We’ve gathered the best food and drink news in Brisbane, so you know where to go and what to eat and drink.

Donna Chang and Boom Boom Room’s drool-worthy new winter menus

As the temperature drops, Brisbane’s culinary scene is heating up at two of the city’s most iconic dining spots. Donna Chang and the Boom Boom Room are excited to unveil their sizzling new winter menus, expertly crafted by Head Chef Lyndon Tyres.

First up, dive into a showcase of seafood at Donna Chang. Their spotlight is on live tank delicacies, promising a sea of flavours to warm you up this winter. For a limited time, indulge in the finest Australian Tiger Abalone. Choose from two irresistible preparations: steamed with oyster sauce and fried garlic, or tossed in noodle soup with choi sum and garlic oil. 

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Donna Chang’s new menu warms the soul.

Next, slip beneath the streets to Boom Boom Room for the season’s ultimate comfort food: Ramen, but make it upscale and unforgettable.

This isn’t just any bowl of ramen; it’s a rich, hearty broth brimming with tender char shu, succulent grilled King prawn, and a perfectly soft egg, delivering a luxurious twist on a classic favourite. Imagine a deeply flavorful broth, slow-cooked to perfection, with tender slices of char shu pork, a juicy, charred King prawn, and a silky soft egg that oozes umami – it’s ramen reimagined. The perfect winter warmer that blends comfort with elegance!

Craving more? Treat yourself to a variety of new sushi, sides, and small plates, perfect for sharing…or not (we won’t judge).  Start with the Seafood Ceviche, a refreshing mix of crushed edamame, squid ink, and tapioca chips. Then, savour the crunch and creaminess of the Soft Shell Crab Hand Roll. And don’t miss the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Tempura, served with seasonal vegetables, lemon, and tentsuyu.

Whether you’re craving the refined elegance of a Donna dining experience or the lively flavours of an izakaya feast at the Boom Boom Room, these culinary delights are more than just a meal—they’re vibrant celebrations of seasonal flavours.

See the Boom Boom Room and Donna Chang’s websites to book or for more info.

Deal Diner app brings all the best Brissy food deals to one place

If the cost of living is biting but you still love to go out to treat yo self for a meal every now and then, new app Deal Diner is for you. It’s the go-to app for finding exclusive in-house specials at restaurants,  cafes, and venues across Australia. Say goodbye to the hassle of searching for the best deals, Deal Diner conveniently consolidates them all in one platform, ensuring users can enjoy dining out without missing out on savings. 

Whether you’re a budget-conscious local, a tourist exploring new places, a savvy student, or just love a good deal, Deal Diner has you covered. From breakfast to dinner, high teas to buffets and everything in between – there’s something for every taste. Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play today and start enjoying fantastic dining experiences without breaking the bank. Don’t wait any longer – discover the delectable deals waiting for you on Deal Diner! 

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Dan Duncan is on a mission to make dining out cheaper.

Recognising a gap in the market over a decade ago, Dan Duncan launched Deal Diner in 2023, revolutionising the dining experience by bridging the gap between diners and venues.

In today’s climate of rising living costs, Dan stands out as a tech innovator reshaping the dining landscape, championing affordability, and driving traffic to deserving venues. With his first-hand experience and unwavering commitment, Dan continues to enhance the dining experience, solidifying his status as a driving force in the industry’s evolution.

Download the app and find deals at your new favourite foodie joints today.

Free burgers and frozen yoghurt for YOMG grand opening

Yo My Goodness, affectionately known as YOMG (pronounced “yo-em-gee”), is thrilled to announce its debut interstate expansion to Brisbane. As Melbourne’s beloved burger and self-serve frozen yogurt destination, YOMG is set to bring its signature blend of flavours to the vibrant city of Brisbane.

The grand opening of YOMG’s first interstate store is scheduled for 08 June 2024, located within the bustling Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre.

Burgers and froyo and shakes, oh my!

YOMG was born from the creativity and passion of a team of Melbournians, synonymous in Victoria with good times, delicious food, and a welcoming atmosphere. Since its inception in 2013, YOMG has delighted patrons with mouthwatering burgers, indulgent shakes, artisanal frozen yogurt and acai complimented with a full, self-serve toppings bar. From vegan delights to juicy Angus beef patties, YOMG offers something for every palate. And let’s not forget their famous self-serve frozen yogurt, hand-crafted with care and bursting with flavour.

To celebrate the grand opening, get ready for an action packed two days of giveaways. On Saturday 08 June, YOMG will be giving away FREE BURGERS to all customers from 11am until 12pm noon, and 1000 FREE FROYO CUPS from 11am (up to the value of $10) on Sunday 09 June (that’s $10k worth of free frozen yoghurt!).

