Lune’s monthly specials
Another month starts and with it comes a swag of covetable treats from the pastry pioneers at Lune Croissanterie. August brings a bevy of new drool-worthy specials to choose from, starting with a pecan pie croissant, which sees a Lune croissant brushed with a bourbon maple syrup, filled with a pecan frangipane and then topped with a generous dollop of bourbon cream. That’s not all – also on offer is a coconut rough pain au chocolat boasting chocolate coconut frangipane, coconut flakes, icing sugar and a drizzle of dark chocolate, and a chocolate pear danish filled with rich chocolate custard and slices of poached pear. August also sees the return of a crowd favourite – the Snickers cruffin, infused with salted caramel and peanut creme patisserie, topped with a chocolate ganache button and crunchy chopped peanuts. Those seeking something savoury can nab a mushroom and blue cheese tart, where an escargot shaped pastry is filled with mushroom duxelles and creamy bechamel before being topped with sauteed mushrooms and finished with some decadent melted blue cheese. These covetable items are all available now at Lune Croissanterie’s South Brisbane store.
Urban Wine Walk
Attention all oenophiles! The Urban Wine Walk is coming back to Brisbane on Saturday September 10, this time taking over the streets of Fortitude Valley for a day of wine-soaked revelry. A collection of 11 venues will morph into cellar doors for the event, with each slinging tasters of a different vino from top-notch Australian winemakers. This event will see Bisou Bisou showcasing drops from Witches Falls Wines, Gerard’s Bar featuring Victoria’s Valentine Wines, Baedecker teaming up with Frankland Estate, Baja Modern Mexican pouring plonk from Pizzini and Soapbox Beer serving samplers from Konpira Maru. Tickets are $79.99 and include a wristband and tasting glass, 33 complimentary tastings, a $10 food voucher to spend at your nominated starting venue, and a $25 voucher for event-day wine orders. Secure a ticket before they scoot!
Margs & Moves at Comuna Cantina
Put on your dancing shoes – Comuna Cantina is bringing back Margs & Moves. Between 2:00–4:00 pm every Sunday between August 7 to September 26, Comuna Cantina will be slinging bottomless tacos and margaritas. That’s right, you and your pals can devour platters of crispy coconut fish, crunchy haloumi and grilled chicken tacos – as well as Comuna Cantina’s popular corn chips with guac – while sipping on traditional and twisted Tommy’s margaritas in classic, pineapple and watermelon flavours. Tap beer and wines are also included in the package. Keen to feast? Bookings for Margs & Moves can be made via the Comuna Cantina website.
Duck Dinner at Southside
After a sensational debut showing last year, Fish Lane institution Southside is hosting another iteration of its Duck Dinner. This banquet feast will see the Southside kitchen whip up five courses (10 dishes) of duck-centric show. The Duck Dinner will take place on Wednesday August 24 – tickets are available now but full menu details will be revealed in the coming weeks. Watch this space.
A shake up at Suburban Social
If it’s been a minute since you’ve paid Holland Park eatery and drinking house Suburban Social a visit, here’s an incentive. The crew has just launched a new menu boasting a swag of share-style snacks and a bunch of bigger morsels. Newly appointed head chef Travis Wells has crafted some cracking additions, including New Orleans-style prawn po’ boy subs, grilled chicken shawarma, barbecue Jamaican jerk chicken Maryland, Moroccan-style roast-vegetable tagine and deconstructed Drumstick waffle cone with vanilla bean ice-cream, for dessert. What’s more, throughout August all kids aged 12 and younger will eat free (with a limit of three kids per transaction). Are you a dog parent? Bring your pooch to Suburban Social on any Sunday during July and August and you can get two schooners, a dog biscuit and a dog wash token for the on-site dog wash all for just $20.
Pasta Palooza at One Fish Two Fish
Kangaroo Point seafood destination One Fish Two Fish is throwing a celebration that’s bound to entice local carb lovers. On Friday August 19 to Sunday August 21, the crew will host Pasta Palooza – four-course pasta feast featuring fresh local seafood. The menu will be filled with epicurean delights, including two-bite cured salmon pasta salad, saffron-infused pan-seared prawn gnocchi, Fraser Isle Spanner Crab topped with sauteed leeks and pink sauce, and fried ravioli filled with creamy ricotta that’s enveloped in chocolate Jaffa sauce and candy floss. Pasta Palooza will boast two lunch sittings each day, with seats up for grabs now for $79pp. Secure yours now.
Josie’s kitchen takeover at Mongrel
Regular readers of Pavement Whispers will recall back in May we shared the first word of Josie’s – a new pop-up restaurant concept from chef John Speranza and Amy Harker. Well, after a period of patience, John and Amy have finally announced Josie’s first kitchen takeover, planned for Tuesday September 6 at Mongrel Bar & Kitchen in Milton. Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will see the Josie’s team deliver a menu of eight dishes (served over five courses) paired with a collection of matched drinks. The crew has given us a sneak peek at the menu, which will include the likes of crab hash browns with burnt apple miso and bottarga, pig head sandos and kangaroo tartere tostadas. Tickets to the evening – described by John and Amy as an “unpretentious celebration of food, drink and damn-good hospitality” – are now up for grabs. The evening will boast two sittings (one at 6:00 pm and one at 8:00 pm), with tickets $129 a head. Don’t sleep – seats are likely to be snatched up fast!
New winter menu at Melrose
Bulimba’s Thai and Indonesian-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant Melrose is mixing things up, debuting a winter menu filled with delicacies crafted by head chef Arté Assavakavinvong. Must-try items include Melrose’s Sovereign lamb-rump curry with gaeng rawaeng, bullhorn chilli, lemongrass, Crying Tiger (Carrara wagyu beef skirt with tamarind and sesame tuile), seared and cured kingfish with cumquat, daikon and lemon myrtle oil, and salt-and-pepper calamari with tom yum mayo. Fancy trying some of the new additions? Consider rounding up some pals and making a booking for this weekend.
The Maker & Me at Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar
The brains behind wine experience curators The Fruitful Pursuit and Teneriffe’s cheeky spaghetti joint Siffredi’s will be teaming up on Sunday August 28 for an intimate Sunday wine event, dedicated to showcasing Australia’s most relevant, independent winemakers via 100-plus minutes of carousel-style table-side tastings. The Maker & Me will give attendees the chance to sample new, rare and limited-release wines from the likes of Camwell, Frankly Wines by Bob, Harrison, Schmölzer & Brown and Vanguardist. Only ten tables are available per session – be sure to snag a spot before they’re snatched up.
High Cheese and Bottomless Wine Series at La Valle
Few phrases get us as excited as ‘bottomless wine’ and ‘truffle-infused cheese’. Both are on offer at La Valle this month, as the Fortitude Valley wine bar hosts an indulgent fromage and vino-centric series every Saturday. Every weekend, guests will be able to gorge on a tiered cheese tower (loaded with sweet and savoury truffle-infused morsels) while enjoying two hours of bottomless wine for only $55 per person. The High Cheese tower will boast truffle and fontina cheese arancini balls, truffle whipped mascarpone focaccia, house made truffle brie slices, and four-cheese croquettes with truffle aioli. The offer is available every Saturday in July, with seatings from 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. More details and bookings can be found on the La Valle website.