November Bucket List | The Gourmand & Gourmet

November Bucket List

November? No problem.

If you can’t stand shopping centres cranking up Christmas carols and decking their halls with bounds of tacky dollar store decals, you’ll be safe, sound and sleighing with this bucket list.

Far from the realm of Hallmark holidays, November is hooking you up with a hip-hop barber shop, pork belly baklava, a European wine bar, and the rest of the goods below…

Victoria Park Bistro | Herston

New menu, same me(ringue waffles). Vic Park is turning up the heat with a sublime new spring/summer brekkie menu. Win your morning (and friends) by landing the Asian duck salad with fried egg, toasted rice, peanuts, and Korean chilli sauce. She’s anything but basic, honey.

Next Episode | South Brisbane

On a scale of Biggie to Smalls, this newbie is a notoriously big deal. Setting up camp in Fish Lane, Next Episode is set to become a blended barbershop with a hip-hop inspired bar out back. In classic speakeasy fashion, you’ll have to ring a phone by the bar to get let in. Once you’ve made it to the top, a plethora of cocktails, rotating craft beers, DJs and rap-scene references will be waiting to greet you. Welcome to the gangster’s paradise.

The Garden Pantry | West End

Shipping containers turned social hub have set sail for your social season needs. The Garden Pantry has planted its roots at West Village, West End, bringing the likes of Mr. Bunz, Cheeky Poke Bar and Salt Meats Cheese together to create a contemporary dining hall serving al fresco dining realness. Think of it as a food court, but with a design that’s worthy of a spread in Vogue. Lush, and delish.

Atelier Brasserie | Bowen Hills

King Street’s newest addition is pretty pourfect. Atelier has no ulterior motive, just excellent wine with food to match. As well as premium wines, Atelier’s cocktails are off the charts! Make sip happen with a Lilywhacker with Hennessy, Antica Formula, and top the night off with Moreton Bay bug raviole. Fancy fresh.

Beirne Lane | Fortitude Valley

It’s getting hot in here! Beirne Lane is rocking around the clock, being Fortitude Valley’s newest bar and eatery open 24/7. The menu includes an extensive list of bar snacks, a raw bar, substantial Josper grill items, sides, and dessert. You can also tuck in to wine, craft beer, and even craftier cocktails. We’re never clocking out.

Pork Belly Baklava | Nostimo | South Brisbane

Opa, and oh-la-la. Nostimo’s pork belly baklava will have a million words of praise exiting your mouth to room for more freakin’ baklava. This sweet and savoury hybrid will blow your mind with layers of tender pork belly between fresh, handmade filo pastry sheets. Salivating? Only a lot.

$19 Uncorked Special | La Lune Wine Co. | South Brisbane

La Lune is adding some flair to their limited $19 November pairing. $19 will be your ticket to either a glass of red with kangaroo carpaccio, or a glass of white with crudo. It would be rude-o not to.

Piña Colada Dessert | Vintaged Bar and Grill | CBD

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in dessert, this is the one for you. Vintaged Bar and Grill has a summer lovin’ dessert mixing the likes of coconut ice cream coated with dark chocolate, roast pineapple, spiced rum syrup and poached cherries, in one unforgettable bowl. Eat up.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who heavily identifies with The Grinch.