Some things are meant to go together, like peanut butter and jelly, or chips and gravy. But some things, like Sunday mornings and early rises, or tight skirts and long, long dinners are just not meant to be. But sometimes, just sometimes, there’s a seemingly WTF combo that takes you by surprise and wins you over in the taste stakes. Here’s our pick of Brisbane’s weirdest, yet awesomely delicious food offerings.
Charred Eggplant Sorbet
Gerard’s Bistro | New Farm
We quite literally ate our words when we rocked up to dinner at Gerard’s Bistro with the distinct desire to not eat eggplant for dessert. Much like Ralph Flanders infamous moment of Simpson’s rebellion, when it comes to dessert “we don’t want any damn vegetables”. Except we do, coz this dish is beyond delicious. The unexpected pairing of eggplant and cacao is the taste combination you’ve been waiting for.
Krispy Kreme Burger
Chompers | Various Locations
I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor before I continue with this one, but yes, you did read that right, there is a Krispy Kreme burger. The level of WTF varies with this one, as you can take any burger from the Chompers menu and ‘doughnut-ify’ it. Yes, that includes the Insano and Obsceno burgers. There’s around 6000kj in the cheeseburger version of this one, just saying… still, you doughnut want to miss trying this weird combo. Almost made it through without a doughnut pun. Almost.
Potato Waffle and Eggs Benedict
Groove Café | Annerley
Everyone loves potatoes, that goes without saying. And waffles? I like waffles. If you’re nodding along, slightly salivating at the thought of these mismatched offerings of deliciousness, then get to Groove Café ASAP because you’re in for a treat. Their Eggs Benny is no simple breakfast dish – these clever cookies have forgone the toast in favour of potato waffles. No, this is not a drill.
Deep Fried Ice Cream Bao
Kwan Brothers | Fortitude Valley
Listen up bao lovers; you ain’t living until you’ve tried Kwan Brothers in Fortitude Valley’s Ice Cream Bao. It’s everything you could imagine when we tell you it’s deep fried bao sandwiched around Asian inspired ice cream, like ginger and pandan. We’re willing to forgive these little guys for their mess factors ‘coz they’re seriously yum (and weird)!
The Catherine Blake Burger
Bella BBQ and Doughnut Bar | Various Locations
What does vanilla bean glaze, candied hickory injectable sauce, 18 hour slow smoked wagyu, creamy candied bacon mac and cheese and a big fat cronut dusted with powdered bacon rashers have in common? Other than being a roll call of all our fave flavours, they’re also the ingredients of Bella BBQ and Doughnut Bar’s love child: the cronut burger. Run, don’t walk (can you really afford to walk with all the calories in this bad boy?) to a Bella BBQ site, or head in store to the Doughnut Bar to get your fix.
1 Metre Long Pizza
Corbett and Claude | Various Location
Is there anything Pizza can’t fix? No, not really. So imagine then what 1m of the stuff would inject into your life? Enter: Corbett and Claude’s 1m long pizza. To make things even more enticing, you can pick and choose your own custom toppings. We’ve nicknamed our custom creation Mr Right…
Korean Bulgogi Tacos
Little Loco | New Farm
If you love Korean food you’ll be familiar with the soft, tender and all round deliciousness that is Bulgogi. Which, oddly enough, lends itself to, perhaps its perfect final form, the soft shell taco. Paired with kimchi and slaw this offering is so weird it’s right. Head to Little Loco at New Farm to try the deliciousness.
If you're left wanting more, check out our list of Brisbane's most insane food challenges.