What can we say? We're a sucker for anything to do with food. If, like us, you'd rather catch up on the latest foodie news as opposed to celeb goss, then read on for our pick of all the latest foodie news in Brisbane right now!
After a wildly successful stint in Bakery Lane, Brisbane’s go-to brownie makers have finally opened their new café and bakery in Bowen Hills. As if you needed another excuse to visit the growing foodie area, the café’s serving up milkshakes, coffee and hand-churned ice-cream alongside their 12 drool-worthy brownie flavours. We dare you to try and stop at just one.
Consider yourself a hopeless ramen-tic? The sounds of slurping are echoing through Bakery Lane with the expansion of Nom Nom Korean, who’ve dedicated a whole spot to the soupy, brothy dish next door. As well as a range of dry and sweet sake, they’re serving up six types of ramen, and with mild or spicy, meaty or vegetarian options on the menu, there’s something for the noodle soup fiend in all of us.
Welcome to Bowen Hills’ is just the gift that keeps on giving. Offering up a curated selection of tap beers, wines and spirits, it’s the gin lovers who are really spoiled for choice with the opening of their first watering hole. Swill’s menu features more than 120 gins, from Australia and abroad, as well as an impressive array of cocktails and spritzes, and special takes on the classic G&T. The moody, booth-filled space occupies the Brisbane Showgrounds’ Sugar Building, right next to Welcome to Bowen Hills, meaning you can grab a sneaky bite to eat on your way inside. If you love your botanicals, this is the night-time haunt for you.
Highly-acclaimed Brisbane chef Josue “Josh” Lopez has unveiled Opal as his signature restaurant at the soon-to-be-open Emporium Hotel at South Bank. The restaurant, set to open its doors in early August, will celebrate native ingredients with a modern Australian menu, and utilise innovative cooking methods similar to the ones that saw Lopez lead GOMA Restaurant to a prestigious award of two-hats. With the closure of Esquire and Esq and the departure of Urbane’s Alejandro Cancino, the launch of Opal is a sigh of relief for Brisbane’s fine dining scene.
If you’re a fan of chicken, then start rejoicing, because Belle’s Hot Chicken is finally coming to town. If you haven’t heard of Belles, the chain operates in Melbourne and Sydney, serving up southern-inspired poultry served at five different levels of spiciness. The east coast favourite will make its first Brisbane appearance at Welcome to Bowen Hills, in the fitting form of a Chicken Nugget Festival, and if it’s a success, a permanent home in the sunshine state will be on the cards. Fingers crossed!
Brisbane is fast on the way to national laneway supremacy. The announcement of Fortitude Valley’s next iconic dining and lifestyle precinct has got us hyped for the end of 2018. In the area between The Calile, the shiny new hotel set to open in September, and Pottery Barn on Wandoo Street, Ada Lane will become New Farm’s new bar and eatery-filled micro-precinct. Five new street-level tenancies will be added to the area, joining the dozen high-end design and fashion brands set to call the area home.
The Greek Club has finally announced news of its soon-to-open signature restaurant. Sydney-based Greek chef David Tsirekas will be welcomed to the heart of West End as chef in residence when it opens on June 20. Nostimo is set to present a modern interpretation of a traditional Greek dining experience, so you can expect authentically delicious cuisine alongside a generous helping of Greek hospitality. as part of The Greek Club’s mammoth $3-million renovation.
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