July used to be just another moon cycle until Good Food Month stepped in and declared it a four-week party. That’s 31 days of everyone turning up the biscuit, and here at The Urban List this is exactly what we’re all about.
This year the social foodie calendar is literally brimming with stuff to do including a Laneway Festival, the Brisbane Young Chef’s Lunch, the Night Noodle Markets, a Hat Swap and even a Christmas Dinner. Needless to say we’re frothing.
Here are the dishes that are already revving our engines this Good Food Month:
The Night Noodle Markets
It’s Sher-berth Day At Gelato Messina
With Good Food Month come the Night Noodle Markets, a nighttime revel of Asian street food and one of our absolute favourite foodie events. While we intend to take our time sampling every stall in the place, Gelato Messina’s offerings are well worth skipping to dessert first. No doubt we’ll be tempted by their deep fried gelato but ‘It’s sher-berth day’ has our vote: a white chocolate lined cone filled with mango sherbet, vanilla cream and mango jellies, then the whole thing dipped in white chocolate. Check out the rest of their menu here.
Duck Fries At Bao Stop
When loaded fries hit our city everyone was all about the chilli and the poutine, but Bao Stop has done something incredible and brought the loaded fries to Mainland China. These guys normally make their mark with a pretty banging bao trifecta, but how do you like this for a side dish: potato fries with shredded Peking duck and duck sauce. If you like the sound of that, get around the rest of Bao Stop’s market menu here.
Raspberry Lychee Cake At Blackstar Pastry x N2 Gelato
In the collaborative spirit of teamwork, Sydney’s most orgasmic pastries are joining forces with some nitrogenius to bring a small raft of extreme desserts to the Night Noodle Markets. We’ve got the famous strawberry and watermelon cake as well as a Ferrero Rocher situation but the raspberry lychee cake is already our winner. It’s got a chocolate biscuit base, layers of raspberry marshmallow and vanilla cream, sprinkles of fresh lychees and raspberries, and a special place in our hearts. Check out the rest of the collaboration here.
Trio Of Korean BBQ Tacos At Poklol
Making a special appearance this year are Sydney’s roaming fusion masters, Poklol, with one of their most popular dishes: Korean BBQ tacos. Each serving of their signature snack comprises of a bulgogi beef taco, a chilli chicken taco, and a taco of chilli pork, each bulked out with pickled carrots, kimchi slaw, cucumbers, shallots and generous lashings of their secret pokky sauce. And it goes without saying you’ll need a side of Poklol's loaded chichi fries too.
Laneway! Streetfood! Music! Festival
Stracciatella At Salt Meats Cheese
The secret’s out, the Laneway! Streetfood! Music! event will be held in the hip-happenin’ Fish Lane. This licensed street party is brought to us by Beer the Beautiful Truth and offers pretty much everything in the title: a great location, incredible food, and sick beats all washed down with icy beers. On the food, we can’t wait to chow down on the offering from Salt Meats Cheese. The Sydney operation making its way north is set to open in Newstead within the month, and we can think of no better debut than this dessert of stracciatella cheese from chef Youssef Ben Touati featuring truffled honey and Byron Bay macadamias (goes down well with a James Squire cider). Tickets are $50pp (available here) and include four beers and three dishes #value.
Pavé At La Lune Wine Co.
And on the savoury side, La Lune Wine Co. has got us covered. In a startling inversion of the norm, La Lune privileges their wine list so highly that their entire menu is designed around the cellar. It makes sense then that head chef Peter Moon knows what he’s doing when it comes to pairings and, presented with the beery drinks list, he’s developed a pig pavé with muscatel, garlic and mustard to go with a palate-cleansing SuperDry or One Fifty Lashes. Secure tickets here.
Young Chef’s Lunch
Roasted Blue-eye and sea spray By Gerard's Bistro
Brought to us by the brightest sparks in Brisbane’s food scene, this four-course dinner is a chance to delight in the latest bold moves from industry up and comers. On course two is Alex Gregg of Gerard’s Bistro with a roasted blue eye. But this is no ordinary fish course; the cod comes with charred onion consommé, tuna heart, sea spray and burnt garlic oil for a sweet and salty treatment of the mild-flavoured blue eye. Full menu and booking details here.
Festive dinner At Stokehouse Q
And finally, what kind of foodie extravaganza would this be without a premature Christmas dinner? Stokehouse Q is famously closed on Christmas Day so this year they’ve decided to relocate the tidings. Wednesday 19 July sees this Brisbane culinary institution roll out the gold-trimmed table runner for a festive, four-course menu of shares with matching wines to get you in the spirit. Curated by executive chef Richard Ousby, a Very Stokey Christmas will bring you all the joys of the silly season without any risk of a nervy b. Click through for booking details.
Hat Swap Dinner
Five-course bespoke menu By Embla & Gerard's Bistro
Melbourne’s Embla and Brisbane’s Gerard’s Bistro have nominated their champions and the impending banquet promises to be glorious. The dinner will showcase the combined talents of head chefs Dave Verheul of Embla and Ben Williamson of Gerard’s Bistro in a five-course share menu with matching wines. Book your tickets here to witness the power and the glory of what happens when two of the industry’s finest join forces.
For even more top shelf food events in Brisbane, click here.
Image credit: Gelato Messina