Jess is Brisbane based word-wizard. She lives with one man-shaped companion and a small cat. Jess enjoys writing, travelling and collecting the memories of other people. Engage her services at contentable.com.au/
Published July 9th 2015
Get your tastebuds tingling this Friday
I love to go out. The atmosphere, the flavours, the clash and clamour of a busy kitchen filled with chef whites and magnificent menu items, slowly turning into unforgettable gastronomic experiences. Although I can chow down on a lazy Friday night at Nandos, here are some of my favourite dinner destinations in Brisbane. Peasant 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Tucked neatly into the Barracks, Peasant was an impulsive decision between four friends looking for a tapas alternative. The décor is earthy and moody, harkening back to the dimly lit blues dens of New Orleans; seating is intimate but accommodating, ranging from long wooden slab tables to small groups and cosy couple nooks; and the service is agreeable, if you're into that cheeky hipster kind of vibe. But you want to know about the food…
After much humming over the menu, we settled on a La Familia shared banquet, opening ourselves up to the waiter's choice… six surprise courses shared between four very different palates. The scallops, cauliflower, raisins & sherry concoction was by far my favourite, a melt in your mouth, layered bite you want to repeat over and over. The Catalan flatbread with spice yoghurt complemented each stage nicely and although I loved the croquetas, give them a miss if you're not a cheese lover.
Perks: Extensive wine list, delicious sangria and a solid menu. Considerations: It can get a bit loud and crowded on high traffic nights. Price Rating: Average $70 each.
Kettle & Tin is everything you wish your local could be. It's relaxed, bright and comfortable, offering a scattering of high stools and dining tables, some of the best cocktails you've tasted in a long while and a great range of basics, including beer, wine and spirits. The service is friendly and without bother, nothing is too much, particularly if you're dining in a larger group like we were. At eighteen people, each paying separately and at different times, most restaurants would quail at the thought or insist on a single bill… not the crew at Kettle & Tin.
Although I loved every dish I tried – make sure you sample the soft shell crab slides and the salt and pepper calamari – my partner and I can't stop talking about Duck Nachitos (pictured below). Don't be fooled by the Old Queenslander décor, this is a site of real mixology – the Smith and Jones is my new favourite drink and it will soon be yours too.
Perks: Choose between sharing or keeping it all to yourself; great service; amazing cocktails; delicious food. Considerations: No downside. Price Rating: Average $60 each.
I rarely use the word "best" to describe sushi, as many places in Brisbane do it well, but Fresh Sushi Co certainly stands out from the rest. Fresh, supple and convenient, Fresh Sushi Co caters to a range of needs, from those looking for a late takeaway lunch to after-work punters keen on an easy dinner packed with flavour and nutrition. Located in James Street Markets, you know your order will be exactly what you want within a short wait.