Let Cloudland’s Head Chef set your tastebuds aflutter
30 May 2016
You probably already know Cloudland as being one of Brisbane’s most unique venues, full of surprises that engage your senses, but did you know they have a restaurant with a menu to match? Yep, hidden away behind that impressive façade on Ann Street is an exquisite pan-Asian inspired restaurant, Madame Hedges, where the eye-popping décor is outdone only by the flavours on the plates. Take a seat in one of the whimsical curved booths amidst hanging greenery and quirky lighting and you can treat yourself to a feast of dishes inspired by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and a host of other Asian destinations. The culinary genius behind the menu is Executive Chef, Jane-Therese Mulry, whose skills in the kitchen have been honed over 20 years of working in some of the world’s best restaurants, from South Africa, to London, Bangkok and beyond. Having worked under the legendary Marco Pierre White, as well as alongside top notch chefs like Matt Moran, Tetsuya and Peter Gilmore over the course of her career, Mulry’s resume reads like a global ‘must eat’ list, including the likes of MPW Canary Wharf in London, qualia on Hamilton Island and The Siam in Bangkok. Passionate about produce, Mulry considers fresh, locally grown and environmentally sustainable produce the most important ingredient of any dish (no argument there!) – as you can see from the Madame Hedges menu. Simple but innovative, the line up even features a few dishes inspired by her chefs family history, celebrating multiculturalism in the best way possible – with delicious food. Gluten free foodies can rejoice – almost everything on the menu is gluten free, not to mention dairy free as well. So you can take your whole gang to Madame Hedges for a shared feast (plus some post dinner cocktails of course) and not have to worry about anyone piping up with an ‘but I can’t eat that.’ Just pile the table with plates and plates of salt and pepper soft shell crab, beef cheek massaman curry and sesame lemon chicken and everyone will be happy. If it’s more an intimate date night you’re planning, book yourself a cosy table for two and get curried away with share plates of red roast duck curry, make your own duck pancakes, and a sweet finisher of ginger crème brulee with chocolate banana spring rolls. Just make sure no one is driving – you’ll want to split a jug of pineapple passion with rum, Malibu, pineapple, apple, cinnamon and coconut syrup. Can’t decide for yourself what to choose? Let Madame Hedges choose for you with their set menu of 7 scrumptious dishes. Because who wants to stop at 3 courses anyway? So whether you’ve got an occasion to celebrate, you’re just heading out for a mid-week dinner or you’re looking for somewhere to dine in style before you hit the Valley nightlife, Madame Hedges has a deliciously creative menu (and drinks list) for you. You’ll find the Fortitude Valley restaurant inside Cloudland at 641 Ann Street, open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, and Friday to Sunday for lunch. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!