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Fish and Chips in Brisbane

I have two favourite restaurants for fish and chips in Brisbane. I generally don’t find the regular fish and chip shops very inspiring, but there is one in particular that stands out for its freshness and quality. Samie’s near Portside Wharf is very casual, cafe style with a few tables inside and several outside.
Samies Fresh Seafood Market Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The restaurant has it’s own free car park, but if you arrive on a weekend night you will be quizzed by the parking attendant due to the nearby ‘Eat Street Market’ traffic looking for a parking space. Once you are there, you can choose any of the regular fish and chip options – snapper, barramundi, salmon, whiting, prawns along with dips, and salads, We found the coleslaw salad to be very nice. If you want something more substantial you can choose a platter, you can have oysters to start, sashimi, fish pie – there is an endless list of fishy options and specials on the menu. You can also buy seafood to take home and the lovely staff will pin bone and fillet your choices for no extra charge.

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If you want to go for something more classy, try Reef at the Gasworks complex in Skyring Terrace. There’s a nice vibe to the environment, a comprehensive bar with lovely oyster shell decor. The tables and chairs are a bit more comfortable and the selection seems to be huge and incredibly fresh. I love the oysters at Reef – they had a variety of reasonably priced South Australian and Tasmanian oysters – delicious with a squeeze of lemon. You can have them cooked kilpatrick etc but I like mine natural.
Reef Seafood and Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
You can also choose one of their signature platters or make up your own fresh shellfish platter from the lobsters, crabs, prawns, bugs etc on display.

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The fish and chip options are wonderfully fresh, the batter is beautifully crispy, and the chips are very tasty and morish.

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Sashimi is also incredibly fresh and beautifully presented.

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Pablo, New Farm

Pablo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Pablo is a nice trendy little cafe in Brunswick Street, New Farm just by the junction of Merthyr Road. There is a selection of tables inside and out, and the vibe is quirky – it’s a little cramped in places, but that’s all part of the charm.

Every dish is cooked fresh to order and the place was packed so we were advised by the waitress that we may have a wait on our hands. She was right, we waited around 20 minutes, but it was okay because our expectations had been met and we could see the quality of plates emerging from the kitchen.

Persuaded by the board outside which said ‘Number one hot cakes in Brisbane’, I chose the ricotta hot cakes with lemon curd ice cream, berry compote, cacao nibs, and coconut crumb.

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The plate was a work of art, garnished with flowers, and the hot cakes did not disappoint. They were light and fluffy and not overly sweet with enough natural sweetness coming from the fruits. the ice cream was smooth, tangy and creamy – a lovely complement to the dish.

My companion chose the breakfast chilli.

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The chilli was made from slow cooked beef cheek, speck bacon, red beans and chorizo – it was rich, tasty and nicely spiced. The corn bread had a smear of honey which added a hint of sweetness, the egg was superbly oozy, and the guacamole and salsa a nice smooth contrast to the substance of the chilli.

We also chose some drinks – I had freshly squeezed orange juice and my companion had a large flat white which was nicely smooth and well rounded, the only criticism was that the coffee could have been a bit hotter in temperature.

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Pablo is a real neighbourhood gem, and somewhere that I will come back to. It’s easy to see why the locals love this cafe – it has a menu that makes you want to taste every option and the food definitely delivers. Well worth the wait for delicious, fresh, inspired dishes.

Rhubarb Rhubarb, Wooloowin

Rhubarb Rhubarb Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I had heard about this restaurant for a while and each time we tried to book, it was already fully booked, so this time I made a special effort to book in advance for a birthday meal.

It is one of those warm, cosy restaurants, a little old fashioned, almost takes you back to the seventies in atmosphere. It has French music playing and the menu is heavily French influenced. I like that the menu is just five entrees, five mains and five desserts. It doesn’t try to be all things to all men.

For starters we chose the twice baked blue cheese souffle with Waldorf salad and the seared scallops with prosciutto, salad and croutons. The souffle was nicely flavoured without being too overpowering and matched very well with the Waldorf salad with it’s nice fresh and crunchy texture. The scallops were perfectly cooked and a nice soft contrast to the salty prosciutto, another lovely dish.

The waiter was friendly and accommodating and he brought is a strawberry sorbet palate cleanser to keep us occupied between courses.

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For main course we chose the crispy pork belly on pumpkin puree with potato, sugar snap peas, hazelnuts and broad beans; and the sea trout with gnocchi, hollandaise and fennel salad. We chose a cauliflower and cabbage gratin as a side dish.

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The pork belly was nicely crispy, the potatoes well cooked, and the sugar snaps and broad beans a lovely contrast in textures. The sea trout was cooked slightly rare, very fresh and tasty with a beautiful fennel salad, and the gnocchi were soft, glossy, absolutely perfect in the mouth.

The side dish was also a triumph – the best cauliflower cheese ever with a wonderful hint of cabbage – I could have eaten that dish as a meal by itself.

Rhubarb Rhubarb is a restaurant that is old fashioned in atmosphere, but very modern in the way that it creates good fresh twists on French classics. It is quaint and friendly, and the food is a joy to eat. Every item on the menu is cooked to perfection, and the restaurant clearly has a faithful following who come back time and again. It is not cheap, but the food oozes quality and the staff do their job very well. I have already booked my next meal at Rhubarb Rhubarb. It sure beats the hyped up cheffy joints in the CBD.

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