Savour summer flavours at North Lakes Sports Club

Published 4:00pm 7 December 2023

Savour summer flavours at North Lakes Sports Club
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

A tantalising new menu bursting with wholesome summer-inspired ingredients and flavours is now on offer at North Lakes Sports Club.

To celebrate the change of season, the club’s chefs have created an array of lunch and dinner options, including a mixture of family favourites and bold new dishes.

From light bites to main courses, desserts and cocktails, North Lakes Sports Club venue manager Craig Allan says a taste of summer can be found at all the club’s dining outlets and bars.

“Here at North Lakes Sports Club, we love changing our menu every season so our members and guests always have something new, fresh and exciting to try,” Craig says.

“We have some very clever and amazing chefs who like to keep on top of what food trends are happening now, and even create their own.

“I like to think we are on point with our food and beverage trends and can offer a great dining experience for all that rivals what is on offer in the Brisbane CBD, meaning you can have a quality meal and night out without the need to travel far.

“With multiple dining options and bars, including Banyan Restaurant and Deck, Nasi and Mie, Crave Cafe and Bar, the Boutique Lounge Bar, Atonik Spirit Bar and the Sports Bar, you can eat and drink your way through the club at your leisure and embrace the different atmospheres.”

North Lakes Sports Club head chef Tara Leonardo says the new menu incorporates plenty of “beautiful fresh produce”.

“The new menu is full of fresh seasonal produce like beautiful mangos, which makes it fresh, vibrant and exciting,” Tara says.

“With so many amazing ingredients now available, we will have the best quality for everyone to enjoy.”

At the club’s signature restaurant, Banyan Restaurant and Deck, diners can treat their tastebuds to a range of modern Australian cuisine spanning entrees, mains, children’s meals and desserts.

Highlights of the summer menu include delicious lunch options such as Cajun chicken skewers, crumbed prawns, a 250g rump steak, silverside with mash, and crispy flathead.

“We know our customers are looking for the best deals they can get, which is why we are really excited about our lunch menu,” Craig says.

“We understand people are currently looking for better deals when it comes to eating out, which is why we have included these great value lunch options to appeal to everyone on a budget.”

Those meeting for dinner at Banyan will be tempted by new dishes such as lemon pepper calamari, a haloumi and pumpkin salad, barramundi with mango and chili salsa, Banyan pork belly, Thai yellow curry, and linguini marinara.

A 200g eye fillet has been added to the menu alongside the 300g Angus rib fillet and 250g Angus rump, as well as a new range of steak toppers.

For the little ones, options including chicken nuggets, battered fish, spaghetti bolognaise, and cheeseburgers are available with chips, drink, soft serve ice cream and an activity pack.

For sweet tooths, a pina colada panna cotta, crème brulee and tiramisu complete the menu.

“Banyan offers a premium-style meal and experience with full table and drinks service, which makes for a nice time catching up with family or friends,” Craig says.

“There is also a kids’ area and playground next to the restaurant which makes it easy for parents – they can eat and chat knowing their kids are safe and having fun.

“Another thing parents love is our kids eat free night, which is every Sunday night. This is another way we are helping our customers enjoy a great night out without breaking the budget.”

Patrons who are looking to indulge in some international flavours can visit the Nasi and Mie restaurant, which Craig describes as an exotic hideaway within North Lakes Sports Club.

“We launched Nasi and Mie in July 2022, and it was designed to be a space where we could offer a different cuisine and price point that suited the demographic of the North Lakes region,” Craig says.

“Nasi and Mie dishes up authentic Asian cuisines made by our ethnic chefs. We have a range of qualified chefs and apprentices from diverse backgrounds and nationalities serving up everything from Japanese to Malaysian, Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese.

“You know the meals are authentic when one of the chefs uses a personal family recipe, which was a hit with diners.

“Nasi and Mie will also have a summer twist this season.”

Another point of difference for North Lakes Sports Club is the in-house pastry chef Michelle Marquez, who makes all the sweet treats for the club.

“I always make a collection of cakes like carrot cake, baked cheesecake, red velvet, and mud cake, as well as scones, muffins, turnovers, cookies, tarts and more,” Michelle says.

For those who enjoy a tipple, the club’s trained mixologists will be shaking things up and pouring plenty of thirst-quenching cocktails and mocktails at the Boutique Lounge Bar, Atonik Spirit Bar.

If you love sports, you can enjoy a cold beer and all the action on the huge 12m screen with surround sound in the club’s dedicated Sports Bar.

In addition, the Boutique Lounge Bar is the perfect spot for a social catch up featuring a state-of-the-art LED animation wall.

North Lakes Sports Club is at 36-42 Flinders Parade, North Lakes, and is open seven days a week.

To see more photos, click through the gallery below. 

About the club

North Lakes Sports Club is owned and operated by CSC Group – a not-for-profit, member-based organisation that began in the early 1990s and delivers more than $1.8 million in cash and in-kind support to the Moreton Bay community each year.

The club has also won multiple accolades at the Keno and Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence, held every year in March.

The club took home the top gong in the Club of the Year Grand category in 2022 and was named a finalist in the Club of the Year Large category and Best Gaming Venue Large at the 2023 awards.

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