Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
It’s been a while since we took a break from the daily grind. Weekly travel, early morning starts, and constant walks with the dog were wearing us down. So when we were offered the chance to spend a couple of nights in Brisbane (he was getting an award – so proud!) we leapt at the opportunity.
My three top highlights were:
1. Getting upgraded at the hotel – always a bonus!
We had booked a room at the Ibis Styles, and got a nice surprise when they upgraded us to a room with a beautiful view of the Brisbane River. Not bad for just under $120 a night, including breakfast.
2. Dinner at the Charming Squire
My parents had stumbled upon this James Squire pub when they visited me last year. Attracted by the whole spit roast in the window, they wandered in for a pint. Since then, I’ve even had team dinners there because the food and atmosphere are so good. This visit didn’t disappoint. The spit roast lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender, and went really well with the gravy, although the mint jelly was just a bit too overpowering when paired with the meat. The truffle mash potato was amazing, and the broccolini with its toppings of roasted slivered almonds and goat cheese was a great accompaniment.
The Aussie classic sticky date pudding we had for dessert was a hit as usual. Beware of the berry and chocolate crumb that comes with it – it contains popping candy!
3. Drinks by the Brisbane River
A holiday isn’t a holiday without a little people watching. Mucho Mexicano on Little Stanley St in South Bank was the perfect place. They have a number of interesting margaritas on the menu, including a pineapple and jalapeno with coriander syrup combo (tastes better than it sounds). Too bad they don’t do a bloody Caesar.
133 Grey St, South Bank, Brisbane
The bar is open Mon – Thu 10am to midnight, and Fri – Sun 10am to late
The restaurant is open Sun – Thu 11am – 10pm and Fri – Sat 11am – 11pm
Try the daily iron bark coal fired spit roast meats
Shop 15, Little Stanley St, South Bank, Brisbane
Mon – Sun 11am – late
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