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Hi all,

Organising a farewell party Sunday lunch for a friend in about a month's time and given the following challenge: it has to cater to the many many allergies my friends possess (I'm good though). These allergies being: dairy, lactose, peppercorns, seafood (crustaceans), peanuts, onions...yeah...that's only part of it.

Given these limitations - has anyone been to Kitchen Sanitarium in Eagle St? I think they can cater to some of these and was looking into this place.

Was also looking at various places along Eagle St Pier but West End/Valley options are open too.  Any suggestions? About 10ppl.

Thanks!

High Tea

Hey guys,

I've been trolling the ancient art of High Tea on BrisneyLand for places for awesome High Tea, and then they sent me over here. I was wondering whehter anyone has anything to suggest, particularly between Indooroo and Ipswich, as we're studying out here. Value for money on the cheaper side would also be awesome, hello Centrelink and not paying much into our bank accounts.

The group I'm looking at taking has the possibility of being 10+ people, so somewhere that'd cope is a must (yes, I know I need to RSVP)

Thanks awesome peeps!

My partner and I were searching for a pub for a Sunday afternoon lunch when we happened past The Waterloo Hotel not a couple of hours ago.

We wandered in out of the rain and were seated in a vibrant dining area amongst many happy, noisy patrons. Always a good sign. ; )

We were served by a lovely, efficient and SMILEY lady - it's becoming rare to get a real smile from service staff, but this lady was warm and welcoming in the best of ways.

We started with an Asahi and a GnT - my first comment - 'lovely glassware'.

The menu was a good size ranging from starters (with a special rate on ordering 3 in one sitting), light meals, main meals (pizzas, pastas, fish, and a few vego options) plus a reasonable dessert menu.

We opted for the steak sandwich (him) and the Peking Duck pizza (me). As expected, the pizza was HUGE - way too big for me to eat alone.

It would have been at least 40cm in diameter, and consisted of a lovely crispy base topped with beautiful succulent minced duck, leek, just the right amount of stringy cheese and drizzled with plum sauce. It was dotted with big chunks of red chilli, complete with seed, so I set my entirely-spice-deficient-self the task of removing it all before beginning. I'm sure the chef would have loved seeing that. :P

We received exceptional service, and were always well looked after by the various staff. Our bill was bought to the table promptly, and drinks only took moments to arrive despite the fact that they were almost packed out.

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere but were a little confused with the jarring wallpapers and random finished on the bar.. Being an Interior Designer I tend to notice these things more than most (and I can be a lot more picky than most!).

All in all the space was comfortable and really gave a welcoming but polished feel. The menu was good as was the variety of dishes, and I was impressed with the prices (pizza was $21).

The Hotel can comfortably seat large groups and can be treated as a slightly up-market pub.

I highly recommend paying them a visit!

Waterloo Hotel
Ann St & Commercial Rd, QLD 4006
Train: Fortitude Valley
Open Daily 8am-11pm
(07) 3719 4100

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Best sushi in Brisbane?

Hi everyone

I'm on a quest to find the best sushi in Brisbane. The reason being is that I've never actually eaten sushi before and I'm beginning to tire of the looks of sheer horror and scandal that are directed my way whenever people find out. So, to make sure my first sushi experience is a good one, I'm looking for your recommendations for the best sushi you can find in our wonderful little city. I have checked the tags and gone through brisneyland as well but I just want to do my research properly before I brave the world of sushi.

Thanks in advance :)



Cross posted to brisneyland

South Bank BBQ's where???

Hi guys!

OK technically a Bris Eats issue ~

Is it just me or are there significantly less BBQ pits in South Bank now?  Thinking about a staff BBQ party at South Bank but kinda doesn't help that all the places I used to remember with pits are now gone or being built over by SBC Stormwater Harvest construction...

SO!  Where are the pits these days?  We could create a mini-list ~

Thanks guys!

ps - if all else fails I might have to bring a mini gas stove and put a griddle plate on top.  Doesn't have the same vibe and probably some legal issues with that huh?

