Escape the G20: Reef & beef worth road tripping for | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Escape the G20: Reef & beef worth road tripping for

There’s no two buts about it. With so many political masterminds piling into the city for the G20 summit, Brisbane is going to descend into a weekend of madness. Celebratory cultural madness, but still. If you just want to leave the craziness behind and get out of town for the weekend but you’re worried you’ll be leaving deliciousness behind along with the road closures and helicopter symphony, don’t stress. We’ve hunted down a bunch of foodie spots worth leaving town for. The Boat Shed | Maroochydore Picture yourself ocean-side, the sound of seagulls in the distance, creamy Moreton bay bug and salmon ravioli with garlic prawns and a dash of lemon in front you, sauv blanc by your side – are you packing a suitcase yet? BSKT Café | Mermaid Beach Quinoa and coconut porridge, sticky pork and yoga. Not a combination you’ll often find in one place. But somehow, BSKT makes it work. Though if you’re tucking into their tender slow-braised rack of ribs with zesty house slaw and a side of French fries, your food baby might want to give the yoga a miss. Mooloolaba Fish Market | Mooloolaba It’s impossible for seafood to get any fresher than that at Mooloolaba Fish Market – you’ll believe it when you see fishermen unloading their daily catch right out front. Don’t try and be fancy here – paper packaging is your friend. Your order should be simple – your fish of choice, a LARGE serving of the calamari and a large chips with chicken salt. Take your buzzer and wait excitedly for the flashing lights that lead the way to your seafood dreams then sit upstairs on the deck and watch shoeless people run awkwardly across the boiling hot bitumen outside. Pablo Pablo | Palm Beach The cultural celebrations might be happening in the big smoke but there’s plenty of cultural eating to be had on the coast. Pablo Pablo’s Latin eats are a world away from the chaos of the big smoke with slow cooked delights like 8 hour braised lamb shoulder with an almond crust or seafood bites of zesty spanner crab with chorizo and lime. Wood Fire Grill | Noosa Heads The casual other half of Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant, Wood Fire Grill is all about rustic gastro pub food and drinks. Tuck into seaside treats like soft baked scallops with corn, toasted quinoa and morcilla and then get the food baby going with a grilled wagyu cheeseburger with candied onion and plenty of sauce. Be sure to check out the cocktail list and perhaps order a feisty Firestarter while you’re there. Oskars on Burleigh | Burleigh Heads Oskars is all about fresh, innovative coastal cuisine. And when it comes to fresh and delicious seafood they’re mixing things up with dishes like grilled salmon with mac ‘n’ pecorino, deep fried prawns with coconut and curry mayonnaise and chargrilled swordfish with orange cardamon and fondant potato. Harvest Café | Byron Bay Want to put as much distance between you and ASIO as possible? Always chilled Byron Bay should be far enough, especially if you find yourself at chic but casual Harvest Café. Tender braised beef brisket with carrot sherry puree or 12 hour braised lamb shoulder will help you forget the traffic snarls of the week before a leisurely seaside stroll. If we’ve missed your favourite weekend foodie escape, comment and let us know on Facebook. Because with a few hundred kilometers of coastline to choose from, we couldn’t list them all! Words by Ranyhyn Akui