Munch on tip-top toasties at Woolloongabba’s new snack spot Kould Be Anywhere
Sure, you’ve probably had plenty of toasted sandwiches in your lifetime, but have you ever had a toastie made for you by a chef with Michelin-starred experience? That’s the sort of experience you’re in for a Kould Be Anywhere – the brand-new coffee and snack spot from Scott Webster. This cosy nook is not only raising the standard for grab-and-go eats, but is also doubling as a showroom of sorts for Scott’s hireable culinary skills and his style of memorable private-dining events.
While private dining and catering services are in demand more than ever, much of the action happens behind closed doors. This means that word-of-mouth recommendations are crucially important to the continued growth of any fledgling catering enterprise. When Scott Webster launched his own bespoke private dining service Knowone Knowwhere last year alongside his wife Rita, no doubt his resume (which boasts a heralded stint as sous chef at Heston Blumenthal’s The Hinds Head in Bray and time as head chef at local institution Billykart West End) helped build some early traction. Even as the COVID-era pivot took off, Scott and Rita contemplated different ways they could put their talents in front of more eyes and, by extension, advertise their one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Several of Scott and Rita’s regular customers urged them to jump back into the hospitality game with a concept of their own – with a few even going so far as to partner with him on the endeavour. Kould Be Anywhere is the result of that partnership – a small-scale coffee spot that looks to showcase Knowone Knowwhere’s detail-focused ingenuity through a tight menu of elevated morsels. The spot opened on Monday March 22 at the base of Woolloongabba’s Trafalgar Lane building in the space previously occupied by Lola Coffee. Cosmetic touches were added to give the space new life – removing existing tiling to expose the sturdy concrete substructure but softening the industrial elements with greenery, a cushy green banquette and vintage furnishings.
On the surface, Kould Be Anywhere can simply be considered a destination for craft coffee, otherworldly sourdough toasties, and sublime salads, but its the approach of nailing the basics that helps the cafe double as an advertisement, of sorts. Scott is flexing his considerable talent to make his sandwiches the best you’ve ever tasted – one glance at the menu makes us almost ready to give him the title out of hand. The classic ham-and-cheese toastie is given a glow up thanks to the addition of Vegemite-imbued cheese fondue, while the New Yorker boasts moist confit chicken (cooked in tarragon oil) with bacon and mozzarella. Scott’s take on the Reuben is enhanced by the addition of Gutsy Ferment’s organic garlic-infused sauerkraut and Westmont pickles, while the Middle Eastern’s mix of homemade felafel, hummus, spinach and beetroot relish will have you casting aside the soggy pre-made wraps for good. The toastie menu is supplemented by a rotating selection of salads (assembled using phenomenal local produce supplied by Suncoast Fresh) and a selection of pastries from Shannon Kellam’s esteemed King Street Bakery. Keep your eyes peeled for special gourmet additions that draw from Knowone Knowwhere’s own monthly private dining and catering menus. Mocopan Coffee is the supplier of choice for Kould Be Anywhere’s brew, with two blends – the punchy Bruno Rossi and the lighter Pasquale – catering to the tastes of both black and milky coffee drinkers. Finally, a retail section stocks an assortment of locally-made pantry fillers that Scott swears by, but expect the shelves to also fill up with Scott’s own products (think house made granola) in the near future.
Kould Be Anywhere is now open to the public. For operating hours and contact details, head to the Stumble Guide.
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