Monday, 30 July 2018

Botero House - Brisbane CBD

Working in the city has undoubtedly many perks. One major benefit is without a doubt, the abundance of good food surrounding my workplace. Being an avid fan of coffee and brunch, I am always on the hunt for a good boutique cafe, so it was a nice surprise to receive an invite from Botero house, a mere stones throw away from my office to try out their new menu. With Iron Fist off cavorting in Chicago and having the time of his life, I took another colleague of mine, Spiderman (Tom Holland Spiderman, not Andrew Garfield or Toby Mcguire) to go and try it out during our lunch break last Friday.

Situated along Adelaide Street, the shopfront was deceptively small. but the cafe comprised of three levels. We grabbed a table on the third level, away from the bustle of street level.


Menus were provided, and we were told by the manager that the beans they use in their coffee are slow roasted for around 17 minutes at low heat, rather than at high heat for 2 - 3 minutes like other roasters. Of course, that meant that we had to try some for ourselves.


Spiderman opted for the espresso, and he mentioned its strong robust flavours which was very enjoyable. Needing a caffeine hit, I went for the chemex brew which was had sharp citrusy and fruity flavours and also a very clean crisp texture to it which I really enjoyed.

To match our meals, we were also surprised with a glass each of red wine. Without Iron Fist, my red wine connoisseur to be here to make a selection, I let Spiderman (who is only barely over 18) and he selected the full bodied shiraz which had a strong berry taste and a peppery aftertaste.

Our food arrived not long after, and what a sight it was.

Our first dish was the Onyx open steak sandwich. cooked rare just as I like it, served with beetroot hummus, rocket and polenta chips. The beef was soft and tender with a light peppery seasoning that complemented well with the beetroot hummus. I liked the sourdough also, which was quite dense and filling. The polenta was quite crispy and went well with the tasty aioli.

Our second dish was our favourite, the Slow braised duck ragu with potato gnocchi, roasted chipolini onion, salmariglio and shaved grana padano. I really enjoyed how the duck was infused with a delightful onion taste with meat that disintegrated in my mouth. The gnocchi was very well textured with a slight bite to it. Other than that, I also found the grana padano to be sharp and elevated the dish to a new level.

Of course, no meal is really satisfying without a side of chips, so we got a bowl of hand cut chips with chipotle mayo. The chips were amazingly crunchy throughout the meal and the chipotle mayo was nice and tangy, cutting through all the heaviness of the potato and making for a very fulfilling meal.

Espresso and Matcha were invited guests of Botero House, but as always, our opinions are solely our own.

Price Range: $20 - $30pp

Taste: 8.5/10
Value: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Environment: 8.5/10

Botero House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, 27 July 2018

2018 Noodle Night Markets - Southbank

By now, my readers would know that right after Regional Flavours comes the annual Noodle Night Market (aka the highlight of my year). This year, I went on the first Friday, being the third day of operations. Crowds were insane. The whole place was bustling and I loved the vibe but hated the waits. As usual, I'll post some of my photos from my night out.

I didn't recall there being such a long line to get in last year!

I miss the cranes and the blow up panda and maneki neko. They were notably absent this year, although there was definitely more stores.

Unlucky person spun four years of bad luck as I walked past.

Kicked off with a crisp apple cider from James Squire. Was refreshing indeed.

At this point I ran into the super organised Brisvegustation. So of course, I hijacked his plan and stole his hit list (instead of coming prepared like a responsible person).


Kicked off our dinner with a KFC Puffle. Spicy fried chicken with kewpie mayo complemented the crisp puffle surprisingly well and provided for a good, albeit expensive appetiser,


Got some pork belly skewers from Hoy Pinoy. Pork was tender and delicious but banana glaze was very sweet and sticky. 

We also had a serve of Chicken Asado loaded fries. Fries really weren't too special, crinkle cut supermarket variety, but the Asado chicken was really next level with peppers, garlic and spices that completely elevated the dish.



Rounded off with a piece of strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry. Its consistency always blows my mind. As always, fresh, crisp, fragrant and a piece of happiness in my mouth to finish off a wonderful evening out.