How to spend your tax return | The Gourmand & Gourmet

How to spend your tax return

It’s the same every year: we’re digging around the back of the couch for change, insisting on BYO restaurants and chasing happy hours around town–this year, though, we are going to be more responsible. We are going to save our tax return.

Does it happen? No. Never. So, ladies and gents, while you’re eagerly awaiting to get that cash back (where IS it anyway?!), we’ve devised a list of the best ways to splash it in style.

Cards at the ready!


Champagne and oysters? Now you’re talking girlfriend. Saké is known for being at the top of its game as far as decadent Japanese food and 5-star views of the great brown snake go. Treat yo’self to the set champagne long lunch for just $75 and devour oysters with shiso salsa, truffle white-soy snapper, steamed prawn dumplings, scampi tempura and teriyaki lamb chop – accompanied by free-flowing Veuve for an additional $99 if that tax return can stretch.


Tucked away in Fish Lane you’d walk straight past Gauge if you didn’t know JUST how good it is. For $105 you can eat your way through the best of the award-winning menu, including kohlrabi with pear and raw squid, chestnut tortellini, BBQ pork collar with black pudding, and black garlic bread with brown butter and vanilla. Considering their reputation for having some of the best wine lists in Brisbane, we also STRONGLY recommend adding beverage pairing for $65.


Tax return not looking as plump as you’d expected? Fear not, friends. The Night Noodle Markets are almost upon us, and we recommend spending every last cent on hot boxes of fresh noodles, soft bao buns and more skewers than you can poke a chopstick at.


Look, there’s no denying it. There’s nothing quite indulging in a perfectly grilled steak. If you’re craving a classic steak and chip combo but want it a lil’ fancy schmancy, step into Black Hide Steakhouse and stake out their supreme selection of wagyu, Angus, and organic cuts. Relieve your wallet of all that extra cash you’ve been hoarding ($149 worth to be exact), and enjoy their huuuuge tomahawk number, weighing in at 1200gm. With a 50 minute cooking time (after all, good things come to those who wait), why not munch on one of their equally delish share plates, such as saffron tomato mussels, Italian meatballs, or oysters Kilpatrick while you wait. This is one indulgent feast worth skipping lunch for.


Six-course dessert degustation, need we say more? Back off Fergie, Bacchus is offering a g-l-a-m-orous dining experience of opulent desserts, featuring sweet treats such as coconut on the beach cheesecake with lime butterscotch, a gianduja parfait with white coffee, and herb sorbet with Belvedere vodka and tonka bean consomme. Pair it with wines for a $130 treat (or skip the bubbly for just $65), and you’ll be rolling out Violet-Beauregarde style.


Watch out Marie Kondo, this artful Bakery Lane hole-in-the-wall restaurant promises to spark joy with every mouthful. Seating a maximum of ten diners at once, joy. provides a highly intimate dining experience between diners and the two chefs, Tim and Sarah Scott. Laden with Japanese and Nordic influences, the frequently changing menu offers a bespoke selection of gourmet bites. Grab your debit card and step in to enjoy a handcrafted long menu for $110.

Still got that urge to splurge? Why not slip into additional Tasmanian truffle with your dessert for an extra $15. It’s totally worth it (trust us).


Forget paddock to plate, it’s all about enjoying a Chef to Table experience at One Fish Two Fish. Guided by chef and owner Daniel Miletic, enjoy a bespoke seafood dining experience as he curates an exclusive menu featuring the best seafood fresh off the boat. Offerings might include whole mud crabs and crayfish, with additional suggestions such as mud crab wok-tossed with ginger, Asian herbs, and confit garlic butter. Add a bottle of sparkling to top off the evening and you’ll be drinking like a fish all night long.


Equal parts glam and adventurous, glamping is the perfect way to experience the best of the great outdoors without having to rough it, and Nightfall Wilderness Camp is pretty great. The waitlist spans months, but it’s worth it. Organic breakfasts are served next to the babbling creek that runs through the property and dinners are prepared for you as you enjoy wines next to the fire. Forget squashed muesli bars and trail mix, explore Lamington National Park throughout the days with a gourmet packed lunch by your side.


If you’re keen for a feast fit for a king (let’s be real, when are we not?), enjoy a lavish banquet of modern Chinese cuisine at Donna Chang. Relax in their resplendent dining space, decked out with pastel plush booths, glimmering chandeliers, marble tables, and lush greenery. Unlike Jerry Seinfeld’s brief girlfriend, this Donna Chang spoils diners for choice with their $128 banquet option, featuring grilled Moreton Bay bugs with salted duck egg and fermented chilli, scallop and prawn wontons with aged black bean, salted olive and spring onion roll. Shut up and take my money already.


You can’t take money to the grave!

Words by Emma Callaghan and Jane Bartley
- the gourmands who are counting down the minutes till they get theirs.