Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 4 - page 26

wining & dining
BNE August/September 2014
Simply stylish
Chef Minh Le earned a reputation for his signature quail dishes while working at some
of Brisbane’s best restaurants including Alchemy and Ortiga, so it’s not surprising his first
enterprise, now open in New Farm, is called
The Foraging Quail
. There is an emphasis on
organic produce sourced from areas including Doolandella and Runcorn for the degustation-
style menus. There’s a choice of five and eight courses (or an express three-course selection
for theatre-goers) and dishes change frequently based on produce available – but we hope
the Chocolate Forest (
) with seven textures of chocolate stays on the menu for ever!
With seating for only 38 people bookings are essential, call (07) 3358 6414.
Bird’s eye view
The city’s Riverside precinct has undergone a major rejuvenation with a handful of smart new
eateries opening within a few minutes’ walk of the ferry stop. At
Black Bird Bar and Grill
it’s hard
not to be overwhelmed by the view – not just of the Story Bridge across the river, but also of
the amazing chandelier above a private dining table for 12 (
) or the vintage claw-foot bath on
the ceiling “dripping” with decanters in another private dining room. But when the food arrives
all eyes are on the plates, with high praise for dishes that include wild rabbit and black truffle
tortellini with garden peas, wood-fired barbecued octopus with oloroso sherry plumped raisins
and chorizo on toast among the starters, and steaks from the special open grill – Black Angus
Scotch Fillet, Wagyu Sirloin and Charolais T-bone sourced from Queensland. Jake Nicholson,
ex-Circa in Melbourne, presides in the kitchen. For bookings call (07) 3229 1200.
Gin’s the thing
Brisbane can claim its first ‘Gin Palace’ with the
opening of
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
DC as it’s known by regulars). Owner Matthew
Hilan, a former Air Combat Officer in the
RAAF and executive director of a Swiss bank,
is determined to share his passion for the classic
spirit, inspired by colonial outposts of the British
Empire in a bygone era. New to gin? Take a
‘Tasting Flight’ to sample a range of flavours. At
51 Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley. Open 4pm
until midnight Tuesday to Thursday; 4pm until
3am Friday and Saturday.
Homage to James Squire
Long-time devotees can at last pay homage
to their favourite brew at
The Charming
, which honours the life of James Squire,
charismatic rogue convict-turned-brewer who
inspired a brand in his name. The Brisbane-
based family-owned Mantle Group (owners
of the Pig ‘n’ Whistle) have joined with James
Squire brewer Lion to open the new ‘brewhouse’
which does brew on site. Deniz Coskun, ex-
Brett’s Wharf and Tank, will head the kitchen to
provide food matches to the extensive range of
craft beers. Open seven days from breakfast until
late at 133 Grey Street, South Brisbane.
Open secret
The Twig & Berry
is one of those secret
addresses that if you blink you might miss it,
located below street level in Newstead. The
owners wanted to create a ‘local’ that would
find its fame through word of mouth and be the
sort of bar they would want to drink at … In
this case a cosy corner decorated with bird cage
lights, custom wallpaper alongside exposed brick
walls, and recycled doors from the demolition
yard reused for the ceiling. Bar food is minimal;
this is the spot for a cool refresher on a spring
night in the private courtyard. Open 4pm until
late Monday to Saturday and midday until late
Sunday at 9/92 Commercial Road, Newstead.
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess
The Twig & Berry
The Charming Squire
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