Brewhouse Brisbane

601 Stanley St.
Woolloongabba
Brisbane 4102

Sun to Thurs I 10am – 12am
Sat & Fri I 10am – 1am

Craft breweries are rapidly becoming more and more popular across Australia; with many new hip alehouses and pubs popping up, each with new and bizarre flavoured drinks on offer and many serving up delectable meals alongside their prized beers. The Brewhouse is among them; with a chilled, industrial interior, this heritage-listed pub has a great atmosphere that sets the tone for a good night. With eight of their own Brisbane Brewing Co. beers on tap, as well as a number of carefully selected craft beers from other artisan breweries for you to try and an exciting cocktail menu and wine list for those who don’t drink beer.


Entering the pub I noted a blackboard out the front advertising a ‘Taco Tuesday’ special, something I was delighted by. We received a warm welcome as soon as we arrived and were escorted to a booth by a friendly waiter, who supplied us with menus and a jug of cold water and glasses – it’s safe to say that the service was impeccable. 


Brewhouse offers a varied and inventive menu with a New York Deli-meets-South America-meets-Oktoberfest fusion with the menu based upon fresh, local produce. I ordered the blue corn tacos with crispy battered fish, jalapeno & avocado salsa, pickled red onion, salad leaves and sriracha ($15). My Mother ordered the beef salad with beef strips, red capsicum, olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, spinach and ranch dressing, which was a lunch special ($16 with any drink purchase). The meals took barely any time at all to arrive and they both looked sensational; they looked incredibly fresh and vibrant. As the waiter placed the taco’s on the table, he looked at who they were for (a skinny, young girl) and offered to have the chef remake the taco’s if they were too spicy. Although I deeply appreciated the gesture, I was determined to have them as they came, heat and all.

Biting into the first of three taco’s, I heard the satisfying crunch of the crispy fish batter, which not only tasted delicious but also gave the taco’s an amazing texture that paired so perfectly with the soft and light blue corn tortilla and the slightly chunky, slightly smooth jalapeno & avocado salsa that was seasoned beautifully. The onions were a perfect combination of sweet and sour and added a lovely refreshing element to the dish. They were the perfect accompaniment to the spicy sriracha sauce, which at this point, was making my mouth burn slightly. I was thankful for the jug of cold water that was still on the table but although I could barely feel my lips, I couldn’t stop reaching for the delicious, crispy fish taco’s. 


When I did finally reach the end of my taco’s, I sampled the beef salad. The first bite left me wanting more; the beef was gushing pink and incredibly flavoursome, not to mention that it was so tender it melted in the mouth and left me salivating. The rest of the salad was relatively simple but the flavours worked together. 


The Brewhouse is a trendy, up-and-coming pub with a relaxed vibe and delicious food. There’s no doubt in my mind that a table at Brewhouse will soon be the hottest reservation in South Brisbane and I highly recommend tasting all they have to offer. 

Authentic Spaghetti & Meatballs

Ahh spaghetti and meatballs, one of the most classic combinations ever and an iconic Italian dish – and I’m ashamed to say that up until recently, I’d never had it! It’s just not a dish we grew up with in our house; when we had pasta it was always spag bol. That’s not to say I haven’t wanted to try it; it’s been something on my Foodie Bucket List for quite a while, I just never had the opportunity (and yes, I have a bucket list dedicated to food). So upon loads of research on how to make the best authentic spaghetti and meatballs, I created this recipe, and I can see now why it’s such a famous pairing! 

Italian Meatball Recipe

This recipe is ideal for meal prepping and batch cooking as the meatballs and sauce freeze very well. I like to freeze the meatballs and sauce in individual servings and cook the pasta fresh, but if you want to save even more time and effort then by all means freeze the pasta too. 

Italian Meatball Recipe

The meatballs are baked in the oven and flavoured with classic Italian herbs and ingredients which makes for a simple and delicious dinner that the whole family will love, including the kids! I hope you love this recipe as much as I did and if you’ve never had spaghetti and meatballs before, I encourage you to give it a go!

Authentic Spaghetti & Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the Meatballs

500g Beef Mince
500g Pork Mince
1 Clove Garlic, finely diced
1 Onion, finely diced
1 egg
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
2 Sage Leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
1 tbsp Lemon Zest
1/2 tsp Salt
Pepper, to taste

For the Sauce

1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
1/2 Onion, diced
700ml Passata
2 Basil Leaves
1 tsp Oregano
2 Sage Leaves
1/2 tsp Sugar Salt & Pepper, to taste

To Serve

400g Dried Spaghetti
Parmesan Cheese, finely grated (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180’C.
    2. Add all the meatball ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands to combine.
    3. Roll the mixture into 18 golf ball-sized meatballs and place aside.
    4. For the sauce, add finely diced garlic and diced onion to a large ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat along with oil and sauté for 5 minutes or until golden.
    5. Add Passata and stir to mix the onion and garlic through.
    6. Roughly tear the herbs and add to the sauce with the sugar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
    7. Meanwhile, put a large pot of water on high heat and add a generous amount of salt, once boiling add the pasta and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
    8. Place the meatballs into the sauce and place frying pan into the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until nicely coloured on top.
    9. Once pasta has cooked, drain over the sink.
    10. Serve the three meatballs on top of the spaghetti with sauce and extra Parmesan if desired.

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Stockman Hotel – An Iconic Country Pub

11AM – 10PM MONDAY – SATURDAY  
11AM – 2PM SUNDAY

3 High Street
TEXAS, QLD 4385

T: 07 4653 1310

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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The Stockman Hotel is an iconic country pub in the heart of Texas, QLD. It’s one of the most unique and charming country pubs in Australia and is known far and wide for it’s warm hospitality and family friendly atmosphere.

