Brisbane’s best croquettes | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best croquettes

Comfort food dilemma has struck. Do you want something deep fried, crispy and smothered in salt? Or something soft and oozing with melted cheese? In the words of the wise little girl on Old El Paso ads, “why don’t we have both?” Enter croquettes. Countless combinations of soft potato, melted cheese and béchamel, rolled into small packages of various fillings, crumbed and fried to crisp perfection. Here’s where Brisbane’s most versatile comfort foods are hiding: Spicy smoked pork and goats cheese croquettes | Fish Lane Bistro | South Brisbane Small, pillowy parcels packing a big, smoky flavour. Delightfully deceptive, no? Brought over as a signature dish from the head chef’s previous venues, these croquettes are fancy restaurant food at affordable gastropub prices. Louisiana salt cod croquettes with remoulade sauce | Papa Jacks | Fortitude Valley (Papa Jack’s is now closed) Hidden in a menu featuring anything-but-delicate dishes like Jack Daniels and coke ribs lies some of the lightest, fluffiest croquettes you’ll find in Brisbane. The flavour is deliciously fishy but not overpowering, and the paprika-spiked Creole remoulade is so thick it could be eaten alone. Porcini and manchego croquette | Hatch & Co. | Newstead What’s better than small golden morsels full of sharp sheeps cheese and porcini mushrooms? The very big golden morsels with smoked chilli aioli from Hatch & Co. With only one per serve they look lonely… better get three. Kani cream korokke | Sono | Hamilton “Korokke” have evolved to generally be flatter and crunchier, but Sono’s example is more similar to the soft variety the Japanese first fell in love with. Full of sweet blue swimmer crab meat and insanely fluffy, ensure you order with friends so you can steal theirs too. Ham and manchego croquettes | Bistro Alegria | Milton As winners of Australia’s Best Tapas Restaurant last year, it was pretty much Alegria’s duty to excel at these bite-sized staples of the tapas world. So they did. Manchego puts a very Spanish twist on the timeless comfort food combo of ham and gooey cheese. Unless you decide to invest in a deep fryer (quite frankly, that’s smart thinking) we guarantee you’ll be chasing the winter blues away with one of these sometime soon. Words by Jessimin Horder