Sunday, 17 November 2019

Superfly Pizza - Woolloongabba

Always keen for a mid week dinner out, this week we were lucky enough to be invited to try out the Pizza at Superfly, along the secluded, lush green Eden Lane in Woolloongabba. 

Arriving at 6pm, there already were a couple tables there, but the whole place was full by the time we left. Seating was available inside and outside, but that afternoon we decided to get a table outside amongst the leafy greenery.

The menu was fairly simple, comprising of a selection of balls, salads along with red or white pizza. There was a good variety of drinks as well on the reverse side with a selection of wines, cocktails and beer.

Kicking off with Aperol Spritz to share, this was crisp and sweet. My companion really enjoyed it.

Food came quick, which was great since we had so much food envy from watching the neighbouring tables munch on pizza. The spread was definitely impressive.

First up we had the Beef and Pork Meatballs with tomato sauce, parmesan and fresh herbs. This was wholesome and homey. Being big meat eaters ourselves, this definitely hit the spot. The mince-y meat was sharply contrasted by the tomato and parmesan for a strong flavour hit. We just wish there was more.

Our second set of balls was the 3 Cheese Arancini Balls with mozzarella, bocconcini and parmesan. We both agreed this was our favourite, with its tender rice, crispy crumbed exterior and melty bocconcini heart, it was the epitome of comfort foods. Next time, we're definitely getting a second serve  (and not sharing ;).


As my companion is aware, every time we go out for pizza, we always get a red and a white option for variety. Today's choice for red was without a doubt the Meatlovers with smoked ham, pork sausage, sopressa, mortadella, pepperoni and provolone. We really liked the fresh tangy tomato sauce. A highlight for us was definitely the salty mortadella and spicy pepperoni. We couldn't help but wonder how much better the pizza would have been with added meatballs though.

Normally we would have chosen the Mushroom Pizza for our white option, but when we saw the special for the week -Salmon Says, we knew we had to get it. Topped with Dill and Ricotta, Red Onion, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers and Rocket, it was a definite winning combination. There was a very generous portion of salmon, the cheese was rich and creamy too. The only thing we would have liked would have been a bit more capers for the flavour punch.


Another highlight for us was the addition of ranch sauce for the crust. A really innovative and enjoyable way for us to finish our pizzas :)

Rounding off our dinner with some negronis, it was definitely a memorable night for us and we will be back soon.

Espresso and Matcha were invited guests of Superfly Pizza, however as always, our opinions are solely our own.

Price Range: $25 - $35pp

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

Superfly Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Bakers Arms - Woolloongabba

Brunch catch ups with a friend over the weekend. Presented with another opportunity to tick another place off my list, we decided to go to The Baker's Arms at Woolloongabba. As a highly popular cafe, I wasn't surprised at all to see how packed it was at peak hour brunch on Saturday Morning.


Grabbing one of the last seats in the house, we had a nice view of the passing traffic whilst still enjoying the shade. The menu was a bit different from what we found online, my companion had been planning on ordering one dish, which was apparently no longer available, but he managed to find a replacement fairly easily.

Cold brews are always a clean crisp way to start off a warmer morning. The blend was strong and full of body. I just wish I had ordered a second cup. 

Food came fairly quickly, which is always appreciated when I'm hungry.

My companion ordered the Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon, served with two poached eggs and herb & lemon yoghurt sauce. Although the portion didn't look overly large on the plate, he said it was really satisfying and extremely filling, to the point where he almost didn't finish the meal.

I opted for the weekly special of Savoury French Toast with Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Maple Syrup, and toasted brioche with a side of avocado. For a popular bakery, the brioche was fluffy and soft with a crisp exterior. The scrambled eggs were a little more well done than I would have preferred, however the portion of bacon was very generous and crisp. The avocado was also ripe and delicious, making for a fairly indulgent meal. 

Price Range: $15 - $25pp

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

The Baker's Arms Specialty Bakehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Stanley - Brisbane CBD

As a dedicated HongKonger, there is no way that I would be late to try out Howard Smith Wharve's newest Hong Kong inspired restaurant. Named after the small coastal town in Hong Kong Island known for its beaches, which made it a nice addition to the waterfront scene. Trying it out on the first weekend since opening, it was extremely hard for us to get a reservation, we ended up getting a table for 8.30pm, at which point it was still a full house.

Being a two storey restaurant, I was keen for upstairs seating, but we were seated on the ground floor. Views however, were exceptional and I loved the dark tones and subtle HK references in the decor.

The menu was surprisingly broad in variety. It covered yumcha dishes, cantonese style bbq, mains as well as banquet meals for large groups.


One plus from sitting on the ground floor was that we had a fairly good view of the dimsim kitchen and the goodies steaming away.

First up was the Signature Baked and Fried Platter. The baked bbq pork pastry was flakey with a delicious honey basted pork inside. My favourite was the deep fried taro balls with its super crisp coating and meaty mince filling. The pan fried dumpling could have been served warmer and the base could have been crispier. I did however also enjoy the crunchy spring roll.

As a HongKonger, it was hard to grow up without a love for Cantonese Style Roast meats. My favourite of course being roast duck. Although the skin wasn't the crispiest I've had, the meat was marinated impeccably and the textures were on point. I really enjoyed the marinade it was doused in as well as the sweet plum sauce. Definitely one of the best roast ducks I've had in Brisbane.

Sharing a dish of Combination Seafood Chow Mein. The noodles were fried to a crisp, soaked in seafood gravy, topped with prawns, scallops, baby corn and black fungus. The portion was a little smaller than I would have expected for the price in my opinion, however the scallops and prawns were quite fresh and the gravy was homey and comforting. 

Not one to leave a HK restaurant without an egg tart if it's on the menu, we got two for dessert. Served lukewarm, the pastry was a little denser and could be fluffier. I found the custard to also have been a little firmer than what I'm used to. Will have to go try the other desserts next time I'm back.

Price Range: $60 - $80pp

Taste: 8.5/10
Value: 6/10
Service: 8/10
Environment: 8/10
Stanley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Eleven - Fortitude Valley

Finished work early on a Friday and had some time before meeting a friend for dinner. Decided to check out Eleven Roof Top Bar beforehand to enjoy the sunset and finally check it off my list.

Taking the lift up to Level 11, the views were indeed fairly spectacular, especially with city views and a sunset. Definitely a place I will come back to for food at a later date.

First drink I tried was the Birthday Cake. Have seen so many photos of this on the internet and it was definitely super cute but also super rich and sweet but not overly strong on alcohol taste. Next time I'll try something different.

Next drink wasn't on the menu as far as I could see, but I definitely ordered the Espresso Martini when I saw other people order it. Compared to the Birthday Cake, it was definitely stronger and packed a good punch of caffeine but was still very sweet compared to my usual at John Mills. 

Price Range: $30 - $50pp

Taste: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 9/10

Eleven Rooftop Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato