Cheese, classic fare and cocktail carafes – Drum brings it all to Newstead
While it’s exciting to witness the boundaries of culinary creation being pushed all over Brisbane, there’s something to be said about the charm of a classic and timeless style. Newstead’s sophisticated new eatery Drum harnesses that particular charm, serving up an approachable contemporary Australian menu in a luxe setting – a combination that’ll never go out of style.
When two accomplished hospitality veterans team up, our tastebuds are usually the ones that benefit the most. Long-time friends Paul Hoffman (ex-executive chef at Cru Bar and At Sixes and Sevens) and Nick Pinn (of Malt Dining, Vaquero and On The Side fame) had discussed the possibility of pooling their knowledge and resources on a venture, and finally their dreams became reality when Drum opened its doors to the public in mid-November. Drum’s concept and execution draws upon the strengths of both Paul and Nick, who envisioned a stylish venue that catered to those with an appreciation for modern design elements and seekers of a classic dining experience, from long lunches to luxurious dinners and even afternoon cheese and drinks.
Paul has taken the lead with the menu, which consists of an all-day offering of shareable entrees, mains, cheeses and desserts. Following a predominantly contemporary Australian vibe with some European influences, hero ingredients in each dish are built up with three to four flavours to create intriguing flavour profiles. Our interest has been piqued by dishes like the linguine with bay bug meat, chilli, gari, parmesan and lime, cauliflower croquettes with leeks, gruyere and mustard, fish fingers with pine nut crumb, pickled fennel and sauce gribiche, and crispy skin duck leg with white polenta, gorgonzola picante and marmalade. With Paul handling kitchen affairs, Nick has curated the drink menu to tiptoe between cocktail and wine-centric offerings. A sterling selection of wines from across Australia and further abroad is complemented by a strong spirit list, with a distinct focus on gin and vodka. The cocktail selection is bound to accumulate a lot of fans, with eight signature cocktails, five spritz varieties, four espresso martini concoctions and several carafes of shared cocktails ensuring Drum becomes a popular destination for drinks.
Drum is now open at 12 Longland Street in Newstead. For booking details and opening hours, make your way to Drum’s entry in the Stumble Guide.
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