Forget China Town, there is a little hidden secret at the foot of the Glasshouse mountains awaiting you this weekend.
Head north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, take the 'Steve Irwin Way' exit, follow for around eight minutes and nestled amongst trees on the left hand side a quaint Chinese restaurant will appear. What Pineapple Patch lacks in size is made up by the menu. This small restaurant has a warm atmosphere and the waiters are dressed in suits as if they are serving at a five star restaurant.
As I lover of Chinese food, I have had my fair share of the Asian cuisine, and Pineapple Patch, in my opinion serves the best food you will come across. The menu is abundant with main meals of curries, chicken stir fries, seafood and a wide variety of beef dishes with price tags leaving you left over cash in your pocket and a stomach full of goodness.
Prices for main meals range from $11 to $22, the seafood dishes are naturally more expensive, however, the entrees are tiny for the price. The size of the main meals may mean you won't even need an entre.
My personal favourite meal and the one that has me on my voyage from Redcliffe to The Glasshouse Mountains on a weekly basis is the Chicken Curry with vegetables. This large plate of tender, white chicken breast swimming in golden, warm curry and fresh garden vegetables has been perfect for winter. The curry is the perfect blend and not too spicy so it suits most tastes. I am a fussy chicken eater at restaurants, this meal is spot on and far exceeds what I ever expected for a budget priced restaurant.
Last but not least, I must dedicate a paragraph the most amazing deep fried ice cream in Brisbane. The Crunchy golden ball is served with caramel topping. Break the tepid crunchy coating with your spoon and allow the cold ice cream and sauce melt in your mouth.
A late afternoon picturesque drive with your partner leading to the Pineapple Patch is almost reason enough to check it out. We sometimes head to this restaurant rather than a glitzy inner city venue to spend time together and chat about our day.
In addition to alluring food, I have had the pleasure of discovering a couple of great red wines here at a low price.