Food Bowl @ Delectable Festival

I was lucky to have won two tickets today's Food Bowl event as part of Brisbane's Delectable Festival (with thanks to Eat, Drink + be Kerry) and boy what a movable feast we had.

I loved the concept of the Food Bowl where a handful of well-known Brisbane restaurants including Aria, Ristorante Tartufo and Sake open up food stalls and serve up a few dishes from their current menu's that represent their own food concepts. While the serves were modestly sized – the dish prices were equally discounted.

I suppose the only disappointment about this event was the confusion experienced by some many with the 'delectable dollars' which were supposed to be the official currency at the event. At one stage, all dollar booths had ran out of the dollar booklets and queues of people waiting to get their hands on the dollars were at a stand still. Cash quickly became accepted that the many stalls and sensibility was restored but I suspect that this part of the festival will be rethought in years to come.

We enjoyed six dishes between us and we both agreed that the best dish was the Sand crab lasagne by Il Centro. There were definitely other dishes that we wanted to try but due to popular demand, a lot of dishes were sold out half way into the event.

We enjoyed the following (while laying on in the sun on the complimentary bean-bag lounges) :

Crisp fried Toowoomba range pork cheek, caramelised onions & apple puree – Seasalt at Armstrong's
Crispy confit duck with Eureka lemon and liquorice - Brents
Sand crab lasagne – Il Centro Restaurant & Bar
Porchetta - Ristorante Tartufo
Meringue with mascarpone cream, Barbinda banana and salted butterscotch sauce – Boucher French Bistro
Custard tart with fresh local “Red Hill” raspberries – Confit Bistro

Oh, and we may have nom nom nomed on a couple of scoops of ice cream from Lick Icecream.

and I look forward to trying those restaurants that I am yet to experience!


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