Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: St Baxter, New Farm.
Fifty bucks buys you the "feed me" option at this Californian-inspired newcomer. The sunset mural, table cacti and colourful beachy vibe might have you thinking this is just another member of the Tex-Mex bandwagon. The fat little suckling pig on the kitchen pass, all golden skin and succulent flesh, though, says otherwise. The food at St Baxter is a cut above. They roast pigs on site, and the serve arrives with a tamarind-tart caramel sauce, fine shards of crackling and a jicama slaw peppered with fresh blood orange slices. Then there's the mole, made with beef cheek, nicely messy over celeriac purée with a rustic pico de gallo salsa. The (notionally four-course) feed-me format changes daily, but you might also score spicy chorizo con papas - tiny spuds sautéed with rounds of hot sausage - or a kingfish ceviche and juicy charred corn with chipotle and parmesan. And to finish? Dulce de leche ice-cream sandwiched between brittle brandy snaps. Consider yourself fed.
St Baxter, 693 Brunswick St, New Farm, Qld, (07) 3254 0277
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