O'Reillys Restaurant - Lamington Plateau

 I am dissapointed to be posting this review - I had been looking forward to having an excellent dining experience after a long days hiking in Lamington NP, as much as I had been looking forward to going back to camp happily sated with rave reviews of the food and service.

Like I said - I am dissapointed to have to post such a dissapointing review :(

My partner and I, along with two friends, had a booking for 7pm on a saturday night. The restaurant was busy and we were promptly ushered to our corner table and given menus. Our waiter was quite rushed - visibly so. After about 10 minutes our drinks and meal order was taken. 

The menu is varied and has something to suit everyones tastes, including 3 mains for vegetarians. There is a pizza menu and a delicious looking desert menu as well as a large selection of local and not so local beers and wines.

I ordered a greek salad as an entree, my partner the tomato, basil and bocconcini tart whilst our friends ordered a plate of fresh baked breads for 2. The breads and tart came out 5 minutes later -  before our wine had even arrived. After a further10 minutes of waiting for someone to come past to get their attention we finally managed to ask where our wine and my salad were. They arrived within 2 minutes.

We had ordered a shiraz from the O'Reillys vineyards which was quite young and fresh and very easy to drink. The boys ordered a cider each - one which came out immediately in a glass with a small bottle, the other which came out 10 with the wine and was a pear cider in a large bottle with a glass... the waiter exclaiming "I dont know why I brought out the pear cider but there you go..." 

The breads for 2 consisted of 3 flavoured baked dinner buns with a pot of garlic butter and a dippning bowl of olive oil/balsamic. They smelt great but looked a little on the small side. My partners tart looked and tasted like it was fresh out of the microwave and placed on a matt of rocket.  The unfashionably late greek salad was huge and delicious, with plentry of aged fetta, onions and oregano.

10 minutes later another waiter - two of the mains arrived along with another greek salad - which we promptly sent back saying that I had already received one, much to the annoyance of the new waiter. We had to ask for additional cutlery to replace the cutlery which was taken away when they cleared the entree dishes.

The first mains to arrive were Roast pork on mash with apple sauce and a Roast Chicken with vegetables and mushroom duxelle (sauce). The pork was a large serving and looked very well presented - our friend said it was delicious, flavoursome and tender. The Roast chicken was a small portion of thigh, well roasted on a small bed of diced vegetables with a small amount of mushroom sauce and a huge sprig of thyme as garnish - reports were that the chicken was well cooked and very tasty but the serving size was well below par when compared to the pork - They ended up sharing some of the mash over the table.

Mine and my partners mains finally arrived about 5 minutes later. My partner had ordered a Palak paneer with naan whilst I ordered a Roast pumpkin and blue cheese risotto with roasted lemon. We were both sorely dissapointed.

The Palak paneer came out in a tureen with 4 slices of naan bread which can be bought at your local supermarket. The curry itself was closer to a soup than a curry and was almost impossible to eat without rice or a spoon - as the curry would not sit on the peices of bread offered. about 20 minutes into the meal, with a mess all over the table, my partner asked our waiter for a spoon. The flavour of the curry was very good, even if the texture was severley liquid.
My risotto was of a normal restaurant sized serve, with half a roasted lemon on the side and looked delicious. Pity it was not. The blue cheese was completely absent and the pumpkin was not roasted. It was flavourless even after liberal dashings of salt and pepper. Forgetting to add one of the most important ingredients in a dish - i was not impressed.

After this rather expensive, dissapointing meal we decided to forego dessert and go back to camp for a few more glasses of wine. 
We thanked our waiter who was tireless with his excellent service even when rushed off his feet - however the lady on the till was extremely rude to him when we commented on how good his service was.

I am hoping it was just a busy night and they were short-staffed, but I dont think I will be forking out that much money in the future to see if that was the case.

Jude Cafe

Hello fellow lovers of food!

