Fifteen years ago Brisbanites could only dream of having the kind of access to farm fresh produce that much of Europe and Asia enjoyed for as long as anyone can remember. Roadside stalls with boxes of produce and an honesty box yielded you a hit and miss selection of whatever was in season if you were prepared to hit the hinterland on a weekend but other than that and what you could grow in your backyard, produce buying happened at the local fruiterer and increasingly, at the supermarket.
Author: Lizzie Loel
Lizzie Loel is a Brisbane-based qualified chef/turned restaurant critic for The Courier Mail since 1999. After a two-year break she re-entered the industry and has recently returned to review for QWeekend Magazine every Saturday. Lizzie reviewed for Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide for the seven years and was State Editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller from 2004 - 2007 and her bi-line regularly appears in prestigious publications such as Winestate Magazine and Delicious Magazine. Lizzie was the founding editor of the Courier Mail Food + Wine Guide since 2007.
It’s an institution revered by Brisbanites and many frequent visitors since its opening in 1996. And with progressive management and a keen eye on current trends (as opposed to flashy fads), Jocelyn’s Provisions, located in popular James Street, has maintained its place firmly at the top of the sugar-sprinkled ladder.
It sits in the loudly beating heart of Brisbane’s West End, just over the river from the CBD and arguably its most culturally diverse (and very cool) precinct. It is Chop Chop Chang’s and it is as cool, diverse and inclusive as its colourful ‘burb.
When Ryan Squires cooks, heads swivel, grown adults drool like puppies and expectations are sky high. It’s Saturday night at Esq., the casual section of the multi-awarded Esquire restaurant owned by business partners, Ryan Squires and Cameron Murchison.