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See off January in style with e’cco bistro’s $39 lunch special

Two courses at one of Brisbane’s most iconic restaurants for under $50?

For the remainder of January, Newstead’s e’cco bistro is offering an unbeatable lunch deal – your choice of two dishes from the January menu for just $39.

As far as Brisbane restaurants go, they don’t come much more iconic than e’cco. Head Chef Gert Pretorius says that 2019 will see the venue “getting back in touch with the roots that Philip [Johnson] planted, and owning our identity as an iconic Brisbane bistro.”

Available Tuesday-Saturday from 12-3, Gert says the January offer is “perfect for guests to take up when they want to come in for a long lunch with the people they missed catching up with over the holiday season.”

January special entree options include a stunning zucchini flower dish with beetroot and halloumi, or squid with saffron rice and peperonata. Moving on to mains, the tricky choice lies between market fish with vongole and chorizo broth and patatas bravas (um, hola!) or pork rib fillet with succotash and capsicum coulis.

Gert’s pick for making the most of the lunch special?

The squid entree pairs beautifully with our Abellio albariño. The spicy tomato and bold citrus combination transports you to a Spanish seaside town, basking in the sun.”

Our favourite part of a lunch special? Pennies to spare for dessert! Gert recommends e’cco’s buttermilk panna cotta with strawberry and rhubarb, or tiramisu with marsala mascarpone, Valrhona Orelys blond chocolate, and espresso granita.

The two-course lunch special (while a verified bargain) upholds e’cco’s commitment to “taking the best, freshest, highest quality, locally available produce, and doing as little as possible to it,” he says.

While we can’t guarantee the Spanish seaside town, you can be sure e’cco’s January two-course special will help to shake those back-to-work blues – all while saving cash for an extra glass of albariño.

Words by Georgia Condon
- the gourmet who needs an albariño