Take a detour to Brisbane’s newest dining spot with a difference | Gourmand and Gourmet

Take a detour to Brisbane’s newest dining spot with a difference

Ever wished there was a restaurant that catered for everyone equally – vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, gluten-intolerant folk – not just as an after thought? That offered up dishes both creative and familiar, using locally sourced ingredients, while being conscious of sustainability, all of it in a sophisticated but relaxed space? Well now there is, with Detour open in Woolloongabba and dishing up inventive feeds with some serious flair. From the ex-executive chef of Public, Damon Amos (remember Kentucky Fried Duck? And salmon with apple and black ants?), Detour has been a long time coming, but is definitely worth the wait. Whether you take a seat at the timber bar or in the bright, open dining area, you’ll have a birds eye view of all the action happening in the central kitchen, where chefs plate up orders in full view of diners. So what’s on the menu (which, in a nod to sustainability, is printed on recycled paper)? You can expect a few dishes that hark back to Damon’s time at Public – the black ants are back, this time on gunpowder salmon with green curry. On the omnivore side, they’re joined by Texas brisket with black beans and tortillas, charcoal chicken with jalepeño corn bread and emu tartare. The herbivore menu, meanwhile, offers up plates like smoked maple pumpkin, cashew curry cauliflower with lentils, and another familiar dish, fossilized carrots with smoked almond. Gluten intolerant? You’re sorted here – almost everything on the menu here is gluten free, with the few glutenous ingredients that are on the menu made off site. For dessert, vegans are catered for with the nitro meringue with almond and sweet basil – you’ll even get a show into the bargain with clouds of nitrogen billowing from the large timber prep bench in the kitchen. Pair your meal with a tipple from the carefully considered list of beers and wines, and if you have time for a post-dinner cocktail, you’ll find a list of sips as creative as the food, including a capsicum margarita and a cold toddy. Located in the heart of Woolloongabba’s antique and dining precinct, there’s plenty of parking nearby, but it’s also handily close to the Gabba for any pre and post-event dining. Find Detour at 11 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, open 7 days a week for dinner, and Thursday to Saturday for lunch. Words by Ranyhyn Akui