Vertical bites and Japanese delights – the top ten things to taste at Night Feast’s spring edition

If you haven’t heard, sensory wonderland Night Feast has returned for its spring edition, taking over Brisbane Powerhouse from October 4–29. This immersive art and feasting experience is once again bringing together Brisbane’s top chefs for a month-long culinary and cultural celebration, mixing things up with a whole new roster of delicious eats. Night Feast is now underway, which means you have just over three weeks to feast your way around more than 20 gourmet food stalls, some returning and others making their Night Feast debut. To make life easier, we have collated a list of the top things to taste at Night Feast, so all you have to do is immerse yourself in the experience.

Oct 06, 2023, updated Oct 06, 2023

Sixteen-hour beef short rib from NOTA: Paddington’s modern European restaurant NOTA is making its debut at Night Feast’s spring edition, bringing a sample menu of its simple-yet-flavoursome fare. In the interest of well-executed ‘simply good food’, we recommend trying the 16-hour slow-cooked beef short rib with bourguignon sauce and potato puree. This comforting classic is sure to give your mum’s a run for its money.

Master stock duck ragu from Southside: If you’re yet to dine at Fish Lane’s leaf-laden Asian eatery Southside, then now is your chance to try some of its crowd-favourite dishes in a different setting. Palate-pleasing plates such as potato and truffle spring rolls, spicy wok-fried pork belly and truffle prawn toast will appear on the Night Feast line-up, but we suggest sampling the master stock duck ragu. The warm and modern Chinese flavours of Southside will star in this signature dish, which uses house noodles and head chef Benny Lam’s beloved chilli.

Sapporo Izakaya by Taro tasting menu: Sapporo ambassador and beer sensei Shinichiro Shimo and renowned Australian chef Taro Akimoto of Taro’s Ramen have paired up for Night Feast to present a bevy of brews alongside a mouth-watering menu that encapsulates the tastes of Japan. To really experience Sapporo Izakaya, the signature set menu is a no brainer. It includes potato salad, posh edamame, trio of karaage, wagyu garlic steak and a walnut miso yaki onigiri, paired with a crisp Sapporo beer – yum!

Duck and waffle from ESSA: Simple yet considered dishes are the hero at Fortitude Valley’s ESSA and its signature dish, the famous Duck and Waffle, is no exception. A crispy sourdough waffle makes up the base of this delectable bite, which is topped with a fried duck leg, smoked maple syrup and Davidson plum sauce. You can elevate your edible experience by adding shio koji hot sauce, caviar and creme fraiche, or opt for a caviar spoon to up the indulgence even more. Trust us, a trip to Night Feast wouldn’t be complete without trying this bad boy.

Quesabirria tacos from La Mano: Sink your teeth into Mexican and Hispanic street-food staples at La Mano, which is bringing its authentic taqueria to Brisbane for Night Feast. You can sample a sumptuous selection of tacos, nachos and elotes, but our pick of the lot are the quesabirria tacos – two pulled-beef birria tacos with Oaxaca cheese, lime-pickled onion, coriander and consomme.

Eton mess from Nosferatu Gin and Dessert Bar: There is only one thing that we enjoy more than dessert, and that is when it’s booze infused. Known for its top-tier gin and food pairings, Nosferatu Gin and Dessert Bar’s Night Feast menu is filled with gin-focused fare. We recommend trying the elevated Eton Mess, which combines crushed meringue, whipped cream mascarpone and fresh strawberries, drizzled with Nosferatu’s strawberry gin coulis.

Alitas De Pollo from MAYA: Take a trip to Guadalajara with MAYA’s Night Feast tasting menu, which spotlights the vibrancy of Mexican culture and the very best Queensland produce. The mouth-watering menu includes slow-cooked pork belly and fish tacos, street-style corn and drool-inducing churros, but those with a craving for spice must not look past the woodfired smoked mango habanero chicken wings with coriander and lime crema.

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Chips ‘n’ Dip from Dalton Catering: Your visit to Dalton’s Catering will make you believe food is art when you witness The Fire Dome, a cooking device designed by chef Jerome Dalton himself and crafted to roast, grill and smoke carefully sourced local ingredients to perfection in front of your eyes. After you’ve observed your mouth-watering meal being prepared, sink your teeth into an elegant elevation of the classic chips ‘n’ dip. This mouth-watering masterpiece is a careful construction of potato rosti chips with roasted chicken-skin salt, smoked sour cream and chive, and Yarra Valley salmon caviar.

Signature poffertjes from Anchalee’s: Indulge in the traditional taste of Dutch cuisine at Anchalee’s, which is dishing up three different palate-pleasing poffertjes pancake varieties at Night Feast, which are all made using a secret family recipe. Those who prefer fruity flavours can sample the tropical poffertjes, or enter into honeycomb heaven with the honeycomb poffertjes. If you ask us, the signature poffertjes are certainly the top pick, these fluffy bite-sized beauties are topped with raspberry mousse, dark chocolate crumble, rose floss and vanilla-bean ice-cream.

Above-ground bites from Vertigo: Savour sky-high Italian snacks at Brisbane Powerhouse’s newest diner Vertigo. This Night Feast experience is certainly not for the faint of heart! Why? Well, to enjoy Vertigo’s gastronomic offering, guests will need to clip in and climb out to their seats on a custom-built rig, which dangles 17 m above ground. From this lofty perch, they’ll be able to take in sweeping views of the city skyline and soak up all of the Night Feast action from above, while enjoying flavoursome Italian fare made by the crew at Bar Alto back down on terra firma. A delectable menu featuring the likes of burrata with heirloom tomato, basil and aged balsamic, an Italian fish stew with Moreton Bay bugs, king prawns, mussels and calamari, and a Piedmontese chocolate-caramel custard with hazelnut biscotti will be enjoyed sky high. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can even abseil down the iconic Powerhouse facade after your meal!

Don’t forget to also explore the range of awe-inspiring art installations scattered around Night Feast while you sip and snack. You can witness everything from giant illuminated deep-sea creatures and immersive moving installations to a breathtaking blend of circus and the bell’s sonic wonder. Head on over to the Night Feast website for more information on what’s on offer. 

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