Must-try Brisbane winter menus | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Must-try Brisbane winter menus

Winter? What winter?

Look, we’re not mad that Brisbane winters aren’t as extreme as what some of our country-based counterparts endure (some dude’s underpants literally froze on a clothes line in Tasmania, nty).

Do we wake in fear when nature calls but it’s too cold to get out of bed? Yes. Do we don short shorts every other day and bring a light cardigan just in case it hits 15 degrees max? Also yes — and that’s the kind of inconsistency we’ve come to know and tolerate.

No matter the temp, our bodies are more than ready to tuck into seasonal produce and mulled wine, and here’s where you can get your winter bod into check thanks to a stack of new menus.

Lennons Restaurant and Bar | CBD

This modern CBD oasis just wants to please, and their new winter menu does just that! Warm up with a $25 lunch (with a glass of wine or a beer, obvs) of coal-roasted salmon belly with salsa verde, dried tomato and cauliflower purée, or pork belly with braised red cabbage, fried speck, and apple cider jus. Hungry for more? Two courses and a drink for just $33 sounds like the perfect post-shopping fuel if you ask us (and so does the vanilla crème brûlée with pistachio tuille and cranberry jam).

Kennigo Social House | Spring Hill

Winter eats are a go! Kennigo Social House is bringing the heat to your breakfast, dinner and/or dessert stopover with a selection of thought-outside-the-box creations. Wake up to the warmth of rooibos tea soaked soft boiled eggs with avocado panna cotta, pumpkin scone and gin and matcha cured salmon with wilted spinach.

When pre-dinner hunger calls, answer with apple smoked beef cheek with roasted vegetable moussaka, pea purée, olive butter and battered onion rings, to be topped off with none other than mulled wine fruit with cashew cream and toasted chickpea meringue. Bit better than two-minute noodles and tears, yeah?

Victoria Park Bistro | Herston

Victoria Park Bistro for the win(ter). These local legends have cooked up a new rotisserie menu, meaning you can have Sunday roast pork whenever the heck you feel like it (and that Middle Eastern-inspired chermoula spiced chicken, my god). Other newbies can be scouted throughout the wood-fired pizza and salad menus, with two new vegan salads set for the expected warmer winter day. Only in Brisbane.

Allium | New Farm

If you didn’t know you were missing out on Ranger’s Valley beef tartare with mushroom ketchup, kohlrabi, shiso and puffed rice chip, you do now. Allium has released a shared winter banquet going at $64 per person and straight in our basket. Expect to settle in for hand-rolled potato gnocchi with oyster mushroom, black truffle and aged pecorino, roasted baby potatoes with rosemary and confit garlic, and strawberry pavlova with white chocolate, toasted almond and strawberry ice cream — which is merely a taste of the extended share-style set menu. If that doesn’t warm our cold, cold hearts.

Paper Daisy | Cabarita Beach

Snuggle up, buttercup. With Jason Barratt at the helm of Halcyon House’s signature restaurant, you can roll out of bed and into grilled wagyu and rosemary skewers, charcoal chicken with grilled lettuce, tarragon and duck yolk, and lemon aspen, macadamia and Weet-Bix tart. That’s post-nap dining done finely.

Gambaro | Petrie Terrace

Enjoyed in the cosiness of Gambaro, a few oysters and a glass of vino will start winter seafood splurging on a delicious note. Next, tackle a bowl of comforting carbs in the form of black spaghetti with tuna ragu and capers, or opt for the local live mud crab with your choice of lemon and thyme, chilli and white wine or smoked tomato butter. It’s what Pinchy would’ve wanted.

Miss Bliss | West End

Rise and dine! Miss Bliss has all your winter morning meet-ups sorted with breakfast dishes that sound too good to be true (plot twist: they’re more real than reality tv will ever come close to). Get going with a hummingbird hotcake, blueberry pie porridge, Earl Grey infused hot chocolate or mushroom baked eggs.

We’re swapping #fitspo for #fitmorefoodinme this winter, and we’re not sorry.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who loves winter for mulled anything.