Heading into winter can feel a little bit gloomy at times, with shorter days and cold, wet weather - but there are up sides, that bring us deep joy during these months, the delicious and comforting foods of our amazing city centre restaurants. Winter sees new menus emerging from the kitchens of these restaurants, and brings us out of our blanket cocoons and into the heart of the city to warm up and enjoy a night out with friends.

We've been in contact with a number of restaurants to get the inside scoop on their new winter menus, see our list below, and start planning which restaurant you'll be visiting next. 



Agnolotti verdi of gurnard & scampi w lemon butter

This winter season, Baduzzi has created a special menu featuring all their most popular dishes. Think Baduzzi's famous Karitane crayfish meatballs with sweet onion puree, smoked butter & salsa verde, or the delightfully comforting saffron & potato tortellini w goats curd, brown butter, almond & fig confit.

Dessert hasn't been forgotten about on this menu where the tiramisu with baileys and amaretto ranks high on our must try list and if we are feeling extra hungry we'll be trying the ricotta cannoli w citrus confit & bitter chocolate too.

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Cafe Hanoi 

Cafe Hanoi Roast Duck

Cafe Hanoi's Roast Duck dish

Cafe Hanoi is embracing winter with delicious, warming menu updates like Vietnamese favourite Cha Muc — fried squid, pork and shrimp cakes served in the traditional way with dill-infused Nuoc Cham dipping sauce, which have been added to their ‘bite-size’ section. Other noteworthy mentions include the beef short rib braised with lemongrass, cinnamon and star anise and served with soy carrots, pickled bean sprouts, watercress and toasted Banh mi - a modern take on Bo Kho, a traditional Vietnamese beef stew, and their lemongrass and chilli-stuffed tofu with smoked oyster mushrooms, spinach and pickled bean sprouts also returns to the menu due to popular demand. And if you love dessert, try their Vietnamese coffee pot de crème with a chocolate and a five spice macaron. See the full menu here

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DeBrett's Kitchen | Hotel DeBrett


Dark and white chocolate parfait

DeBrett's Kitchen produces some amazingly tasty dishes, and their current menu offerings all look like a definite must-try. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the dark and white chocolate parfait complete with berry puree, meringue, mandarin, and raspberry crumb. From the main menu, the crispy pork belly with roasted cauliflower puree and Nam Jim slaw will be one of our first items on the order, accompanied by their goats cheese gnocchi with pea puree and parmesan crisp and a plate of steamed seasonal greens.

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Beef Taco

There's no question that Mexico's menu is delicious all year round, but we thought you'd love to hear about the new offerings to get you through the cooler months. Our top recommendations include the beef tacos - the perfect combination of beef skirt carne asada, chipotle mayo, queso fundido, onion rings, and coriander all in a soft tortilla.

If you're looking for a vegan friendly meal, it can't get any better than the chimichangas. This crunchy deep fried burrito is filled with pan fried mushroom, leek, chili, queso, cactus & salsa asada. For dessert, we think you'll need to order all three choices, but if you can only fit one in, the cinnamon spiced churros, with warm dark chocolate ganache, and toasted walnut crumb are not to be missed.

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Seafood Paella

Warm up on the cold winter nights with Madriz's comforting and homely menu. Take a group of four and order the family paella - the flavours are outstanding in this dish. Pick your paella to be filled with vegan friendly ingredients or opt for the chicken and seafood filling. This full size paella comes with a generous serving of bread and a light and fresh green salad on the side.

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For diners wanting something a little special, the Cassia Journey set menu is a “journey through India” with a selection of Cassia’s most popular signature dishes selected by the chef for $75 per person (2-9 pax). The Cassia Journey menu has been designed to share by everyone at the table. Just let them know your dietary requirements and leave the rest to the chefs.

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Hugo's Bistro


Crispy school prawns, chilli, lemon and mayonnaise.
Image Credit: Hugo's Bistro Facebook page

On a rainy afternoon, take shelter in Hugo's Bistro and warm up in the inviting and cosy atmosphere that the restaurant embodies. Start with a plate of the moreish crispy school prawns with chilli, lemon and mayonnaise, followed by a selection of any of the other spectacular dishes on the menu. We are gravitating toward the venison loin or the john dory (with mussles, leeks, cider and bacon). 

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Last updated: 26 June 2020