Restaurant Revolution’s Puerto lands in South Bank | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Restaurant Revolution’s Puerto lands in South Bank

If you’ve watched the Seven Network at all recently, you’ve no doubt heard the news that a Restaurant Revolution is coming your way. Well, the revolution is here, with the Brisbane arm of the reality TV series opening their doors to the public as of Tuesday, July 14, along with four other pop-up restaurants around Australia. A tower of shipping containers on the Playhouse lawn at QPAC in South Bank is home to Puerto, where John, Justine and Maggie have created an ‘East meets Mex’ fusion of South American and Asian cuisines. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it before, on the side of Puerto Taco, the family’s roaming food truck. For now, the truck is parked in the garage while the team competes for the $200,000 prize on offer for the winner of Restaurant Revolution. restaurant revolution brisbane If you’re willing to brave TV cameras (or just want 15 seconds of fame), you’ll be rewarded with delicious fare inspired by John and Justine’s travels through Mexico and South America, and Justine and Maggie’s Asian background. Mix and match from the casual menu which features everything from beef cheek tostadas to a slow cooked goat rendang that will have you wishing the restaurant was permanent, or bring a group and feast on a three course shared banquet, complete with dessert. No bookings are taken, so you may have to queue if you want to head in for lunch Wednesday to Sunday or dinner Wednesday to Saturday, but you can take a bottle of wine to pair with your meal. Afterwards, you can pop into the feedback room and tell the cameras about your experience. Along with the judgment of a group of experts and their profit margin, it all goes toward deciding who will be the winner – and who’ll be opening their own dream restaurant after the series finale. Words by Ranyhyn Akui