The Brisbane Hotel
Winter Menu & Shapiro Tuesday at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den
A few weeks ago I was kindly invited along to enjoy a meal at The Brisbane Hotel and a show at Lazy Susan’s comedy den. As the winter night’s are setting in earlier and there is that distinct winter chill in the air I have been reluctant to venture out once the sun goes down. Having said that, it was nice to break out of my rut and embrace a night of fine food, enjoyable conversation, wine and comedy.
Nestled on the corner of Perth’s iconic Beaufort street the Brisbane Hotel is a bustling and vibrant venue that boasts a new age contemporary setting anchored in traditional old world pub style charm. Synonymous with delivering consistently good quality food, served in healthy portions at affordable prices. The Brisbane Hotel boasts a friendly relaxed atmosphere with staff, that ooze enthusiasm to produce a great dining experience.
On arrival I was impressed by the large outdoor garden area that creates an edgy inner city vibe that even on a chilly winter’s night provides the perfect setting to wrap up in a blanket and indulge in a glass of wine. Inside, the traditional pub elements have been modernised to create an informal and relaxed dining experience. The Brisbane’s ethos is on delivering excellent service, focused on engaging with the customer and producing quality food. To top it off the Brisbane offers a comprehensive and distinctive wine menu. Modelled on the ‘gastro pub’ style traditionally found in Europe the Brisbane Hotel provides a familiar pub-style experience with the expertise of a fine dining restaurant.
Inside, I was seated at one of the two informal long tables which offered rustic, old age charm and a friendly atmosphere, perfect for a Tuesday night’s entertainment. Armed with a wine list, I chose the Howard Park ‘Jete’ sparkling rose. Light and crisp, the rose was the correct balance of sweetness for me. I am a keen sweet wine drinker and love a late harvest Verdelho. A selection of classic share plates were then presented for entree which included the famous Brisbane Hotel sausage rolls, chicken liver parfait, beef cheek taco and mushroom and mozzarella arancini.
The Chicken Liver Parfait with fig & pear chutney and baguette was divine! The parfait was fresh, smooth in texture and melted in the mouth while the chutney was a perfect addition, chunky in composition it complimented the parfait beautifully. The baguette was warm and provided the wholesome bed, creating a modern savoury delight that would be fitting of a fine dining restaurant. The parfait has been on my mind ever since and this entree alone is worth a trip to the Brisbane. The same can be said for the notorious Brisbane Hotel sausage rolls, rustic, beautifully crafted, wholesome, and packed with flavour offering a traditional style food favourite with a classic modern twist.
The beef cheek taco presented in a group of three offered a colourful display and a nice light option to start. While the mushroom and mozzarella arancini on a bed of tomato sugo were cooked to perfection, golden brown on the outside and hot and delicious on the inside. Packed with flavour, the arancini are always a crowd pleaser.
For my main course, I chose the eye fillet 300gm, accompanied with a hearty bed of Italian slaw, a portion of fries and bearnaise sauce. The meat was tender and flavoursome. I have found it particularly hard to get a steak in Perth cooked to my liking, I often find the meat is tough and has lost its juiciness by the time it gets to the table. The bearnaise sauce was thick in consistency, creamy and buttery and tasted delicious with the steak and chips. I struggle to finish my main due to the large portion size. When my steak arrived at the table there were a few envious glances, however, I heard that the duck and deconstructed caesar salad was also excellent and the empty plates proved it.
After dinner, we made our way upstairs to lazy Susan’s Comedy Den for Shapiro Tuesday, where a mixture of first-time comedians and professionals get on stage to try their hand at standup. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how genuinely funny the range of comedians, particularly the newbies were. For the bargain price of $5 it is a cheap and cheerful night out guaranteed to either make you laugh at the jokes or the people making them.
As a hub of the city, the Brisbane hotels is the perfect location as it is easily accessible with ample parking, if you are thinking of venturing out particularly on a weeknight, I highly recommend checking out what Lazy Susan entertainment gem has to offer.
The Brisbane Hotel – 292 Beaufort St (Cnr Brisbane St), Highgate or for more information check out the website here.