I just wanted to post about this lovely little cafe that recently opened up on Eagle Street Pier. It's called Jude, inbetween The Shingle Inn and The Coffee Club. If you are into fresh home made, food that is fast and super tasty, this place is for you! The food is incredible! The owners have another cafe in South Brisbane called Raw Space Cafe, their new venture is so different to anything I have ever been to in Brisbane. Eating there is almost like eating at home!

They have everything from homemade cakes, slices and muffins, to toasted turkish/panini sandwiches, to beef burgers. Chips and aioli, their aioli is home made and tastes awesome. The best thing about them is everything that is on the menu they can do take away, so if you only have a short break you can order and be out the door within 10 minutes (depending on how busy they are). Eventually they will do catering to nearby offices.

So yeah Jude, for breakfast or lunch, DO IT!!!

Check them out on their website!
http://www.judecafes.com/

Quick Dinner in the City

Hi all. I've only got about an hour and a half between finishing work and going to the movies and was hoping to eat some good, quick food in the CBD. I don't want to spend too long waiting for the food to be cooked so that I can spend more time relaxing. Any type of food will do. A nice, relaxed ambiance would be preferred (not the hectic and loud Jackpot Noodle).
I've done Pancake Manor, Jackpot, Vapiano.... Looking for something a little bit different! So throw your favourite places at me :)

Thai Wi-Rat Thai and Laos Food

Thai Wi-Rat Thai and Laos Food in the Valley is a little place on the right hand side coming from Ann Street into the Chinatown Mall.

Having been to Laos and loved the food, I am always on the look out for a place that can do good Laotian food.

I found it.

This place is wonderful. We got there at 830 on a Sunday night and ordered and were served promptly. You pay before you eat, so if you want more than one beer/drink, you have to pay in advance as they have a min $20 on card usage.

My husband had the chicken curry - last on the list, I wish I had written down the name - the one made with coconut milk and green beans. I had the thai beef salad with sticky rice. They come mild, medium and hot and mild was more than enough to give us a taste of chili.

The food was fresh and really delicious. For our dishes plus drinks it was only $33. The serves are not huge, but it's great for a good taste and to share around. They have some set menus that might be a good idea had we been more hungry.

It's a nice, quiet, unassuming little place with pretty solid food from what we gathered from our first visit. A definite do-again.

The Bay Leaf

Tonight, my husband and I went to Albion for some Indian. We planned to go to Sitar, but we realised we never did try the place near the intersection.

We are infinitely glad we did.

They recently changed hands and have a new name. They were Tandoori Place before.

On to the good news.

We had the Deluxe Banquet for 2 which comes with the Bay Leaf Mix Platter entree, a choice of any 2 curries, 2 naan, choice of any accompaniments, 2 choices of rice OR 1 biryani and 2 choices of any dessert from the menu. Dine in price is only $45.95. Take out price is $40.

It was amazing.

We had the subji gosht, which is a Bay Leaf specialty. It's a curry of lamb, zucchini, parsnip and spinach. We also ordered the pumpkin curry, but they said they were out. I blame Halloween. We then ordered the Mutter Paneer (cheese and peas curry), a Hyderbad Dum Ka (Chicken) Biryani and raita. My husband ordered the Mango kulfi for dessert and I had the Fried Banana.

Well, most curry looks like poo in pictures and I forgot my camera anyway.

It, blissfully, did not taste like poo. :)

The subji gosht was amazing. Very flavourful with lots of big chunks of veggies and meat. The paneer was a lovely blend of the veggies and sauce. The biryani was really well done. The naan was decent. I wish we had got the garlic naan.

My husband loved his dessert and had I not been so full, I would have finished my bananas. They were amazing.

My only minor meh was that their service is a bit slow and since it's new and they are trying to make an impression, they ask a lot of questions and hover when you are eating to make sure you are happy. We had 3 different servers stop us in the middle of eating to ask if we were ok and to suggest things to us. But, we were also only 1 of 3 occupied tables in there so I think that they were just really trying to drum up new business.

All in all, for $46 for the 2 of us, it was one of the best Indian food feeds I have had in Brisbane. I highly recommend it. :)

The Bay Leaf
1/281 Sandgate Road
07 3262 9911


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