Well, it’s safe to say that winter has arrived in Brisbane—it’s unseasonably cold! As we dust off our slippers from the cupboard and lounge in front of the (previously dormant/decorative) fireplace, comfort food is top of the agenda.
When it drops below 25 degrees round these parts all we can think of is hearty, indulgent foods (and all prior adherence to ‘healthy eating’ habits go out the window). So, shrug off those winter woes and indulge in these 10 totally indulgent winter warming dishes.
No judgement, here…
#1. Roast Pumpkin Bruschetta At Miss Jones
Not only does Miss Jones serve up our fave Single O coffee but they also serve a smashing winter menu. Our pick is the vegetarian seasonal favourite; roast pumpkin bruschetta topped with kale, hummus, goats cheese, poached eggs and dukkah, drizzled in balsamic on gluten-free sourdough—what else?!
#2. Spiced Polenta Porridge At Morning After
A winter classic with a twist, the spiced polenta porridge (topped with granola and poached oranges, raspberries and blood orange) from Morning After’s new menu is a must this winter. The dish itself is totally worthy of a ‘gram, if nothing else!
#3. Spiced Chickpea Fritters At Josie North
I know what you’re thinking, Josie North is known for their fantastic coffee. But don’t be fooled, their menu is just as delish. Served with baba gaoush, halloumi and herb salad, Josie’s spiced chickpea fritters are the perfect winter comfort food.
#4. Braised Short Rib And Rhubarb Jazz Apple Pastille At E’cco Bistro
The STUNNING menu at newly relocated e’cco Bistro is giving us all the feels with its decadent winter dishes. Trust us, you’re going to want to try the braised short rib with smoked Jerusalem artichoke and shiitake mushroom. And yes, winter is a time to indulge (chin up, a jumper will hide that muffin top) so #treat yourself to the decadent rhubarb apple pastille dessert while you’re at it.
#5. Portobello Mushroom Gratin At Walter’s Steakhouse
The new Walter’s Steakhouse is known for their perfectly cooked steaks, however this winter you’re definitely going to want to try the portobello mushroom gratin with buffalo ricotta and pangrattato (we know, you’re drooling as we speak) to satisfy your wintery cravings.
#6. Lamb Cut At Isles Lane
Roast lamb in this cool winter weather—was there ever anything so meant to be? Isles Lane covers all bases with their lamb cut served with cumin, roasted pumpkin, Persian feta, pine nuts and organic green leaves, grains, nuts and herbs.
#7. Hazelnut Brownie At I Heart Brownies
If there’s one thing to look forward to in winter, it’s brownies. I Heart Brownies just happen to be top of the pile! Homemade, warm out of the oven, crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, their hazelnut brownies are iconic.
#8. Chicken Parmigiana At Blute’s Bar
Good news to all the chicken parmie lovers out there (err, US!) Blute’s Bar have got you covered this winter with their classic crumbed chicken. Tuck in to everyone’s fave with a side of chips and gravy, then catch a live gig to top it off.
#9. Pork Ramen At Nom Nom Korean Eatery
If winter is good for anything, it is a heart and soul-warming bowl of ramen. Tucked away in Bakery Lane in the Valley, Nom Nom Korean’s pork ramen noodles topped with thinly sliced pork and an egg in house made pork broth is the perfect winter pick-me-up.
#10. Crumbed Veal At Italian Food Restaurant
Italian Food Restaurant’s crumbed Veal with whipped gorganzola, heirloom tomatoes, pickled cherry and salsa verde is comfort food goals! Tucked away in Spring Hill (in the ex-OG Happy Boy space), this gorgeous little Italian restaurant is big on flavour and should be your go-to for comforting dishes—just like nonna used to make!
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