Five things to try at the award-winning PA Hotel

Ipswich’s PA Hotel is pushing boundaries on the hospitality scenes at its trio of dining areas – Char’d Restaurant, Tap’d Bar and Plantation. 

With a huge range of menu offerings, there are dishes to suit every appetite, dietary requirement – and Instagram account. 

Here are five things you need to try this Spring: 

The Ultimate Seafood Platter for Two (pictured above)

For seafood lovers, this is the stuff of dreams.

A colourful platter laden with the best fresh seafood the chefs can source on any given day and a selection of seasonal fresh fruit. 

Expect oysters, spanner crab, Red Claw crayfish, prawns and calamari depending on the season and the catch.

The platter is $125 for two people.   

Pork belly bao

From the new Asian menu of entrees, these soft steamed buns are served with slow-cooked pulled pork, carrot, white radish and pickled cucumber so you can stuff them yourself … and then stuff yourself.  

Craft beers at Tap’d

You might already know that Tap’d is the biggest craft beer bar in the southern hemisphere with 72 ales and ciders flowing at any given time.

Operations manager Tim Rule says the offering is changing all the time and there are always interesting brews to taste – including plenty of unusual creations, such at the current Black Hops Caribbean Haze, a 7.7 per cent fruit and rum-soaked hazy Double American IPA. 

Caribbean Haze was brewed in collaboration with Mount Gay Rum for the 2019 Great Australasian Beer Spectacular (GABS) and Tim tells us it’s spiced with citrus, pineapple, mango and coconut-infused Mt Gay Black Barrel Rum.


The Tomahawk

Not for the faint-hearted or the meek of appetite is the cut they call The Tomahawk.

Two words: It’s big.

The 1.2kg whopper ($79) is cooked on the bone and served with battered chips and your choice of sauce.

The deep fried mars bar and waffle

Look away now if you’re calorie counting.

The battered and deep-fried Mars bar comes topped with a creamy cookie dough ice cream, all perched on a Belgian-style waffle and drizzled in salted caramel. 

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