Traditional Thai at Mekhong Brisbane, New Farm

This new traditional Thai restaurant serving up northern Thai fare is just what New Farm was needing. They’re right across from the cinemas and are the perfect spot for a bite before or after a movie.

Thai northern fare is full of citrus, herbs and a bit creamy. It’s not as spicy as the rest of Thailand. Their new Chef came from the renowned Blue Elephant restaurant in Paris and has created some beautiful traditional dishes.

We tried a range of dishes from their new menu, but of course I had my favourites. The Karri puffs were amazing along with the Esan sausages, the Mekhong seafood Keaw Coco and the mango sticky rice!

The Karri (curry puffs but the Thai version) puffs are made in house… including the fluffy, crisp, perfect pastry. I was only going to eat one but couldn’t help myself with the second one too. Chef has created a Turmeric whole egg mayo to go with the Karri puffs – it’s incredibly creamy and pairs well.

The esan sausage was delicious! Not something I would normally order straight off the menu but it came recommended to us and I’m so glad we tried it. It’s a fermented pork sausage, chunky and full of flavour. I highly recommend trying it with the chili and ginger it is served with.

The pla muc tod tumeric calamari was everything you’d hope for. Crispy on the outside, seasoned but not overpowering with tender and fresh calamari inside.

For our main we had the beef basil (tender beef and flavorsome), the son in law egg salad (light and refreshing) and the Mekhong seafood Keaw Coco – a green curry with seafood, which is literally served inside a young coconut! You can eat the flesh of the coconut too, it’s delicious all together.

What I loved about Mekhong Brisbane and the lovely owners was the thought, heart and passion that had clearly gone into their restaurant. Their family still live in Thailand and many of the recipes are generational. The design of the restaurant is laid back and the colours are to match the Mekong region, right from the pictures on the walls (ask the stories behind these if you get a chance) to the colours of the walls (to match the river) and the cup that you enjoy water from.

I will definitely come back for the larb kai esan and pad see ew. Oh and the tod mun.

They’ve just opened for lunch five days a week and cater for vegans and vegetarians too. They welcome the LGBTQIA+ community with open arms. Oh, and they’re BYO with a bottle-o just three doors down!

PS. You can also find them on Menu Log and Uber if a trip to New Farm is off the cards.

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

**While this meal was complimentary, this review is true and authentic. Looking forward to trying more dishes and seeing the owners again.

The Brunswick Project For Bloody Mary Eggs, New Farm

Bloody Mary scrambled eggs. Hmmm. A rather unique menu item at The Brunswick Project in New Farm, so I thought I would give it a go!

The plate is presented like any other scrambled eggs, toast but with chimmichurri, volcanic smoked salt shaved celery and, a small jug of Bloody Mary mix to pour over your eggs!

It was… different. Enjoyable but slightly overwhelming towards the end. I suggest pouring the mix a little over your eggs at a time so you can have a break if you feel like it.

It was a lovely spot sitting outside on the balcony in a bit of Queensland sunshine. Pet friendly too of course.

The Brunswick Project Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wow Dumplings, West End Brisbane

Well, wow isn’t exactly how I’d describe Wow Dumpling to be honest.

I’d had this West End restaurant on my list for some time and a colleague of mine, Sandra and I snuck out for a quick lunch to try them.

Wow Dumplings is hidden away on Vulture Street, a small eatery with a couple of tables inside and out. I’m fairly sure there was one person working the front and back as she was the only outwardly facing contact, kept disappearing out the back and wait times were long. There was a limited menu and limited seating – it’s not set for big scale service.

We tried the Malaysian laksa wontons poached in soup. They were nice at first bite but the flavour became quite overwhelming after a while. Too rich with the wontons.

Next up? A handmade ramen dry noodle.. thing.  Szechuan Noodle Bowl. It was quite nice but again the flavour was a bit overpowering after a few mouthfuls.

The weird thing I found was that there was no soy, chilli or black vinegar on the tables to mix your dumplings in. They were simply served as is. I could definitely have gone for some vinegar.

