I managed to get over to Bulimba to check out Scales & Ales at lunch today and – all bias aside – was very impressed. Started with the house-made bread rolls, Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters and then had the Barramundi Burger with chips and onion rings. All very tasty – and the chips are excellent. The secret according to Chef Frank is to blanche them in oil first, put them aside and then cook them off when you’re ready to serve. And do be scared to cook them well.
It was a hard choice to go past an old favourite in the mussels steamed in beer, but I felt I should branch out and the burger was perfect for lunch. For beers, I had a Pike’s Oakbank Pilsener with the burger and then the Lord Nelson Three Sheets, well, just because.
The Pike’s wasn’t one that I’d suggested for the menu and hadn’t tried it for years and I had forgotten how enjoyable it is with a big fruity malt palate and bold but balanced bitterness with floral hops wafting all around. Good match with the barra. It also shows that contract brewed beers needed always be overlooked.
Chef and owner Frank Correnti and I are looking at doing some beer and food matches early next year and Frank has some really exciting ideas for beer-inspired seafood recipes that I can’t wait to try out.
If you live in Brisbane, or come for a visit, and feel like a feed of fish and chips with a bit of flare…and a nice beer…get along and try it out.
Great name, great logo
I met today with the proprietors of a soon-to-open, Brisbane-based upmarket fish and chippery called Scales & Ales. As the very cool and clever name would suggest, in addition to serving seafood they will also be focusing on their beers.
As someone who beats his head on restaurant doors trying to get them to be even a little serious about beer, I was excited to meet some restauranteurs who were enthusiastic about featuring good beer. It was only after leaving that I realised just how august the company I was in was. The chef is Frank Correnti, the man who ran the kitchens at such Brisbane icons as Cha Cha Char and Watt.
Frank and his wife Jane were after some advice in finalising their beer menu and matching the beers to the seafood. There wasn’t much for me to do, they had a great list prepared already. If you’re in Brisbane – which can tend to resemble a post-apocalyptic wasteland when it come to beer – I highly recommend trying the restaurant when it opens next Thursday. In addition to an unusually limited ‘usual suspects’ range to keep people happy, they have included some great beers including Lord Nelson 3 Sheets, Stone & Wood Lager, are the first establishment in Brisbane to feature the excellent Schweinhund hefeweizen and Ace of Spades stout from Brewboys, Mac’s Hoprocker and Meantime IPA, Pilsner and Wheat Grand Cru. I haven’t tried the food yet but I’d happily go along just for the beers.
Scales & Ales Gourmet Fish Bar
5 Wambool Street Bulimba Q 4171
I should point out, I wasn’t paid by the restaurant for my advice, it’s just great to see a restaurant enthusiastic and serious about beer.