Noir unveils its new function space – and reveals details its monthly collaborative chefs dinner series
It’s not uncommon to see Paddington wine bar Noir heaving with custom throughout the week – especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. While having throngs of oenophiles jostling for a table is a great problem to have, things get complicated when the vino-centric drinking spot has to cater to private functions and large booking requests. To address this issue, the Noir crew has taken over an apartment space behind its Given Terrace location, converting it into a slick secret area for special celebrations. It will also be the home of a new dinner series dedicated to showcasing one-off menus crafted by some of Brisbane’s best chefs – here’s what we know so far …
Upstairs, through a door at the back of Noir’s mezzanine lounge area, sits the wine bar’s brand-new function room – a converted apartment now home to a nifty, self-contained space boasting views of Suncorp Stadium and The City. If you weren’t told it was there, you’d likely never think to try and peek inside, which is just how Noir’s owners Eli Rami and Sam Holman like it. For them, the function space is designed to cater to only that – private events and bookings that they’ve struggled to adequately accommodate since opening a little under a year ago. Now, all sorts of occasions are possible, from engagements to birthday parties. A fit-out process, which saw interiors walls knocked out, stairs replaced and new windows installed, has replicated Noir’s sleek aesthetic theme, with forest-green walls, fluted timber panelling and dark wooden floorboards instilling the addition with a moody atmosphere. Underneath the function space sits a kitchen, itself overhauled with new gear to cater to the needs of each event as well as a super-special series of intimate dinners showcasing the talents of Brisbane chefs.
Noir’s collaborative dinners will see local culinary wizards take over the function space one night a month for a special sit-down affair, with each exclusive event (limited to, at most, 16 seats per event) boasting a different theme. The first event, taking place on Sunday June 26, will see rising culinary star Lauren Kinne (of Restaurant Dan Arnold and previously sous chef at Elska) creating a stunning five-course feast utilising the best winter produce available. On Wednesday July 27, seasoned chef and pit-master Adam Herbert (ex-Walter’s Steakhouse and Buffalo Bar) will host an evening of fine-dining barbecue, dishing up the likes of smoked bone marrow, ‘un-pulled’ pork and whole briskets. Up next, on Wednesday August 24, Vince Estacio of Naïm will craft an entirely vegan- and vegetarian-friendly menu inspired by Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines – think rich stews and other hearty winter dishes. The fourth confirmed event on Wednesday September 21 will see John Speranza and Amy Harker of soon-to-launch pop-up Josie’s deliver a family-style affair showcasing modern Australian cuisine accented by the flavours of other cultures. While each dinner will vary in terms of cuisine and format, each will boast drink pairings curated by Noir’s Eli Smith.
Tickets are now available to Noir’s first dinner series event with Lauren Kinne. Be quick – with limited spaces this will book out faster than you can say ‘pinot noir’.
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