Flavours of Ipswich
Eat your way through Ipswich's best cafes and restaurants from April 7-24, with a heap of fantastic dining deals from just $25 for 2 courses at Flavours of Ipswich.
Sample camelcinos and camel gelato overlooking a camel farm, get a taste of fine dining at an 1860's National Trust cottage, turn back the clock with old school dishes at a retro diner or enjoy Indian feasts at Ipswich's fantastic Indian restaurants in historic buildings.
Here are 12 of the tasting highlights:
Enjoy hearty burgers with a side of fries at Bakehouse Steakhouse., a funky renovated 1870's bakehouse on the outskirts of the CBD. Choose from: Wagyu Cheeseburger with pickles, caramelised onion and Bakehouse sauce; the classic Bakehouse Burger; a Fried Chicken Burger; and a BBQ Onion Ring Burger. Combine with one of four scrumptious desserts: banoffee pie with banana custard, salted caramel and Bakehouse fudge; a New York Cheesecake with cream cheese frosting and berry coulis; a chocolate and walnut brownie with vanilla ice cream and a lemon meringue tart with glazed Italian meringue and strawberry coulis. 2 courses for $25.... more
At Essence of Indya, a historic corner store-turned creative Indian restaurant you can enjoy a two course lunch or dinner with amuse bouche, a choice of two starters and a choice of four mains: Butter Chicken, Lamb Madras, Kerala Beef Masala or Cottage Cheese and Creamy Fenugreek. All mains are served with naan bread and rice and for dinner you have the option of adding the restaurant's signature dessert – charcoal kulfi.... more
Take a seat on the back deck at Fourthchild, a character-filled café in the historic Top of Town with views of Ipswich's most famous landmark, St Mary’s Church and enjoy a delicious 2-course meal for $25 daily until 3pm. Choose from 6 mains, all served with chips and salad, including a towering serve of beef lasagne, classic Quiche Lorraine, spinach and feta quiche, salmon and camembert quiche, vegetable lasagne and a chicken, bacon and pesto filo pastry. Finish with chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla bean ice-cream, chocolate soil and raspberry sorbet or baked cheesecake with cream and ice cream. 2 courses for $25.. more
The Cottage Restaurant is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich dining - serving exquisite food in a landmark National Trust listed 1860s sandstone cottage. For Flavours, you can enjoy a two-course lunch with a choice of parmesan and thyme gnocchi with homemade Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes and basil; or smoked baby beetroot risotto with cheese and wild rocket. For dessert, choose from a Mississippi Mud Cake with mixed berries and vanilla bean ice cream or crème brulee with macadamia baklava and Turkish delight....more
The recently renovated historic pub Commercial Hotel is renowned for its excellent steaks, hearty portions and daily specials and for Flavours of Ipswich, Chef Caleb is creating dishes that are a must-try … entrée of pork belly atop a bed of creamy polenta with a pea, sherry and asparagus salsa, followed by main of slow-cooked beef cheek with chat mash and asparagus with a crystal ice plant garnish. Lunch 2 courses $25... more
Located in the grand old Ulster Hotel, Memories of India has three fantastic offerings for Flavours of Ipswich. Diners can enjoy a two-course lunch banquet comprising unlimited mains of butter chicken, lamb masala, Punjabi vegetable korma, naan breads and rice. Or come for dinner and feast on a three-course vegetarian banquet of onion bhaji, paneer pakoras, corn fritters and unlimited mains of palak paneer or paneer methi, mixed vegetable curry, malai kofta and dahl makani with naan breads, rice and chef’s choice desserts. Lunch $25pp; Dinner $35pp.... more
Surrounded by greenery and with its fantastic adventure playground, The Cafe Kalina is the perfect spot to relax with some headspace. It's also famous for its signature dish, the Philly Steak sandwich... think sliced rib fillet and caramelised onions, melted provolone cheese, bell peppers and mushrooms with a side of chips. Another popular main is calamari tenderised in a kiwi fruit marinade, served flash grilled on a salad with garlic aioli. During Flavours of Ipswich, you can choose from those two mains and any dessert from the cabinet. 2 courses $25.... more
Turn back the clock and take a trip back in time to Ipswich's cool The Retro Diner, located in the historic Top of Town. During Flavours of Ipswich you can choose two options (drinks, entrée and main) for lunch and three options (drink, main and dessert) for dinner. Their signature dish is the massive Hawaiian Chicken Parmi with grilled pineapple, cheese and bacon, drizzled with a BBQ bourbon sauce and served with chips and salad, while another popular offering is the Retro Beef Burger with everything. Follow up with one of their unique boozy cupcakes...more
Ipswich's most unique cafe, Homestead Cafe, can be found on the verandah of a Summer Land Camel Farm homestead and it's the perfect place to enjoy lunch overlooking the farm. Start with a Camelcino – made using camel milk, then tuck into a Homestead Burger featuring the Summer Land Persian feta and served with salad and fries and finish with a camel milk gelato. While you're there, combine lunch with a camel ride or grab a bag of feed for $2 and feed the camels...more
Occupying a heritage-listed building dating back to the late-1800s, in the centre of Ipswich's CBD, Indian Mehfil is one of the city's most popular restaurants. Diners can can feast on a lunch or dinner banquet. For lunch enjoy a chef’s selection of appetisers and your choice of curry from smoky Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh or vegetarian Dahl Tadka, while dinner includes the appetisers, a couple of different curries to choose from (including fragrant Fish Methi Malai) and a special Indian dessert. Lunch banquet $25; Dinner banquet $35.... more
Raw Energy has two healthy 2-course meals to enjoy during Flavours of Ipswich. The first, gluten-free option is Satay Power Bowl (roasted vegetables, chicken breast and chickpeas on fresh rocket with satay coconut dressing and roasted peanuts) with a warm chocolate brownie and ice cream. The other is Turkish eggs – two poached eggs with house-made hummus and Greek yoghurt with a fresh minty avocado, tomato and cucumber salad, followed by a mini acai bowl topped with fresh fruit, coconut and chia seeds. Both two-course options come with a small orange juice. $25 for 2 courses.... more
Chai House, with its Nepalese-flavoured menu, is offering a delicious 2-course menu for Flavours of Ipswich, with a generous choice of five mains and five desserts. Mains include Nepalese Wok Noodles, Grilled Chicken Burger, Pesto Chicken Linguine, Panko Crumbed Barramundi and Warm Beef Salad, while desserts include Chocolate Brownie, Banoffee Tart, Orange & Almond Muffin or Lemon Tart, all with a choice of cream or ice-cream. 2 courses $25.... more
And that's not all. Savour old school burgers at Ruby Chews diner, tuck into some hearty Italian cuisine at Casa Mia, or try the specials at Char'd restaurant (whose legendary bar Tap'd is the largest craft beer bar in the southern hemisphere) and be sure to sample the 14-hour smoked brisket at Boulevard at Brookwater. For the full list of participants and deals see below.