Japanese menu at the 2015 Coffee Club Telethon Ball

On Saturday the 17th of October, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will become home to 17,000 breathtaking and suspended paper cranes in what is famed as one of the largest and most spirited charity balls in Queensland. 

The Coffee Club Telethon Ball will see a line-up of the country’s biggest stars to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

The funds will help to continue research to provide better treatments and cures for childhood illnesses.    

Below the dazzling origami cranes will lie the custom-designed Japanese flavored menu created by BCEC executive chef Martin Latter. 

With a tantalizing concoction of authentic Japanese flavors, the food will take Brisbane on a culinary adventure. 

The meal begins with a trip down a river, with a refreshing tuna tataki salad served with matsuhisa dressing, octopus carpaccio, pickled diakon, green wakame, fried eggplant with miso sauce and vegetable tempura. The explosion of flavours is a perfect way to awaken the tastebuds to the exotic flavours of Japan.

Once out of the river, the journey continues with an entree that leads guests through an aromatic forest of bamboo. The dish features hoisin glazed chicken, water chestnuts, and bamboo shoots. 

But who is to forget the toasted sesame caramel dressing and miso mayonnaise, drizzled in a mouthwatering circle over the marinated salmon, king prawn, spanner crab, avocado, shiso leaves and daikon. 

The main meal sees guests leaving the forest and beginning the wondrous climb up mount Fuji, with a tantalizing tower of grilled wagyu beef fillet, enoki and shitake mushrooms, asparagus and teriyaki glaze, accompanied by a breast of corn-fed chicken, sushi rice, fava beans, fried leeks, fragrant chicken, ginger and spring onion glaze. The climb never tasted so spectacular.     

At the top of the mountain, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the sunset with a gorgeous geisha dessert. The plate is a work of art, with fruit sushi and lychee and honey mousse, on a bed of vanilla bean coral sponge, white chocolate and green tea crumble and almond milk jelly. 

The menu is truly a journey to japan, and is sure to enlighten your spirits, enliven your tastebuds and invigorate your senses.

Inspired by the Japanese peace crane, and the legend that anyone who folds one thousand cranes will be granted good luck, long life, and recovery from illness, this year’s ball promises a bigger, more magical event; a night that will be impossible to forget.

Words by Catherine Sherwood

Pictures by Erika Myer

Details: The Coffee Club Telethon Ball | Saturday October 17, 6.30pm to be seated 7pm sharp | Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank