Play catch-up with me every fortnight as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in Brisbane’s Food+Drink scene.
1. Laneway Latin
There’s a new Latin street food-inspired cantina opening in Brisbane CBD’s Albert Lane in March! Get ready for Comuna Cantina's authentic flavours and fresh and colourful locally-inspired dishes and cocktails.
2. Messina Is Moving To Brisbane
Gelato Messina has set a benchmark for gelato Australia-wide, and we have confirmation of a Brisbane store opening in South Bank by October (just in time for summer!). Forget travelling all the way to the Gold Coast to get your Messina fix – the Brisbane store will be the biggest Australian location yet and will include a classroom for gelato appreciation and hands-on classes!
3. Pop-Up Gramercy Bakehouse
Until April 30, you can treat yourself to a daily range of baked goods on Fortitude Valley’s James Street courtesy of Gramercy Coffee. Pop in from 8am to 3pm (Tuesday to Sunday) for pastries, Danishes, cakes, tarts and doughuts!
4. Teneriffe's Newest Gastro Pub
The Dalgety Public House will pay tribute to Teneriffe's past in a heritage-listed venue, formally the Liquid Bar. The menu showcases simple, modern Australian pub fare, with grass-fed steak, lamb racks and pork belly among the offerings. The beers on offer are mainstream favourites such as Melbourne Bitter and Fosters. For more news, read our story here.
5. QLD’s Only Scrolled Ice-Cream
The epic doughnut artisans from The Doughnut Bar have now set up shop in Wintergarden and they’re embarking on a whole range of amazing new projects including a new recipe for brioche doughnuts, a new recipe for their infamous cronuts and next-level doughnut shakes and EXCLUSIVE SCROLLED ICE-CREAM; as in, you can’t get it anywhere else in Queensland. We’re told it’s low in sugar and fat (woo hoo!) and air-free (yes, traditional ice cream has a tonne of it). The scrolled ice-cream will be available in Tiny Timmy Tella (Tiny Teddy biscuits, Tim Tams, Nutella), Vovoreo (raspberry, coconut, Oreo) and Snickers (chocolate, smashed nuts, caramel) flavours to begin with. It’s hard not to drool, right?
6. Manhattan Vibes in Ascot
Burgers, BBQ, bar and a beer garden! 5 Boroughs has opened a second location in Ascot with a boutique Manhattan twist indoors and a lush, leafy oasis beer garden outdoors.
7. The Brass Barrel
Scheduled to open March 1, where The Bounty once stood in Rosalie Village, The Brass Barrel will be a lively café for breakfast by day and an intimate restaurant and bar by night.
8. Delightful Devonshire Tea
Extravagant high tea, traditional Devonshire tea and beautiful vintage homewares: 3 Cousins has it all inside the Commercial Road Antiques Centre in Newstead.
9. Arrostincini Italian BBQ Nights
Love Italian? Love a good barbecue? Il Posto has just launched Arrosticini Italian BBQ nights to give you the best of both worlds. Every Wednesday night from 5.30pm, the venue will be hosting an Arrosticini night, serving flavoursome lamb skewers alongside their regular home-style Italian fare.
10. M*A*S*H-inspired Diner
Caxton Street has a new bar that even the characters from M*A*S*H would hang out in, according to owner Jamie (the man behind neighbouring venue Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall). Gingers Diner offers boozy cocktails, ice-cold beer and Korean food.
Bites and Brews | February 27
The second annual Bites & Brews celebrates the best craft beers, finger-licking gourmet eats, and rocking local music at the Shafston Hotel. There’ll be 120 different craft beers and ciders on offer, Brisbane’s most loved food trucks and entertainment. Find out more here.
Dessert with Elizabeth Willing | March 5
Artist Elizabeth Willing's practice examines gastronomy and the collective experience of food. Her dessert workshop at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) is a special hands-on experience of experimental, fun, and participatory culinary exercises. Find out more here.
Park Food Trucks at New Farm | March 6
BYO picnic rug, friends and massive appetite because New Farm Park will host Brisbane’s best food trucks in their rotunda, as well as live music. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday catch-up date! Check out the Facebook event listing here.
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