- Food & Booze
The east side’s favourite spot to pull an all-dayer
15 Aug 2016
If you haven’t stepped foot into the wondrous foodie haven that is Bulimba’s Oxford Street since the days when Instagram was just an idea, you really need to get over there. Asap. Because not only is the ‘burb now home to a pretty staggering list of places to eat and drink, it’s also the location of one of Brisbane’s best spots to pull an all-dayer, Barcadia Kitchen and Bar. The answer to all things hungry, thirsty, or damn-I-could-really-use-a-drink-right-now, this cruisy bar and eatery has you covered from morning through to night. A little bit gastropub and a little bit chic cocktail bar with a few retro references thrown in, it’s not a question of whether you’re going to set up shop at Barcadia – it’s how late you’ll drag yourself away. While they’ve been dishing up craft beers, cocktails and some seriously good share plates to go with them for a while now, they’ve also just introduced a few reasons to get out of bed a little earlier on Saturday and Sunday mornings – reasons which involve blueberry hotcakes smothered in mascarpone, and burritos stuffed with bacon, eggs and duck fat rosti. Yep, they’ve started doing weekend breakfast from 7.30am, along with coffee from local roasters Bear Bones Espresso. Once you’ve polished off a hearty brunch (and it’s safely past 12pm – 11am if you’re hard core), you can start on the bar’s drinks menu, with plenty of cocktails to get you into weekend mode. Drink in hand, you can spend the afternoon nibbling on bar snacks, from bowls of crispy pork crackling and Wagyu beef spring rolls to their infamous wings, with no less than 6 flavours to choose from. Gourmand tip: Get the smoked maple AND the dry Barcadia rub – because you know you want to. If you stay for dinner (or you know, come back another day), there’s even more deliciousness to choose from, with slow-cooked pork and beef ragu for the carb lovers, and beef brisket tortillas for hands on eaters. Even your vego friends will be happy, with pan-fried gnocchi, hearty salads and a vegetarian tortilla to choose from. Just make sure you leave room for dessert, because confronted with a choice of Barcadia’s baked brie fondue with red wine, herb and garlic dip, the donut platter with vanilla sauce and Oreo crunch and banana bread with chocolate hazelnut mousse and praline semi freddo, you will suffer extreme FOMO and order one of everything. Whether you’re seeking breakfast, drinks, dinner or just cheese and cocktails, you’ll find it all at Barcadia Kitchen & Bar, open for breakfast on weekends, lunch from Thursday to Sunday and dinner 7 nights a week at 136 Oxford Street, Bulimba. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!