By way of a 1st birthday celebration, Brisbane’s premier home of live music, great food and drinks has just announced the launch of a new menu: despite the fact that, from memory, the old one was pretty good!

The venue is buzzing with life; a crowd is gathering in anticipation of a gig in the 800 capacity aircraft hangar venue, while the 490 square metre beer garden and food area manages to be busy yet confortable all at the same time.

The new menu – it turns out – is not a major departure from the old one, which can only be a good thing. It features delicious gourmet burgers, sliders, a hot dog, salads, small bites and handcut fries. It could be described as dude food with healthy options. The new menu consists of two handfuls of selections, and yet it still takes longer than expected to find a choice among the mouth-watering possibilities.

Owner and former Powderfinger bassist John Collins said, “The new menu has been in the works for the last month.

We’ve refined and tested it and we’re really excited to be bringing our new menu to The Triffid and to Brisbane. We believe we are the only venue offering up great food and drink which is on par with our quality entertainment”.

At first I was tempted by the venue’s signature ‘Triffid Burger’ ($14), which speaks of 100% Darling Downs grain fed Angus beef, toasted brioche buns with fresh tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, spiced pickles, mature cheddar cheese, hot English mustard mayo and The Triffid’s secret sauce. But no! That would be too easy.

So, a dabble of ‘this’, with a smattering of ‘that’ was in order, beginning with the Haloumi Burger. Now, I am usually a bit indifferent to haloumi. Get it wrong, and you are faced with the troubling experience of chewing a salty, tasteless substance similar in many ways – I imagine – to melted bitumen. The rocket, tomato, beetroot puree and supporting fries are all excellent. And great news, the haloumi is succulent and tasteful. I’m a convert waiting in the wings.

Next up was The Triffid Dog ($12). To be honest, I was determined to avoid this. I wanted one of the lighter options for second course: Thai prawn salad ($14) or cauliflower salad ($10) perhaps. But then I all too easily succumbed to the claim that this was the best Triffid Dog ever. Seemingly oblivious to the uncertain logic, I ran headlong into the bright mix of colour that was the Double Smoked Cheese Kransky, pickles, onion, cheese, tomato sauce and American Mustard, all washed down with price-friendly beer, including favourites like White Rabbit Dark Ale ($8), Little Creatures Pale Ale ($8) and a trifecta of James Squire favourites.

Barely a year old, The Triffid carries itself like a venue future generations will speak of with reverence. For the music, they’ll be, “Was you there the night so-and-so-played”. For the food and drink, it will be, “You always get quality at a fair price”. Few venues can boast such a successful double-header.

Words by Colin Bushell
Image supplied by The Triffid