Who is Travis Neusch? I’m the venue manager at the Brindabella Bar and Bistro.
Best recent dining experience: I’d say it was at Verity Lane Markets – the fish tacos were heavenly and the atmosphere was great.
Most embarrassing pantry item: Barbecue or tomato sauce. Oh, and PS, they belong in the fridge.
Must-buy ingredient: Good cheese. It goes with everything and nothing at all.
Next big thing: Dom Pedros. It’s a South African invention that’s basically an alcoholic vanilla milkshake – somewhere between a drink and a dessert.
You start with ice cream, Kahlua or Amarula liqueur and cream. Blend this together and crumble some chocolate on top. You won’t be disappointed.
Favourite place for breakfast in the ACT: I’m not fussy. Pretty much anywhere that serves a good eggs benedict.
My Canberra food secret: It’s a small scene so don’t be afraid to ask around about other places.
Biggest culinary influence: My dad and a bit of my mum.
Favourite cookbook: The I Don’t Know How To Cook Book by Mary-Lane Kamberg. It completely revolutionised moving out of home for me.
Who I admire on the Canberra food and wine scene: The Italian Place in Braddon because even though they have grown a lot, you still feel as though you’re in your own home when you’re eating there.
What’s on the menu this week: My own steak, mash and roasted vegetables, although my dad did promise his famous braai this weekend.
A braai is pretty much a traditional South African barbecue but done over coals. Once the food is cooked over the fire, it doesn’t get put out; instead, people gather around for the rest of the day.
Where I’m going next: To Grease Monkey! Do I really have to explain that one?
Death row meal: That’s an easy one. I’d have freshly made carbonara with warm garlic bread. Oh, and to drink, I’d go for a rosé and, of course, a Dom Pedro to top it off.
COVID-19 response: Everyone has a role to play and I honestly think Canberra has done really well. I appreciate everyone who is doing their best out there from our public health officials to businesses.
My really simple recipe tip: Lay out all of the ingredients first – just like you’re cooking on TV! As in life, I find a little bit of preparation goes a long way.
The Brindabella Bar and Bistro is located at the Belconnen Magpies Club on the corner of Stockdill and Britten-Jones Drive in Holt. It’s open on Mondays from 11:30 am to 9 pm, Tuesdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 9 pm, Wednesdays from 11 am to 10 pm, Thursdays from 11:30 am to 10 pm, Fridays from 11:30 am to midnight and Saturdays from 10:30 am to midnight.