A full time traveller Kate and her partner have called a Toyota Coaster home since December 2016. They are currently touring Australia making memories and lapping up everything this amazing country has to offer. Visit www.theroadhousecoasters.com
Published September 19th 2018
Thanks to a Groupon deal too good to say no to, Jot and I found ourselves heading out for a hump day dinner at Brisbane's Palace Supper Club. Located in Fortitude Valley, it is just a short walk or ride from the city. Managing to avoid the alluring bright lights and cool vibes spilling out from the local bars, we arrived unfashionably early for our reservation and were sat down for dinner by 6.30. Must be getting old!
We perused the menu and ordered a gin and tonic from the extensive list of spirits. The previous night we had seen Mother's Ruin, a hilarious cabaret show all about the history of gin that was in town as part of the Brisbane Festival. So we had gin on the mind.
To start, we shared scallops cooked to perfection on a bed of cauliflower. The scallops were massive and moist and pretty much melted in your mouth. I love seeing scallops on the menu as I am cursed when it comes to trying to cook them myself.
For mains, I went for the duck option. And after much deliberation and mind changing Jot finally settled on the beef cheek. As the whole menu sounded amazing, I gave her 10 minutes before calling the host over and forcing her decision. I worried she was going to get up and hug him when he said that she had ordered his favourite dish.
By now we had moved onto the wine that came with our voucher which we tried to drink slowly as we had limited ourselves to just the one glass. We were both overjoyed when our dishes came out. If the presentation was anything to go on, then we were in for a treat. And we were right. My duck was pink and tender and Jot's beef cheeks fell apart as soon as she poked it with her fork. The beef came with a truffle mash, which had just the right amount of truffle through it.
Bellies full, the host then asked if we'd like to see the dessert menu, telling us the chef changed the deserts daily as he loved to create new dishes. "We'll take a quick look" we said to be polite. Then someone else's dessert went past us to be delivered to their table and suddenly we started paying more attention. "We'll have what they're having", we said, "but can we have a 15-minute rest?"
When our dessert came, it was like a work of art had been delivered to our table. It was beautiful. Essentially, it was a creme brulee but it was so much more than that. Along the side, there was a line of freeze dried mandarin, free dried raspberries, a passion fruit curd, honeycomb, chocolate sticks and of course, some edible flowers and fairy floss. It all worked together to make one of the best desserts I've had in a long time. Jot started at one end and I tucked in at the other end, with us both jumping into the creme brulee, fighting over the sugary crust.
The Supper Club bar and restaurant is a beautiful space. As you walk up the stairs into the bar area, you feel like you are in an exclusive club but if they let us in, then that can't be the case. No expensive has been spared with the decor. I'd recommend this to anyone who fancies a sophisticated night out, while you treat your taste buds.