Pavement Whispers: Fortitude Valley to welcome BROOKI – a bakery and cakery from a globetrotting travel blogger
The Steward & Hemmant building in the heart of Fortitude Valley is continuing its glow-up metamorphosis into 2022, with a raft of new and exciting concepts set to open within the heritage-listed former drapery this year. Leading the charge is BROOKI, a bakehouse concept specialising in playful Parisian-inspired celebration desserts and confections. Read on to find out what’s in store ahead of its tentative May opening …
If we were to list our dream vocations, there’s a high chance that luxury travel blogger would be right at the top. Brooke Saward has lived out our dreams for nearly ten years, traipsing across the world as editor of hugely successful solo travel resource World of Wanderlust. In between her frequent jet-setting sojourns to foreign countries (more than 80, by her count), Brooke has also managed to create a dessert institution in her hometown of Launceston. In 2016 Brooke opened Charlie’s Dessert House, a restaurant that focused on all things sweet. Founded as a potential next step beyond full-time travel writing and photography, Charlie’s tapped into Brooke’s love of cookies, macarons, brownies and cupcakes – a love that the ardent sweet tooth will continue to explore with her new confection-centric concept BROOKI, which is currently taking shape at Stewart & Hemmant (just around the corner from Rosmarino). With the pandemic putting the kibosh on most international travel opportunities over the past couple of years, Brooke found herself wanting to base herself in a city that boasted more sunshine and heat than Tasmania could provide. With stewardship of Charlie’s transferred to the capable hands of her parents, Brooke relocated north and wasted no time in putting plans in motion for a new baked-goods concept that drew upon the flavours she indulged in during her travels.
Brooke describes BROOKI as a purveyor of playful and fun celebration desserts, boasting a Paris-meets-New York aesthetic contained within Stewart & Hemmant’s sturdy brick walls. BROOKI will specialise in the kinds of treats that best suit major celebrations and milestones – we’re talking birthdays, engagements, anniversaries and any occasion where cake is warranted. Expect BROOKI’s cabinets to be filled with delightfully decorated cakes, colourful cupcakes and a mouth-watering array of macarons. Flavours will be a big area of exploration and play – we’ve been told to expect the likes of lavender honey macarons, cookie-dough cupcakes, and wildberry lemon celebration cakes, with oodles of new flavours arriving every month. Though Brooke describes herself and a self-taught pastry chef, she has accumulated a tonne of experience throughout her travels, including a stint mastering macarons at Ritz Escoffier – the famed cooking school located underneath the Ritz Paris. Clui Design will be handling BROOKI’s interior look, which will combine a Williamsburg-inspired industrial foundation with French accents, including classic fixtures and brass detailing.
BROOKI Bakehouse is looking to open in May. We’ll have an up-close look at the cakery when it officially opens to the public.
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