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Food Reviews

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Are you tempted to come and stay in Ipswich yet? Have I tempted you to base yourself here and explore? Have I challenged you to come and see just how big my backyard really is? Well, if not, I’m sure our next video will get you out of your chair. In the meantime we’ve been enjoying the fruits of our labor with even more amazing food.

Read on and we’ll see what’s on the menu tonight...

Crispy Pork Belly with sweet potato and coconut purée served on a blanched banana leaf with apple slaw and a sticky sauce.

Sounds good right? Well it was better than good. The first thing I dived into was that beautiful coleslaw, it was crisp and tasty and I knew even before I asked the waitress that it was made in house. It was too good not to be. I also loved the fact that it wasn’t drowned in sauce. Now the pork belly. I very gently lifted the crispy skin away and popped it to one side. Trust me kids it worth the wait. I sliced off a bite size piece of meat and dipped in into that sweet potato purée and have mercy! That by itself was heaven on a stick. More coleslaw, more sauce and finally I return to that piece of crispy skin. I reckon if I had a plate full of those and a cold beer I’d be doin’ alright. What a crispy crunchy little flavour bomb - ladies and gentlemen, do try the pork belly.

Smoked 300gram rump with chips and salad. I also opted for onion rings and garlic prawns. With the BBQ scene running so hot at the moment I couldn’t help but pull this one off the menu. I was a little unsure to what I’d get with it being smoked so I ordered rare to medium and boys and girls that’s exactly what I got. It came off the grill perfectly and landed on my plate. I loved the Smokey flavour and it really did melt in the mouth. Anything after that was just a bonus. The chips were perfect, I loved the garlic prawns and colour me happy the garden salad had a dressing! I’m sorry to report though, as tempted as I was, I had absolutely no room for dessert.

A big thank you to the staff for being so happy and attentive. We could not be happier. Great venue, great service.

Oh by the way Sharon tells me the pepper sauce on her steak was pretty amazing too.

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The longhorn Bar    and Grill

I’ve been eating out in Ipswch for the better part of thirty years and in that time I have definitely been lucky enough to watch the food scene evolve and it’s safe to say I know the difference between a good meal and an average one. Tonight my culinary curiosity lead me here. I was curious to know if I was going to be confronted by the standard roast of the day kind of thing from days gone by or if I was going to be treated to something more modern and I’m happy to say that these guys have really stepped it up.

The restaurant within the club is called the Longhorn bar and grill so you can pretty much guarantee that steak was going to be on the menu. I gotta say this place is busy. I sat in my dimly lit corner of the restaurant and watched meals fly out of the kitchen and you talk about food envy! Goodness I wished I ordered what they ordered about five times before I got what I ordered. Great looking food everywhere I looked.

Ok let’s pause for a second so that we can compare apples with apples. This venue is a club, so you’re still going to get meat raffles and trivia nights and all the things you’d expect to enjoy from this style of venue and you’ll enjoy it in a modern and spacious environment which has improved on the previous decor.

So what came to my table you ask...

I ordered soup of the day - potato and leak soup served with garlic bread. I was a little surprised to see it there at this time of year but I was keen to give it crack. It was smooth, creamy and delicious and the garlic bread just took it to the next level. Let’s not tell the chef that I added a little salt and pepper though.

200 gram rump and lobster drizzled in garlic butter and served with salad and fries. The salad was a modest, crisp garden salad and I’m so pleased that someone was kind enough to add a simple dressing. Is it just me or has that fallen away lately. Sometimes the salad is drowned in dressing or there’s no dressing. Guys thank you for adding a little dressing to my salad. Great steak ! I opted for a garlic sauce and my only regret was failing to order a bread roll to mop up the sauce with,and here’s the kicker, they had fresh baked bread rolls on the menu and I didn’t see it. I was concerned that the lobster was going to be a little dry as it sometimes is when served in this combination, but I’m happy to say that the flesh was moist and tender and super enjoyable.

I was lucky enough to try a piece of Sharon’s Crumbed Camembert served with cranberry sauce, but I tell you if I’d gone for more than that I might have had a fight on my hands.

I couldn’t help but think to myself as we enjoyed our meals, that there was no way food this good would have been available in the venue of old. Ipswch had definitely risen to the challenge and it’s time you popped in for a visit and exercised your knife and fork muscles.

So,as always, I’ve added some photos for you. I had a little trouble with lighting but I promise that the food and the experience was very enjoyable, even if my photos are not to the usual standard. Now I’m thinking with all that garlic , I best open some windows before I hit the sack.

