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Word on the street: foodie news

Our tums are ready to rumble.

It’s been an exciting week in Brisbane’s food land, with some new spots opening up, exciting events announced, and Oktoberfest just around the corner! 

The warmer weather is the perfect excuse for a long, luscious lunch. Another excuse? Gerard’s Bistro is reopening for Friday lunch service from next Friday, October 2, offering a set menu for dine-in guests! For $65, get to know Gerard’s signature wood-fired breads and dips, followed by an array of Middle Eastern, seasonally-driven dishes. With a menu that shapeshifts every week, keep up to date with Gerard’s latest via their website, and be sure to book in your next lunch while you’re there! 

Friday, October 2 marks the reopening of The Boom Boom Room, but not quite as we know it. Known before as a moody basement bar and an extension of Donna Chang, The Boom Boom Room is taking on a new identity as a Japanese-inspired izakaya, with a variety of Japanese cocktails and eats on show. That barramundi katsu ba0 burger with bacon, Kewpie tartare, pickled jalapeño, and sriracha has our names written all over it. To book your spot at Boom Boom Room Izakaya, simply shoot an email through to the team at info@boomboomizakaya.com.au

Things are getting a little fancy at Walkabout Creek Cafe on Friday, October 19, when the family spot is turned into a pop-up fine diner. Chef Graham Towner will be manning the kitchen, bringing over 20 years of experience in some of London’s best restaurants. The six-course degustation start with fresh, seasonal dishes like tuna tartare with pickled strawberries and avocado puree, and finishes with a lush chocolate fondant with orange mascarpone and fruit compote. Tickets to the event are $80 a head, and can be purchased here

Harris Farm Markets is expanding from its native NSW up into Queensland, announcing not one, but two new markets coming in 2020 and 2021! Set to open in November, the Clayfield store will be the home to some of Queensland’s best produce including a tomato shed, organic produce section, a built-in bakery, and an extensive deli with over 200 cheeses. Harris Farm will then open its flagship store at West End’s West Village in May 2021–stay tuned for more!

As October draws nearer and nearer, we’re just about ready to whip our lederhosen out and commence the Oktoberfest frivolity! First stop? Cloudland’s exclusive event on Saturday, October 31. Transforming the all-new Rose Room into a Beer Hall, the event will have its own oompah band, German biers on tap, schnapps, cocktails, and a hearty Bavarian feast. To read more and nab your tickets, head here.

This Saturday, September 26, C’est Bon is hosting a very special lunch, teaming up with Roast by Yili to take diners on a coffee exploration adventure! The classy four-course menu (plus petit fours!) will be paired with a range of coffee brews, leaving you satisfied and well caffeinated. 

Gin drinkers, it’s time to head bayside. Manly’s Tide on the Jetty is kicking off a monthly Gin on the Jetty’ series, starting with a line-up from Australian distillery Nosferatu on Wednesday, October 7. You’ll be greeted with a gin cocktail on arrival before the team takes you through the distillery’s best, including the cult favourite Blood Orange Gin. Nibble on mezze and hot food throughout the night, and support Australia’s (delicious) gin scene! 

Okay, now the rumble won’t stop…


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmet who wants the Boom Boom Room Izakaya bao right now.