Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside
Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside

Citron, the new all-day eatery from the Pawpaw team, is bringing Mediterranean eats to the bayside

You might scoff when we say that Queensland’s answer to the Mediterranean is taking shape over in Brisbane’s bayside, but when you sit down at Wellington Point newcomer Citron, it gets easier to imagine. Between the spritzes, salmon carpaccio, crispy spiced squid and the sun-soaked location, Citron is making an incredible impression on locals. It deserves to be your next lunch outing destination. Read on to find out why …

Giorgina Venzin had no intention of opening a venue this year. In 2021 the Venzin Group chief opened two venues in Bulimba in a six-month span – the European-inspired Darvella Patisserie and scintillating open-air bar and restaurant Melrose. And yet, one year on, here we are again. Citron Bayside, Giorgina’s shiny new hospitality concept opens this week in Wellington Point in the space formerly home to Refuelled Cafe, just a short tromp from the suburb’s bustling business centre on Main Road. It almost didn’t happen, as Giorgina was initially firm on her desire to take a break. “I was called for this opportunity and I said I didn’t want it,” recalls Giorgina, who grew up in the Redlands. “I said I know it’s a great spot, but I’m flat tack. Then I got called again about two months later and they said, ‘Gina, we really want you in it’. I came down and pretty much negotiated that day.” After terms were agreed upon and the lease was signed, Giorgina brought in Darvella Patisserie head chef Lindsay Krahenbring to help mastermind the ideas that would eventually coalesce into Citron. The duo settled on an all-day concept that drew heavily on Mediterranean culinary influences and boasted an atmosphere that could entice patrons from morning through to evening. Giorgina, Retail Collective Co and Tonic Projects have enacted a total tonal shift as far as aesthetics are concerned, ditching Refuelled’s dark palette of colours and materials and instilling one that soaks up the sunlight. The paved alfresco patio was dug up and levelled, and a new awning shade was installed. Move through the giant arched door to the inside and you’ll spy textural rendered concrete walls accented by marble tabletops and both glossy white and mosaic tiles, while bright pops of yellow on the cushions and signage speak to Citron’s colourful disposition. Though chic in appearance, Citron is welcoming to all comers. “Yes we’re really shiny, bright and warm but I don’t think we’re too fancy,” says Giorgina. “There are people here now in their activewear and people dressed up for lunch. That was very important in the design, to be that way.”

Being an all-day venue, Giorgina and Lindsay have gone to great lengths to ensure Citron’s breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings have been given the same amount of shine. Clean flavours and striking presentation underpin all option, from day starters like the loaded omelette with tomato, fetta, parsley, spinach, kalamata olives and marinated artichokes, and the fried eggs with house-made pesto and roasted cherry truss tomatoes, to lunch options including Citron’s salmon carpaccio with preserved lemon and capers, and the grilled king prawns with lemon chickpeas, dukkah and chilli oil. Citron’s dinner service will launch in the coming weeks and will be similar to the lunch menu, favouring share-style plates of whole baked rainbow trout, celeriac steak with beurre noisette and roast lamb shoulder with labne and pomegranate. Darvella’s baking kitchen will be used to prepare Citron’s lavash bread, while a small selection of pastries will also be available during the day. Citron’s service counter and coffee window is dispensing brews using Lost Race Coffee beans, but those seeking something stronger can saunter in late for a range of boozy spritzes or a wine selected from the venue’s 22-strong list. Citron’s arrival comes at an exciting for Brisbane’s bayside suburbs, which are seeing a spike in quality dining options. Giorgina sees it as a no brainer, citing Citron’s positive reception as proof of a local clientele hungry for new outlets. “I think there should be more, because everyone that lives out here is driving into The City. When you live half an hour from The City you don’t always want to drive in, you want to just go down the road,” says Giorgina. “This is a place that can be your local hangout and also your Friday night dinner location. I think more and more operators, if they’re smart, will open up out here.”

Citron Bayside is now open to the public for breakfast and lunch, will dinner service starting in mid November. Click over to the Stumble Guide for operating hours and contact details.

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