I hadn’t been to the Brisbane hotel in ages. And I like the Brisbane. Ever since they did their big fit out, which was a fair few years ago now, it has been a lovely pub to visit. Plenty of seating options, all very open and with the lovely alfresco area with plenty of greenery. Plus on the few occasions I had eaten there I had really enjoyed it. And I recalled on the last visit being particularly enamored with their prawn linguine, a delicious blend of Linguine, prawns, garlic, chilli, tomato, spinach. So when I made a long awaited return visit recently and spied it on their menu I couldn’t wait to relive the experience and see if it could match my memory. And I knew it would be hard going because memories are prone to hyping things up….. well mine is at least.
It was quite a balmy summer day when I met two lovely ladies I know for a bite of lunch at the Brisbane on a recent Saturday. We opted to sit outside, which I was somewhat concerned about initially given the temperature and as I tend to consider myself an indoor person, but perched under an umbrella and next to the water feature it was actually quite pleasant. Colour me surprised
Now my raving about this pasta dish saw a clean sweep of orders for prawn linguine around the table. I really hoped it was as good as I remembered it years ago given this rash move!
I sipped on a particularly pleasant Monteiths Pear Cider, enjoying its subtle sweetness and fizz, perfect for summer, and soon enough three bowls of pasta arrived. I thought it looked great and you immediately knew a generous amount of garlic had been used in its creation. I’m very much pro garlic so I had no issue with this, keeps the vampires away or something :) I also thought there was a very decent amount of prawns too! It all looked very pretty with the green from the spinach and the vibrant red from what I would soon discover were super sweet cherry tomatoes. I was sold from the first swirl of my fork and eager mouthful. Delicious flavours, well seasoned and plenty of prawns!
Consistency is a wonderful thing and it may have been a few years between visits but in my mind the Brisbane are still doing a very tasty prawn linguine! It’s a picturesque pub, centrally located and a nice spot to while away an afternoon for a catch up lunch and a chat. I am hopeful that it won’t be that long again before my next visit.