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Word on the street: foodie news

Is it getting gourmet in here, or is it just us?

Boy, do we have some yummy news for you this week. From gourmet yum cha to smoked Negronis and multi-course dinners, it’s all happening, baby! 

Your Sundays just got a whole lot tastier, thanks to waterfront Cantonese spot Stanley, who has this week launched Yum Cha Sundays! From 11 am to 4 pm, dig into the family-style banquet menu for just $49 a head, and enjoy yummies like XO seafood dumplings, BBQ pork buns with chilli jam, salt and pepper squid with fresh chilli and lemon, and Cantonese egg tarts. For you gourmets out there, why not crank things up a notch by adding two hours of bottomless Louis Roederer champagne for $129!? Book your gang in here

This week, Ovolo Hotels is celebrating Negroni Week–something we’re well and truly in support of. They’re set to ‘go up in smoke’ for the week, offering six speciality smoked Negronis from their venues across South East Asia and Australia, including the Valley’s ZA ZA TA Bar and Kitchen. Pop by from now until September 20 and sip on a smoked citron Negroni, smoked hemp Negroni, or ZA ZA TA’s signature smoked persimmon Negroni. Cheers to that.

Whisky lovers, here’s something to whet your whistle… On Wednesday, September 23, The Boundary Hotel is collaborating with Johnnie Walker to host the intimate Johnnie Walker Ghost & Rare Dinner–a six-course menu paired with some of Johnnie’s finest drops. Expect courses and courses of gourmet fare like Davidson plum-cured kingfish, Wagyu 3+ rump cap with shiitake mushrooms and red wine jus, and a chocolate tart with whisky caramel, while you sip on exclusive drops like Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Ellen.

Moving on from a whisky and food marriage to a beer and food one, we’re excited to announce Suburban Social’s new Beergustation dinner series! On Thursday, September 17 and Thursday, October 1, Suburban Social will host a five-course feast at its Holland Park and Chapel Hill locations, respectively. Both menus include gourmet dishes like gin-cured kingfish, beetroot carpaccio with beer mustard, and dry-aged duck breast with beer onion puree, to be paired with brews like a decadent Mexican hot-chocolate stout from Ballistic Beer Co. and a plum sour from Slipstream Brewing. 

And finally, this week we’ve been let in on the exciting news of a new Thai eatery coming to Eagle Street Pier. From the brains behind Libertine, (and co-owners of The Gresham, Walter’s Steakhouse and Popolo) the mod-Thai joint will be taking over the space previously occupied by Pony. Naga is set to open in late October as a long-term pop-up with a fresh menu paying homage to Bangkok and northern Thai flavours, featuring the likes of massaman beef milk buns, seafood dumpling green curry, and Moreton Bay bug pad Thai. We’re drooling already, and not quite sure we can wait another month to meet Naga… 

Naga-na lie to you, it’s an exciting time to be a foodaholic in Brisbane…


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmet with an unwavering love for yum cha.