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| BNE July/August 2016

Chef turns to

Asian roots

Chef Minh Le, owner of New Farm’s simply sophisticated

eatery The Foraging Quail, has dropped the degustation-style

dining that has been the signature of his restaurant for the last

couple of years and overhauled the menu to focus on more

affordable Asian-inspired share plates.

Le (


) turned to his own Vietnamese family heritage

to create the new menu. “Dishes are inspired by those I was

brought up on – food with bold flavours, cooked with heart

and designed for communal dining,” he says. The ‘fine dining’

label might be gone but Le’s mastery in plating-up continues

with dishes such as salt and pepper quail with ‘bird’s nests’,

smoked egg and lemon ‘emulsion’, Chinese smoked duck

with kimchi, mandarin, lotus and cucumber and traditional

Vietnamese beef stew with chilli ‘snow’. Asian-inspired cocktails

and Asian beer on the drinks list complement

the menu. Plates from $22. The Foraging

Quail, 148 Merthyr Road, New Farm.




land at Brisbane Airport

Carl’s Jr, famous for its whopping big American-

style burgers, has opened its first Queensland

store (and only its second in Australia) in

the new food hall at Brisbane Airport’s

Domestic Terminal. The menu includes

the signature Thickburger that can

be ordered with a mouth filling 226g

Angus beef patty and piled high with

extras such as mushrooms, jalapenos,

bacon and guacamole. Chop Chop

Chang’s, the popular Asian street food

diner in Brisbane’s West End, has also

opened a new eatery in the food hall

on Level 2 at the southern end of the

terminal, focusing on fresh and fast food.

For information on more dining options at

Brisbane Airport see

Eat and play

How about a board game with that? Debbie Seipel

and Angela Brown aim to bring back the art of face-

to-face social interaction at their new café-bar Club

Sosay in Paddington. The family-friendly café serves

up a simple snack menu (pizza, meatballs, samosas, for

example) and drinks (including beer, wine and spirits

for the grown-ups) with an assortment of 250 games to

choose from – categorised from easy to hard. Singles are

welcome to join a game or a ‘conversation table’. Cover

charge ($5.50 per person) allows you to stay and play all

day, food and drink extra. Club Sosay, open Wednesday

to Sunday at 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. For details


High tea


You can have your cake and eat it too at Pete Evans’ paleo version of

a high tea at Asana, the restaurant at Capri by Fraser in Brisbane’s

CBD. The sweet and savoury treats are sugar, dairy and gluten-free

but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in mango cheesecakes,

strawberry shortcake (


) and chocolate brownies on the menu.

The high tea is $32 per person (or $42 with a glass of bubbly)

available every day from 12pm to 6pm and Asana is open to the

public as well as house guests at Capri by Fraser, 80 Albert Street,

city. See