South Bank gets sweeter with the addition of nodo’s newest locale
In late November, beloved purveyor of sweet treats, sublime brunch and salubrious coffee nodo opened its fourth location in as many years, this time at South Bank! In no time, fans were flocking to the shady space to get their fix, cementing nodo’s position at the top of Brisbane’s brunch pyramid. Although this sort of reception is unsurprising, it’s still a testament to not only Brisbane’s undying love for gourmet goodies, but also to nodo’s beatific brand of hospitality.
Since first evolving from its market days into a fully-fledged cafe powerhouse, nodo has averaged one new location per year. After establishing nodo Newstead as a weekend go-to, owner Kate Williams and her team proceeded to expand the portfolio with an express-service CBD spot, a spacious suburban oasis in Camp Hill, and now a joyful hybrid haunt at the base of The ABC Building in South Bank. This rate of expansion, while constant, is considered – every opportunity is carefully weighed and assessed before committing, ensuring each new nodo location boasts its own identity, right down to the minor details. The space, formerly home to Kiss The Berry, was presented to Kate by Kiss The Berry’s founder Sarah Miller, who wanted the location to go to a trusted vendor after her own operations wrapped up. Seeing the potential in the tenancy’s location and its proximity to nearby green spaces, Kate agreed to take over the venue, enlisting Brisbane-based architecture practice Sullivan Skinner to give the spot a sophisticated chic-industrial aesthetic overhaul.
Although snug, the space boasts a full-service kitchen, as well as a grab-and-go fridge, coffee counter and, of course, a cabinet chock-full of nodo’s signature doughnuts. Part of this location’s charm is the nearby park, which nodo is taking full advantage of by supplying picnic rugs for guests looking to sprawl while they snack. Speaking of snacking, nodo South Bank is a hybrid of the brand’s large cafe format and the express location, with takeaway eats such as black-bean falafels with chickpeas, Greek turmeric chicken bowls, and superseed strawberry bircher pots available for a quick lunch bite. A full cafe menu is available minus one or two dishes, though acai bowls (one topped with berries and nodo’s own ice magic, and another topped with summer fruits and kombucha jelly) are now available at South Bank. Increasing its level of self sufficiency, the cafe has also rolled out its own self-roasted coffee blend and collection of cold-pressed juices, ensuring consistency and oversight across the operation’s whole range. As always, nodo South Bank is stocked with an array of its signature handmade and hand-dipped doughnuts, which includes the special festive choc-mint fudge doughnut sprinkled with candy-cane snow.
nodo’s South Bank cafe is now open seven days a week. For operating hours and more info, head to the Stumble Guide.
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