PingPong | Newstead

PingPong | Newstead

One of BNE’s most Instagrammable restaurants yet

By Courtney Frank | 28th September 2020

It’s big, bold, flagrantly fun and most prominently, it’s pink.

After opening his last venture, Yolk, Yianni Passaris has embarked on his third foodie enterprise in Brisbane – with the legendary Thai hospitality extraordinaire, Chef Bowyo, by his side.

PingPong has been a long time coming. We first heard about the arrival of the ultra Instagrammable restaurant (with epic food to boot) back in February of this year.

For owner Yianni, opening a Thai restaurant had always been a long-term goal. “I never thought I would be opening up a third venue so soon, but the opportunity was too good to resist. Except this time, I didn’t want to do it alone… I’ve got enough greys!” Yianni jokes. And so, a partnership with Chef Bowyo and design-expert Alexander Lotersztain was born.

The result? Let’s just say there’s plenty of wow-factor. Seating 120 people, the predominately pink venue is certainly far from tame. Get your Insta-feed in order – this place is cool, fun and definitely somewhere you want to be seen at. When it comes to food, you can expect plenty of authentic yet modern Thai flavours, with the standout dish being a perfectly slow-cooked beef cheek massaman curry. Wash it all down with plenty of good, old-fashioned natural wines, cocktails and boozy slushies. Word on the street is that Yianni is pretty keen to bring back the old cask wine – so watch this space!



Article by Courtney Frank

Hailing from sunny North Queensland, Courtney believes there’s nothing a good swim in the ocean can’t fix. With a strong background in print journalism, Courts (as she’s affectionally nicknamed) is most proud of her extensive sneaker collection and ever-growing podcast library. A tomboy at heart, when she’s not watching her beloved Brisbane Broncos or adventuring around the Sunshine Coast, you can find her with family, friends and a glass of red wine in hand.