate I face far too often. You know, when people ask you, ‘what should we have for dinner?’ Ask me personally, and two things automatically come to mind: A warm, hearty and spicy Indian curry or a big, filled-to-the-brim, cheesy with extra guac, Mexican burrito. I somehow always end up at a crossroad. And then that little girl form the Old-El-Paso Taco ad pops into my head. You know the one where they’re talking about soft or hard shell tacos & she yells out, “Y Por Que No Los Dos?” AKA, “Why Not Both?” (Don’t tell me you don’t know it?!).

So why not spice up your life with a little bit of Indi-Mex goodness at IndiMex: Funky Indian cuisine with a Mexican Twist. Talk about a fiery mix! Two of the world’s boldest culinary palates united, and last week, IndiMex celebrated its first birthday in a nacho ordinary.

The Mariachi band was in full swing, the margaritas were flowing and the colourful table settings transported us to the bright streets of Mexico, with a kick of Indian spice of course.

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First up, IndiMex Spring Rolls, Dips and Chips, Calamari with sweet chilli sauce. Okay,YUM!

In between the Margaritas, we munched on Chicken Tikka, Cocktail Sandwiches (with extra chutney cheese & veggies) and super saucy Albondigas En Salsa (Mexican Meatballs).

Throw in Onion Pakodas (otherwise known as deep-fried deliciousness) with butter chicken, prawn and mushroom filling and bite-size IndiMex Pizza on naan bread, and I was officially full. Top it off with a classic cupcake, another Corona and I was one happy señorita!

The party didn’t stop there though! Throughout the month of May, IndiMex want you to help them celebrate with hot special offers (we’re all for month-long fiestas!)

So grab your amigos and salsa your way down for some irresistible birthday treats:

  1. Free slice of birthday cake with any dine-in main meal ordered over $18.95 (Lunch or dinner only)
  2. Two free slices of birthday cake with any takeaway or home delivery of over $50 (dinner only)
  3. Buy 1 cake, get 1 free. Dine on any day or evening in May, buy one cake, receive another one to equal or lesser value for free. (T&Cs do apply. Lunch or dinner, dine in only).


Weeknight Dine-In:

$1 Kids meal Mon-Thurs per accompanying paying adult


$1 plain or garlic naan with any curry

$1 soft drink with any biryani

I’m giving IndiMex’s menu a ‘high-cinco’ with all it’s zing and zest…It was definitely an India-scribable Mex-travaganza. Arriba!

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(Disclaimer: I had may have had way too much fun with IndiMex puns!)

Images courtesy of Kerrin Smith

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#EatBrisbane16 @ponydining

posted by Aimee Moy May 6, 2015 0 comments

Pony dining is already known for its sharing plates and fusion menu. Pony attracts a diverse crowd ranging from corporate to personal affairs; and understandably so due to it’s prime location on Eagle Street Pier. Catering for such Pony’s new menu is both delectably enticing as it is interesting.

The tasting menu for the evening consisted of some favourite dishes carried on from previous menus and also some brand spankin’ newbies. Let me list the amazingness with my personal verdict so you too can see the drool worthiness of the evening.

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-Marinated Australian Olives: speaks for itself.

-Charred Flat Bread, smoked eggplant white bean dip: delicious charred and smoky flavour, but not over powering.

-Stuffed Baby Pepper, sweet potato, refried beans, pickled currents, salted ricotta: insanely delicious combination of flavours, with a good spicy kick.

-Double baked Gruyere soufflé, romesco, fire roasted hazelnuts, fig relish: this one has been a menu favourite for a while and with good reason, I’ll have twelve thanks.

– scotched chicken egg, hummus, red pepper chutney: This is something I probably would never have thought to order, but it gets the double thumbs up! (pictured)

– Seared Tuna, smoked tofu, dashi jelly, edamame: light and refreshing Japanese inspired dish.



– Pork belly, poached egg, spiced broth, radish, mushrooms: The pork belly was soft and crunchy in it’s respected places, a very warming winter dish.

-Rangers Valley Flat Iron, spiced black beans, mushrooms, crispy puffed wild rice: challenging cut of meat presented and dished very well.

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DESERTS TO SHARE (both fresh to the menu as of Monday 27th of April)

– Chocolate brownie, cherry icecream, coconut marshmallow, kirsch fudge: In the words of Ru Paul, “can I get an AMEN UP IN HERE!”

– Fried Apple pie, sour cream ice cream, rhubarb, oats, pistachio: an elegant and delicious twist of an all time favourite.

