Mad Bastard in South Bank

Posted on 9th Apr 2014 by ian under Dining Out | No Comments »

madbastardLater this month there will be a Mad Bastard in South Bank, Brisbane. While down at GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) last weekend we went for a terrific lunch at an Italian establishment called dell’Ugo (182 Grey Street). The restaurant runs from Grey Street through to Little Stanley Street where you can dine al fresco and watch the passing parade.

I knew which dish had my name on it from the street menu – the Linguine dell’egadi con salsa all’aragostella – which translates as Squid ink linguine, Moreton bay bug, cherry tomato, garlic, chilli, basil & bisque. It was superb – as was the wine recommended by our waiter, Yianni – it was the Mad Bastard Riesling (2013).

I have long been a fan of Jim Barry Rieslings from Clare Valley in South Australia and I was interested in trying this drop because the winemaker is Mark Barry, Jim’s son. Mark was the senior winemaker for Jim Barry Wines from 1985 until 2005 when he chose to take a break. In 2010 Mark decided to get back into winemaking, going it solo. A mate told him he was a ‘mad bastard’ and the brand was born.

madbastard 1Mark’s aim is to produce small 1000-bottle lots of different styles of Shiraz as well as small parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. The bottle we sampled from that small parcel of white was a perfect lunchtime drop – light straw in colour with heaps of character and citrus with a crisp, dry finish. And to finish was a pity!

By all reports it is a case of Mad Bastard by name and nature. Mark is known for his wicked sense of humour and unconventional ways – and it so happens that he will be at dell’Ugo on April 30 for a special dinner with accompanying wines and yarns. While subject to change, here are the current menu thoughts:

To start: Zucchini flowers, blue swimmer crab, ricotta & pesto with the Mad Bastard Riesling…

Then: Risotto with Huon salmon, mascarpone & leek with the Mad Bastard Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)…

Followed by: Cape Grim eye fleet, white beans, green beans & pancetta with the Mad Bastard Shiraz (2011 & 2012)…

And to finish: Deconstructed Sicilian cannoli, ricotta, macerated sultanas, fruits & gelato.

If you would like to be part of this delightfully decadent and delicious Mad Bastard event, phone Yianni on 3844 0500. And if you would like some fine accommodation to accompany the evening just a short walk away, Rydges South Bank will make you welcome. Rydges has three rooms for guests with reduced mobility.

Footnote: None of the restaurants in the South Bank restaurant strip have bathrooms – there are bathrooms at the end of each block (in the middle) and they have wheelchair access.