Day two starts bright and early at Ortem, with their the legendary breakfast sandwich featuring sourdough, spinach, mayonnaise, tomato, avocado, halloumi, bacon, fried egg and a great slurp of bacon jam. The coffee is pretty great too. My partner, the travelling paparazzi asks as we leave “Can we have breakfast here again ?”
The Francophile in me finds it hard to leave Bonjour Boulangerie. We fuel up on great coffee and a dose of magnificent French sweets: almond croissants, strawberry tarts and chocolate eclairs, oh my!
At the Bull and Barley Inn owner Bruce treats us to a true taste of Darling Downs hospitality. Gosh this pub is immaculate, truly beautiful and an icon of Cambooya. The local rib fillet, salad and chips is worth the drive, and the beer is cold too.
We have a tale of two dinners in Warwick, first at Soban House, (those Korean girls can drink!) where the most delicious plum wine is bought forth with some of the best Korean food I have ever eaten: spicy pork belly, crispy tofu in a mesmerising dark liquor, Bulgogi beef, steamed dumplings and four house made kimchis that only true artisans could produce.
A walk down the street of beautiful Warwick brings us to Bluebird Kitchen and Bar where Jim has been smoking a grass fed Rangers Valley brisket for 12 hours. The smoker itself is something to behold, and I stare at it longingly for some time. Here at Bluebird it’s the smoky meat goodness that you won’t forget easily: pork ribs, brisket, chicken wings, beef ribs, coleslaw, potato salad, sweet corn, and bread and butter…it’s like a giant food hug and you won’t want to stop at one.