From old favourites in new locations to insta-worthy interiors, this is the Brisbane food news you don’t want to miss!
An Old Favourite Gets A New Home
Arguably one of Brisbane’s most iconic restaurants, Jo-Jo’s is back and better than ever. Setting up shop in trendy West End, the new restaurant has been designed for you to settle in and watch the world go by from day to night, in chic surrounds. Serving up a delicious multi-cuisine inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, the Jo-Jo’s bar serves up both classic cocktails and their own signatures.
Join The Club
Brisbane’s iconic Chinatown has just recently welcomed The Palace Supper Club to its ranks. With chic décor incorporating dark wood floors, jewel-toned armchairs, chandeliers and plush upholstered booths, as well as an expansive outdoor dining space, allowing you to enjoy the city lights, stepping inside the fancy new venue is sure to transport you back in time. It even has its very own caviar menu that comes complete with a complimentary glass of Louis Roederer champagne.
King St Goes French
Paddington’s much-loved French bistro has bid au revoir to Given Terrace, now joining the King Street family. Opening this month, the popular restaurant will continue to serve its famous soufflés, steak frites, lunchtime baguettes and five-course degustation’s in much bigger digs.
Mark your calendars, there’s a new riverside dining venue set to open on 13TH November. Aptly named Riverland, the venue has been purpose-built to maximize the view of Brisbane’s magnificent river, sitting at the rear of the Emirates House at 167 Eagle Street. Opening just in time for the warmer weather, enjoy street food and brews on tap.
Dining At A Mate’s Place
It’s time to wave off the days of impersonal service, stuffy atmospheres, and overpriced menus. Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen is now open in Newstead, embracing you to sip, sample and savour fare made by locals, for locals. As friends mingle for nights of frosty beers and social chatter, Mrs Brown’s menu mingles with existing local eateries, bringing together Newstead’s favourite flavours for delivery to your table.
Owners Tarryn and Ben Brown stand at the helm, drawing experiences from Ben’s involvement in establishing and running Eagle Street’s popular Aquila Caffe Bar. The pair describes Mrs Brown’s as ‘dining at a mate’s place,’ combining home-style plates with a vibrant communal atmosphere. Offering a hunger fix for every appetite, from bar snacks to share plates, designed by Head Chef Adam Marino (previously of LONgTIME and Spirit House).
West End’s Newest Addition
All you gin junkies, listen up! Covent Garden will draw you in with its vibrant nature, firmly planting its roots and 100 craft gins in Brisbane’s iconic suburb of West End from November 16. As its name suggests, it’s somewhat of a garden oasis experience that’s set to shake-up the West End nightlife scene. But it doesn’t just stop at the gin. Pimms and Aperol Spritz will be free-flowing, alongside a modern cocktail menu and impressive range of eats.
“I am very excited about the gin movement that is sweeping the country, and all the micro distillers utilising our natural botanicals. I hope to see you all for your gin fix soon!” says Bar Manager, Mathew Fearnley. From eclectic drinks and contemporary dishes to an all-around impressive space for weekend catch ups, Covent Garden will become our own West End slice of paradise.
Australia’s Best Seafood
Caxton Street institution, Gambaros Seafood Restaurant has just been announced as this year’s National Winner of the Savour Australia Restaurant Awards for Excellence in the Best Seafood Restaurant Category. Brisbane is now home to the country’s best seafood restaurant. The Gambaro family have been offering renowned quality seafood to Brisbane for more than 60 years and is recognised as the oldest established seafood business in Brisbane, first opening in 1953. Gambaro Group Director, John Gambaro said that the whole family is so proud to have the venue recognised nationally.
The inaugural national Good Food Guide Awards were held at The Star in Sydney on Tuesday 16th October, where Aria Brisbane was recognised with the coveted Wine List of the Year Award and retained its two hats. Sommelier Ian Trinkle was commended for his commitment and finesse in curating the country’s best wine list; offering a diverse and high-quality by-the-glass selection alongside an accessible bottle list that displays a good range of vintages and complements Aria Brisbane’s memorable food and signature style. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Aria, the spring tasting menu has been thoughtfully paired with a selection of curated wines to create the ultimate dining experience.
It’s been almost 1 year since Greenglass opened its doors and what better way to mark the venues upcoming birthday than with an exclusive wine event. On Thursday 9th November, Greenglass will team up with Spokenwine to launch their much-anticipated winemaker series where guests will have the opportunity to venture into unexplored wine territory. Greenglass owners, Michael Larsen and Cameron Votan (Happy Boy), believe that wine should come first and foremost and their new series will feature a boundary-pushing Australian winemaker. This month’s event will pair free-flowing canapés like chicken liver club sandwiches, salmon gravlax blinis and lemon meringue tarte with seven wines from Quealy Winemakers. The event is $95 per person and includes substantial canapés and seven generous-glasses of wine including an exclusive rare back-vintage.
There have been whispers circulating for months about what has been going on with the heritage-listed house on South Brisbane’s Grey Street, and we’ve finally been given a glimpse of what’s to come… Little Big House is the latest venture by hospitality group, Solotel (Riverbar & Kitchen and Aria Restaurant), and is set to breathe new life into South Brisbane this December. If one thing is true, it’s that Brisbane-locals are suckers for a damn good house party, and Little Big House is shaping up to be the hottest house party destination, just in time for the silly season. The heritage listed Queenslander has been raised to allow for endless party vibes downstairs while keeping its iconic verandas perfectly intact upstairs. To encapsulate the feel of long summer nights, palm trees, foliage and fairy lights have been dotted throughout the venue. We’ve even heard whispers that the party won’t stop at the D-floor with the promise of a karaoke room to be featured somewhere in the venue. Sounds to us like it’s time to start brushing up on our Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics!
E’cco to Close Its Doors
After 22 years at Boundary Street, Brisbane’s popular e’cco bistro will close its doors following the last service on December 23. After earning countless awards over his career, undeniably attributing to the growth of Brisbane’s dining scene and garnering unwavering support from loyal diners over the years, owner, restaurateur and acclaimed chef Phillip Johnson will be celebrating with one last hoorah and farewell to what has been the home of e’cco for over two decades. On Sunday 26th November, Phillip will return to the e’cco kitchen for one last time for a very special lunch, which will pay homage to some of his and Brisbane’s favourite classic e’cco dishes. From $120pp, guests will be treated to a four-course lunch, including dishes like field mushrooms on toast, duck confit and banana tarte tatin, with a glass of Louis Roederer on arrival.
New Look For The Fox
The Fox Hotel is known for their pumping Sunday sessions on the Dandy’s Rooftop, but it’s the all-day eats and feast in the newly renovated Trocadero Long Bar on the ground floor that is exciting locals. After a recent transformation, the Trocadero Long Bar pays homage to The Trocadero Dansant which once stood on Melbourne Street in the 1920’s, notorious for its springboard flooring created to avoid dance-floor fatigue. An entertainment venue widely held as a “dance palace” where nights out were endless, The Trocadero Long Bar aims to emulate the concept of the iconic venue giving Brisbanites a place to dine, drink and dance once more. With The Fox Hotel’s recent menu revamp, there is no better time to pay a visit to the institution for some tasty treats, a beverage and a boogie.