Where to dine with a blanket | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Where to dine with a blanket

It’s that time of year where the temperature drops, leaving the house is a mission, and your outfit of choice is the ugly tartan Snuggie that Aunt Susan gave you for Christmas. If your stomach in grumbling for something other than the pumpkin soup you’ve eaten for the last four days, never fear. We’ve found the warmest, the cosiest and the best blankets in town that will make your Snuggie-wearing dreams just that little bit more socially acceptable. Billykart | West End We could waffle on about Billykart’s menu all day but we’re here to tell you about their croque madame. Crispy potato waffle with cheese fondue, ham and a fried egg. If this doesn’t make you toasty, we don’t know what will! The Spaghetti House Trattoria | South Bank Remember the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel with the gingerbread house? Well we’ve found an even tastier version that makes all of our carb-loading dreams come true. Spaghetti House’s Italian Trattoria is bursting with traditional flavours that perfectly complement our winter weather. Wrap yourself in one of their winter blankets while you wrap your lips around their handmade spaghetti arribbiata. Miss Bliss | Fortitude Valley We all have that friend. The one with the food intolerances that stop us indulging in the most instagram-worthy breakfast dishes. Or the one that adds kale to every meal because #superfood. Well fear no more, we’ve found a place that lets you meet half way. Miss Bliss’s menu is packed to the brim with nutritious and healthy fare, that is both beautiful and tasty enough that you won’t be left craving that post-brekky burger. Best of all, their whole menu is free from processed foods and refined sugar. #winning Popolo | River Quay Popolo is the place that’ll warm your heart and soul this winter. Phenomenal Italian food with gorgeous views of the river that’ll make you forget your winter woes. Don’t want to sit in the restaurant? Grab a Popolo Picnic and enjoy their tasty Italian fare with a side of winter sunshine. Lokal + Co | West End Always dreamt of a white winter? Head on down to Lokal + Co for a Nordic winter experience in the heart of West End. Save yourself the plane trip and hefty airfare – one bite of their Smørrebrød, a Scandinavian style open sandwich, and you’ll think you’re in the heart of Copenhagen. The Pool Terrace & Bar | CBD If you’re feeling a little bit bold, your Next stop needs to be The Pool Terrace & Bar. This city gem is located at the Next Hotel and allows the daring type to grab a blanket and sit by the outside pool. Don’t worry, the seasonal menu and extensive cocktail list will be sure to warm you up. Canvas | Woolloongabba Are you looking for somewhere a little less known? The perfect place to take a date? Somewhere you could really cuddle up? We’ve got your next date night sorted. Grab your belle or beau and head to Canvas – the perfect place to share a blanket and maybe a cocktail or two. Jack Rabbits | Woolloongabba Are cosy breakfast haunts not your thing? You want the good stuff, not only cosy but nice and neat like a good glass of… whisky. Did someone say whisky bar? We did, because nothing will warm you better than a good ol’ glass of whisky at Jack Rabbits. The Low Road Café | Windsor Winter’s got nothing on The Low Road Café. They’re sassy, they’re cold, they’re quick with their wit, and they NEVER take the high road! Their blankets are as dry as their humour. But what we do know, their menu is kickin’ and their coffee is hot, so we’re sold! Sushi Kotobuki | East Brisbane Combining everyone’s greatest loves; sushi and blankets. Sushi Kotobuki is serving up an amazing karaage udon curry with a side of warmth that’ll make you thankful for winter. Now put down the Snuggie and pick up a fork. Words by Ty Wood