 

So if you’re staying in Ipswch pop into the Longhorn.

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La Parrila

So, I’ll admit I’m a little biased when it comes to this restaurant because it’s been kind of like watching them grow up, having first met them at their street van out the front of their house during the Covid period.

 

This time I was lured through La Parrilla’s doors by the promise of dessert.  But you can’t have dessert unless you eat all your dinner and with a fresh new menu, I was all in. Let’s see what came to the table.

I ordered number 12 on the menu, The Black Angus Burger (normally only available at lunch time) and I was immediately offered an upgrade - I saw value for money so I promptly agreed.  Placed in front of me was a magnificent looking burger comprising of 180gm grilled Angus beef patty, onion rings, cheese, pickles (Served on the inside of the bun where it BELONGS), lettuce, tomato, red onion, tomato sauce and mustard on a fresh brioche bun. The upgrade means it was accompanied by fries, 3 chicken wings, a modest salad and a drink.

 

So how much flavour can you put on a bun? Answer - La Parrilla Black Angus Burger. This was a good burger and I mean good!  It wasn’t ridiculously large and over stuffed with fillings like some that you see and don’t get me wrong it’s a decent size but just not over done. I sometimes wonder if we haven’t lost our way when it comes to what constitutes a good burger. In this case, for my money, I’d definitely go again- every bite had me thirsting for the next. It was juicy, full of flavour and easy to manage with regards to the mess that often comes with a burger. Combination of flavours was bang on - I gotta be honest I just really liked it.

Sharon ordered the grilled baguette and by the way she was talking I half wished I had one of those too. But too prevent the whole eyes bigger than the belly thing I opted for a small bite of hers instead (which she very begrudgingly gave up). I gotta say that’s a bloody good sandwich - Smokey pulled pork, chipotle sauce, cheese, onion and sour cream. I reckon it would easily find a home on a wholesome breakfast menu too. But that’s just my opinion.

The dessert. Two spoons waiter if you please.

Mango Panacotta with seasonal fruit. I love the addition of fruits to a dessert and just quietly I’m a bit of a strawberry fan and to get fresh strawberries and mango in a perfect Panacotta well that’s heaven on a stick or in this case a clever little tub.

Well that’s dinner. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little write up and I look forward to sharing my next food experience with you all soon.

 

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Roadhouse Grill

I know! I know! But I just couldn’t resist talking about this place. I was greeted by a lady at the bar who won my heart immediately! I was thirsty with a mind for trying new things, so she tempted me with a refreshing full strength ginger beer. Then, whilst I waited for the bar staff to pour that with a little ice on the side, she asked me if I’d perused the menu. I had and with that she predicted that I would order the seafood tower. I’m on the coast and my life is a non stop travelling food adventure- of course I’m going to order the main seafood dish whilst I’m on the coast - pfft please.

I also told her that I might be tempted by the chicken wings. With that she helped me get my drinks to the table and in that process I may have suggested who I was and what I was doing there.

 

Ok let’s confirm that table order for 106.

Entree

Southern fried chicken wing in Louisiana hot sauce blue cheese sauce and pickles - It’s no secret that the Wolfman loves his wings but hot damn ! Somebody got it right! Somebody definitely got it right.

These were quite possibly the best wings I have ever tried. Moist and tender with a sauce that was spicy enough to warm your lips , hot enough to loosen your sinuses but not so hot they blow the top of your head clean off. The balance of flavours here was spot on and that cheeky little pickle on my plate was certainly an added bonus. Blue cheese sauce is the perfect addition to these tasty, sticky little bliss bombs. I’ll say it again. Somebody got it right.

 

Mains.

Seafood BBQ, Grilled barramundi, prawns calamari chips salad Tartare sauce. The Barra was full of flavour, cooked perfectly straight off the grill.

 

The Seafood Tower, Chilled Prawns , Natural oysters , Calamari , battered barramundi, Bailman Bug , chips Salad and Sauce.

 

I’ve had so many variations of a seafood basket I got a little excited when I saw this on the menu because I was sick of seeing a plate full of deep fried crap being thrown onto a plate with a little salad for colour and a lemon for the sake of presentation.  What I received at my table was really really good. The Barra was cooked well though I half expected it to be a little greasy. It wasn’t. I was really tasty though some say Barra can be a little underwhelming flavour wise. I got a piece of fish that was on point. The chips I have to say were a little underwhelming, but I really didn't care. There was enough on the plate to have me happily push them out of the way to get to the good stuff. The fresh seafood was tender and delicious, the calamari was again cooked perfectly, the selection of sauces had me dipping and munching my way through a really enjoyable feast.  Happy camper over here boys and girls. Hats off.

