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Brisbane’s Tastiest Grasshopper

11/02/2010

I’ve been home for about 10 days – and how fast things moved culinarily whilst I was away…

Above: Image of Grasshopper exterior. Image courtesy of BrisbaneTimes.

I was recently invited to a Brisbane food bloggers dinner through Twitter. Apart from having a great time meeting some like-minded foodies, the host restaurant was outstanding.

Grasshopper; a relatively new mod Vietnamese/Australian restaurant, welcomed around 16 of us with; open arms, ever-filling plates and bottomless glasses of wine.

The retro interior is a bonus. Image courtesy of Eatability.

The restaurant offered their six course Autumn degustation dinner and the undivided attention of restaurant co-owner/sommelier Todd Rumble.

My favourite dish was the fifth, beef cheeks.

Blame it on my craving for wholesome food but I can say without the shadow of a doubt that I’ve never had beef like that, ever. Chef Minh Le (below) and his sous chefs, slow braised the beef for over 6 hours in a Vietnamese stock and served it with a coriander and chilli polenta cake and baby vegetables.

The beef melted in my mouth, but had enough strength of flavour to linger on my tastebuds – something that I find is usually comprimised in slow cooked meats.

Above (from left to right): chef Minh Le and the Grasshopper kitchen. Bar stocking extensive range of wines at Grasshopper. Image courtesy of BrisbaneTimes.

Rumble runs a tight but aimiable ship here and you can see how his past career in business and finance has come into play at Grasshopper; the professionalism of the staff is of haute restaurant quality.

Also, a rarity in food blogging, Rumble actually seemed to care about each blogger’s opinion!

We were given press packs outlining the facts of the restaurant – very business-like, but it worked.

This high end food is mid ($$) price range, so it’s bound to be a certain surprise to your wallet and your tastebuds. All proceeds from the evening went to the Little Lantern Foundation.

  • Grasshopper: London Woolstores, 36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, Brisbane.
  • Contact: (07) 3252 8622
  • Transport: Bus 199 or 470. City Cat to Bulimba – cross river ferry from Bulimba. Parking can be scarce around the Teneriffe area – but it’s worth a try.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 12/02/2010 9:56 am

    It looks like a COOL place to visit and dine & wine!

  2. 14/02/2010 11:34 pm

    It is a lovely restaurant – so fresh. You must come to Australia to try our delicious eating spots!

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