For everyone who have recently relocated to Brisbane and of course for all of you locals out there who are always on the lookout for a great restaurant, I have started writing blogs on restaurants that I have been to, that I think are worthy of our little blog.
This first one is a relatively new restaurant and is owned by celebrity Chef Ben O’Donoghue and his wife Dee looks after the front of house. Billykart Kitchen is located in the back streets of Annerley and is an old corner store converted into a restaurant. The decor still has that corner store feel about it and feels a bit like a step back in time. The shelves are stocked with great cookbooks and the crates filled with fresh fruit and veg is a great touch.
Billykart only does dinner on Friday nights but is open 6 days a week for breakfast and lunch. I have been to Billykart twice now and have not been disappointed. Both times I have been it has been a themed night which chef Ben O’Donoghue does for a few Friday nights in a month. So I have been there for Greece and the good Ole USA.
Now on my first visit the menu seem limited only having 4 choices for entrees and mains, but as we went with another couple it was fabulous as we could order one of everything and share the dishes and really didn’t need any other options. This menu is great as it takes a lot of the angst out of what to have with sometimes I think at other restaurants there are just too many options. The food was outstanding. The menu description was very simple and not over the top but this was nowhere a reflection of the amazing food that came to our table.
I think quite possibly we had the best grilled haloumi we had ever had which of course required a second helping. We had some dips and bread which were great but the other little gem we had was a very simple but beautiful partnership of watermelon, feta and dried tuna.
The mains covered chicken, lamb prawns and mussels and vegetarian stuffed zucchini flowers. I couldn’t decide what was my favourite dish as we loved them all and made it so much nicer sharing these meals with friends.
Then of course the obligatory dessert menu and we could not go past the honey doughnuts with pistachio nuts which were perfectly sweet and sticky with crunchy pistachios. Unfortunately we forgot to take photos of the Greek night but rest assured everything looked fantastic. Keep reading and you will see plenty of photos from the Good Ol’ USA night.
The USA menu was great and you did have to get your hands a little dirty but when you are sharing that just makes it a little more fun. We started with an assortment of starters and entrees. We had the jalapeño poppers, pulled brisket pierogies, Maine lobster roll, duck nuggets and buffalo wings.
Well the poppers were fantastic little green jalapeño chillies stuffed and then fried in what looked and tasted like a tempura batter, so light and crispy YUM!!!. We weren’t quite sure what the pulled brisket pierogies were but when they came they looked a little like an empanada with a delicious filling of pulled slow cooked brisket that was so tasty and then fried in a crispy shell. This was followed by the lobster roll which was a delicate, perfectly cooked morsel of lobster with dill and a white sauce in the middle of a pastry that was very similar to a steamed pork bun. Then we left the best until last the sticky, tasty buffalo wings with the perfect amount of spice dipped into a silky smooth Blue cheese dipping sauce.
Now there was a lot of debate abut the mains but we couldn’t go past the consensus of four plates of delicious sticky pork ribs. This was a generous portion of ribs which probably didn’t need the side of cheesy fries and mac and cheese that we of course thought we had to have.
Unfortunately our over ambitious appetites left us with the terrible tragedy of only being able to order two deserts which we thought we should share. Our meal was finished off perfectly with a pecan pie and banana cream pie. After a great meal we left feeling a little depressed thinking of all the calories that were just consumed but I think we can worry about that another day. It is a good job that we don’t live in America, ok to indulge occasionally.
Not sure what the next menu will be, they did however assure us that it will be soon up on their website. So if you are after somewhere with a great atmosphere, excellent service and fabulous food you can’t go past Billykart kitchen.
The Joy Girls xx