While many Brisbane locals are making the most of this Easter long weekend & escaping our glorious city… there are many who are left behind pondering important life questions like… where we can get our caffeine fix?
Don’t stress you’re not going to have to survive on instant coffee this weekend…unless you want to. We have rounded up some of our favourite Brisbane cafes that are open over the Easter long weekend serving espresso, eggs and avo on toast… all the essentials really.
Are your wanderlust and taste buds dying to go on an international adventure but your bank account isn’t quite letting you jet set across the ocean? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up the best international eats in Brisbane so you can wine & dine your away around the world without needing your passport.
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the second Eat Brisbane (@eatbrisbane) Instameet event with a bunch of local foodies at Chow House on James Street, Fortitude Valley.
It was Thursday curry night, so each dish was inspired by the street stalls of exotic world destinations, it was a mouth-watering experience.
The four curries were dished up with perfect presentation and aromas like nothing else. One tip before I make you drool on your screen – the curries are a little spicy, so if you’re like me and like your curry very, very mild, add some cucumber, yoghurt and mint raita or the sweet fruit chutney – it makes the world of difference, and is quite delicious. For those who like a kick to their curry, you will be very impressed!
The curries were…
Green Prawn Curry with local ocean prawns, thai eggplant, seasonal vegetables, spinach, lime and thai basil
North African inspired beef, chickpea and sweet potato curry served with almond and apricot flat bread
Slow braised England lamb rending curry with toasted coconut, pickled onion
Vegetable jungle curry with seasonal vegetables, krachai, water chestnut and kaffir lime leaf
There was also house baked chilli coriander bread with thai peanut jame, peking duck with home made shallot pancake served with cucumber and hoisin and the house special spicy thai pork street sausage with tomato and chilli relish.
And it’s not just the food that is divine, the serve is top-notch and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of a hot (pun intended) new dining experience!
Mouth watering? Curries are regularly available at Chow House and are the perfect winter warmers, so stop in for curry night and send your tastebuds to exotic places!
Chow House is open from Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and 7 days for breakfast and lunch.
Chow House is located at 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Visit http://www.chowhouse.com.au for the full menu and more information
Just in case you missed Part One – you can find it here!
Now that you know more about the exciting food truck phenomenon that is upon us, it is the perfect time to introduce you to Ian, the new owner of The Pasta Cruiser!
Ian and his shiny truck serve gourmet pasta at a number of locations around the city for lunch and dinner, sometimes teaming up with Juan More Taco and its vibrant owner Naomi for special tandem serving occasions.
Ian said they are hoping to create a food truck cluster together, similar to Adelaide’s Fork on the Road and the growing contingent of food truck communities in the United States.
Ian said, “We’re hoping, Naomi and I, to facilitate something like that sometime soon” and get some of the other local trucks on board.
“I think it’s great,” he said, that the tandem service “was a cracker” and can be successful because so many people are eager to support the foodie phenomenon.
But in the meantime, Ian is working on creating and adding new sauces to The Pasta Cruisers menu. The same menu that already rivals any local Italian restaurant with its big serving bowls and even bigger flavours.
One of his new sauces, a vodka, cheddar and creamy tomato concoction, was new last week, with many more taste sensations in the pipeline. “There’s a lamb ragu coming up and a blue cheese” too, Ian said.
“We’re looking at bringing in some of the more premium pastas, like the gnocchi with the blue cheese,” he said.
Italian desserts are also on the horizon, with some “yummy panna cotta and tiramisu” in the works to accompany the gourmet ice-cream sandwiches by Pat & Sticks that are already stocked by The Pasta Cruiser.
And, after living vicariously through the culinary adventures of other food truckers before he purchased The Pasta Cruiser, there is no doubt that a lot more is to come for Ian and his eager spirit.
“I’ve got a passion for food, I cook all of the time,” he said, so when the opportunity came up I jumped on board. It seems he has, both literally and metaphorically, captaining The Pasta Cruiser from one successful day of trade to the next and doing some unique catering events in between.
“We have a wedding at Narangba in April, so we go as far as there and we’ll be going down to the Gold Coast in a couple of months time. So we’re all around Brisbane and outside as well.”
“People are really embracing it and the feedback we are getting is great,” he said. Bon Appetit
Scroll on down to the second part of our two-part series on Brisbane’s Food Trucks and see where you can catch Ian and The Pasta Cruiser, as well as Oi! Taco and That BBQ Joint.
About: The Pasta Cruiser serves gourmet pasta from its creative menu that changes daily. All you have to do is pick your pasta then pick your sauce. Pasta choices include porcini mushroom, pinenut and rocket ravioli, country spaghetti and tri-coloured spirals, while your choice of sauce could be anything from carbonara or spicy tomato, chorizo and chilli to beef and pulled pork Bolognese or roasted pumpkin, sundried tomato and feta. I for one am seeking this guy out in coming weeks!
Where: roaming locations for lunch and dinner and available for special occasion and catering events and is also a frequent at Hawthorne’s Love Your Local Markets. Check The Pasta Cruisers Facebook page for the most up-to-date location information and visit the website here.
About: Oi! Taco serve up delicious Mexican flavours and refreshing beverages from a menu that features free range, hormone free, organic, vegan, paleo, low-carb and gluten-free options. They even do a supremely sought after Mexican breakfast if you can find them before midday!
Where: Oi! Taco can be found at various market events, Brisbane events, catered functions and at wondering locations around the city. Like them on Facebook here to see upcoming locations and events and get there early because these guys are known to sell out!
About: That BBQ Joint serves up everything you need to tame the hungry beast inside you who loves American style BBQ food, smoked ribs and wings. It’s a carnivores delight with regular menu items like pork ribs with potato and bacon salad.
Where: That BBQ joint is a regular at Hawthorne’s monthly Love You Local Markets and other roaming events. This truck also specialises in personal catering events so contact them now for your next party!
- Image from That BBQ Joint Facebook Page
So now its up to you… have we missed any? And who is your favourite? We’d love to hear from you if you’re a food trucker or food truck enthuses who loves the new trend. Maybe there’s a Part Three we didn’t even know about!?