Amazing New Menu at Lady Marmalade Cafe Stones Corner

Lady Marmalade Cafe had sneak peeks of their new menu on Instagram… I immediately made note to go in and visit!

Here’s the strange thing, I had never been before. My work is just around the corner from Lady Marmalade Cafe in Stones corner (I’m in the Gabba) and yet I hadn’t visited – mind blowing as it is now my new fave and local!

When I arrived I met Sonja who owns the cafe with her partner Howard and their passion and excitement for the cafe and the food is absolutely infectious. Sonja told us the story of how they found their new Chef and I love it too much not to share. So they found themselves in a position where they needed a new head Chef and Howard asked Sonja if she could choose any Chef, who would be be? Well the answer was Victor from Sirromet who previously owned the cafe they used to dine regularly at when they married. Two days later, Victor applied. Needless to say he took the job and now has full control of the menu and is creating beautiful, fresh and creative options with premium ingredients.

How do I know they’re premium? Well I ate there for starters but you’ll remember by adoration of Casa Motta and Alessandro who taught us how to make mozarella a few months ago. Alessandro makes the burrata for the parma at the cafe fresh each day. A-mazing.

Lady Marmalade is bigger than I expected. Heaps of space inside and out. The place was pumping for a Saturday late lunch at 1.45pm – goes to show it’s good. As does the chorus of ‘yummm’, and ‘this is amazing’ from all the diners.

Our juices arrived, with recycled bamboo straws. Adorable and deliciously refreshing and zesty. Also, love the glassware from the lady marmalade French era that the cafe has taken its style influence from. I want some for home.

Back to the food. The Burrata was sooo incredibly fresh. Delicate and subtle and just divine with the truffle honey and prosciutto. Great quality ingredients. Refreshing salad mm. Highly recommend.

The porcini gnocchi is amazing. I didn’t realise that the gnocchi itself would have the procini in it which was a lovely surprise and unique flavour. The crunch from the chestnuts and sage leaves was perfect and the sauce was delicate and pumpkin-y.

Sooo I was full. And so was Dave. But that apple pie french toast was calling our name for desert so it took little convincing for us to give in. Once you pour on the sweet, sweet salted caramel sauce, inside is the amazing stewed apples and oh my life! Just give it a go yourself.

This was one of my favourite reviews so far. I loved the passion on Sonja, the energy of the cafe and obviously the food was incredible. You have to try the new menu! I will be back for both breakfast (served all day) and lunch items. The coconut creamed rice, ricotta buttermilk pancakes, local cuttlefish and seared scallops are calling my name!

Let me know your faves when you head in to Lady Marmalade Cafe.

Lady Marmalade Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*While this dining experience was complimentary, this blog is true and authentic. I just love the place and can’t wait to go back and try the rest of their menu. 

Looking For Winter Comfort Food, Head To Vapiano Garden City

I visited Vapiano at Garden City to check out their new Yumderland menu!

Specifically, I was there to try the new hearty pumpkin soup. Everyone knows that Queenslanders can’t handle the cold very well, so it should come as no surprise that we start hunting out our favourite comforting winter foods. Pumpkin soup and pasta are definitely that for me.

I was impressed at how busy Vapiano was for a Sunday evening. The place was packed with groups celebrating at the newest Vapiano restaurant.

Anyway, back to the food! I ordered the pumpkin soup to start, and the Gamberi pasta; prawns, tomatoes, spring onion in their homemade tomato sauce. The soup was creamy in texture (they put the cream on the side for me as I am lactose intolerant) and full of flavour. The croutons were sooo good at the end all soaked in the soup but still slightly crunchy, mmm. I at the entire bowl in about two seconds flat. A bit later my pasta came out (you have to order pasta at Vapiano, it is made fresh on site!), beautifully cooked, a lovely, rich tomato sauce and lots of prawns, al-dente of course. Dave tried a pizza and a mojito and gave rave reviews.

Did you know that you can also buy fresh pasta from Vapiano? I didn’t! I took home two packets and they were amazing! Perfectly fresh and al-dente, highly recommend grabbing a pack or two on your way out the door.

Vapiano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*While this dining experience was complimentary, this review is true and authentic.

Rustic Italian At Mariosarti Toowong

Who knew that there was a beautiful rustic Italian Restaurant hidden in Toowong?!

Mariosarti’s is right next to Toowong Village not far from Brisbane city and from the outside looks quite unassuming. Inside, you know you’ve stumbled into somewhere special.

We ordered the scamorza to start – best choice ever! You could smell the wood smoked mozzarella before you see it. The beautiful smokey flavour was just delightful and mouthwatering. The smokiness had permeated throughout the entire cheese. Be sure to pair with the lemon and the salt for that little bit extra.

We tried the Frutti di Mare, Moreton Bay bug sauteed with chilli, garlic and ginger, finished in a light creamy tomato and cognac sauce next. This came out differently to how I expected, served almost as a soup which was perfect for dipping the housemade, crusty bread in.

The Ragu (Rigatoni al Ragù di Agnello) was amazing. A stand out dish. The sauce was incredibly flavoursome. The lamb was soft and delicate, probably because it was cooked for 6-8 hours, then simmered again with root vegetables and then with the wine. I know all that because I was so impressed I made sure to ask why it was so good! The basil made for a beautiful flagrant hint and was the perfect pop of freshness with the rich sauce.

