Pavement Whispers: Volume 168 April 17
From whispers of a new plant-based bar and eatery to Fortitude Valley’s new open-air bar, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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 …
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar
Much-loved Gold Coast plant-based eatery Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is headed north, set to open on the corner of Manning and Russell Streets in South Brisbane. With a strong belief that ‘it’s cool to be kind’, Greenhouse has become popular with vegans and meat-eaters alike with its menu of comforting and somewhat fooling cruelty-free eats. Greenhouse Brisbane will offer the same ever-changing seasonal menu as its Miami and Coolangatta siblings, which, in addition to being plant based, is completely gluten free. Expect to find the likes of finger-licking buffalo cauliflower wings, moreish macaroni and ‘cheese’, meaty jackfruit enchiladas and zucchini bolognese smothered in rich Napoli sauce and cauliflower cheese. Its botanical bar will be in full swing too – think blueberry and thyme mojitos, ginger margaritas, Stone & Wood and Pickled Pig beers on tap, and a selection of sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines. Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is due to open mid-May, and will be open from 5:00 pm to late Tuesday to Sunday.
The Sound Garden
Since the announcement of Fortitude Valley’s upcoming mammoth live-music venue at 312 Brunswick Street, we’ve been pretty damn excited about what is to come. Details on the development are still relatively vague, however we do know that in addition to a theatre, function and event space, the Brunswick Street Mall site will offer a mix of around 1000 square metres of food and beverage tenancies. The first of those tenancies has been announced, thanks to Mantle Group Hospitality (the team behind The Charming Squire, Pig ‘N’ Whistle and much more). Bar and eatery The Sound Garden is due to open in mid-2019 as a companion to the live-music venue, and will feature outdoor dining on the footpath along Brunswick Street as well as a two-storey restaurant space characterised by a central tree-filled void. Around the void will be an open-air rooftop bar and balcony overlooking the Brunswick Street Mall, offering gig goers a place to pep up or cool down pre- and post-show. Look out for more details soon.
Black Fire Brisbane
Brisbane City will soon be farewelling Asana Restaurant beneath Capri by Fraser – the space has been taken over by Mediterranean-inspired eatery Black Fire Brisbane. The restaurant is the second of its kind, the first based in Canberra, and will serve a predominantly Spanish menu specialising in whole roasted meats, pinchos and tapas. Pan-tossed squid, smoked pork empanadas, and ten-hour slow-roasted suckling lamb are just a taste of what will be offered on Black Fire’s menu, which is centred around organic and free-range produce. Black Fire Brisbane is set to open in the coming months – we’ll keep you posted.
Change of direction for King Tea
The last six months have been incredibly busy for the team behind Paddington’s remy’s, Hai-Hai Ramen and King Tea. After months of delays, the doors have finally swung open on its Coorparoo barbecue joint Special Rub (full details on that this week), and during that time the team has also been transitioning King Tea’s menu from Spanish tapas to modern pan-Asian. With chef Guy Rooney at the helm, whose experience is predominantly in Asian cuisine, the King Tea team have created a casual menu designed to be eaten easily and often, much like the offering at remy’s and Hai-Hai. XO and garlic pancakes, tofu and mushroom dumplings, mapo tofu and kingfish yusheng feature alongside a number of other regional favourites and share dishes.
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