Pavement Whispers: Volume 437 December 5
From news of a West End sandwich joint’s new bread shop to a rejuvenated New Farm icon, 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 …
The Twin Cafe & Bread Shop
Anyone that has taken a chomp out of one of the sensational sandwiches from West End sambo slinger The Twin will agree that its house-made focaccia is second to none. Those in the know will already be aware that The Twin has been selling loaves of its delightfully springy focaccia ever since it opened, but only recently has the crew been given the right nudge to bake on a greater scale. This Wednesday The Twin’s Vulture Street abode will welcome a new bread stand stocking focaccia loaves and gluten-free mountain bread (expect more breads to feature in the future), while a newly bolstered dine-in offering now includes a range of breakfast items available until 11:00 am. That’s not all that is new, though – The Twin recently scored a liquor licence, meaning from Wednesday onwards guests can enjoy their lunchtime sandwich out in the sun-soaked courtyard with a cold beer or a glass of Jilly Wine. Looking ahead, The Twin will soon take on Christmas pre-orders, with focaccia, mountain bread, Christmas cake, gluten-free polenta cake and family-sized salads available. The Twin will also look to extend its trading hours in February, with plans in the works to open for nights, serving a tight menu of boozy beverages alongside a small menu of drinking food. If you want to get a taste of The Twin in the evening, the cafe is hosting a gig tonight headlined by touring Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Pachyman. Tickets are still available – you can nab some from Jet Black Cat Music or Oztix.
New Farm locals may have clocked some changes at the old Bitter Suite space on Welsby Street. First of all, it’s not called Bitter Suite anymore – the corner haunt is going by Common Vice these days, an Asian-inspired gastropub now owned by mates Natalie Marcelis, William Suess and Asa Simard. The trio took on the site earlier this year with the goal of restoring the venue back to its former glory, honouring its history and reestablishing it as a cherished gathering point for the community. The team has been rejuvenating the space via a tireless DIY renovation effort, which has seen the walls repainted and the furniture and lighting upgraded, while the brick building’s unique character remains intact. Folks can swing through to get a taste of executive chef Natalie’s menu, which showcases Asian flavours imbued with modern twists. We’re talking Korean-style baked camembert, five spice fried chicken wings, braised beef cheeks, tiger prawns glazed with house turmeric-spiced butter, Szechuan calamari and yuzu cheesecakes. Common Vice’s bar boasts six taps pouring a number of rotating Australian beers, a wine list is stocked with Australian and European varieties, and the cocktail list showcases Asian-influenced concoctions – expect to see plenty of sake, Japanese whiskey and lemongrass in the mix. Common Vice’s kitchen is now operating from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and then from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. We’ll be popping in for a proper peek soon.
Salisbury residents are in for a real treat to start 2024, with Natura Cafe set to open its doors in the second week of January. The family-owned cafe is currently taking shape on McCarthy Road (just near Ballistic Beer), with final fit-out works close to completion. The curvacious cafe, which will boast rendered walls, arched windows, a potted olive tree and a palette of neutral tones, will serve all-day breakfast (including staples like pancakes, acai bowls, big brekkies and smashed avocado), as well as a lunch menu featuring pressed paninis, salads and chicken souvlaki with chips. Stel Coffee will be supplying the caffeine, which will be available alongside fresh fruit juices, smoothies, frappes and Natura’s signature Greek frappe. Stay tuned for a close-up look at Natura Cafe early in the new year!
Fatcow on James St
Just when you thought James Street couldn’t contain any more goodness, another eatery announces its forthcoming opening on the popular strip. Last week, the Tassis Group (the brains behind Rich & Rare, Fosh, Opa Bar + Mezze and Massimo Restaurant & Bar) announced that it would be reopening Fatcow – its formerly Eagle Street Pier-based steak and seafood restaurant – on James Street in 2024. Fatcow on James St will open in new digs at 10 James Street, a space likely familiar to many as the former David Jones site, just near James St Market. The crew is targeting an autumn opening date, with regular collaborators Clui Design conceiving a slick aesthetic to match Fatcow’s elevated fare, which showcases the best of land and sea on a plate. Read more about the news here.
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