Pavement Whispers: Volume 446 February 20
Pavement Whispers: Volume 446 February 20
Pavement Whispers: Volume 446 February 20
Pavement Whispers: Volume 446 February 20

Pavement Whispers: Volume 446 February 20

From news of a new group chef for one of Brisbane’s biggest restaurant teams to a mouth-watering breakfast pivot at a chic Newstead restaurant, 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 …

Adam Wolfers appointed as group chef at Anyday
One of Brisbane’s fast-growing hospitality collectives has announced the appointment of Adam Wolfers as its new group chef. The Anyday group – the crew behind highly praised Brisbane restaurants AgnessAme sAmeBiànca and hôntô (as well as Agnes Bakery) – recently announced the headline-grabbing hire, with Adam set to work alongside director Ben Williamson in helping guide the group’s culinary evolution. The heralded chef brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked in kitchens at countless high-end restaurants, including vaunted Sydney institutions Est. and Marque, as well as Brisbane’s own Gerard’s Bistro, where he was executive chef from 2019 to 2023. Since leaving Gerard’s, Adam has resurrected his cherished pop-up series Ételek, which sees the culinary maestro take over restaurant kitchens to showcase classic Jewish and international cuisine. Adam’s appointment as group chef marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Anyday, with the crew thrilled to have secured the services of one of the country’s best. “Adam comes to us with a wealth of experience, both celebrated and broad-ranging,” says Ben Williamson. “We’re thrilled to be bringing him into the Anyday fold and have no doubt he’ll boost the culinary experience at all our venues. The group looks forward to the evolution of our existing and future venues under Adam’s mentorship and guidance.”

Portside Social
In case you missed the news last week, burgeoning riverside precinct Portside Wharf has announced a suite of grants and incentives (ranging ranging from $50,000 to $500,000) to entice retailers to join the precinct’s evolution and fill the next batch of available tenancies. The first of this fresh crop has been announced, with the crew at All Stars Hospitality Group signing on to open a new gastropub concept at the hub – one modelled closely on its other pub-style venue, Newstead Social. Portside Social will offer a menu of gastropub winners (think burgers, bangers and mash, fish and chips, chicken schnitzel, salads and steaks) as well as plenty of beer, wine and cocktails. Portside Social is taking shape in a 224-sqm space adjacent to Italian restaurant Gusto Da GianniClui Design is spearheading the interior styling, with a Lowry Group-led fit-out process expected to be complete in June.

Allonda launches breakfast
It’s not often that we get to saunter into one of Brisbane’s best restaurants for an early morning feed, but that is exactly what we plan on doing over at Allonda, which has just launched a brand-new breakfast service. The chic Newstead restaurant has expanded its offering with a modern-European-inspired take on some classic day starters, available from Tuesday to Saturday between 7:00–10:30 am. The menu is headlined by Allonda’s take on the Dutch baby (a large German-style pancake that looks a bit like a Yorkshire pudding), which is available three ways – with Turkish eggs, garlic yoghurt and paprika butter, with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise, or with bacon and scrambled eggs. Other options include a piadina with cavolo nero, asiago and prosciutto, a charred B.L.A.T., a breakfast bowl boasting Gilly’s leg ham, a soft-boiled egg, beets, greens and pickles, and wild mushrooms on toast. The eatery is also pouring cups of specialty coffee from Bellissimo and cold-pressed juice from HRVST ST. Though walk-ins are welcome, those wanting to guarantee themselves a table for brekkie can make a booking via Allonda’s website.

The Twin kicks off nighttime service
Good news for fans of sensational West End sandwich spot, The Twin – the Vulture Street cafe has expanded its trading hours, opening for drinks and eats between 5:00–9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and from 10:00 am on Sundays. After bolstering its daytime menu with a bunch of new menu items late last year, The Twin has expanded its nosh selection even further for its after-dark service. Guests can slide in post-sunset for pizza by the slice (including a red-based option topped with olive, pickled jalapeno and chive ricotta, and a white-based number coated in confit garlic, potato and rosemary), as well as snacks like mushroom arancini, deep-fried Brussels sprouts and giardiniera salad. These nibbles are available alongside a tight list of boozy beverages, including a negroni, house spritz (made with mango, mint, soda and your choice of vodka or gin), Lynchburg Lemonade (lemon, rosemary, soda and bourbon), an iced coffee (infused with alcoholic horchata), as well as a small selection of tinnies and wine.

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