Executive Chef Neil Smith is on a mission; to break the stereotype of “club food” for Brothers Ipswich members.
Working in big name venues across Brisbane, Neil had previously never worked in a club and wanted to create a better dining culture for Ipswich.
“I came directly from The Pineapple Hotel in Kangaroo Point to here,” Neil said.
“I live in Ipswich and it’s a big reason I was looking for jobs in the area, but there wasn’t a job that I perceived was right for me.
“A big part of why I agreed to take on this role is because Brad was clear about not being constrained by old clichés.
“I knew we were going to have a state-of-the-art facility and kitchen, which for any chef is always a big draw card.”
Neil and his team wanted to move away from just serving up roasts, hot boxes and schnitzels that most clubs seem to focus on.
Customers at Brothers were given a transitional menu that Neil describes as “a journey towards where we want to be with food.”
“We’re featuring some of the best beef you can get in Australia, with seafood, we’re only using fresh local seafood.. we’re trying to let the produce speak for itself and not overwork the food. Neil assures crowd favourites like old-school chicken parmigiana, spaghetti bolognese and fish and chips will remain – just with a few tweaks of improvement.
“One of our priorities was to combine traditional, affordable club favourites with exceptional dishes made from the finest seasonal ingredients, unashamedly redefining club dining in Ipswich.”
Fresh, healthy and inclusive menu options were also a key factor Neil wanted to introduce across both Shamrocks and newly opened café, Finns. It’s why he’s proud to include options for vegans, vegetarians and those with strict dietary requirements and severe allergies.
“With the new café we’ve just opened, there’s a big feature on fresh with a big salad bar where there’s a range of fresh made salads daily, fresh paninis, bagels, turkish bread, it’s not just cakes and coffee.. it’s a café with a deli style approach.”
The menu also includes contemporary offerings that are popular in the world of food but haven’t quite made it to Ipswich yet – until now, that is.
“There’s big burgers and spare ribs we know people are chasing all over venues in Brisbane and not as easy to find in Ipswich.”
Brothers members don’t pay full price on anything; that’s the Brothers Advantage.
Membership is just five dollars for five years, with 10 per cent discount off the standard price of everything. Be sure to visit Brothers this month to experience the mouth watering flavours of their new and improved dining options.