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Calling all foodies
Kiymali Borek, spiced beef, onion and herb in filo pastry, $16, value from Sofra Turkish Cuisine.
By popular demand, 'trEATS', the Toowoomba Region's Eats enticement, returns. Cafes, restaurants and pubs in and around Toowoomba will participate in luring diners with $10-$20 springtime specials. Only in the month of September, 36 venues invite you, since last year was so popular. Here are some of the fabulous deals in and around Toowoomba this Carnival of Flowers.
George Banks Rooftop Bar & Bistro
Spring wine platter laden with brie, salami, marinated olives, tomato relish, Lavosh crackers, sourdough bread and a dish of truffle butter. $18, a touch of posh. 206 Margaret St, City, corner Ruthven, level 2, 4580 0808. Wed - Thur 12 - 2pm & 5-9pm, Fri - Sat 12pm - 2am, Sun 12pm - 9pm.
GPO Bar and Cafe
Crispy pork belly with honey soy glaze, Dutch carrots, cauliflower and pea sprouts with carrot puree. $20, for lovers of pork belly. 140 Margaret St, City, 4659 9240. Mon - Thur 6:30am - 2pm, Fri - Sat 6:30am - 4pm, Sun 7am - 2pm.
Butterfly Cake filled with lemon curd and vanilla bean cream with a drink for $10, from The Bungalow and Basket in Ruthven St, City.
Biscoff Freakshake and duo of Karrage Bao with cabbage, house-made pickled onion, carrot, mayo and siagon, $15, something different. 114 Bellevue St, City, 4638 5775. Mon - Fri 6:30am - 2pm; Weekend 6:30am - 12pm.
The Veggie Garden, green pea fritters with assorted baby veges, lemon ricotta-zucchini flower, tangy beetroot relish and basil pesto. $20 vegetarian delight.
15 Railway St, City, 4632 0090.
Mon - Fri 7am - 3pm, Sat - Sun 7am - 2:30pm.
Potters Boutique Hotel
Tempura Chicken, chicken tenders with mesclun, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, Spanish onion, bean sprouts with a dressing of mango, lime, banana and poppy seed. $20, generous serving, quiet setting.
258 Margaret St up from Grand Central, City, 4670 9488.
Tue - Sat 6:30am - 10am & 5pm - approximately 8:30pm, open later at times.
Sofra Turkish Cuisine
Kiymali Borek, mild spiced beef, onion and herbs in crispy filo pastry, served with garlic yoghurt and house tomato sauce (GF option available). $16 excellent value, delicious with the full-bodied house red.
164 Margaret St, City, 4638 0044.
Sun - Thur 11:30am - 9pm, Fri - Sat 11:30am - 9:30pm.
Crunchy and oozy Apple Crumble Éclair, $12, by The Baker's Duck, 124 Campbell St.
Carnival Salad, consists of honey chicken atop noodle and spring salad with a side dish of honey and lime dressing. Accompanied by floral prawn crackers. $20 light with generous portions. Membership to the club is required or get signed in.
564 Boundary Rd, Glenvale, 4633 1229.
Daily from 10am.
There are so many more participants in trEATS so why not visit Toowoomba this Carnival of Flowers to graze? This year, carnival is from 18 September (parade day) to 30 September; so don't miss seeing the world-class gardens too. For a full listing of restaurants including some out of town, visit the trEATS page.