Friday, 7 April 2017

Banksia Bistro @ Banksia

When news hit that the Banksia Hotel was welcoming a new bistro, my interest perked up. 

Colin Fassnidge has teamed up with Leigh McDivitt of 3 Weeds to bring us Banksia Bistro.  A gastro-style pub that us locals in the South have needed for some time and we are excited!

The Bistro is simple, green, leafy and bright!  The feels are about community, comfort, enjoyment and laid back dining.  There is a small play area for the little ones too.

The hotel also has also an area of high top tables in front of the bar area where you can dine and watch your sports as well.
The Bistro has been opened a week when we decide to check it out.  We head down early and within 20 minutes the bistro was packed. We were lucky to be seated in a booth that offered the perfect view of the kitchen and the dining area. 

Although the menu may seem limited at first glance it actually offers some interesting dishes for a pub.  With the likes of chicken liver parfait, crab on toast, ham hock and pigs ear schnitzels for entrees amongst the more regular pub grub comforts including chicken schnitzel, Irish stew, corned beef, and a burger you are in for a great meal.  The chefs' philosophy of nose-to-tail dining is definitely showing through on this menu!
 But tonight we focus on the mains. We cannot pass on the beer battered market fish with chips and the house made buttermilk chicken schnitzel with chips.

Although the kitchen is getting very busy as more people are arriving we were surprised how fast our meals arrive. 

We decided to share our dishes (you know for maximum tasting purposes).

The beer battered fish is crispy, light and the fish was juicy and meaty.  The house made tartare was awesome.

The chips are perfect to. They are chunky, hot, crispy, crunchy with fluffy middles.

Slicing through the huge buttermilk chicken schnitzel was as easy as slicing through butter. Super juicy and tender with a herby crunchy panko bread coating was delightful.  The coleslaw is crunchy, chunky and not swimming in dressing which is great!

My only negative was with the price of the beverages at the hotel (this is not the Bistro). There seems to be a big difference between beer and wine. Standard tap beer is normal bar prices but glasses of wine started at $9 (note that they do serve Artisan/boutique beer that cost more), which I thought was a little on the expensive side for the area. Just saying.....
That will not stop me returning for a meal.  I am looking forward to spending more time at the Banksia Bistro.   Next time the pigs ear schnitzel and crab on toast will be a must!

They have done a stellar job at updating an refurbishing a weary looking hotel and us locals are very happy to have Colin and Leigh in the area!!!


Banksia Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Miel Container @ Brisbane CBD

Continuing on our burger quest in Brisbane back in November we headed across the road from our hotel to Miel Container.  They came with a high recommendation from a few sources.
We grabbed a table overlooking the footpath and immediately knew we would order the Massive hand cut onion rings.  Look at that tower!
Crunchy, golden and thick onion rings coated with a lovely crumb and so addictive!
The Boy never passes up pork burgers and goes with the Miso Pork Belly - a mountain of marinated pork belly on a brioche bun with lettuce, spiced gherkin, red onion and aioli. 
This is very good.  The pork is sweet and tender and a huge mouthful is very much appreciated!
I have gone with something complete different and go for the Crunch Prawn burger - A big crumbed prawn patty, brioche bun, spiced gherkin, lettuce, tomato, grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese with tartar and cocktail sauce.
 This was tasty but I felt the prawn patty needed more seasoning or flavour.  The thick cut chips are yum with a sprinkling of herbs

Definitely a burger to try in Brisbane!
Miel Container Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, 16 January 2017

Belfield on Botany @ Rosebery

Checking out Belfield on Botany at Rosebery has been on a list of burger wants for quite some time and I was a very happy person after visiting in October last year.
There are 10 burgers on offer along with sides and milkshakes.  Simply and easy.....
 The Boy opts for the mouth drooling B.W.A.  A double patty, double cheese, streaky bacon, onion rings and hot sauce burger that is dripping with excitement.  It's a winner.  He is a big fan!
The sides on offer include tater tots, sweet potato wedges, crinkle cut chips and deep fried mushrooms.
What do we go for?
A bucket of tater tots are the perfect accompaniment to a good juicy burger.
The deep fried mushrooms just took my dining experience to a whole other level.  These were amazing (and I really mean that).  I think these have just become my new favourite side dish! 
Plump, juicy mushrooms coated with an awesome crumb coating and deep fried to golden perfection.  Oh yum! 
I went with the Pork burger.  A unique concoction of a peanut butter pork patty, kimchi, green apple and mayo.  It was so gooooooood. 
We loved our burgers here.  we loved the mushrooms and the tater tots.  We loved it! We have been raving about those mushrooms for months and who doesn't love a good crispy, hot tater tot!
January 2017 rolls around.  It was our last day of our holidays, before heading back to work and we decided that we needed a burger and headed back for our second visit. We took up an offer for burgers, which are an awesome deal that include, a burger, side and a can of soft drink for $10.
The Boy opted for the classic Belfield burger consisting of a beef patty, cheese, rocket and Vegemite mayo.
Of course we couldn't pass up on a serve of tater tots and a serve of the deep fried mushrooms plus a side of crinkle cut chips!
Although the mushrooms were smaller (which got you more in the bucket *wink..wink*) they were still as tasty as ever.  The tater tots are exactly the same awesomeness and the crinkle cut fries are super crunchy and crispy. 
This time I went with the Mushroom burger which included a hash brown, rocket and aioli.  I was a little underwhelmed by this burger. 
Our burgers were 'okay'.  We weren't left drooling like last time.  We loved our mushrooms and tater tots and I love dining in at Belfields.  It was just the burgers didn't live up to the hype that we had on our first visit which left us wondering if it was an off day or things had changed (a few friends have commented lately too) - I hope not. 
Another visit is on the cards so we can decide.
Belfield on Botany Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato