Gourmet on the Go October 2017

Feast your way through October.

By Kerry Heaney

Out of the wilderness

Wildernis Café & Bar at Palm Beach has a new menu which delves deep into the world of indulgent dining.

Enjoy their yellowfin tuna with zucchini noodles, green chillies and baby herbs topped with miso and sesame dressing, and rib eye steak sourced from the Darling Downs and served with blistered truss tomatoes, sautéed broccolini, steakhouse chips and mustard. Standout small plates include a delightful kingfish ceviche with cucumber ribbons, radish and a crusty baguette.

For those who like their food with a hearty dose of nostalgia, Wildernis is bringing back the 1970s classic, the Cob Loaf.

“We have been working really hard on the new menu for some time to create a super-fresh and diverse menu with heaps of options for everyone to enjoy, whatever the occasion or time of day,” Wildernis co-owner Josh Bailey said.

Fast-becoming Palm Beach’s favourite social playground since opening in April, Wildernis comprises a contemporary café and bar at street level, and a Mediterranean-inspired rooftop bar upstairs, accessed via a secret laneway.

Find Wildernis at 1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.

Make a stop at Special Branch Collective

Special branch

Make the historic town of Marburg the destination for your next day trip and stop in for coffee and plants at newly-opened Special Branch Collective.

Owned by local Emily Birnie and inspired by her favourite shops in Paris and London, the shop offers a quirky country welcome.

A long-haul flight attendant with Qantas for 17 years before starting this business, Emily is the daughter of longtime antiques dealer Les Birnie, who has operated Scotland Yard Antiques for more than 25 years.

Marburg is located 60 kilometres west of Brisbane.

New menu for Pony Dining

With new Head Chef Michael Crosbie taking the reins at Eagle Street Pier’s Pony Dining, the riverside restaurant is moving in a new direction.

Crosbie’s revamped menu has Pony’s famous wood-fire grill combined with a creative use of fresh local ingredients. The flavour profile is heightened and very modern, starring simple-yet-clever combinations that celebrate the craftsmanship behind their creation.

Entrée dishes include kingfish, smoked eel, spanner crab, smoked duck breast and wood-smoked raw beef. Mains comprise snapper, mackerel, pork jowl, Angus rump cap, wagyu brisket and gnocchi.

The dessert menu is where Chef Crosbie has had some serious flavour fun – think honey parfait, mead, bee pollen, toasted hay and milk ice cream with chamomile.

Giddy-up Brisbane, Pony Dining has upped the ante and diners are in for a fantastic flavour ride. You’ll find Pony Dining Brisbane on the Upper Level of Eagle Street Pier, Eagle Street, Brisbane. ponydiningbrisbane.com.