Long Lunches | Gourmand & Gourmet | Gourmand and Gourmet

We’re bringing back the old school long lunch

During the week it’s all go, go, go. Stale peanut butter sandwiches, supermarket sushi and ‘salad’ made from the fridge dregs – it’s grim, but nothing pushes away the linger memories of lacklustre lunches than indulging in a long lunch.

Gather the crew, a bottle of wine and settle in for the afternoon of feasting – you’ve earnt it.

Bar Alto | New Farm

Braised lamb shoulder, rolls of pork belly and bowls of juicy mussels – do we really need to go on? Cut through the park and head to the river where all your long lunch dreams are waiting! Sip on spritz and make your way through share plates of tempura fried zucchini flowers, bowls of spanner grab gnocchi and piles of goat ragu pappardelle.

Otto | Brisbane City

One of the city’s top spots for a long lunch: we’re not sure if it’s the sweeping river views, pasta perfection or exquisite wines, but we’re hooked. We’ll take any opportunity for a mid-week modern Italian “team lunch” (thanks boss), but if you’re footing the bill, get around Otto’s BYO Saturdays: that’s a three course share menu with BYO wine for $75pp including corkage. Definite weekend vibes.

Libertine | Petrie Terrace

If you’re going to take the Libertine of a long lunch, you should do it in style. Luckily, style is something that Libertine has in abundance. With nibbles, share plates, and banquets, there are plenty of ways to laze back with friends, clients, or co-workers. You can even chow down on a five-course banquet including favourites like green wrapped lamb bundle, ‘cracklin’ twice cooked pork belly and Vietnamese Chicken Coleslaw for $49, or check out the extensive drinks list. We suspect that a couple of yuzu margaritas would take the edge off!

Julius | South Brisbane

After a long week, you need energy, and we strongly suggest carbing up. Carbs fix EVERYTHING, and Julius Pizzeria is here to deliver. With the sauciest menu on the south side, full of fresh wood-fired pizzas and slow-cooked pasta sauces, Julius will help you eat away all memory of mediocre meals. Wash it all down with lush red wines and sparkling Aperol Spritz.

Hatch + Co | Newstead

Been trying to hatch a plan to catch up with the gang? Share more than just the latest gossip and get stuck into slow roast lamb shoulder with watercress and lemon or Caribbean marinated pork shoulder with butter lettuce and house made BBQ sauce. Accompany with buttery potato mash or wood fired pumpkin with tahini, and a bottle or two from their extensive wine list.

The Wolfe | East Brisbane

If you’ve been crying wolf to get out of lunch lately, this is one venue that you won’t want to bail on. Treat yourself to pan seared white fish with summer squash and chickpeas or prove you’re game with smoked duck breast with blackberries, beetroot and radish. Pair your meal with wine or one of their signature cocktails, and finish your feast with buttermilk panna cotta with caramelised fig, or graze on a selection of cheeses.

Stokehouse Q | South Bank

With one of the best views in Brisbane, this riverside foodie heaven is sure to stoke your interest in having more than one course for lunch. You’ll find plenty more to tempt you on the menu including pancetta wrapped chicken with charred pineapple and Fremantle octopus with romesco sauce. Take a seat, snag a blood orange margarita and watch the ferry drift by.

So leave the microwave meals for work lunches treat yo’self to something a little more special. 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmet who knows a meal without wine is just breakfast