For our wedding anniversary recently I wanted to do something wildly exotic, and experience something totally different. Going to dinner was pretty standard practice for us, and there are many wonderful restaurants around the Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast areas of Australia to choose from.
This year I wanted to do something uniquely different, an evening we could share with our son.
My prayers and wishes were answered a week before our anniversary in the form of an advertising brochure in a magazine. I checked out the website, the food and location and excitedly made the booking.
The restaurant we were dining at is called Tukka, an Australian colloquial word meaning ‘tucker’ or food. Tukka is an award winning restaurant of contemporary native Australian fare, situated in the cool suburb of West End, 5 minutes from downtown Brisbane.
We arrived for dinner and were immediately hit by its warm earthy ambience and gentle lighting. Dream time music played softly in the background. We were shown to our table by friendly wait staff, our son by now in a rebellious mood because I’d told him in advance what was on the menu (game meats such as possum, emu, wallaby, and crocodile).
My husband ordered a beautiful red merlot, and as I’m not a wine connoisseur can only describe the taste of this wine as smooth as silk, with the warmth of cognac and absolutely no bitter after taste. That won me over straight away. It was easy to now slip further into relaxation and immerse myself fully in the ambience of the evening.
Having our menus explained to us we chose for starters a native platter for two as well as a crocodile entrée which we shared.
The huge native platter consisted of game meats such as possum chipolatas, wallaby proscuitto, and emu pastrami. There was warm home-made lemon myrtle damper, refreshing on the palate, native nuts, rainforest fruits, dips, Tasmanian pepperberry and the strong spice of desert tomatoes to try. The crocodile meat was sliced paper thin