This food trend is the new black | Gourmand and Gourmet

This food trend is the new black

Forget unicorn coloured frappuccinos and rainbow bagels: the latest food trends are taking your Instagram feeds to the dark side.

From mains to dessert and even black beverages, these deliciously dark dishes will match your dark soul, or maybe just your brief goth phase in high school (My Chemical Romance will always have a place in our hearts)!

Black garlic bread | Gauge | South Brisbane

Gauge’s black garlic bread is one of the most unique items we’ve seen on a breakfast menu in Brisbane, but it doesn’t stop it from being one of the most delicious. The black bread is made with fermented black garlic and treacle (yes, it’s sweet!) paired with brown butter and burned vanilla. It’s sweet, salty and so popular it was even added to Gauge’s dessert menu.

Black gnocchi | Saint Lucy | St Lucia

This ain’t your nonna’s gnocchi!  Saint Lucy’s black gnocchi is a decadent take on the Italian classic with triple cheese cream (TRIPLE. CHEESE.), sticky balsamic, shredded radicchio and parsley. Rejoice vegetarians, this one’s for you!

Black Rice Pudding | Electric Avenue | Woolloongabba

You mead this dessert in your life. Switch to the dark side with Electric Avenue’s black rice pudding loaded with maple honeycomb, sour mead and skyr.

Black rice poke bowl | SUKI | South Bank

OK, if our friends are reading this, sorry we haven’t been in touch – we’ve fallen into the black hole that is poké bowl addictions. Just to have you even more obsessed (RIP to our social calendar), South Bank’s hottest new spot is dishing out poké bowls on black rice – need we say more.

The Black Bowl | Cocobliss | Bulimba

Been falling into the dark abyss of burgers, hot dogs, and all things fried? Detox with Cocobliss’ dangerously delicious Black Bowl, a seductive mix of organic acai, banana, and coconut charcoal topped in fresh fruit and vanilla coconut yoghurt.

Squid ink linguine | Morning After | West End

Morning After’s split menu (morning, and after) is perfect for those who can’t quite get out of bed for “traditional” breakfast hours on the weekend. If you end up at the popular West End spot post-11.30am you can order the squid ink linguine, a spicy combination of black al dente pasta, prawns, tomato, chilli and garlic.

Dark drinks | Netherworld | Fortitude Valley

Brisbane’s first and only arcade game bar Netherworld conjures images of all things dark, after all, the restaurant is called the Hellmouth Diner! Embrace all things evil with a dark brew – many of the beers on tap are as dark as a moonless night. We love Wolf of the Willows’ Johnny Smoke Porter: it’s dark, smokey, and just a little bit chocolately… devilishly delicious. Not a fan of beer? Netherworld’s root beer float is just as dark, with a scoop of ice cream and a Tim Burton-esqe black and white stripy straw: gothalicious!

There’s definitely a lot of places to get your black food fix in Brisbane, but we’re still hoping that the Instagram-famous Little Damage black ice cream cone will makes it’s way down under! 

Words by Lucinda Kent