Word on the street: foodie news | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Word on the street: foodie news

There’s no rest for the delicious.

From new menus to festivals and Brisbane’s first winery since 1860 (screams), this week’s foodie news is spicier than a staged neighbour feud on A Current Affair.



No longer pushing up daisies, a Sunshine Coast institution is reopening its doors after three long years of being closed. Daisy’s Place is reopening March 6 amidst gorgeous gardens and rainforest with a modern Australian menu to die for. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and dessert (on select days) will have you pulling an all-dayer, but we’re here for the Fraser Isle spanner crab with avocado mousse with a cheeky bombe Alaska to follow.

After a surge of breweries popping up around Brisbane’s core, it’s time for wine connoisseurs to be treated to the same luxury. City Winery is set to open on March 20, with a micro-winery, restaurant and bar creating the holy trinity for lovers of all things vino. Come for the wine and stay for the wine, but also indulge in cured rainbow trout, dry aged mutton leg off the grill and coal-roasted pineapple with olive oil sponge.

The Emporium Hotel is hitting all the right notes with its Piano Bar opening March 11. Lap up luxurious cocktails, boutique beers and premium wine and spirits by night, and tuck into brunch, lunch and dinner throughout the rest of the day. Whole baked camembert anyone?

The Balfour Kitchen just got spicier, with new chef Nick Stapleton at the helm. Drawing upon Vietnamese and French-inspired menus, Stapleton is serving everything from drunken duck fried rice to sweet and sour beef short ribs, and you’re going to want the lot.

Another day, another new chef. The Calile Hotel has a new boy, namely chef Jamie King. Taking over Lobby Bar, King is bringing an Asian twist to the scene with dishes such as hiramasa kingfish sashimi, braised octopus and crab tagliatelle making The Calile even more irresistible than it already is.  



Doing anything on May 5? You are now. Stones Corner Festival is back with plenty of good music, food and craft beer for its biggest year yet! Save the date, and get keen for the likes of tunes from Jebediah and Pub Choir, Squealing Pig wines and eats from Wing Fix (that is literally not even a handful of what’s lined up, get keen). Get in early and land tickets here.