Their simple pork dumplings (and vegetarian for Sandra) – the poached dumplings in szechuan chilli sauce were quite nice but not worth going back for. I’d rather go to New Shanghai, Little Red Dumpling or Fat Dumpling any day.

Where’s your favourite stop for dumplings in Brisbane? I want to try Fat Noodle next, apparently they have good xiao long bao.

Wow Dumpling Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Musseling in at King Crab Co, Bulimba

I’ve been waiting for (what feels like) a looong time to visit King Crab Co in Bulimba. I’ve seen all the foodies there and their fabulous food. There’s a couple of crab houses in Brisbane now and I feel like it’s my duty to go in and try them all. So I couldn’t wait to get in and try this one for myself!

I made the right decision (I had no idea at the time) right off the bat. It was mussel night! Each Tuesday they have 1kg pot of mussels for only $15 when you buy a drink. Oh-my-life. The white wine marinara sauce was what dreams are made of. As much as I was loving the mussels, I couldn’t wait to finish too so I could soak my bread in the sauce… it was soo delicious. The mussels were fresh from SA that morning – just do yourself a favour and try them. If you go, you’ll probably see me there too, I intend to go back time and time again for these!

My photo of the mussels just didn’t do them justice so I’ve borrowed the one below from their Facebook page.

We had other food too. It’s not all about the mussels, people. Delicious corn on the cob with shichimi togarashi, and delicious fries before the main course of crab. We choose truffle and parmesan fries but it was tough with choices like shichimi togarashi and chilli and molten cheese in the mix.

Obviously you can’t go to a crab house without eating crab (although I really want to try the lobster roll for lunch), right? We spoke to the team and they recommended the spanner crab. It had came in fresh that morning from Fraser Island. Spanner crab’s shells are a lot softer than other crabs. It made for much easier eating, you simply break the body in half with your hands and you can start pulling out that delicious flesh. The legs on the other hand aren’t quite so easy but as I always say, with crab half the satisfaction comes from breaking and cracking and working to get your food. Something fairly primal about the task that makes it even more satisfying.

Oh the sauce!!! On recommendation we went with the Singapore chilli sauce with the crab, and yes, I recommend you do too!

The crab is served in a bag (again, my pictures really don’t do these delicious crustaceans any justice) and you get the adorable bib (Instagram opportunity, anyone?) and all the tools for cracking and smashing and gloves for alllll the mess you will make. So much mess. Not really fun unless it’s messy though, is it?

King Crab Co has SOFI Spritz on tap, I tried the blood orange & bitters spritz – it wasn’t too sweet which is what I am always worried about. Something nice and refreshing to add to the mix.

If you’re around Bulimba (or even if you’re not) definitely check this place out. I will be back again soon. I want to try the ceviche as well as the lobster rolls.. and more crab and mussels! Yum!

King Crab Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

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.

Magical Salads At Vietnamese Mint Bulimba

I’ve been meaning to visit Vietnamese Mint in Bulimba since it opened. As you should all know by now, I am an absolute pho-fiend and love trying all there is in Brisbane. And around the world for that matter!

Anyway I heard that Vietnamese Mint had created some pretty funky and interesting salads so I went in to check them out. I ordered both (naturally) and a pho (obviously) and was impressed by all three! The Unicorn noodle salad was chicken based with a traditional vietnamese salad mix but with noodles infused with natural food colouring to make them look just like what a Unicorn would delicately eat before prancing about. The Magic noodel salad (my favourite) was a thai beef salad with noodles infused with Butterfly Pea Flower! They were gorgeous and blue. What I loved most about them, was that while they were fun and beautiful, they both still maintained their authentic, fresh salad flavours.

The pho, well damn. Damn delicious. Pho-nomenal. I was a happy little diner there with my three meals. Did I look ridiculous? Slightly. Did I care? No. I was too busy devouring everything and deciding which I would keep for lunches over the coming days. I ended up taking away some pho for breakfast and salad for lunch. Mmmm-mmm.

Oh! And I tried these special new drinks they have too, sparklers. I tried the Butterfly Pea Flower (honestly, why would you chose anything else?) and it was sparkly and sweet and fun.

A fab place to take the kids during the school holidays for a bit of lunch time fun too.

Vietnamese Mint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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