Get your weekend groove on this month at New Farm’s newest and possibly, most authentic food venture yet. New Farm Bistro has just made its debut, featuring traditional home-style Anglo-Indian cuisine with a spicy twist to get your tastebuds tingling. Welcoming back My Kitchen Rules grand finalist Valerie Ferdinand’s and daughter Courtney to the new farm community as she introduces a “seasonal menu of upscaled classics, a Fab Friday night special, and of course, Valerie’s spicy heritage dishes”.
Located directly opposite the iconic New Farm Park, the Bistro will share its space with New Farm’s bowl club commemorating “a rich history” of community fun and togetherness, credit to Valerie’s quality cuisine and stellar reputation. Plus, her passion for inclusion and incredible sense of humour at age 65 will ensure her customers feel a sense of warmth and ease with every bite of deliciousness she plates up.
The bowls club dates back to 1905 and has become a landmark for New Farm locals and Brisbane folk alike. So, when the space became available for the take, Valerie knew better than to let the opportunity pass her by. With a budding portfolio of cooking demonstrations, festivals and articles for food magazines, Valerie had well and truly earned the status and following to upgrade her space. Valerie’s home has been open to friends and family “for donkey years” and she insists no one would ever leave with an empty stomach or without a newfound passion for home-made authentic cuisine. In her own words, “The food doesn’t even have to be extravagant; it just needs to be a good quality take on otherwise everyday dishes”.
Entertainment wise, Valerie’s eldest daughter Ella and her band will be providing classic tunes to bistro guests, featuring outstanding performances for functions and events alike. Valerie urges young people to come on down of a Sunday afternoon, kick back, and enjoy mouth-watering dishes alongside a selection of delicious beverages sure to spice up the night! Not only this, she also encourages families to join in the fun, expressing her desire for New Farm Bistro to become, “the place to be” for a quality weekend rendezvous. “I cherish and am forever grateful for my tight knit immediate and extended family”, she says, and looks forward to sharing her love and appreciation for food and community with her future customers.
No doubt the cooking industry is facing some tough times this 2020, however Valerie’s attitude towards the venture proves that hard work pays off and good food will always stand the test of time, and in this case, a global pandemic. She explains, “It’s about taking life by the horns, being fearless and fulfilling passion which in my case is cooking. I just love it and want people to see the love on every plate we serve – and there’s no time like the present”.
Get down to New Farm Bistro this weekend for an unforgettable mix of love, family, a cheeky round of bowls, and of course, some seriously incredible food. “Why don’t you come on over, Valerie”. See you there!