A change is coming (albeit slowly) and even Siri tells me she’s been pondering how Persephone’s descent brings on the decay of autumn, like she would know.
Though we’re deprived of any discernible difference between autumn and summer in Brisbane (it was so bloody hot the other day I had a sauna just to cool down) we dare to dream and today we dream of cider, slow-roasted meats and a chill in the air.
Autumn isn’t a season, it’s a feeling: it’s the radiating warmth of a belly full of soup, an uncontrollable urge to visit a granary, and having your dinner served in a horn. In anticipation of the forage season we’re hunting around for anything that might stoke the stir of crisp mornings and crunchy leaves underfoot.
Here are 20 Brisbane dishes giving us all the autumn feels.
- Spiced pumpkin bread with fig jam and crème frâiche at Wild Canary.
- Slow-roasted lamb shoulder at Public (with a slew of sides, naturally).
- Gerard’s slow-roasted pumpkin with shio koji, ras el hanout, garlic yoghurt and roasted kelp oil.
- Statler and Waldorf’s beef cheek burger with bacon jam, Swiss cheese, and smoked aioli.
- Pumpkin pie with ice cream and caramel sauce at The Smoke BBQ.
- Beccofino’s pappardelle with duck and tomato ragu.
- The pumpkin and haloumi stack at Naïm.
- Classic apple pie and ice cream at Defiant Duck.
- The roasted duck breast at Wild Canary with hay-smoked beetroot, wild and rain-fed rice, silverbeet, figs, Persian feta and plum relish.
- Roast pumpkin fritters with honey carrots, wilted spinach, pepitas, house yoghurt cheese and poached eggs at Samson and Sophie.
- Hope & Anchor’s homemade pie of the day with a side of fries.
- The Wednesday night pork roast at Pearl Café.
- Wild mushroom gnocchi with truffle sauce from Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers.
- The traditional carbonara at Spaghetti House Trattoria.
- Madame Rouge’s hearty coq au vin with speck, mushrooms and Paris mash.
- Suckling pig with black pudding puree, roasted plum and smoked almond at Gerard’s Bistro.
- Lamb loin with saltbush, haggis and swede caramel at The Wolfe in East Brisbane.
- Rogue Bistro’s twice cooked duck with beetroot coleslaw, barbecued pear, Paris mash and duck fat aioli.
- One of the Goat Pie Guy’s eponymous deluxe goat pies.
- e’cco Bistro’s confit local venison shoulder to share, with cauliflower, pomegranate, and herb salad.
- A bowl of phō from Tan Thanh in Inala.
- Allium’s black onyx petite tender with caramelised onion, miso eggplant, and black garlic.
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Public | Image credit: Yaseera Moosa