The Brisbane Hotel

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More sophisticated than your average watering hole, the Brisbane rose from the ashes several years ago to morph into a gastro pub serving good food in convivial surroundings. In summer the garden is the ideal spot to chill out with your buds for a few hours, while in winter the Brisbane’s inner sanctum offers warming mid-week specials at reasonable prices. It helps that the staff are gregarious and friendly; nothing is too much trouble for these guys, bless ’em.


I had fond memories of last winter when I first tried the Tuesday night special of roast chicken with a glass of house red for $25, so I wanted to repeat the experience with a few friends. I’m happy to report that the price and value have remained the same. The deal entitles you to a huge plate of roast meat and veggies, and a glass of shiraz to boot. Roast chicken is on offer every week, with an additional meat roast on offer that changes every week. Two of us opted for the hearty half chicken complete with stuffing, roast vegetables, broccoli with white sauce, and a jug of gravy. A huge meal that neither of us could finish.

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Big appetites will rejoice.

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My other two friends chose the alternative of roast pork and in between stuffing their faces, raved about how tasty their meals were. The loin came complete with crackling, apple sauce, roasted beetroot and pumpkin, and those healthy green things everyone seems to detest. Or do some folks actually like brussel sprouts?

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On previous visits to the Brisbane we’d tried the amazing pavlovas, so it was a fait accompli that we’d be eating dessert. Sharing dessert- that’s not so greedy is it? The pavlovas are massive concoctions and you’d be hard pressed to finish one yourself. Served with berries, stewed rhubard and a passionfruit coulis, ours was as good as always; fluffy and marshmallowy inside with a crunchy crust and creamy topping. We managed to share one pavlova between three, which was just enough after our enormous main course.

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Another friend was won over by the idea of chocolate fondant, but sadly this wasn’t a patch on the pav. The pudding had been overcooked and there was no river of melted chocolate, but rather a dry pudding that wasn’t saved by the caramelised orange or scoop of mascarpone it was served with. A disappointing end to an otherwise enjoyable meal. We did tell her to order the pav, but some people just won’t listen.

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The Brisbane’s Tuesday night specials are perfect for folks like me who live alone and don’t normally bother cooking a full-on roast for one. If you arrive before 6.30pm you can take advantage of happy hour, and buy any glass of wine for $8. That plus the glass of shiraz included with your dinner, will guarantee you a classic meal accompanied by a warm glow.

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