Father’s Day – we say it’s a day to honour our dads and say thanks for all their hard work in raising us over the years, but we all know what it really is: the one day of the year you have to laugh at Dad’s terrible jokes.
Case in point: You – ‘I’m hungry.’ Dad – ‘Hi hungry.’ Groan.
But really, if you’re buying dad ties for Father’s Day, you’re doing it all wrong. This is your chance to beat your siblings and ensure that next time you say, ‘hey Dad, can I have some cash?’ he says, ‘sure sweetheart, how much?’ It’s the day to get him well fed and content and finally tell him who really put that dent in the family car without fear of repercussions. And it’s the day to appreciate the fact no one can embarrass you on a family outing like dad (we know it’s ketchup Dad).
But if Brisbane’s best steaks
or a big pile of ribs
just won’t cut it, here’s where to take your dad for a winning feast and make sure you do Father’s Day right.
Mecca Bah | Fortitude Valley
If your dad’s most exotic adventure in the last year has been dropping you at the airport, it’s time to treat him to a little international flavour at Mecca Bah. Grab the whole family and feast on baharat spiced lamb and saffron yoghurt chicken shish with bell peppers, onion, flat bread, fattoush salad and steaming rice, along with a Corona, a glass of sparkling and two soft drinks to serve four for $80.
Dad gets crispy pork belly with butternut pumpkin puree, you get a whole lot of fruity, spicy sangria – what more could you want for a Father’s Day dinner? Whether you and dad split tapas and raciones like roasted pheasant and cheesy croquettes or take the whole fam for the chefs menu, nobody will say ‘hi hungry’ after a meal here.
With a quirky new look and a drool-worthy menu full of posh pub grub, The Pineapple Hotel is the perfect setting for a big family outing with the kids, the grandkids and even your sister’s awkward new boyfriend. Dad will melt at the sight of his Black Angus rib fillet served with a pint of Heineken for $50 (he even gets to keep the glass), and instantly forgive all your indiscretions.
For the dad who’s stumbled onto the delights of craft beers, you can’t go past this beery delightful bar and eatery in the CBD. Have the old man drink his way through a few of the boutique beers on the list here, and he’ll say yes to anything – especially if you butter him up with the 14 hour slow braised beef cheek.
Honestly, we’re going to Sichuan Bang Bang’s all-you-can-eat yum cha on Sunday whether dad wants to or not. But really, all the dumplings, gyoza, pork buns and edamame we can eat for a mere $35? What dad could say no to that?
Ever seen dad too full to make any more bad jokes? You might have thought it impossible, but the Pig & Whistle at West End is here to make that day you dreamed of (but never believed could happen) come true, with their 35 day dry aged John Dee sirloin on the bone, duck fat roasted potatoes, roasted golden shallots, cherry tomatoes, bearnise and a pint of dad’s choice for $45.
What better way to show dad you care than with a night of endless barbecued meats? Overwhelm him with a parade of 20 BBQ skewers, including lamb leg, pork ribs and chicken drumettes, plus sides of polenta, garlic bread and grilled haloumi. He won’t be able to fit in churros for dessert – or say no when you ask for a loan.
Popolo | South Brisbane
If you really don’t want dad making terrible jokes, the best course of action is to make sure he’s too busy eating to make any – with Popolo’s 6 course Italian lunch for $49pp. If you can’t make to lunch, head in at 3pm for the BBQ with a spit-roast porchetta and sides, as well as sports games out on the green to let dad win with.
Unless you’re a new dad trying to sneak in a little spoiling for yourself, this throwback to the golden age will have any father figure reminiscing about their childhood. Let dad regale you with stories while you tuck into butter filled chicken kiev and herb crusted rack of lamb – or better yet, take him for a boozy Sunday brunch.
Is your dad a little bit proper? Perhaps he’d enjoy the gourmet gastropub fare of London Fields, with delicious eats like chicken liver parfait, ale braised Wagyu brisket and maple bacon steak with oven potatoes. Then you can ply him with the wine list until he finally admits that you are the favourite child, as you knew all along.
Any dad who appreciates the art of smoking will love (and probably drool over just a little) the pit smoked goodness at BLVD. A BBQ platter of pulled pork, beef ribs and chicken Maryland will feed the whole family and then some, especially if you pair it with mac ‘n’ cheese, cheesy fries and a few tacos, just to be safe.
Dad’s love pork. Dad’s love beer. So why not combine the two for a feast that will have your old man drooling? Set a crisp, meaty pork knuckle in front of him with a toasty pretzel and a litre stein for $55 at Bavarian, and there’s no way he’ll get cross when you tell him you used his credit card last weekend.
So put down the BBQ set, take the Star Wars t-shirt out of your online shopping trolley and give your dad a Father’s Day present he can really sink his teeth into – literally.
Words by Ranyhyn Akui