We also tried the veal (Vitello Funghi) which was a lovely, light mushroom sauce with tender meat. I’ve found at other restaurants the sauce can be somewhat overpowering but here it was creamy and flavoursome, nicely contrasted with crispy, fresh greens. It delivered on everything it said.

Finally, (with giant, happy stomachs) we tried the spaghetti con polpette. Black angus Wagyu meatballs filled with smoked white mozzarella, cooked in a Napoli sauce served with truffle infused ricotta and fresh herbs. Yup you read that right! A lovely dish and definitely one of the unique menu items.

Now, the wine list here is very impressive. We went with a lovely bottle of chainti, and I highly recommend asking the staff which wine will go with your meal. The list is extensive and I was more than happy to leave it to Kim (the owner) to make a decision for us.

Hot tip: Make sure you try Mariosarti’s house-made lemonchello! It is made the traditional way and is lovely and light with no preservatives. A very different taste to the commercial versions. It takes six weeks to soak the lemon skins and then it isn’t ready for another six weeks. It’s gooood.

Also, make sure you check out the private dining function room at the back, I was gobsmacked!! It’s like stepping into a room in Vegas. Very impressive and worth a peep!

Mariosarti Ristorante Italiano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*While this dining experience was complimentary, this review is true and authentic

Than Nuong – Woolloongabba’s New Vietnamese Restaurant

I LOVE Vietnamese. I’m a pho addict, so no surprises that when I found out Than Nuong Vietnamese restaurant opened up in Woolloongabba right by my work, I quickly locked in a lunch date with my colleagues to check it out.

You can smell the restaurant before you get there, the beautiful charcoal smell wafts around. Than Nuong translates to ‘Charcoal’. There’s a great outdoor area which will be perfect with a beer in Summer for lunch too.

We shared the prawn rice paper rolls and soft shall crab to begin. Both were fantastic. The soft shell crab was complimented by the fresh herbs and vegetables and the rice paper rolls were classic Viet-goodness.

I had food envy over my colleague’s dish, the prawn and papaya salad. It looked phenomenal and she said it tasted amazing. My other colleague loved her chilli, coriander pork pork salad, it looked really fresh.

No surprises for what I ordered, the pho! I love pho! I had the medium size and it was still very generous, particularly with the fresh ingredients to put on top and there was a generous serving of meat too. The broth was lovley, a few hints of spices that were subtly different. The noodles weren’t what I expected, still rice noodles but thick ones. I asked if it was a regional thing but the owner said it was just a preference of his. I quickly forgot about that and it was devoured it!

I’d like to go in for dinner and try something that really showcases the charcoal flavour on the meat, it smells supreme!

While this dining experience was complimentary, this review is true and authentic.

Than Nuong Charcoal Vietnamese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

G&T Eggs Bene At Todd & Pup Moorooka

Anyone else fancy starting their day with a perfectly poached and stunning G&T eggs benedict? I thought so. All of you.

Well I started with just that today at Todd & Pup in Moorooka. And a fresh green juice to go alongside it. Perfect.

More about this G&T eggs bene you ask? Well, there was a very generous helping of gin cured salmon (amazing), with poached eggs, cumber, lime hollandaise, rye and finger limes. It’s even gluten free! And the finger limes are oh-so-pretty. A perfect contrast against the cucumber. The plate looks just stunning too. Perfectly insta-worthy.

You know how sometimes, hollandaise can be really rich, creamy and overwhelming? Well this wasn’t like that. It was lovely and fresh and there wasn’t too much of it.

Do yourself a favour and try some of the salmon on it’s own with just the cucumber and the hollandaise. Seriously a delicious bite. I was very impressed. A breakfast twist on an absolute classic drink that I would never have dreamed up.

I have to admit, I very nearly overlooked this for the special: fried chicken benedict with buttermilk fried chicken, smoked bacon, spinach and chill hollandaise on brioche…. you see my calamity?!

The exciting part is that pups are of course welcome. There’s a big outdoor section where they can all socialise and there’s special treats in store for them.

I grabbed a take-away almond chai latte as I ran out the door too – I was in a great mood when I arrived at work!

 

Todd & Pup Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*While this dining experience was complimentary, this review is true and authentic. Seriously – G&T eggs bene!!

Banter Bar Kangaroo Point – Fresh Fish & Chips

A new-ish edition to Kangaroo Point, Banter Bar has been on my list to visit for some time.

The restaurant itself is a converted Queenslander, well fitted out with a beach-side, simplistic feel to the interior. The bar is a bit more funky with a giant neon sign and there’s plenty of tables around.

I ordered the special of the day, the Red Emperor and chose for it to be crumbed with a Greek side salad. I didn’t drink (I know you’re all shocked – ha) BUT they have a big selection at the bar and even nice champagne by the half and full bottle (hello Louis Roederer!) would go down well with some of their fresh oysters if you ask me.

Our meals came out quickly and looked as good as they tasted. Crunchy chips, fresh Greek salad and a herb crumbed, generous piece of fish. Delightful!

I’ll definitely go back soon, especially now I have oysters and champagne on my mind. They have a take away menu too, would be lovely to grab some and watch the sunset on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

You’ll find Banter Bar right off Main Street, next to The Pineapple Hotel and there’s parking out the back.

PS. I’ve been back since and the beer battered fish is just as delish!!

 

Banter Bar & Seafood Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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