Meet West End’s newest gastro pub
27 Jun 2016
You’re no doubt already quite familiar with the Pig ‘N’ Whistle – there are six of the British-inspired gastropubs around town after all. But at their newest venue just south of the river, you’ll find a different vibe – one that makes it not just the perfect spot for an after work tipple, but also for weekend breakfasts, business lunches and pre-show dinners. Now settled into the corner of Melbourne & Merivale Streets, where Era Bistro once resided, the West End Pig ‘N’ Whistle is a sleek and contemporary addition to the family, with a separate Dining Room that features a top quality wine cellar in addition to a menu of much more than your usual pub fare. While you can eat at the bar if you’ve just popped in for a quiet drink or five, with bites like mushroom arancini and crispy calamari to share, the Dining Room is there for those who’d prefer to linger over their meal, pairing it with a bottle of vino from the extensive wine list. On the menu, provenance is almost as important as the dishes themselves, with locally sourced produce like Queensland beef, Mooloolaba prawns and herbs from the Mantle Group’s own Pullenvale cottage farm. Taking inspiration from around the globe, not just the British staples of beer battered fish and chips, you won’t even find bangers and mash on the line up here (well, you will on the bar menu!), but instead a carefully curated list of gourmet feeds. Steaks take pride of place on the menu, with that Queensland beef expertly seared and served along the likes of truffled Paris mash or shaved fennel, beetroot, feta and watercress salad. Prefer your meat to just fall apart on your fork? Tuck into the slow cooked beef short ribs in a whiskey BBQ sauce. For the less carnivorous, there are plenty of options, from the creamy gnocchi in a mushroom and bell pepper ragout to the Mooloolaba king prawn spaghetti with calamari, scallops, mussels and lashings of garlic and basil. Be sure to finish off with something sweet – the Ferrero Rocher soufflé with Frangelico anglaise and dark chocolate ice cream is almost legendary in certain circles of Brisbane. Almost as impressive as the dining menu is the cocktail list, with over 35 creative concoctions to choose from. Ditch your usual girl’s night out spot for the epic list here and you can sip on exotic creations like the Sake One Watermelon or winter warmers like the Orchard Love, with rum, Licor 43, amaretto, pineapple and ginger. When you’re nursing a sore head the next day, just pop back in for a Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast. Savoury lovers can cure their hangover with a full English breakfast piled with bacon, house made sausages, roasted tomato, fried eggs, potato hash and toast, while those with a sweet tooth the morning after can sate their cravings on French toast topped with fruit, hazelnut, Persian fairy floss and vanilla ice cream from Lick!. All washed down with a Mantle & Moon specialty coffee, a boutique blend created just for Pig ‘N’ Whistle and their sister venues. So whether you’re in need of a spot to escape the office for a hearty lunch, you’re looking for a brunch spot before heading to an expo at the Convention Centre or you just need a cold one, you’ll find Pig ‘N’ Whistle West End at the Corner of Melbourne and Merivale Streets, open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, and breakfast on weekends. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, 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!