Mercure Restaurant & Bar/Eat Brisbane 20 | North Quay Brisbane

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A fellow foodie taking a photo of the Chinese Braised Pork Belly
I was fortunate enough to be invited to Eat Brisbane’s 20th Instameet, hosted by Mercure Brisbane, which recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. We were given an interactive dining experience as we were able to watch our dinner be crafted live before our eyes!

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Head Chef
The head chef revealed their secret for delicious food – they locally sourced 95% of their produce, this means wonderful fresh ingredients. We began with the entrees which included: Thai Spiced Calamari with Asian herb salad and nam jim dressing ($13), House Selection of Bruschetta ($11.50), Apple Wood Smoked Chicken with watercress, fennel and red wine poached pears ($14) and Hervey Bay Scallops with apple, cauliflower, preserved lemon and black pudding ($13.50).
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Entree
I went through all my life trying to avoid black pudding – but tonight I was lucky enough to try it, though I was expecting a metallic taste, it had produced a subtle sweetness to it, making it very palatable. The scallops were cooked perfectly, which made it the favourite entree of the night (was tossing up between calamari and scallops).
The mains were shortly served and it was a battle to get the best dishes (similar to the Hunger Games really).
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Queensland Seafood Grill
As mentioned before, 95% of their produce is locally sourced, this means that the seafood was exceptionally fresh. The seafood grill consisted of: Moreton Bay Bug, prawns, scallops, salmon, petite salad and citrus butter sauce ($36). Everything was cooked perfectly, especially the Moreton Bay Bug.
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Butter Chicken
I am a huge fan of Indian food and was excited to try it, but it was a very thin curry. It was served in a Tiffin with steamed white rice, crunchy papadums and raita ($21). The naan was well done and if the curry was a bit creamier and thicker I think it would have been the winner dish.
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Slow Braised Beef in Red Wine
The Slow Braised Beef in Red Wine served with roasted root vegetables, creamy polenta and cabernet jus ($25) was overall okay. The beef wasn’t as tender as it could’ve been and the polenta could have been creamier. But I’m just being picky here, the flavours were great and was filling. Nevertheless, the Queensland Seafood Grill would have taken the best main of the night, though I would have really loved to try that Chinese Braised Pork Belly next time!
Now, the night never actually ends without dessert right? Hands down, favourite was Apple Creme Brûlée, cooked superbly. Though the biscotti was a bit over baked as it was hard to bite into, still my favourite dessert.
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Overall, it was a wonderful evening hosted by Mercure and was enjoyed by all the foodies and I will soon definitely return to try all the dishes I had missed out on. Thank you once again Eat Brisbane for making this possible!

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