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 + Drink scene.
Brisbane wholefoods duo, Alison and Brett Hutley (of Botanica fame) are making magic again. Just two doors down from their popular second Botanica store on Doggett Street, Greenhaus Coffee is the couple’s third business that is set to serve a whole lot of breakfast love for anyone on-the-go in New Farm.
Nativo Kitchen and Wine Bar has struck the streets of Petrie Terrace to dish up classic, regional Italian fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The newest venture from the NKB Group has transformed the former French Twist site at Paddington Barracks into a Tuscan-inspired space that will offer a menu of true Italian favourites like tender Osso Bucco, rigatoni topped in slow-braised pork cheek and traditional pizzas as well as on-the-go Italian treats.
Customs House has been transformed into a winter wonderland since partnering with Absolut Vodka to bring igloo bars to Brisbane’s Riverside. The pop-up igloo bars feature Nordic-style faux furs and Scandinavian décor while offering an arctic-inspired menu of wintry cocktails, carefully selected wines, beers and spirits along with a knock-out food menu.
Nundah’s popular café by day and bar by night haunt, Blockhouse Eat & Drink, is known for bringing inner-city dining to the suburbs. On Friday 9 June, the team are hosting a degustation focusing heavily on local produce. With an offering of dishes like Seared Ocean Trout, Braised Oxtail and Chai-spiced Poached Pear, you won’t want to miss this intimate sell-out event.
Since opening its doors in 2014, there is no question that Blackbird Bar & Grill is one of Brisbane’s finest dining spots. So when we heard that Blackbird was hosting an event with Bruichladdich whiskies, we knew it was going to be one not to miss. On Wednesday 19 June, Blackbird will host a sensory experience that will match Bruichladdich whiskies with a 3-course menu designed by Executive Chef Jake Nicholson. The evening will also include an exclusive talk from the Bruichladdich Master Distiller himself, an explanation from Global Ambassador Murray Campbell and a taste of the rare Black Art 04. At $189 per person, your ticket will also include a bottle of the Bruichladdich classic, a welcome cocktail, lucky door prize and exclusive MALT TRADERS pricing.
Who’s ready for a caffeine hit? Opening as part of Westfield Chermside’s $355 million redevelopment, the Northside is about to be blessed with a new coffee destination: Archer Specialty Coffee. Childhood friends since they were five years old, Will and Isaac have always wanted to own a business, and two years later, they’re set to open the doors to Archer Specialty Coffee on June 22! Keep an eye on their Facebook page and Instagram (@archerspecialtycoffee) for all the updates before the opening. We’ve heard that free coffee will be available on June 24 as a special treat. Not a bad way to introduce yourself!
The latest addition to Fish Lane precinct is Chu the Phat, straight from the geniuses behind Madame Wu. Think adventurous Asian, an unexpected twist on the humble Chiko Roll, and Nutella espresso martinis. According to our editor, Christie Sutherland, the crispy pork dumplings are a must! After opening last month, there is no doubt that Chu the Phat has become a South Brisbane favourite.
Last month, a wave of flavours washed over Bulimba as popular restaurant The Jetty transformed into Brisbane’s newest Italian dining destination, Il Molo. Aptly named for its Italian translation of ‘the jetty’, Il Molo sees the Coates Group take a step forward, having redesigned the restaurant to welcome groups, families and casual diners to the riverside. Offering both dine-in and takeaway options, expect to find a classic Italian menu complete with antipasti, pizza, pasta, mains and dessert.
Alfred & Constance are no strangers to offering meal deals that are an absolute steal. We’ve just gotten our hands on the new specials menu and it essentially solves all of our dining dilemmas for the week. If Monday two-for-one mains, or a burger and beer for $20 on a Tuesday, doesn’t get you excited, then wait until Thursday Steak Night, which will only set you back $14.
There is no stopping those cheeky Acai Brothers as they’ve just opened their 13th Acai Brothers Super Food Bar, this time in Kenmore. Expect to find all your favourite bowls and smoothies, as well as the latest winter menu which includes tasty toast with toppings and other goodies.
Fortitude Valley’s newest addition to Wickham Street is Proud Henry Wine Bar & Ginoteca. Previously known as Grape Therapy, owner Darren Davis cites the confusion between Grape Therapy bars in the CBD and Fortitude Valley as the reason for the name change. The 1920s-themed wine and gin bar is set to bring a world of fun to the Valley with a touch a sass. With more than 100 gins behind the bar, Proud Henry has already started hosting Gin 101 masterclasses for those looking to brush up on their Australian gins.
Here at Style Magazines, we are kind of obsessed with champagne. So when we heard that Australia’s first champagne festival, Effervescence, would return to the green surrounds of Spicers Hidden Vale for a second year, we were pretty thrilled. Tastings and masterclasses (led by experts, no less) will explore the four grape-growing regions and various styles of traditional French champagne, and a champagne trail will recreate the experience of travelling in the famous Champagne region in the north-east of France. The event will run all weekend (August 11-13) but Sunday is set to be a stellar day of champagne, cheese and charcuterie, live music, and VIP luxury packages.
Seven days, three ingredients and one simple way to give back. Negroni Week is taking place from Monday June 5 until Sunday June 11, and this year three Brisbane venues will be taking part in the week-long celebrations. Darling & Co at Paddington, West End’s Cobbler and Mister Paganini at South Bank will be serving up crisp Negronis all week with $1 from each going to their respective charities. Darling & Co is serving up its Classic Negroni which includes a dash of sweet vermouth with proceeds going to OzHarvest. Cobbler will also serve up a Classic Negroni with funds raised going to Surfrider Foundation. Mister Paganini is putting a smoky spin on the popular cocktail and offering a Smoked Negroni, made up of Campari, Cinzano Red Vermouth and Bulldog Gin, served over a sphere of ice and smoked with wood chips and cinnamon sticks. The money raised from the Smoked Negroni will go to the charity No Kids Hungry. If you visit Mister Paganini on a Tuesday, you can make the most of its unlimited pizza special for $25 per person.
BOTTOMLESS BELLINI SUNDAYS
Celebrate the end of the week the right way at Darling & Co at Paddington with bottomless bellinis. From noon on Sunday, you can enjoy a main meal plus two hours of bellinis in four delicious flavours. Then from 2pm, Darling & Co DJs will keep the post-bellini party going into the afternoon. Lunch options include dishes like asparagus risotto with Meredith goat curd and lemon, Wagyu brisket ragu tagliatelle with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Bangalow porchetta with seasonal vegetables.