September Bucket List | The Gourmand & Gourmet

September Bucket List

September is about to swoop into your hearts instead of your head. #magpieseason

From celebrations of love to Riverfire and exciting new restaurant openings, this month will see literal sparks flying throughout.

Patina | Customs House | CBD

Ready for riverside dining at its finest? Patina is Customs House newest restaurant that’s bronze by name and gold by nature. You’ll be living the lavish life, indulging in the likes pan-fried gnocchi with roasted pine nuts, smoked raisins, kale and ricotta, and a one-kilogram OP rib from the Darling Downs served with chimichurri sauce. Find out all the juicy details here.

hôntô | Fortitude Valley

You need to head to hôntô, pronto. With a Japanese menu designed to be shared, order up big. Start with ‘raw’ options of fresh sashimi, before moving onto smaller ‘bites’. You’ll be tempted to load up on these tasty morsels, but save some room for ‘Bigs’, big by name and even bigger in flavour. Add some ‘Greens’ on the side to keep mum happy and you’ve got yourself a feast. Get the full low-down here.

Brisbane Festival | South Brisbane

Listen up because Bris Fest knows best. This annual celebration of the arts (and the art of day drinking, thanks Arcadia), will feature a bewitching hall of mirrors, live theatrical performances and live music by the likes of Ball Park Music and Violent Soho, just to spill the goods of a few. Find out more about everything Brisbane Festival here.

Riverfire | South Brisbane

What better way to end Brisbane Festival than with a bang, or a thousand. Riverfire is a sure fire way to get your yearly fireworks fix, creating a stunning show in our beloved Brisbane skies on Saturday, September 29. Stay tuned for our guide on where to dine before this kicks off! 

B. Lucky & Sons | Fortitude Valley

Better add this opening to your Mario Kart. B. Lucky & Sons is a fun new bar set to open in the valley, where you can consensually invade space, get In The Groove and shoot some hoops over a bit of beer and banter. Don’t hate the player, and don’t hate the game.

Heritij | CBD

W marks the spot. Heritij will be blossoming at the recently opened hotel, bringing Michelin star bites with an Indian twist to Brisbane. There’s no need for us to butter you up, the chicken will do all the work.

Love is King | King Street | Bowen Hills

A celebration of equality and love is set to spring up on King Street! From September 8-29, get your heart eyes on and your forks well out because you’ll be feasting on heart shaped pizza at Il Verde, heart shaped sushi at Sushi & Nori, amidst many other sweet treats on the street. Love is food?

Spring High Tea | Bacchus | South Brisbane

Bacchus it up because Spring Quintessential High Tea has sprung. Brisbane’s home of elegant dining is bringing the likes of black brioche with chicken and celery sandwiches and key lime, chocolate and meringue tartlets to the high tea scene. Bacchus is also teaming up with Chandon, Moët and more to add a boozy little twist to this classic tradition!

American Bourbon Bar | Springwood

THIS is America. American Bourbon Bar is Springwood’s boot-scooting secret. The menu is nearly as big as our food-baby, with everything from homemade duck spring rolls and creole dusted calamari to juicy, stick to your ribs double beef burgers – but let’s make it clear, the real star is the ol’ fashioned, low n’ slow meats, with a lot of menu items including a decent spritz of Jack Daniels.

Mussels | Some Yung Guys | Sunshine Beach

Hit the gym if you want muscles, or hit up Some Yung Guys if you want real mussels. We’ve been coming out of our shells and we’ve been doing just fine thanks to their Tom Kha Mussels, cooked in a fragrant coconut broth with fresh herbs. And if you don’t get the roti, you haven’t done it right.


Stop, drop, and roll into the new month!

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand that fears nothing... except birds.