Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills
Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills

Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills

As Brisbane’s boundaries gradually spread out from the city centre and the suburbs start to fill in, demand is rising for a commensurate proliferation of upscale eateries. JuJu Bar & Dining is looking to bring an elevated epicurean experience to Sunnybank Hills, with a focus on contemporary East Asian cuisine delivered in a refined but approachable setting. Here’s what we know …

There’s a movement growing in Brisbane that’s looking to decentralise the city’s dining scene. These days, exciting eateries are popping up in the suburbs with greater frequency, building up the outer regions of town into viable alternatives to the heaving inner-city cluster. Jacky Cao is one budding restaurateur that is pushing the cause with his soon-to-open restaurant JuJu Bar & Dining. The long-time Sunnybank resident (who is a self-confessed foodie at heart) has long craved a comparable variety of upscale offerings on the southside to Brisbane’s famed dining hubs. Making dreams a reality, Jacky has secured a spacious site on Callum Road in Sunnybank Hills for his eatery, converting what was previously home to Haoke Seafood Chinese Restaurant into a venue boasting a 70-seat dining area and 25-seat bar and lounge space. Design studio pdmg and ENP Fitouts are collaborating on the venue’s aesthetic and external and internal refurbishment, honing in on a minimal and simplistic material palette featuring raw concrete, and oak and walnut tones.

Jacky has recruited a top-tier culinary talent to helm JuJu’s kitchen. Andrew Birse will oversee the restaurant’s culinary operations, bringing to bear skills he’s honed as head chef of The Long Apron in Montville, as well as stints working with Alanna Sapwell at ARC Dining and as sous chef at e’cco Bistro. The exact offering is being kept a secret for now, but we’ve been told that JuJu Bar & Dining will be employing a fine casual approach to its operations and will be dishing up a modern rendition of East Asian flavours across a menu of share-style dishes. A drinks menu will encompass a small wine list of around 30–40 bottles, choice whiskies from across the globe, a selection of gins and a cocktail menu boasting 12 unique signatures that will change seasonally with the menu.

JuJu Bar & Dining is currently on track for a mid-August opening. Check in for an up-close look once the venue officially opens.

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