5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now

Brisbane Winter Dishes


Each season brings its own gifts. And, although for those of us who hate the cold, it may be hard to think of gifts that Winter brings, it, in fact, has a lot to offer and these Brisbane Winter Dishes we share here will surely prove this to you.

Beyond warm cosy fires, ski season, rugging up on the couch and comfort foods, there are plenty of Winter produce that make for delicious dishes.

Here in South-East Queensland and parts of Northern NSW vegetables like spinach, silverbeet and early-maturing cabbage, and herbs like dill, garlic bulbs, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme are all in season.

In northern parts of the state broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potato, pumpkin, spinach, sweet corn and tomatoes are in full bloom.

With a combination of some of this local Winter produce prepared in delicious comforting dishes, we’ve compiled a list of 5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now!


The Goodness Gracious

Goodness Gracious Cafe (GGC) describes themselves as purveyors of high-quality food, coffee and service, and are home to our first great winter dish. Founded to provide healthy, sustainable and fresh produce to its community, GGC sticks close to those roots in serving classic and unique fare.

If you need a big boost to get your day started or get you through the cooler weather, this first dish is sure to give you lots of energy and fill you to the brim!

The Goodness Gracious bowl is made up of “Cape Grim” beef brisket, potato & kale gnocchi, cocktail onions, pickled tomatoes, red pepper sauce, dukkah, sourdough, and eggs your way. Combining seasonal, comforting and warming ingredients make this a great Brisbane winter dish to enjoy right now.


Smoked Duck Breast

Malt Dining pride themselves on using the freshest, organic ingredients to create an array of delicious dishes. Think Modern Australian cuisine created with the finesse of a formal dining venue.

Malt’s food reflects the restaurant’s grassroots beginning as a municipal marketplace by using the freshest of local produce and sourcing sustainable seafood. And this dish on their new winter menu is no exception.

Although the key ingredient, smoked duck breast, isn’t a  seasonal winter ingredient, its richness is certainly a delicious way to fill you up this winter. Plus, it does include cucumber, which doesn’t necessarily come to the top of mind when thinking of winter vegetables. To make it even more interesting, it is served grilled.

This entree is Malt’s Smoked Duck Breast with crispy rice, a soft egg, and grilled cucumber. Both gluten and dairy free, it also caters to some of the most common dietary requirements.


Whole Smoked Eggplant

Gerard’s Bistro offers a Modern Australian tapestry of flavours woven with inspiration from the great cuisines of the Maghreb and the Middle East.  Guests are encouraged to share the menu in a banquet experience, complimented by a unique and imaginative wine and drinks list.

So keeping with this, we’re showcasing two dishes here, which not only complement each other, but are also great winter dishes to share.

Firstly, the Whole smoked eggplant, which is complimented with turmeric, mint, kishke yoghurt and blackened onions. What better way to highlight a winter produce then serving it whole?

The second dish is the Roasted lamb rump with glazed lamb bacon, fresh set cheese, pea leaf oil, and buckwheat. Roasts are such a great winter warmer and even more enjoyable when prepared by expert chefs!


Pumpkin Agnolotti

Ecco Bistro is one of Brisbane landmark restaurants located in a historic building and home to our fourth winter dish to enjoy right now.

The menu is constantly evolving. The key is to evolve, but to show restraint – people want to at least see a common thread through the menu when they return. Their newest menu highlights some great winter dishes in a way that stays true to their signature style.

When I think of winter produce, pumpkin immediately comes to mind so it would be remiss to leave a pumpkin dish out of this list. This fourth dish is all about pumpkin.

Ecco’s Pumpkin Agnolotti can be enjoyed either as an entree or a main. It is dressed in a sage spiced pumpkin veloute and walnut salsa. Such a yummy winter dish!


Hot Dark Chocolate Brownie

Victoria Park Bar and Bistro is the perfect setting for a casual meal. It overlooks the driving range and Brisbane city skyline but is also perfect for a bit of cheeky dessert.

The seasonal menu is crafted by Award Winning Executive Chef Jason Peppler. It showcases fresh, local ingredients and flavours. This particular dish is less about fresh and more about decadence.

Last, but not least, this fifth dish is sure to look after those sweet comfort food cravings. It is a Hot Dark Chocolate Brownie topped off with milk ice cream and salted caramel sauce. Plus, it’s gluten-free!



There you have it, 5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now.

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Winter Orange Recipes

Oranges are generally available from winter through summer with seasonal variations depending on the variety. However, this sweet and juicy fruit can make for some delicious winter orange recipes that also give you a good vitamin C boost.

They add a special tang to many recipes, which is why it’s no wonder that they are also one of the most popular fruits in the world.

These three winter orange recipes will have you forgetting about the cold and hopefully avoid catching one too!


Sweet and Spicy Orange Salmon

Winter Orange Recipes

Image and Recipe by My Sequined Life

This is a healthy dinner idea that is quick and easy.



Juice from one orange (about ¼ cup)
Zest from one orange
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup honey
1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp sriracha, more or less to taste
4 salmon fillets



1). Whisk together orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and sriracha in a bowl. Reserve about ¼ cup of the sauce in a separate bowl for glazing later on.
2). Add remaining sauce to a shallow dish (or a plastic bag) and place the salmon in it to marinate for about 20 minutes, flipping the salmon over halfway through.
3). As the salmon is marinating, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. You’ll want a rack to be situated in the middle of the oven, as well as one near the top.
4). Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Once the salmon has finished marinating, place the salmon on the prepared sheet, skin side down, and bake on the middle rack for about 18 minutes.
5). After 18 minutes, remove the sheet from the oven and brush the reserved ¼ cup of sauce over the salmon fillets.
6). Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F and place sheet on the upper oven rack. Grill for about 2 minutes, or until the edges of the salmon begin to crisp and brown. Serve!

Orange Rosemary Chicken

Winter Orange Recipes

Image and Recipe by Damn Delicious

This crisp-tender chicken is roasted in the most epic, melt-in-your-mouth orange rosemary glaze.



8 Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chilled orange juice
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves



1). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2). Season chicken with thyme, oregano, salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
3). Melt butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
4). Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, chicken stock, maple syrup, honey and rosemary; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
5). Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet.
6). Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
7). Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


Chocolate Orange Cake

Winter Orange Recipes

Image and Recipe by Yummiest Food 

This chocolate orange cake is moist, rich, flavorful, delicious and simply gorgeous!



1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
5 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water


¾ cup heavy cream
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Orange slices for garnish



1). Preheat the oven to 350°F, grease 8×3 inch round baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper
2). In a large bowl, stir together dry cake ingredients: flour, pinch of salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, granulated sugar
3). Add wet ingredients white vinegar, 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest, vegetable oil, water and mix until completely combined
4). Pour the batter into the pan and bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
5). In a medium saucepan stir together cream, chocolate and sugar on low heat until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
6). Cool and spread over the cake and place back in the fridge until the topping has set.
7). Garnish with chocolate curls (optional) and orange slices


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