Now, to be completely honest with you, as much as I NOW love food, I grew up as an extremely fussy teen. My newfound maturity is seeing me try bulk amounts of interesting food and absolutely loving it. Pony to me, as someone who lives to eat would have seemed desirable but a bit of a stretch for the wallet. This however isn’t the case at all. One look at the menu and everything is really reasonably priced, especially considering the fine dining experience that is provided. Pony dining has also just introduced a private dining area, separate from the main dining floor.

Ps. Mothers get a free glass of sparkling on mothers day; and we all know a hard working mother who deserves free wine, don’t we? Sooo book a table STAT.


Brisbane’s Best Hotel Restaurants

posted by Teagan West February 13, 2015 0 comments

Brisbane’s restaurant scene continues to boom, with new and improved hotspots popping up all over town to appeal to all of those with a love affair with good fare, whether you are a dessert fiend, health-conscious foodie or on a quest to find the best international aromas.

It’s impossible to choose where to go, and that’s before you look at a single menu. So here at Brisbane Threads we love to make the task a little easier for you with our Best of Brisbane series.


This week, we’re talking Brisbane’s best restaurants that just so happen to reside inside some of the city’s most luxurious hotels. That’s right, we’re talking Brisbane’s best hotel restaurants. But these restaurants are more than just your regular hotel eatery packed with toasted sandwiches, no flavour and a generic wine menu. These restaurants are spectacular in their own right. They’re making waves in the crowded restaurant scene and have come to be known for their prestigious gastronomic offering.

They’re all a fabulous choice for a dinner date and welcome regular diners with open arms for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you don’t want to leave after dessert you can head upstairs to continue the luxurious experience and sleep off that food coma in comfort and style (hint hint, it’s Valentines weekend lads).


Here are our favourites…


72 Queen Street, Brisbane

Smack bang in the middle of the Queen Street Mall, NEXT Hotel prides itself on doing things differently. And the hotel’s restaurant – Lennons Restaurant – is no exception. The menu is modern, inventive and focuses on fresh produce cooked to perfection, a feat we can attest to. The hot favourite is the Express Yourself daily lunch special – a 3 course set menu that promises a good feed for $35 in 60 minutes.

NEST | Hotel Jen

159 Roma Street, Brisbane

Nest is the new kid on the glamorous hotel restaurant block, taking up the space next to the Brisbane Transit Centre alongside the new Hotel Jen. The interior is a spectacle of its own with lush green booths, beautiful lighting fixtures, artistic features and a lavish dining area that is simple and functional without compromising style. Asian fusion is on the menu alongside an array of signature cocktails including the ‘Birds of Tokyo,’ ‘Garden Martini’ and the ‘Leaving the Nest’ tequila concoction.


Top of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

The Treasury Casino and Hotel is home to some of the city’s best dining experiences, with Fat Noodle, lab bar + restaurant, Marco Polo, The Kitty and Kitchen at Treasury all housed under the same roof. Luke Nguyen’s Fat noodle is a crowd favourite, serving up lunch fare for the business folk during the day, and delicious Asian cuisine by night.


33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Gambaro’s is synonymous with brilliant seafood. Gambaro Seafood Restaurant is the multi-award winning signature restaurant of Caxton Street’s Gambaro Hotel, one of Brisbane’s newest boutique hotels. The restaurant is known for its large offering of quality Australian seafood including mud crab, green lobster fresh from the in-house tank, Moreton Bay Bugs Tasmanian oysters. The house speciality is the Gambaro Seafood Platter, so hop to it if seafood is right up your alley!

MOTION BAR & GRILL | Brisbane Marriott Hotel

515 Queen Street, Brisbane

The Marriott Hotel’s Motion bar & Grill is an elegant example of the hotel chains luxurious charm. Prime Queensland produce sits comfortably on the menu, whether it’s the Seafood Tower or a carnivore’s dream steak, and the High Tea is a crowd pleaser complete with fluffy scones, sweet treats and tasty sandwiches. You can see our full blog post on the Marriott and Motion Bar & Grill here.


190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane

Showcasing the very best of fresh local produce it’s no Vintaged Bar & Grill was awarded it’s third Chef’s Hat at the 2014/2015 Brisbane Times Queensland Good Food Guide Awards, a prestigious achievement for executive chef Jeremy Clark and Sous Chef Dario Fiorino. Most of the dishes are prepared on the grill, and meats are the key feature of the swanky menu the restaurant is famed for.

BACCHUS | Rydges South Bank

Cnr Grey and Glenelg Street, South Bank

High Tea enthusiasts take note, Bacchus does a quintessentially English High Tea spread which is the perfect experience for baby showers, bridal celebrations, the calm before the hens night storm, a ladies lunch or a casual catch-up with girlfriends. Who can resist delicate finger sandwiches, fluffy scones, an assortment of sweet treats and an endless supply of tea!?

Have you got a hotel restaurant to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!

*All images sourced from Facebook