After much debate with my husband, we have come up with this list of our top ten food experiences to have in Brisbane:
- Award winning Very chocolate gelato from Sugo Mi Gelateria.
- Fat Pho Noodles at Fat Noodle
- Sustainable fish and chips from Swampdog.
- Coffee at Cup Cafe
- Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza from Vespa Pizza
- Romantic dinner for two at Montrachet
- A slice of cake from the Welsh Lady
- Three course celebration lunch at Aria Restaurant
- A takeaway wrap from Cafe Wrapture
- A selection of chocolates from Mayfield Chocolates
What are your favourite eating experiences in Brisbane?
The Urban Cook by Red Lantern chef, Mark Jensen focuses on cooking and eating for a sustainable future. You may be familiar with him from the television show Ready Steady Cook. The book features over 100 modern seasonal recipes, often with an Asian bent.
There is a generous proportion of vegetable based recipes and I would have liked this section split into sides and mains. It features recipes for Eggplant and mozzarella bake; Zucchini, tomato, olive and feta gratin (using Poor Man’s Parmasen); and Chinese cabbage, fried noodle and black pepper salad. A sample recipe is available for Marinated summer radishes with currants, mint and chive dressing (PDF).
The Meat and Seafood sections contains recipes such as Yabbies cooked in tomato, chilli and black pepper sauce; and Lamb breast rolled and stuffed with mince, pine nuts and coriander. Mark Jensen says: “Yabbies are a great sustainable alternative to prawns. They are farmed in inland ponds, and any waste they produce can be filtered from the water and used to fertilise the land.”
He recommends using The Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide to help you make a wise shopping choice.
Mark also encourages us to use all parts of the animal, and uses secondary cuts of meat in recipes such as Beef cheeks braised in beer with aromatic spices; and Gremolata crumbed deep fried lamb’s brains.
Finish in the Dessert section and be tempted by Chocolate roulade with hazelnut cream; or an Asian fruit salad with agar agar jellies and coconut cream.
The Urban Cook – buy on Amazon.com
The Urban Cook – buy on Fishpond.com.au
– by Mark Jensen