Celebrate Bastille Day
July 14 marks Bastille Day in France and Brisbane venues will be celebrating with bespoke French dining events. Ghanem Group’s new French diner Bisou Bisou is serving a four-course menu of smoked onion consommé with bacon shallot brioche; poached King Ora salmon with red claw crayfish; slow cooked rotisserie lamb with truffled pomme puree; and a mille-feuille with Norohy vanilla, caramel, quince, pear and beurre noisette for dessert. The set menu is $80 a head with the option of paired wines for an additional $40. Booked online.
Meanwhile, The Calile Hotel's Lobby Bar is swapping out its signature internationally inspired cuisine for a French focussed menu for the rest of the week. With the help of French native and sous chef, Amelie Gunn, the takeover will feature share plates of traditional French cooking such as souffle au fromage (cheese souffle), tourte de canard (duck pie) and limande sole (whole-cooked flounder). The menu will be available 12pm to 9pm from July 14 to 18. Book here.
A sweet, salty and savoury truffle cappucino
CBD coffee and breakfast haunt Botero House has launched a truffle menu for the month of July and with it, a truffle cappuccino. The warm vanilla bean coffee is topped with chocolate and truffle-infused foam and fresh truffle shavings sourced directly from a farm in Needles, Tasmania. The Botero team describe it as a sweet, salty, slightly bitter and umami flavoured drink and a step-up from the recipe they used here a few years ago. The elevated breakfast and lunch menu also features a mushroom and truffle omelette, a cacio e pepe risotto topped with truffle oil and a mushroom lasagne with a truffled mascarpone sauce.
Get some laughs in at this year’s Brisbane Comedy Festival, which kicks off this Friday July 16. The three week event will see more than 52 comedians and events hosted across some of Brisbane’s best entertainment venues, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Fortitude Music Hall and The Tivoli. Catch Tom Ballard, Rosie Waterland and Luke Heggie in solo performances or check out one of the group gigs such as the fully catered Sunday Roast show, the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars and all-women line-up of Frocking Hilarious. Check out the full line-up and get tickets here.
A very Italian birthday
It’s been seven years since Matteo Zini and Matteo Casone opened La Macelleria Gelateria in Teneriffe. Since then, another three gelato shops have been opened and the team are celebrating the anniversary this weekend with a laneway party at the original Florence Street location. The day will kick off at 9am with pastries and coffee from Italian bakery Gerbino’s before Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers take over to dish up lunch from 11am. The afternoon will include soccer competitions, live music and, of course, plenty of gelati (including some inventive special flavours) before closing time at 10pm.
High and dry
We’ve said before that drinks taste better at high altitude. And Brisbane winters might be better than most for imbibing on a rooftop. But Fortitude Valley’s Cielo Rooftop Bar has dialled up the cosy factor by introducing private igloos. Rally up to six mates and order grazing platters by Salt Meats Cheese and drinks from the bar (available at the tap of a button – your igloo lights up when you want to order). The igloos are available this month for 90-minute sittings. Bookings start at $42, and a bottomless wine and beer package can be purchased for an additional $35 per person. (If you upgrade to the premium or VIP packages you'll score oyster platters, tiramisu bomboloni, Espresso Martinis and more.)