It’s getting really hot lately, isn’t it? Well, of course it is. You live in Brisbane. Don’t act so shocked.
And yet every year we complain about the heat, spending our weekends in whatever venues are air-conditioned, and trying desperately to find cool breezes.
Look, I’m going to make it really simple for you: just go to Stokehouse.
It’s smack bang on the river and its open-air bar and restaurant just beg for cool river breezes. You’re doing the wind an injustice if you don’t go to Stokehouse and enjoy it!
There’s other stuff to love there, too – like some of the best oysters I’ve ever had ($3.50 each):
I continued the seafood theme with Moreton Bay bugs, braised leeks, spinach, whole-egg fazzoletti, and shellfish butter ($30 for an entree):
I don’t know what shellfish butter is but I need a bottle of it in my cupboard at all times, right next to the mustard. SO good.
I rounded my meal off with a side of potato (smashed potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, and Parmigiano Reggiano, $11):
Not crispy like I hoped they would be, but still really tasty and surprisingly light.
D enjoyed one of the specials – a pork and fennel sausage pasta dish ($40 for a main):
Yeah Stokehouse is a little on the pricey side, but when the temps climb past 30c, I’m pretty sure it’s acceptable to drop some cash on a quality meal riverside. There’s always the Stoke bar too, which offers mains for under $20 and lots of share plates and tapas-style dishes. The wine and beer lists are also pretty good (Feral and Little Creatures, among others), so it’s a great spot just for a drink – how chilled out does the bar area look?
Beer is, after all, also essential to surviving Brisbane’s summer.
Bar and Restaurant
Siddon St, South Bank (riverside, near the Goodwill Bridge)
Ph: (07) 3020 0600