 

Dessert

Sticky date pudding with ice cream and cream oh and Strawberries on top if you don’t mind. I love the addition of strawberries to a sweet dish because the acidity cuts through the sweetness. The pudding was plump, moist and delicious and that sauce was amazing. Again the strawberries helped that along because I’m not really a sweet tooth and I don’t do a lot of deserts. I would love to revisit this desert in the middle of winter with the addition of a fine cognac.

Really enjoyable guys and thanks again for your hospitality.

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Little Beirut

Okay guys this is how you do social food.  A couple of beers and a table loaded with fresh, tasty middle eastern cuisine. Just the right atmosphere for a bit of a catch up and a chin wag.

 

So with my surgery looming we decided to get scooter out of the shed one last time and do a night ride via Mount Crosby Road down into Indooroopilly. It would seem however that the gods had other plans, you know, lightning, thunder, that kind of stuff.  Now I have to admit that the big hairy alpha male doesn’t generally head to Indooroopilly when it comes to a place to go for a ride but, if that’s where the food is, then that’s where we’re going.  So what’s on the menu?

 

Sambousek Cheese

Pumpkin Kibbeh

Platter for two

Creme Brûlée

Rice Pudding and

Turkish Delight

 

Food enough for 3 , extremely enjoyable and very affordable.

Keep an eye out for a few surprises as we explore what we like to call The 2 Hour Circle.

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Club Hotel Motel

Yeah baby!!  This is how you do lunch!  Who doesn’t like to pop into a country pub for cold beer and a bit of pub grub?  Ok let me stop you right there! Because what I experienced was definitely a cut above and speaking of cuts, it was a juicy porter house steak for my money.

 

So, if you’re wanting to get the lay of the land the Club Hotel Motel is traditionally referred to as the bottom pub and what a good spot to rest your bottom too! Alright enough with the clever puns let’s get to what we pulled off the menu.

 

Entree

Yeah, go on call me predictable but everyone knows how I loves me’ wings and the hotter the better. Check out these bad boys! Half a kilo of chicken wings tossed in Louisiana hot sauce oh yeah and I’m gonna say it, they were finger licking good!

 

The mains

A Caesar salad wrap filled with cos lettuce, crispy bacon, crunchy croutons, shaved parmesan through a light caesar dressing served with a boiled egg salad topped with Turkish bread wrap served with chips.

Panko crumbed tender calamari rings fried to a perfect golden colour, chips, crunchy coleslaw, tartare sauce and fresh lemon yeah baby.

And what did I have?  Well I had the steak of course. I was served a beautiful 200 g porterhouse steak cooked medium rare with crunchy golden chips that were cooked perfectly, crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the middle just the way I like them. Just the right amount of salt and a little bit of pepper just takes it to the next level. The thing that really got my taste buds dancing was that crunchy coleslaw which was good because it wasn’t drowned in coleslaw dressing.  The addition of Peppersauce just made the whole thing perfect, for my palate in any case.

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Falvey's Hotel Yamanto

Ok!  So this place caught my attention when a simple dress code got some keyboards clacking furiously with all sorts of feedback. So what did I do? I chucked on a fresh polo and a pair thongs (leather dress thongs of course), threw the Mrs in car and away we went.  Oh, quick side note, not a bad idea to book over the phone whilst the Covid thing still hangs around.

 

Now I wouldn’t mind betting that you’re curious about those photos right?  Well let’s get stuck in.

 

Entrees

Roasted garlic, herb and Parmesan Cobb

Chive pan flat bread with house relishes

 

Mains

Twice cooked pork belly, smoked beetroot relish, roasted root vegetables.

 

Sesame crusted salmon fillets, Asian vegetable omelette with soy broth.

 

Unfortunately the Redclaw that caught my eye on the menu was out of season but that Pork Belly and the crackling! I popped that salty delight in my mouth and I reckon the crunch registered on the Richter scale! Loved the root veges and that beetroot relish far outweighed my expectations.   I certainly don’t mind admitting that I mopped up my plate with a bit of that beautiful Cobb loaf.

I have to say though that the thing I enjoyed the most was the flat bread and when they say pan flat bread they mean hot off the pan! Watch you don’t burn your digits as your dive into what I found to be a really tasty appertiser. 

