Winter Warmers | Gourmand & Gourmet | Gourmand and Gourmet

Sayonara Salads, We're chasing Winter Warmers

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
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  • Lunch
  • Wine

With the winter winds of Brisbane howling around our ears (seriously, someone pass us a scarf it’s dropped under 20 degrees) we’re shunning salads and turning our sights to warmer wintry delights.

Luckily for us our little city is bursting with options and we’ve rounded up some of our faves.

RISTORANTE LA FAMIGLIA | GNOCCHI | WOOLLOONGABBA

Pillowy parcels of potato paradise – gnocchi from La Famiglia is heaven on a plate. Dig into rich four cheese or pork and beef Bolognese on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Winter chills have no match against mouthfuls of seriously sexy sauces.

VICTORIA PARK | WOODFIRED PIZZA | HERSTON

We’re all about binging Netflix and getting pizza delivered, but we’re willing to rip off the snuggie and ditch the latest season of 13 Reasons for one of Vic Park’s wood fired wonders! Be transported back to the old country with rustic Napoletana, or get decadent with truffled Tartufata.

JULIUS | DUCK RAGU | SOUTH BRISBANE

Fat = Warmth, right! That’s we’re consistently telling ourselves, and winter is the perfect excuse to add on an extra layer. Carb up with your main squeeze over bowls of slow cooked duck ragu and piles of freshly made pappardelle pasta. Add a cheeky bottle of Chianti and make eyes at the handsome wait staff. Cosy.

ISLES LANE | ROAST LAMB SHOULDER

The inner-city hotspot is ideal for hiding out from the elements. We’re all about slowing it down and feasting on 12-hour slow toasted dry rubbed Creole beef. It serves up to six people, so buddy up and devour it with a side of cumin roasted pumpkin and some crispy fried Brussels sprouts.

MR CHESTER | CHEESE BOARD | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Nothing warms us up quite like buckets of wine, and Mr Chester has the walls LINED with it. Whether you’re all about red, white or pink – there’s a bottle or a glass with your name on it. Pair it with a tasty little cheeseboard and you’ve got yourself a party.

HAI HAI | RAMEN | PADDINGTON

One of the few places in Brisbane that does a really bang on veggie ramen, Hai Hai’s is chockers with tofu, mushrooms, nori and marinated egg. Their pork tokontsu is also worship-worthy with black garlic oil, 12-hour cooked chashu pork belly and an option for soy or salt broth.

TRANGS | PHO | WEST END

Traditionally a breakfast food, you uncultured philistines, but we’ve adopted pho in a big way for lunch and dinner. Trangs is ladling up eight different kinds of pho ranging from rare beef to traditional special beef noodle soup with brisket, tendon and tripe. Permanently packed, you might have to fight to the death for a seat but it’ll be worth it!

MARU | HOT POT | CBD

Pump up the heat and load up on kimchi, it’s time to fill up on Korean, hot and fresh from the kitchen at Maru. Slurp yourself to vaguely uncomfortable fullness on braised beef rib soup with stacks of veggies, and grab some triple fried chicken for the road. You earnt it.

IL CENTRO | SANDCRAB LASAGNE | CBD

Whilst traditional lasagnes are dime a dozen (we’ll still eat ‘em), Il Centro have raised the bar with their legendary sand crab lasagne. Layers of al dente pasta, smothered in creamed crustacean sauce – it’s impossible to be crabby with a belly full of this.

Ditch the scales and say SEEEEYA to shakes, we want real food and we want it NOW.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who knows a summer body is just her winter body. But sweatier.