Play catch-up with me every month as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in Brisbane’s Food and Drink scene with our latest edition of Fork Talk.
ICYMI Brisbane has been losing its marbles over the Gelato Messina store that opened yesterday in South Brisbane at the base of The Melbourne Residences. Expect to find all of the usual Gelato Messina flavour favourites as well as five specials that will come and go in a weekly rotation.
If you’ve tasted Messina flavours before, it’s safe to say you’ll be clearing your calendar to be among the first to check out the new digs. You definitely don’t want to miss out on your chance to taste the QUEENSLANDAARRR!!! special as it’ll only be sticking around for the week.
Featuring a full kitchen and a fully-functioning classroom, the Queensland flagship store is the largest Gelato Messina venue in Australia. Ice-cream lovers can also look forward to taking part in gelato masterclasses in coming months. Keep your eyes glued to our social media to be the first to hear of upcoming Messina workshops and other foodie news.
Located in Brisbane’s iconic Chinatown Mall, Umami Bar & Asian Tapas has long been a favourite with locals. Umami has recently had a complete overhaul of both its interior design and menu, which boasts a range mouth-watering Asian fusion share plates. No visit to Umami is complete without trying the Smoking Eye of the Dragon cocktail.
NEW FLAVOURS OF ARIA
Matt Moran’s Aria Restaurant is welcoming the change of season with an autumn menu created by Matt Moran and Head Chef Ben Russell. The menu has a continued emphasis on proteins and fresh produce from local suppliers, producers and. Diners can also enjoy an autumn lunch special with a perfectly-matched entrée and main with a glass of wine for $48 per person. Aria will see another transformation this May. Keep an eye out for more exciting news!
IT’S SUNDAY. WINE NOT?
Since last October, Jellyfish Restaurant has been impressing weekend lunch-goers with an all-inclusive Sunday lunch matched with world-class Rosé for only $95 per person. From Mediterranean monkfish to Wagyu meatballs, this feast is a must while the warm weather lasts.
The Lamb Shop is officially open at King Street precinct. Created by Peter Gloftis, The Lamb Shop puts a modern spin on traditional Greek flavours and operates on a simple concept: fast food done well. This spot is the perfect place for the foodies who love to share, and enjoy a range of souvlaki, bar snacks and small plates.
King Street has another new addition: Super Combo. Inspired by the childhood memories of owners Michael Nham and Hao Vu, Super Combo has created a buzz with its ’80s and ’90s retro vibe. Expect a clean, open space with pops of colour and video game character figurines. And if that isn’t enough to excite you, wait ’til you try their burgers!
IN FOR A TREAT
Another venue from Michael Nham and Hao Vu, the latest Brisbane Vietnamese eatery will open right next to Super Combo at the end of April. Banoi will boast a strong family influence, with Vietnamese street-style dishes ranging from bánh mì to pho.
TASTE OF TRADITION
Saké Restaurant and Bar has just unveiled Neil Perry’s new signature dishes. From miso toothfish to Cape Grim short rib, the new additions focus on tradition while maintaining a contemporary and fun vibe.
The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has officially bought back the Jamie’s Italian Australian portfolio, including the Brisbane location. Jamie Oliver himself is set to meet some of the Australian team in Sydney to introduce a new menu to the six restaurants. To celebrate, Jamie’s Italian will offer a $10 weekly signature pasta dish throughout May. We can’t wait to see what the celebrity chef has in mind for the upcoming menu.
Grill’d has brought an even better breed of burger to the table. There will be four new additions to the specialty range menu: beef burgers Wagyu Wunder and Sir Truffle, and steak burgers High Steaks and Saint Crispy. These burgers have just hit menus around Australia, so get a moo-ve on and taste one for yourself!
GLUTEN-FREE AND FEELING FRY-NE
Award-winning restaurant The Fishmonger’s Wife has just opened a venue in Hawthorne. The new location offers all the family favourites, including a GF menu cooked in one of Brisbane’s only dedicated gluten-free fryers in a fish and chip shop. Owner Sue Meadowcroft says this is a great step forward, as “at least 25 per cent of our customer base is now GF”.
READY, SET, SONO
Japanese restaurant Sono has just released a new lunch and dinner special. Only available at Sono Portside, the new Momiji set is a $79pp four-course menu, with the option of wine matching for an extra $28pp. Dishes include king salmon sashimi, scallops with miso mayonnaise, chicken teriyaki, and an exclusive chef’s desserts creation.
But you’ll have to be quick as this special will only run until April 30. In other news, Sono is celebrating its 10th birthday by giving away a $300 gift card every month for 10 months. Follow them on Instagram to be in it to win it!
QUEENS’ NEW LOOK
Last month, the 130-year-old Queens Arms hotel reopened its doors to the public after a multimillion-dollar face lift, which includes a significant expansion and a 40sqm green wall.
Apollo Property Group and hotel owners Chris and Lou Condon began work on the iconic Fortitude Valley pub nine months ago, balancing renovations with the building’s heritage status.
“These renovations solidify our hospitality credentials as both a lively pub and top-notch restaurant, as well as attracting additional business with the adjoining Sage Hotel,” says Mr Condon.
FISH LANE GOES FRENCH
Last week, Fish Lane welcomed its newest addition to the foodie precinct, French-inspired wine bar La Lune Wine Co. Creator Chef Paul McGivern has enjoyed continued success with The Wolfe in East Brisbane. Find out more here!
MONTY IS COMING
This April, West End welcomes a new watering hole. The Montague Hotel will sit on the corner of Kurilpa Street and Montague Road, with pub-style eats, and craft beers on tap. Keep your eyes peeled; there’s more info coming soon.
Featured image: Saké Restaurant