Gourmet on the Go: January 2017

Find out the latest happenings in Queensland's food scene.

By The Road Ahead food writer Kerry Heaney

Nearly time for Noosa

The 2017 Noosa Food & Wine program is nearly complete and promises plenty for food lovers with over 70 events, 60 chefs and 40 winemakers across three villages. The tipis will be back at Noosa Main Beach, along with a street fiesta at Noosa Junction. This year Noosa Woods, the parkland area at the spit end of Hastings Street, will play host to a wine and produce village.

The full program will be released in February, but for now limited pre-release tickets are available for the Opening and Closing Parties and the food and wine village at The Woods. Visit noosafoodandwine.com.au for more details.

Trafalgar Lane

This little laneway which connects Stanley and Trafalgar Streets just across the road from the Gabba has several newish food spots worth exploring.

The Gabba, Brisbane

Deb and Cosimo de Nichilo’s Ristorante La Famiglia is a family-owned, Italian eatery offering authentic flavours and warm hospitality.

Lola Coffee, a hole in the wall espresso bar, is owned by Australian Barista Champion Corinne Chilcott.

The Priory Cafe & Restaurant focuses on seasonal and free-range produce to create quirky dishes accompanied by locally roasted Bear Bones coffee.

Relaxed Craft Beer and Grill specialises in meaty dishes such as steaks, burgers and ribs, as well as a mouth-watering churrasco barbecue.

Ribs & Burgers offer succulent burgers and eight-hour slow-cooked ribs.

One Fifty Ascot

After 40 years on Racecourse Road at Ascot, Baguette Bistro + Bar has changed hands to re-emerge as One Fifty Ascot Bar & Bistro. Owned by the Coats Group, which also operates Eleven Rooftop Bar in Fortitude Valley, Jetty on Oxford at Bulimba and The Jetty at South Bank, the renovation has brought new life into the premises, but there’s still a large bar at the front and the rear opens out into a relaxed garden atrium.

Little Beirut

Brisbane’s newest Lebanese-infused bistro and shisha lounge, Little Beirut has opened on the corner of Lambert and Clarence Rd, Indooroopilly. The menu features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in modern Lebanese dishes alongside a fancy cocktail and extensive wine selection.

New Café 63

The new Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane at 218 Vulture Street, South Brisbane now has a Café 63 on the lobby level. It’s the 14th Café 63 opened in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba but the first at a deluxe hotel. Seasonal produce and fresh flowers for sale are Café 63 hallmarks. There’s an all-day breakfast, children’s specials as well as a well-rounded lunch and dinner menu.