Pavement Whispers: Volume 403 April 11
Pavement Whispers: Volume 403 April 11
Pavement Whispers: Volume 403 April 11

Pavement Whispers: Volume 403 April 11

From news of a new dessert destination from a Gold Coast gelato maker to a fancy fine diner for Racecourse Road, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out …

Rosé Gelateria
Pretty soon, Hamilton’s riverside hub of Portside Wharf will become one of Brisbane’s most popular places to dine, with a bunch of culinary concepts set to re-establish the precinct as a preeminent epicurean district. Joining the likes of seafood restaurant Fosh and French-inspired boulangerie and salon de thé Rise Bakery as part of Portside’s new wave of operators is Rosé Gelateria, a Gold Coast-born dessert destination that will open a new gelato store in June. This will be the third location for the Rosé Gelateria team, which is headed by husband-and-wife duo Bronson Tucker and Diana Prinz. The fit-out for the couple’s Brisbane store (located near the Dendy Cinemas) is underway, with Lowry Group undertaking building works to craft a 56-sqm indoor dining space and an alfresco outdoor seating area. Expect Rosé Gelateria’s established aesthetic of rose-toned French-wash walls, crisp white indoor and outdoor furnishings and gold accents applied to the gelato, cafe and takeaway spaces. Our friends on the Gold Coast already rave about Rosé Gelateria’s decadent selection of desserts, but here’s the scoop for the uninitiated. The gelateria’s menu will boast 20 signature flavours (encompassing a range of vegan and dairy-free options), plus four limited-edition flavours that will rotate on a monthly basis. Stand-out selections include the rose gelato made with rosewater and topped with rose petals, and the Biscoff gelato, which is made with biscuit spread and infused with caramel. The store will also offer pet-friendly gelato for furry family members. Gelato isn’t all that’s on the menu – expect to spy other artisan goods and drinks, such as macarons, cookies, dessert jars, juices and milkshakes. There’ll even be specialty coffee from Paradox Coffee Roasters, with a fancy blend called Paper Moon on deck, offering notes of black cherry and plum. Dessert lovers are encouraged to check in from early June for more info on Rosé Gelateria’s arrival.

RB
When it comes to Sunshine Coast hospitality, Tony Kelly might be the biggest (and busiest) name in town. The restaurateur (who operates Market Bistro, Bocca Italian and Giddy Geisha) is once again expanding the size of his portfolio, building upon the success of one of his crown-jewel concepts – Rice Boi at The Wharf in Mooloolaba – and adding a fine-dining concept informed by the same modern Asian flavours. RB is the name of the elevated concept, which was instigated by an overwhelming demand for bookings at Rice Boi – an eatery that only accepts walk-in custom. “The project was inspired by a lot of people asking for reservations at Rice Boi who wanted us to take what we do there and put it into a formal setting,” says Tony. “Think table service, think reservations, think beautiful wine list, think cocktail bar and think private-dining room.” RB will be located in a vacant space on upstairs level of The Wharf, boasting a sleek dining room, cocktail bar and a private-dining space – all of which will feature a darker aesthetic scheme. On the food front, Tony Kelly Restaurant Group executive chef Mitch Smith will be utilising export-quality seafood and meat from local Sunshine Coast suppliers as a basis for RB’s menu, which will feature unique interpretations of classic Asian flavours via dishes like ocean-trout tataki, pork wontons with spicy sauce and scallions, Tajima beef kushiyaki, and barbecue chicken with lemongrass white pepper rub, sambal matah and Meekong satay. A beverage list will showcase a diverse range of wines, including aromatic varietals that pair perfectly with Asian-inspired fare, as well as fragrant cocktails like lychee pisco sours. RB is set to open in May – keep your eyes peeled for more details!

Victory Lane
There’s some new life sprouting up along main Ascot artery Racecourse Road. Victory Lane, a winery-inspired dining establishment from Muragh Operations (Newstead’s Botany Restaurant and The Jetty in South Bank), is taking over the old One Fifty space, with plans already in motion to open in early May. Promising to be a luxe locale, Victory Lane will pair a refreshed interior look – a modern design anchored by a white colour scheme and scattered hanging plants – with a menu built upon a foundation of fresh, local produce. Though the Victory Lane team will be taking a fine-dining approach to the menu, approachability is still key – from the sourdough bread all the way to specialty ice-cream. In addition to lunch and dinner services, expect Victory Lane to be busy on Sundays for its boozy Recovery Brunch. Guests can sprawl out in the alfresco dining area (shaded by a wide-reaching fig tree, coated in fairy lights), perch in a covered bar space (which sports a glass roof and a waterfall feature), or gather a crowd of their nearest and dearest for dinner in the private-dining room. There’s also a courtyard that is perfect as a function area for special occasions. We’ll have a more in-depth look inside Victory Lane once it opens next month.

Brook Hotel
So far, 2023 has been a big one for Mitchelton locals. In addition to scoring one of the most charming new cafes in recent memory, the ALH-owned Brook Hotel is set to unveil a stunning $30.6-million refurbishment that’ll have locals flocking. Reopening in May, the new-look Brook will feature a public bar, sports bar, beer garden, bistro (with outdoor dining terrace and kids play area), function room, gaming room, and a four-storey hotel with 40 rooms (expected to be open for bookings from mid-September). In addition to the newly revitalised amenities, the Brook’s food and beverage menu will also be scoring a rejuvenation, with a modern mix of shared plates and pub classics done well alongside a cocktail menu showcasing premium spirit-based classics as well as signatures crafted to evoke Queensland summer. Brook Hotel is expected to reopen in late-May, with the accommodation portion of the establishment taking bookings from August.

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