Where: YOMG, Westfield Chermside (Outdoor Dining Precinct), 395 Hamilton Road Chermside QLD 4032
When: Saturday June 8, 11am – 10pm and Sunday 09 June 11am – 10pm

Woollongabba’s new artisan pasticceria is a taste of italy

Lovers of crispy pastries, cakes, savory saviors and sweet treats rejoice because Cerin Pasticceria is here to satisfy all your cravings. Located in Logan Road’s famed dining precinct, Cerin all about transporting you to italy with a selection of Italian treats that saw patrons lining the streets on opening day.

The offering features artisanal treats such as carbonara danishes, stuffed focaccia, nutella bomboloni (doughnuts), salted caramel bigne (cream puffs) to name but a few.  

There are treats in Cerin that we’ve not even heard of but my gosh are we excited to try. Just rock up and browse their glass cases of treats and see what takes your fancy. 

Cerin Pasticceria, 29 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102. See their Insta for more information.

Bacchus restaurant’s winter menu set to warm hearts and palates

It’s just hit winter and there are eight dishes from Bacchus that Brisbane foodies should go and explore.

Chef Manuele Erriu has created a menu that is in line with the season and sure to become firm favourites with patrons. Leading the Winter flavour-fest is Minestrone with Shiitake Broth. It’s a soup with an ancient history that Chef Manu says is close to his heart.

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The kingfish is one of eight amazing new dishes at Bacchus.

A standout from last year’s Winter menu, the Wagyu Tongue returns, and this time Chef Manu has created a dish that resembles the colours of autumn in the forest. “All vegetables are marinated in different types of vinegar, and the colours are almost the same as Autumn leaves, plus we have added a parsley foam as moss, with the Tongue representing the bark of the trees! I hope diners love it as much as we do!”

The Champagne Lobster with Jerusalem artichoke and Beurre Blanc is another seasonal star this winter. There’s also risotto with saffron, bone marrow and jus—this could be THE dish of Winter! Chef Manu said this dish also has a long history across Europe.

The Kingfish dish sees Chef Manu add rapini, capsicum, parsley, olives and potatoes for a modern reflection of another famed Italian Winter dish. Rounding out the Winter’s Eight at Bacchus is the braised Wagyu cappelletti, the cobia with celery, dashi, cucumber and hongarebushi and from the grill, the classic eye fillet with burnt leek, rapini, hazelnut and red wine jus.

For more information, see Bacchus Restaurant (bacchussouthbank.com.au) or call (07) 3364 0837

Pearls Bar refurb is a precious addition to Gold Coast scene

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast has unveiled its newly renovated venue, Pearls Bar. The extensive renovation marks a milestone in the resort’s journey under new ownership and will give locals and guests the opportunity to experience luxury at its finest.

Nestled within the heart of the resort, the revitalised Pearls Bar is dripped in rich jewelled tones and lush accents, inspired by the resort’s tropical surrounds. The revamped bar experience also includes a newly designed menu, featuring a selection of locally sourced produce, carefully curated to showcase the vibrant flavours of the region.

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Jewel tones adorne the new Pearls Bar fitout.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast Executive Chef, Christopher Dodds says Pearls Bar’s menu was redesigned with a premium guest experience in mind. “From seasonal farm-fresh ingredients to local artisanal creations, each ingredient on the menu tells a story of Queensland’s culinary excellence and celebrates the rich tapestry of flavours unique to the Gold Coast and its surrounds,” he says. “The new menu is inspired by the concept that food brings people closer together, creating connections through shared experiences enjoyed over a meal. We hope to bring our guests, both local and international travellers, an experience like no other and one that’s unique to the beautiful coast that we call home.

“We’re also excited to welcome an extensive beverage selection featuring handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, and artisanal spirits. Crafted with precision by our team of expert mixologists, the new cocktail menu features several luxurious, designer cocktails including our ‘Pancho’s Pearls’ crafted with Patrón el Cielo Tequila, Crème de Pêche, Perrier Jouet Champagne, citrus and served with peach pearls,” Christopher says.

Guests can expect a variety of events hosted at Pearls Bar, including elevated high teas, locals nights, sunset sessions, seasonal events and curated food and beverage tastings.

See the Pearls Bar website for more information.

Harley Quinn Bar makes a kick-ass addition California Lane 

Acting as the fresh new sidekick to its predecessor, 1st Edition, Harley Quinn Bar embodies fun and cheekiness, offering patrons an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, hidden away in one of Brisbane’s cutest laneways.

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It’s coming up comic book corner at California Lane with the addition of Harley Quinn.

By day, Harley Quinn invites you to unwind in the quiet and relaxed ambiance of California where you can savour artisanal tea and coffees and indulge in comforting fare such as toasties, homemade pies, muffins, and savoury platters. As the sun sets and dust settles, the venue offers a seamless transition from a serene daytime venue to a spirited nighttime bar.

