Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Newmarket Hotel

Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket 
It is really lovely that Mr and myself get to go for dinner dates almost weekly now since the in-laws are able to look after Grace. That also means visiting more restaurants! As Grace has an early bed time around 7pm, we had to have dinner around 5 pm (ya, it is pretty early..) but we do not mind. 😀

This time we visited Newmarket Hotel and I am excited to see what will be in store for us over the next few weeks once the new building is completed! Anyhow, back to Newmarket Hotel. I have not been here before and this place is bigger than Brunswick Hotel (comparing the bistro/restaurant size). As it was fairly early for dinner, we were one of the two occupants there. Service was prompt and quick.

Newmarket Calamari
For starters, we tried their Newmarket Calamari ($15). It came with garden salad and garlic aioli. The calamari was tasty and tender. We certainly wished there were more pieces on the plate.

Graziers Rump
Mr had the Graziers Rump ($35), in which his 400g Black Angus steak was cooked to his liking which was medium. The size was huge and I was afraid that it was overcooked at first (possibly on the outer edges) but the centre of the steak was cooked to medium - meat still pinkish. He commented it was a good piece of steak. Love their mushroom sauce!

Chicken parmy
There is 'Pint and Parmy' special for $20 on a Wednesday and the waitress kindly swapped the beer for a glass of Coke. Ya, who would not want an alcoholic drink?? 😅 As I am still breastfeeding, alcohol is a no no. The crumbed chicken was crispy particularly over the edges and it was a good parmy. I could not find any fault. Simple salad with good thick cut chips easily satisfied me. Yum!

Overall, a good dining experience here and the place started to get busy soon after... 

Newmarket Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Stuffed Badger

The Stuffed Badger,Bowen Hills

In the blink of an eye, a year has passed and Grace turned one year old...and what a better way to celebrate then having lunch with da-da during his lunch break? The Stuffed Badger is so conveniently located opposite his work place, and so thankful that we managed to find street parking that day.

Our lunch time is unpredictable and it all depended on Grace's nap time. We arrived around 11.30 and were the first there. It is quite a tiny restaurant, with only three workers (including the chef). Considering that, the flow and service of The Stuffed Badger were smooth and impeccable.

Flat white and chai latte

Now, let's talk about the food. It is mostly tapas style with some mains. Firstly, we had a flat white and a chai latte, both good. Making sure that Grace will have some lunch, I ordered spaghetti bolognaise for her, and this little one just keep slurping the noodles asking for more. I had a taste myself, and indeed a damn good spaghetti bolognaise but probably a touch oily from the basil verde.

Spaghetti bolognaise with basil verde and shaved parmesan - $25

One of Mr's favourite food is liver parfait and we had the chicken liver parfait. He could not stop beaming and commented that it was delicious. Ahaha, I had to pass after one bite. 

Chicken liver parfait with house made quince jam - $12

Next up, we had the bolognaise and mozarella arancini balls and these were pretty amazing. Surprisingly Grace had few bites of these too as she does not like to eat rice! 

Bolognaise and mozzarella arancini balls with tomato relish -$12

This was followed by the polenta crusted salt and pepper calamari. It is interesting tasting the texture of the polenta over the soft tender calamari and I would say this is quite a good combination. 

Polenta salt and pepper crusted calamari -$16

Hmm... I was still quite hungry after all these and ordered the special of the day, which was fried chicken wings. OMG! This must be the best chicken wings I ever had for a long time! I was not worried about dirtying my fingers (plenty of wet wipes available) and just started biting on the crispy skin, yet moist and tender meat. So moreish! 

Fried chicken wings

Both of us returned home so happy, and sadly for da-da he had to return back to work! 

The Stuffed Badger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bris Bean Cafe

Bris Bean Cafe, Enoggera
It is nice to have some cafes around the suburbs as I really miss my previous old place where I could just walked out across the road and visit one. So when I realised Bris Bean which is not too far away from home, we went there for a short lunch. 


Ordering is at the counter and seats were plenty (whether indoor or outdoor). I ordered a flat white for myself and it was decent. I enjoyed the brownie that came with it. What a nice touch!


As for lunch, we had the Brisburger which came with spiced beef burger and beetroot relish. The beef burger was quite moist, and not dry at all and quite delicious with the beetroot relish. It was a decent burger. 


Besides that, we tried the scrambled eggs in avo. The cheesy scrambled eggs were served on top of avocado and ciabatta. I thought those eggs were cooked quite well, with crispy bacon bits. The salad do look a little dull though... 


Overall, quite a good effort from Bris Bean cafe. The coffee was enjoyable and the meals reasonable, but may be a touch more expensive than average.

  Bris Bean Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato