Pavement Whispers: Volume 128 June 27
From whispers of winery pop-ups to cookie dough in a cone, 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 …
Ze Pickle Camp Hill
Yep, those outrageous burgers are coming your way, Camp Hill friends. The Ze Pickle guys have announced their second franchise location, set to open in August on Martha Street directly across the road from newly opened Martha Street Kitchen. Ze Pickle Camp Hill will have the same menu as its Burleigh Heads and Fortitude Valley locations – from the classic Chee-ze right through to the extreme Doughnutfukwitdis (that’s a wagyu beef patty, Nutella smoked bacon and double Jack cheese pressed between two grilled Doughnut Time glazed doughnuts, in case you were wondering). The burger joint will also serve up its famous bar snacks and desserts (hello, Oreogazm), as well as 12 beers on tap.
If you’re a sucker for eating cookie dough straight from the bowl, you’re in for a real treat. KuKi is a soon-to-launch market stall specialising in – you guessed it – cookie dough. You can ignore those usual warnings about eating raw cookie dough – KuKi’s dough is homemade with all locally sourced ingredients, using a special preparation method and pasteurised eggs to ensure any harmful bacteria is removed. The dough will be served much like ice-cream, scooped in a cup or cone, with starting flavours including the vegan The Original, The Chocolate (chocolate cookie dough with choc chips) and the PB Crunch (cookie dough with peanut butter, crushed Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and peanuts). KuKi is due to launch late-July/early-August at markets around town – we’ll keep you posted once you can get your hands on a scoop.
d’Arenberg Cellar Door Pop-up
Renowned McLaren Vale winery d’Arenberg is coming to Brisbane, taking over Billykart West End for a special two-night cellar door pop-up. On Thursday July 13, Billykart’s executive chef Ben O’Donoghue will craft a shared sit-down dinner, with matched wines focusing on grape varieties from the Rhone Valley in France. The following evening on Friday July 14, d’Arenberg will encourage guests to sample drops from its impressive portfolio, with Ben pairing a seafood paella with the McLaren Vale varietals. The evening will culminate in the unveiling of a bottle from the winery’s personal cellar – a mammoth 6-L The Dead Arm shiraz (rated 96 points on release), which has been resting in the winery cellar for eight years. For full details and ticketing information, head to our Event Guide.
Flippin’ the Bird
The fried-chicken craze doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon. Simon Barakat (The Defiant Duck, Il Verde) has announced his next venture – a shipping container fried-chicken joint called Flippin’ the Bird. The container has been dropped on Fortitude Valley’s James Street next to Molten Store, and is due to start serving the likes of fried free-range chicken wings, tacos and more in the coming months.
4Fingers Crispy Chicken
The fried chicken doesn’t stop there. Singaporean 4Fingers Crispy Chicken opened its first Brisbane store late last week at Westfield Chermside’s new food precinct and has now announced a second store on Albert Street in Brisbane City, due to open on Friday July 7. With an aim to move away from traditional fast-food chains, 4Fingers focuses on quality and sustainability, serving free-range hormone-free chicken, freshly baked buns and kimslaw (kimchi coleslaw) fermented on site daily. The menu features Asian-inspired flavours, promising to pack a spicy punch. Look out for full details next week.
Stefani’s on Latrobe
After three years on Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Deli and Epicerie has closed its doors. New owners, father-daughter duo Steve and Stefani Limov, have changed the name to Stefani’s on Latrobe and are due to reopen the eatery later this week. The pair brings 17 years of experience to their new Paddington digs, with Stefani in the kitchen and Steve working front of house. We’ll have more details for you soon.
South Bank’s Riverside Restaurant
After being ruined in the 2011 floods, the fate of South Bank’s Riverside Restaurant has finally been decided. Infrastructure Minister Jackie Trad announced last week that the two-storey building would be demolished to make way for additional public green space. The retail space has sat abandoned for six years and although there was interest in revitalising the building, the cost to restore the space to working order proved too much for prospective tenants. The announcement came on the same day that South Bank celebrated its 25th anniversary, with Ms Trad and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk estimating the site would be redeveloped into public parkland by the end of the year.
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