We’re in the second month of Autumn but we’re still sweating bullets – go figure. Luckily, we’ve got a whole lot of tasty food, new menus and new venues to keep our mind off the humidity. Pull on your trackies (who are you trying to impress) and throw the diet out the window, we’ll start it in winter okay?
NEW MENU | ARCHIVE | WEST END
The OG craft beer bar of West End is shaking things up with a brand-new menu, because just like that cool, crisp beer pumping through its veins – they like to keep it freshhh. Dig into spiced pumpkin dip with grilled flatbread, sweet potato fries with herbed feta and tempura beer battered cauliflower or go the whole hog and order the chefs signature dish: pork belly chop with burnt onion puree, green apple gravy and creamy potato salad. Don’t panic about impending parmie withdrawals – they’ll still have the classics.
FLUFFY SOCIAL | CLOUDLAND | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Strap on your heels and pop that collar darling, Fluffy just got even more fabulous. Sliding into our Sunday at one of Brisbane’s most luxe venues, Cloudland, is Fluffy Social. Indulge in an afternoon of cocktails, share plates get down to DJs.
THE AUTUMN SOCIETY SERIES | BRISBANE RACING CLUB | ASCOT
After keeping us hydrated all summer long, The Society is back – and better than ever. Raise the roof, sip on Aperol Spritz and toast to your success with Chandon sparkling, rosé and beers. Kicking off from 2pm every April get your tickets here.
AUTUMN LONG LUNCH | LIBERTINE | PETRIE TERRACE
It’s not going to cool down because we live in the city equivalent of a terrarium (it is HUMID ALL THE TIME), but we can still keep it spicy with long lunches at Libertine! For just $29 enjoy a four-course chef selection banquet of French-Vietnamese food from Tuesday-Sunday. Ooh la la!
MACHO MACHO | ASHGROVE
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, an African or European swallow, Macho Macho has your breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted. (Disclaimer: no worms, soz.) The new Ashgrove café is dishing up tasty bites including house-made hash cakes, honeycomb, ricotta and lavender hotcakes and croquet madame for breakfast, and plates of crab linguini, beef back ribs and crispy fish tacos after 3pm. Knock back a couple of cheeky brews or vinos and you’ll be Macho Macho happier.
CHEFS TASTING MENU | E’CCO | NEWSTEAD
E’cco is back and better than ever baby! With brand new Newstead digs and a seriously sexy tasting menu to go with it. Start with ceviche, then devour eggplant with shitake, duck breast with walnut tarator and your choice of pastrami brisket or wagyu dry aged beef before finishing with strawberry and raspberry cheesecake. All this deliciousness can be yours for just $89, and add on matched wines for an extra $60 if you really want to impress.
WALTERS STEAKHOUSE | CBD
There’s a lot at steak when you’ve already got a reputation for opening some of Brisbane’s best bars and restaurants (hello The Gresham, Heya, Popolo and Libertine – didn’t see ya there), but Walter’s is serving up more than just experience at the brand-new Steakhouse. Inspired by classic New York-style steakhouse expect classic hospitality, a bangin’ cocktail list and some of the best grain-fed porterhouse this side of The Big Apple.
CAKES AND SH!T | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Fun name, fun food, fun little bakery – Cakes and Sh!t is f***ing fun okay? Baked treats that taste like they’ve been made with grandmotherly love, but the kind of sassy attitude that would get you in a WHOLE lotta trouble. Open until late it’s the perfect place to stop after a date to see if they actually have a sense of humour.
ISLES LANE | CBD
Mourning JoJos leaving the city? Tired of crying into your McChicken, wishing you were devouring spicy fried school prawns, lemon aioli and haloumi chips? No more tears friend, it’s time to dry your eyes because Isles Lane is opening mid-April! Live life in the Isles Lane in Brisbane’s newest micropub. Open from breakfast until late, you’ll never need to buy groceries again.
THE MALÉCON | MILTON
Rum aficionados! Step away from the Bundaberg and put down the Bacardi (seriously, why?), Milton just got a whole lot spicier with the opening of brand new Cuban rum bar and distillery, The Malécon. Perfect for dates or to charge rumbos before the Broncos. #bronxnation
Maybe it’ll feel like autumn in winter?
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who is living in a freezer until June