Pavement Whispers: Volume 307 May 11
From news of a Spanish restaurant and wine bar (specialising in paella) coming to Coorparoo to the new residents making the Peters Ice Cream Factory home, 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 …
Paella Y Pa’ Mi
Fans of Spanish fare, get ready to say hola to Coorparoo’s newest Spanish bistro and wine bar Paella Y Pa’ Mi, which is set to open on the corner of Leicester Street and Martha Street in early July. The eatery is the brainchild of co-owners Kevin Fredes and Manuela Volpe, who are looking to shine a spotlight on the iconic (and underrepresented, in our opinion) dish paella. The venue’s name (which is pronounced ‘pah eh ya e pah me’) is a play on words, with ‘para ella’ translating to ‘for her’ and ‘pa mi’ meaning ‘for me’ – this wordplay communicates the ‘sharing is caring’ mentality that the restaurant and its signature dish embodies. Head chef Kevin will be dipping into his Spanish and Chilean heritage, putting his skills (honed under the mentorship of superstar chef Miguel Maestre) to work to create a menu based around, you guessed it, paella! Four varieties (Valenciana style, seafood, vegetarian and a signature variety named after the couple’s daughter Marysol) of paella will be available, taking centre stage alongside a rotating selection of tapas. Organic and boutique wines with Spanish or Hispanic origins will feature heavily across the beverage list, with little-known and hard-to-find options expected to appear. As for the space itself, we’ve been told to expect a colour palette of pastel blue and cream, with Andalusian tiles and timber helping to exude a warm yet glamorous aesthetic. Paella Y Pa’ Mi will boast 12 tables (one reserved for large groups, the others for intimate pairings) spread across the interior and alfresco space, accommodating a total of 40 guests.
Anita Gelato and Cheeky Poké Bar
Big news has emerged from burgeoning West End living and lifestyle hub West Village. As the precinct fleshes out the new dining offering emerging at the base of the Peters Ice Cream Factory, more exciting vendors are being announced as tenants. Following hot on the heels of the launch of fetching Lebanese restaurant and bar Beirut Bazaar, West Village will soon welcome Cheeky Poké Bar and Anita Gelato to the fold, with the one-two-punch landing in May and June, respectively. Cheeky Poké, formerly a fixture of West Village’s open-air foodie strip The Garden Pantry, will be making its return later this month, serving its now-iconic menu of customisable poke bowls, nori- and wonton-shell tacos, warming soups and sashimi tasting plates in a space that matches the size and format of its Newstead sibling. Anita Gelato’s outpost at the base of West Village’s heritage 1920s brick warehouse marks the first Queensland location for the brand, which boasts shops in Sydney, New York City, Tel Aviv and San Juan. Expect the gelateria to dispense 150 kinds of organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real cream-based gelato, plus frozen yoghurt and sorbet, all of which is crafted using natural ingredients. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this dynamo double header on The Weekend Edition soon!
Joedy’s by Eminence
If you count yourself amongst the multitudes that crave the all-day brunch fare at Joedy’s Cafe in New Farm, this piece of news is for you. The beloved park-side eatery is expanding its portfolio, last week announcing the late-May arrival of Joedy’s by Eminence – a sibling location situated in the Mosaic Property Group building just one suburb over in Fortitude Valley. A chic ground-floor space will host the cafe, which will serve a menu of seasonal eats identical to New Farm, plus some grab-and-go options geared more towards The Valley’s office-bound clientele. Joedy’s by Eminence will also operate the building’s 245-sqm rooftop terrace, which is being converted into a versatile hub for private events (think everything from standing canape-and-cocktail soirees to seated wedding receptions) on weekends. The Joedy’s team is in the process of curating a smorgasbord of pan-Asian street-style bites for its catering packages, which will be supplemented by wines, beers and cocktails. Stay tuned for more on this one later in the month.
One-cent wings at Beerhaüs
No, not one dollar wings. One CENT. That’s correct – the crew over at King Street’s Bavarian-inspired taproom Beerhaüs has launched a new string of dining deals, headlined by this mind-boggling steal. Every Thursday until 7:00 pm, guests will be able to snag one-cent wings with a full priced drink – with a maximum of ten wings (slathered in one of seven kinds of sauce) available per drink. Even with the addition of a stein of one of Beerhaüs’ 40 tap beers, you’re still coming out on top. That’s not all that’s up for grabs – Beerhaüs is also selling plate-sized schnitzels for $12 each all day on Wednesdays with the purchase of a full-priced drink, while on Sunday the kitchen is whipping up German-inspired slow-roast pork belly feasts (served with glazed Dutch carrots, creamy mash, red cabbage, Yorkshire pudding, apple compote and onion gravy) for $20 a pop from 12:00 pm until sold out.
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