Category Archives: Brisbane CBD
Alfred & Constance — The Fortitude Valley
Is this where all the trendy people go? On first impressions, Alfred & Constance (or A&C as locals call it) seemed to be a melting pot of the exceedingly attractive intertwined with a modern hipster vibe. Despite being neither of these two demographics, I did feel very at home. This was probably owing to the uber cute set-up they have involving the amalgamation of two Queenslander style homes to form a sort-of “house party”. Quirky, yet fresh describes the eclectic collection of rooms, each with independent bar and menu dining options. Of particular interest to me was the “late night dessert bar and boozy-smoothie station” which was a great source of excitement for me to visit and lived very much up to my expectations!
Tea Master — The Fortitude Valley
I never knew vegetarian and vegan food could be so delicious — the simulation crispy chicken nuggets were much more appetizing than Tea Master’s (vegetarian and vegan eatery) laminated menu pray told.
The reality of the matter is that I had only recently been introduced to such meat-free delights. After catering for my vegan friend’s dietary requirements at a party, I now understood how difficult procuring vegan food (and vegetarian to a lesser extent) was — for example, many vegans would prefer to avoid white sugar due to its use of animal products during processing. I used to cringe at the thought of having to find vegan friendly restaurant options.
For this reason, Tea Master was a blast of fresh air proving that there are an abundance of ways vegan food could be prepared and also disproving my, and common misconceptions, that veggie/vegan food was all bland. Tea Master has a distinct Asian persuasion (rather than than the Indian dishes available at the more other notable vegetarian eateries in the CBD) with plenty of menu items. I would have to say that this restaurant receives a resounding EXCELLENT in my books for taste, value and innovation.
Movenpick — The Barracks
Ice cream is one of my favourite foods. It is even more delicious in the peak of summer where sweltering heats leave one bothered to say the least. So, recently I took a friend to the trendy Barracks precinct for some reprieve from the sun and to indulge in divine Swiss (Switzerland) ice cream.
I have lived in Switzerland for a while and can tell you that it is just as much as popular there as it is becoming here! That is perhaps not the case for another Australian chain of ice cream stores, Royal Copenhagen, and Denmark, as I discovered on my recent travels.
Bistro One Eleven
Truth be told, I thought the food at Bistro One Eleven was going to be as rich as anything. Consequently, I forced myself to do an extra cardio set at the gym before dinner in the hopes of burning away any potential feelings of guilt. However, I was pleasantly surprised. One Eleven is far from the overly decadent kind of restaurant reserved merely for select celebratory occasions. In contrast, I felt that it presented honest and personable meals with unequivocal trendiness and class.
On Wednesday 7/11/12, Brisbane Bites was invited to attend the media launch of Phillip Johnson’s (also of CBD’s E’cco Bistro) Bistro One Eleven.
Peony Asian Fusion
It’s not often that I venture out to have BOTH lunch and dinner out at (different) restaurants, and find myself disappointed at both meals. This was the case on Friday 02/11/12. I find this slightly upsetting considering that I used to consider Peony Asian Fusion as a safe and reputable establishment that I could readily recommend to friends and family. Having been there several times myself, I wonder what has happened in the last few months since I was last there. Admitedley, the entire experience wasn’t all bad, but it just annoying that my meal wasn’t too flash. Brisbane Bites had lunch on this particular occasion.