Warm your belly with South Bank’s hearty winter menu offerings …
Often with winter comfort food the meals are amazing for the tastebuds, but not so amazing on the eye. This is not the case at Aquitaine Brasserie, with the talented chefs plating up each dish as if it were a work of art. The new winter menu features warming winter hues in such dishes as the ricotta and Roquefort filled pasta with pumpkin, caramelised Roquefort and polenta, and smoked duck breast with raspberries, beetroot, hazelnuts, yoghurt and spices.
The word ‘asado’ is used to describe a style of Argentinian barbecue where meat is cooked on a grill or over an open fire – the perfect method for cooking delectable winter warmers. From chorizo skewers to beef short ribs, Che Asado will have your meat cravings satisfied, but make sure you pair them with some winter share plates and sides. Try the organic roasted carrots with agave syrup and whipped goats cheese, or crispy brussels sprouts with smoked pork belly and hazelnuts.
Welcome one of the newest members of the Grey Street precinct by saying ‘konnichi wa’ to Harajuku Gyoza. The eatery will satisfy all of your Japanese-food desires, serving up pan-fried and steamed gyoza, delicious don and ramen bowls and tasty sides such as pork belly kakuni, agedashi tofu, miso soup and tebasaki wings. Wash it all down with a refreshing Kirin beer straight from the tap.
Hop & Pickle
There is something incredibly comforting about winter pub food that you just cannot go past. Little Stanley Street’s resident gastropub Hop & Pickle certainly knows how to please when it comes to pub-style classics, and its ever-changing winter menu will not disappoint. Rotating each week, you’ll find winter warmers such as rib fillet with buttery mash and red wine jus, house-made pies, hearty stews, stock pots, beef bourguignon and more.
Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant
Take your tastebuds on a journey to the bustling streets of Turkey at Ahmet’s. From the moment you step inside the restaurant you will be greeted by vibrant Turkish rugs, traditional lanterns and a rich aroma that will whip your senses into a frenzy. Gather a group of friends and settle in for a night to remember, complete with hearty Turkish food, live music and belly dancing. The menu features a range of delicious Middle Eastern share-style delicacies, from breads and meze through to traditional desserts. You can start your feast with freshly baked warm Turkish bread served with your choice of dip, including authentic baba ghanoush and acili ezme (chilli and capsicum). For meze, share the izpanak boregi (spinach and fetta pastry), then move on to the lamb izmir kofte (meatballs) with potato, tomato sauce, charcoal chilli and yoghurt.
Gandhi Curry House
There is not much that is more comforting than a bowl of spicy curry. Longstanding South Bank restaurant Gandhi Curry House serves up a colourful selection of Northern and Southern Indian dishes, each made with an exotic blend of herbs and spices. On the menu you’ll find traditional curry favourites such as chicken korma, lamb rogan josh and beef vindaloo, as well as Southern Asian delicacies including goat and potato curry, squid masala, lamb lemon hara dhania and vegetable kolhapuri. You can accompany your curry with entrees and sides including samosas, onion bhajis, Tandoori chicken, spiced tender calamari, Indian salads or house-made breads baked in Gandhi’s traditional Tandoori oven. Winter is also the perfect time to try a lentil-based Indian soup like the vegetable mulligatawny, sprinkled with rice and garnished with coriander.
Roast pork and crackling is synonymous with winter, and Popolo’s take on this classic certainly doesn’t disappoint. The restaurant’s famous free-range suckling pig is sourced from Kingaroy and served with a spiced apple and peach compote and an anchovy sauce. The dish is perfect for sharing alongside Popolo’s selection of small and large share plates, as well as the eatery’s delectable pizzas, pastas and side dishes.
Live Fire Bar and Restaurant
A tender cut of char-grilled meat is pretty high on our list of favourite winter comfort foods. Whether you fancy smoked beef brisket, char-grilled chicken or barbecue pork ribs, Live Fire will have you covered. If you can’t make a decision, grab your pals and share in a butcher’s board, featuring a smorgasbord of meats alongside hand-cut chips and an array of delicious sauces.