Lunch sorted – Bowen Hills scores two-in-one pit-stop Soul Black and Uno Sushi
Sure, coffee and sushi might be an odd combo if you consume both at once, but when it comes to our top grab-and-go picks, each respective choice ranks highly. Bowen Hills is the lucky beneficiary of new eateries Soul Black and Uno Sushi, a new two-for-one destination serving – you guessed it – specialty coffee and Japanese fare. Perfect for morning pick-me-ups and hearty midday munching, this tandem is shaping up to be quite the harmonious union.
Every day, the streets surrounding the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital come alive with foot traffic – most of which is comprised of caffeine-deprived or peckish people seeking out a bit of much-needed nourishment. Although the area is flush with coffee spots, the unrelenting demand for quality brew means there’s plenty of room for more. For hospitality veterans Jay Seo and Sue Han, the area seemed perfect for expansion. The duo, who currently own King Arthur Cafe, have a pedigree for operating top-notch eateries, though with Soul Black they are trying something a little different. The coffee nook can be found tucked away at the base of the City Link Building on Campbell Street (in the space formerly home to Honey & Bear), however Soul Black isn’t the only operator found within. Joining the coffee slinger is casual Japanese eatery Uno Sushi, which is catering to the area’s bustling lunch rush with a standalone menu of sushi, bowls and bento. A small cosmetic overhaul has instilled some life into the interior, reconfigured the kitchen and spruced up the adjacent undercover dining area, resulting in a venue that lends itself to both quick-service takeaway and unhurried snacking.
Soul Black and Uno Sushi are two distinct, but surprisingly complementary, halves. For the former, King Arthur’s own specialty blend is dispensed into espresso brews, while seasonal single origins also feature across batch brew and cold-drip varieties. Close at hand is a fridge filled to the brim with HRVST ST cold-pressed juices and The Probiotic Kitchen kombucha, as well as an ambient cabinet well provisioned with pastries from Crust & Co Artisan Baking, pre-made sandwiches (chicken with garlic aioli, haloumi and pumpkin, and a Reuben), as well as bacon-and-egg brioche rolls with caramelised onion. On the other side of the room, the Uno Sushi team maintains a sushi counter boasting a range of fresh rolls (sushi platters are also available), while a made-to-order menu offers chicken katsu curries, spicy pork bento boxes, donburi bowls and udon dishes. Thirsty? Uno Sushi also stocks refreshing Japanese soft drinks from Ramune.
Soul Black and Uno Sushi are now open to the public. Head to the Stumble Guide for operating hours and contact details.
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