Eat the world without leaving Brisbane at these global pop-ups! | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Eat the world without leaving Brisbane at these global pop-ups!

Springtime in Tokyo? Mexican fiesta? Amalfi Coast getaway? Take your pick!

Five popular venues are paying homage to the culture and cuisine of different nations as part of the Staycation series–running from this weekend until February!

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom at Fridays for the Spring in Tokyo pop-up! Swing by between 4 pm and 7 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday to enjoy the sunset sessions complete with Japanese-fusion bites (hello gyoza!) and bottomless cherry blossom slushies, or visit on Wednesdays for bottomless karaage chicken. 

The sights, smells, sounds, and flavours of the Amalfi Coast are coming to Kingsleys Brisbane, with enough Italian eats and spritzes to go around. The Italian Staycation menu offers two experiences–antipasto and Quincy seltzers for two, or a three-course feast of antipasto, a Moreton Bay bug and vongole risotto, and a perfect lemon meringue tart. Bellissimo. 

Riverland and Cleveland Sands Hotel are serving up a taste of Mexico with their spicy offerings! Riverland’s summer fiesta is inspired by Day of the Dead and will consist of tacos and bottomless frozen margaritas every Saturday and Sunday lunch, and a mariachi band every Friday night. Lock in a trip to Cleveland every Saturday morning for frozen margs and Mexi-Brunch–complete with chorizo baked eggs, chilli chocolate churro waffles, breaky beef burritos, and more!

You can head straight to Spain’s northern coast without leaving the Regatta Hotel at their stunning San Sebastian-inspired pop-up! The open-air courtyard has been transformed into the summer holiday of your dreams, complete with a menu of Spanish eats and pintxos alongside all the sparkling sangria you could ever want. 

No passport, airfare, or heavy suitcase needed… You can travel the world without leaving BNE thanks to the Staycation series!


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmand who has a bottomless stomach when it comes to karaage.