The grand brick exterior boasts charming character and makes for a great first impression. The gorgeous rustic decor makes for a chilled and casual atmosphere that really feels cozy and comfortable, especially when the wood fired heater is blazing away in winter.

On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly staff as we found our seats. While the Stockman features a restaurant styled dining room, we chose to eat near the bar.

Although the menu appears to be standard pub grub, the good flavours and Chef Specials set this place apart from all the rest. Today, I ordered the king pork cutlets with mashed potato, greens and apple sauce. The meal took between 20-25 minutes to arrive and I was delighted with the aroma that was drifting through the air.

Stockman Hotel Restaurant Review

The dish was presented beautifully and really looked appetizing. The thick cutlet was laying on a bed of mashed potatoes and fresh, vibrant vegetables. The delicious pork juices were running onto the vegetables, soaking them in mouthwatering flavours and acting as the best kind of sauce you could ask for.

The only proper way to eat a cutlet is with your hands, so I dug in; thankful for the serviettes that came with my cutlery! The meat was thick, juicy and perfectly seasoned with a delicious marinade that really made the dish spectacular. The vegetables were fresh and tasty, due to the pork juices they were sitting in, and were well seasoned. If I only had one complaint it was that the mash was a little dry.

When I finished my meal, I thanked the staff and left feeling utterly full and satisfied after such a delicious meal. The first impressions of the Stockman Hotel were great but they weren’t anything compared to the impressions of the food. I highly recommend stopping in for a meal – you will not be disappointed!

Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

Calling all Mexican lovers! This fresh tomato salsa, or Pico de Gallo, is way better than any bottled store bought salsa. I must say this recipe did take some trial and error, but it was so worth it. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and there’s no cooking required! 

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I love to simply serve this salsa with tortilla chips and guacamole, but it also makes the perfect edition to taco night! Another of my favourite ways to have it is to spoon it on top of grilled chicken with sweet chilli sauce, absolutely delicious. However you decide to have this salsa, it’s sure to impress! 

Fresh Tomato Salad Recipe

TIPS FOR THE BEST PICO DE GALLO

  • Since Pico de Gallo is a fresh and relatively simple salsa, it’s best to always use the best quality produce you can – the better the tomatoes, the better the salsa
  • I like to dice everything into small chunks so that you always get a bit of everything in every bite
  • Make sure to mix everything very well to make sure all the flavours get blended together
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Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 Medium Tomato, finely diced
1/8 Red Onion, finely diced
1/2 Lime, juiced
1 Small Chilli, finely diced (optional)
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

Dice the tomato, red onion and chilli and add to a serving bowl. Add lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix together thoroughly to incorporate. This salsa can be served with corn or tortilla chips, or served over grilled chicken.

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Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. – Grand Central, Toowoomba

11AM – 8PM MONDAY – WEDNESDAY 
11AM – 9PM THURSDAY – SATURDAY 
11AM – 7.30PM SUNDAY

Shop 0009A, Grand Central Shopping Centre
Dent & Margaret Street
TOOWOOMBA, QLD 4350

T: 07 4638 8632

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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It seems that trendy burger joints are popping up everywhere lately, and everyone has a favourite. Betty’s Burgers is amongst the most popular and I couldn’t wait to try it. I’d been hearing good things and I was eager to bite into a nice, juicy burger!

The Toowoomba chain of Betty’s Burgers is located in the new expansion of Grand Central Shopping Centre and is on the corner of Dent & Margaret Street. Stepping into the burger joint, it felt like I had been transported to a chic retro 70’s diner. The theme and the decor were lovely shades of pastel colours. When we walked in we were greeted by a waitress and she helped us towards the menus.

The menu was simple yet still offered a good variety of burgers to choose from and they had a few different sides to go with the burgers as well, for a few extra dollars. I ordered a Betty’s Classic ($10) which had Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, Betty’s special sauce and I also got pickles (extra $2) and French fries (extra $5). My dad also got a Betty’s Classic although he didn’t get pickles and he got onion rings (extra $6) and a garlic mayo sauce (extra $2) for them and we both got a Coca-Cola ($4 each).

I went up to the counter to order and saw that they had the Coca-Cola on tap. My dad loved this. All together it cost us $43.
The food came out very quickly and was served, face up and half wrapped, in a box. It looked ridiculously appetising and presented well. The burgers looked vibrant and delicious. Being half wrapped up, it made eating them a lot easier and far less messy, which for me, is great.

When I took my first bite I realised why everyone seemed to like this place so much. The burger was flavourful and juicy and the sauce was great. All the components complemented each other so well and the pickles added a slightly sweet, slightly tangy taste and a great crunchy texture that really worked well in the burger. The salad was fresh and the lettuce was crisp and a vibrant shade of green. The burgers were a good size. They weren’t ridiculously big as some burgers you see these days but it was perfectly satisfying.

A trendy burger joint shop front of Betty’s Burgers with blue walls and a red neon sign reading “Betty’s Burgers”. Two tables of people were seated outdoors in front of the wall  green plants hang from the ceiling

The chips were okay, although they could have used a touch more seasoning if you ask me, but they were alright. The onion rings on the other hand were very tasty. They were crunchy on the outside, the onion was soft on the inside and they were seasoned well and the garlic mayo was pretty nice too.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with Betty’s Burgers and I will be back in the near future. I can definitely see why people rave about it. They have good food, nice staff and a pleasant atmosphere. What else do you need when eating out?

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