Pavement Whispers: Volume 332 November 2
From news of King Street’s pop-up seafood bar to a new espresso bar for St Lucia, 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 Fish Shoppe
Summer is seafood season. With the hottest months approaching, we’re on the lookout for our next go-to spot for fish, crustaceans and molluscs. New Bowen Hills-based pop-up eatery The Fish Shoppe is shaping up to be just the spot we’re looking for. The concept, which comes from the team behind Kangaroo Point fish-and-chipper One Fish Two Fish, is opening tomorrow, Wednesday October 3, on King Street and will run until late December. By day The Fish Shoppe (which occupies the old Potato Boy space) will be the spot to savour fresh salads and sandwiches, while at night the pop-up will dispense everything from lobster rolls and salmon sashimi to sharable sea-cuterie platters piled high with Pacific oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, prawns and more. Daytime menu highlights include sand-crab sandwiches with lemon, tomato, cucumber and herb aioli, a Hawaiian-style poke bowl (which can be upgraded with your choice of Atlantic salmon sashimi, grilled Atlantic salmon or Mooloolaba prawns), and the fish parma burger, which boasts a crispy flounder schnitzel topped with Napoli sauce and cheese. Refreshing spritzes, fine wines and cold beers will help wash down your feast and take the edge of the scorching temperatures, while pre-packed picnic boxes are also on the cards, too. The Fish Shoppe will operate from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday, with its Garden Bar menu only available between 4:00–9:00 pm from Thursday to Saturday. The pop-up is here for a good time, not a long time – be sure to swing by before it wraps up around Christmas time.
If You Say So
St Lucia’s coffee scene is set to grow by one with the forthcoming arrival of brand-new espresso bar If You Say So. The soon-to-open jolt joint is the brainchild of the caffeine connoisseurs behind boutique roaster The Black Lab Coffee Co. and its Paddington sipping spots Blackout and Noir (a coffee spot and wine bar, respectively). The crew has been on the hunt for an expansion site for a little while, seeking a site that didn’t overlap with any of its wholesale clientele and boasted a coffee-deprived community that it could cater to. A quaint corner spot on Gailey Road has proven ideal, boasting close proximity to newly built residential pockets and Jack Cook Memorial Park. If You Say So will cater to St Lucia’s carryout crowd, serving grab-and-go espresso, filter and cold-drip brews alongside Kombu Kombucha and juices. Alternative milks will be supplied by The Milkmen, while a small selection of snacks will include pastries, Butterbing cookies and doughnuts from Doughluxe (a recent addition to Blackout’s food offering). Much like its fellow coffee bar, If You Say So will only feature a handful of seats for dine-in customers (roughly six indoor and ten outside), though the team will supply milk crates for those keen to set up in a shady spot in the park across the road. Build on the space will commence next week, with an opening date set for no later than the first week of January. Stay tuned – we’ll have an up-close look at this joint when it opens!
Sue’s Burgers and Shakes
The vivid style of the 80s will soon meet contemporary burger-joint aesthetics at Sue’s Burgers and Shakes – a new chow spot opening later this month at Westfield Chermside. The concept comes from the crew at revered American-style eatery Wing Fix, who have snagged the 210-sqm space (formerly home to Lord of the Wings) to establish a concept that allows the team to expand on its burger offering. Sue’s Burgers and Shakes is described as old school meets new school – expect a mish-mash of retro decor and a menu of juicy two-handers made with contemporary twists. The menu at Sue’s will feature a handful of fan-favourite Wing Fix specials as well as a smorgasbord of newly conceived hunger busters – think Biscoff-glazed smashburgers, mac ’n’ cheese burgers, southern fried chicken sandos, and a plant-based burger boasting a Beyond Meat patty. Sides will include popcorn-chicken bites, loaded maple fries, onion rings and mac ’n’ cheese while a six-strong selection of thickshakes will include crunchy Biscoff, salted caramelised condensed milk, peanut butter and Malteser flavours. Sue’s Burgers and Shakes is slated to open in mid-to-late November.
Revel Brewing Co.
Attention all frothie fiends – here is a piece of news that we know you’ve been waiting to hear for more than a year. Revel Brewing Co. has announced the official launch date of its Morningside expansion, revealing on Instagram last week that Revel Rivermakers will open at the Heritage Quarter lifestyle and entertainment precinct at BMI Group‘s Rivermakers Estate this Saturday November 6. Revel Brewing Co. joins Bavay Distillery and Low and Slow Meat Co. as marquee residents of the hub, which is based in and around the heritage-listed former Commonwealth Acetate of Lime building, which once housed a brewing system that was responsible for the fermentation and distillation of molasses. The venue, which boasts an interior restaurant space, outdoor beer garden and beer production and distribution hub, is roughly double the size of Revel’s Oxford Street home. The brewing facility, comprised of a 35-hectolitre, four-vessel steam-powered brewing system, has already been operating for the past 12 months crafting and canning Revel’s core range and limited-run experimental beers. Come Saturday, Revel’s kitchen will begin dispensing an evolving menu of family-friendly eats ranging from schnitzels, sirloin steaks and dry-rubbed wings to pan-fried wild barramundi, plant-based burgers and antipasto platters. Bookings are now live but seats for Saturday have already been snagged, so you’d best move quickly to secure a seat if you’re keen to visit this weekend. Keep your eyes affixed to The Weekend Edition later this week for the full rundown!
The croissants from Lune Croissanterie are already regarded as the pinnacle of pastries, but the Melbourne-born institution is committed to pushing the limits on what is achievable when it comes to baked goods. This week sees the launch of Lune Lab – the bakery’s lauded three-course croissant degustation that has become a must-attend event at Lune’s interstate headquarters. This 90-minute epicurean adventure will see small groups of guests gather at the bar space overlooking The Cube, the raw production kitchen located in the rear of Lune’s South Brisbane hub. Here a host will guide diners through the experience, which will feature a menu (the finer details of which are kept secret) comprising of a freshly baked traditional croissant, a savoury course and a sweet dish to finish. Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages are included, with the option to add a glass of champagne, if desired. Lune Lab will run in two-month seasons to allow for the pastry chefs to innovate and craft new goodies using of-the-moment seasonal ingredients. Season one is running from this Friday November 5 to Sunday December 19, with two sittings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. Sittings have sold out, but you can join the waitlist by clicking here.
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Lune Lab images shot by Kim Liew, supplied courtesy of Lune Croissanterie.
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