Creative mixologist and owner/operator Marc Grey, known for his work at Destino and 1st Edition Bar, will offer up a universal cocktail list called ‘The Multiverse’ available at Harley Quinn, 1st Edition Bar and soon to launch villain bar Poison Ivy from 1st June onwards. This trio of venues will complete the laneway’s transformation into Brisbane’s very own comic book quarter.

Additionally, patrons can look forward to exciting laneway parties, further enhancing the vibrant atmosphere of California Lane.

For more info, visit: www.harleyquinnbar.com

Break out your best whites for JW Marriott Gold Coasts Annual Winter White Long Lunch

On Friday, 14th of June 2024, JW Marriott Gold Coast will transform into a sea of white to welcome guests to an unforgettable celebration featuring fashions by Sonia Stradiotto, live entertainment by Soulcutz, and hosted by their returning MC Margaux Parker.

Indulge in a three-course lunch curated by Executive Chef Paul Smart, the perfect celebration to spark endless conversations, accompanied by a premium beverage package.

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Don your best whites for a long lunch.

All proceeds will contribute to a great cause, as the venue will be fundraising for the Gold Coast Community Fund. The celebratory day will feature raffles and prizes to be won, including a $10,000 necklace thanks to 5th Avenue Jewellers.

Date: Friday, 14 June, 2024
Time: noon–3:30pm
Bookings essential.
Contact (07) 5592 9800 or visit jwmarriottgoldcoast.com

Enjoy delectable Oysters with Friends at Midtown every Tuesday

Head to Midtown at Fish Lane every Tuesday between 4pm and 8pm for Oysters w/ Friends, an evening filled with sumptuous servings of shucking good Boomer Bay oysters, expertly shucked and served in a number of exciting ways. 

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The oysters menu changes all the time, so you’ll have to come back again and again.

Whether you’re a seasoned, oyster enthusiast or slurping them down for the first time, the Oysters w/ Friends program is perfect for anyone who enjoys good food and great company. With each passing Tuesday, the menu will change so you can enjoy new creations each time you return (and we guarantee you will want to return)! 

Secure your spot now via the Midtown website and be prepared for an experience that will leave you eagerly anticipating your next Tuesday outing. 

See the Midtown website for more information.

Chopsticks at the ready: International Sushi Day is coming to the Boom Boom Room!

Brisbane, for one night only, you’re invited to slip beneath the city streets for an International Sushi Day soirée without equal.

On Tuesday 18 June, the Boom Boom Room will transform into a haven for sushi enthusiasts, offering a bespoke and interactive sushi and sashimi-inspired banquet that promises to entice the mind, ensnare the senses and allow guests to experience the artistry and innovation of Japanese cuisine firsthand.

Begin your evening with a signature Roku Gin Cocktail upon arrival, setting the tone for an unforgettable culinary adventure. Throughout the event, guests will enjoy a premium 3-hour beverage package featuring an exquisite selection of sake, beer, and wine, perfectly complementing the flavours of the sushi feast.

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Get insights behind the art of sushi making at Boom Boom Room.

Central to the experience is the presence of the Boom Boom Room’s special in-house master sushi chef, who will showcase unparalleled skill and expertise as they craft each sushi and sashimi delicacy with precision and flair. Guests will have the opportunity to engage with the chef, gaining insights into the art of sushi-making and discovering the stories behind each dish.

This interactive element adds an extra layer of depth to the dining experience, allowing guests to connect with the chefs and gain a deeper appreciation for the culinary artistry on display. Limited tickets are available, so secure your spot today.

When: Tuesday, 18 June 2024
Time: 6pm – 9:30pm
Where: Boom Boom Room, 49 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Price: $250pp

Get ready for mouthwatering donburi at Uncle Don

South City Square in Woolloongabba welcomes exciting new retailer, Donburi specialist Uncle Don to the precinct—the latest venture from Eastern Culinary Collective.

Uncle Don specialises in Donburi, the beloved Japanese rice bowl dish. Originating in Japan, the humble yet flavourful dish of Donburi is deeply rooted in Japanese food traditions. Dating back to the late 19th century, Donburi, which translates to “bowl” in Japanese and emerged as a convenient and satisfying meal for busy urban dwellers. From the savory sweetness of grilled eel to the comforting warmth of simmered beef and onions, each variation of Donburi tells a story of Japanese culture. With over 20 delectable variations, Uncle Don offers a tasteful journey through the heart of Japan. From succulent grilled eel to crispy breaded pork, there’s a Donburi for every taste.

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Say hello to Uncle Don at South City Square

With seating for 100 guests including indoor and outdoor areas, this new location is the biggest of all Uncle Don venues with plans for more premium menu offerings due to be launched over the coming weeks and months.

Uncle Don is now open for Lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm Wednesday to Friday and also Sunday, and Dinner from 5pm to 9pm from Wednesday to Sunday, and will be opening for 7 days soon. 

For more info, visit Uncle Don at www.uncledon.com.au/south-city. For more information about South City Square, please see www.southcitysq.com.au

Elizabeth Best

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