 

The cost ? A little over $70 plus drinks. Full tummies and big smiles all round. 

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Tomato Brothers 

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After a long day with your nose to the grindstone all you want to do is sit down and enjoy a well cooked meal. But when both you and the wife can’t be bothered cooking, you grab the keys and head off to one of our many awesome restaurants.

 

Tonight we chose Tomato Brothers. I love this place, always have and I just can’t get here often enough. They have a little something on the menu that pulls me in like a bee to a flower and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. So without any further dribble, let’s check out what we ordered .

I’m a huge fan of the blue cheese calzone. I love love love it. I’ve had blue cheese on a burger and blue cheese sauce but nothing comes close to the blue cheese calzone. Such a potent ingredient and here’s where it just gets to be the star of the show. A wood fired calzone and a couple of cold beers is very hard to beat. (I saved some to take home with me)

Spicy Chicken Rocket Pesto. I opted for the penne pasta instead of fettuccine.

This was a beautiful rich creamy dish with spices that warmed the palate almost immediately. Not too spicy but certainly a welcome element to the dish. The pasta was well cooked and I took joy in my meal because it was a treasure chest of tasty morsels. The pieces of bacon, chicken and even sweet little pieces of onion made this herby delight very enjoyable. One of those dishes that has your tongue searching behind your teeth for just that little bit more.

 

Sharon ordered the carnivores feast - calzone

Ham, chorizo, pepperoni, bacon and spicy beef with tomato pizza sauce, sweet chilli sauce and sour cream, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Thanks to the staff at this very cool little restaurant. We had a very enjoyable meal and even managed a couple of doggy bags.

I’m a huge fan of the blue cheese calzone. I love love love it. I’ve had blue cheese on a burger and blue cheese sauce but nothing comes close to the blue cheese calzone. Such a potent ingredient and here’s where it just gets to be the star of the show. A wood fired calzone and a couple of cold beers is very hard to beat. (I saved some to take home with me)

 

Spicy Chicken Rocket Pesto. I opted for the penne pasta instead of fettuccine.

This was a beautiful rich creamy dish with spices that warmed the palate almost immediately. Not too spicy but certainly a welcome element to the dish. The pasta was well cooked and I took joy in my meal because it was a treasure chest of tasty morsels. The pieces of bacon, chicken and even sweet little pieces of onion made this herby delight very enjoyable. One of those dishes that has your tongue searching behind your teeth for just that little bit more.

Sharon ordered the carnivores feast - calzone

Ham, chorizo, pepperoni, bacon and spicy beef with tomato pizza sauce, sweet chilli sauce and sour cream, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Thanks to the staff at this very cool little restaurant. We had a very enjoyable meal and even managed a couple of doggy bags.

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ROCK 'N ROLL CAFE

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It takes considerable courage to go into business these days and more courage still to step outside of the box. Anyone can go ahead and open a burger joint but this place is a little bit Rock n’ Roll!

 

We immersed ourselves into the atmosphere from the moment we sat at our booth. It was easy for me to imagine that I was perhaps on the set of Happy Days. I do love a nostalgic food adventure and whilst the young lady who runs the place is still building on her dream, the Rock n Roll Diner and Takeaway is well on its way to becoming one of Ipswich’s very cool dining hot spots.

 

Ok now I promised to talk about the burger.  I ordered The Big Bopper (works steak burger): ribeye steak, rasher bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato, tasty cheese, homemade slaw, tomato relish on a 5” sesame seed bun. Add to that a creaming soda and ice cream ( I haven’t had a spider since I was a kid - love it ) and a side of chips.

The thing I worry about when ordering a steak sandwich/burger is that first bite. The bite where your jaws lock onto the steak and you stretch that sucker out to the full length of your arms all the while squeezing the life out of the burger in the hope that the integrity holds and you don’t have to rebuild the thing because the steak was as tough as shoe leather. Well boys and girls, that didn’t happen. Even Elvis breathed a sigh of relief and Fats Domino stopped the music as my first bite was a complete symphony of flavours and the only thing that fell to the plate was the burger sauce. Now here’s a little something that I like to do. I always strategically place my chips to catch the sauce so that I get to enjoy the flavour of the burger a second time round with the added bonus of a beautifully cooked potato chip.

 

I’m glad I stopped in and I’m told I should stop in for breakfast sometime so I might just do that. One last thing before I go. There’s a photo on the wall of Groucho Marx and he’s with a lady in the picture and I cannot for the life of me remember her name. If you have the answer please leave a comment below.