West Village unveils its lush foliage-laden food haven The Garden Pantry
Following successful foodie pop-up activations at The Laneway earlier in the year, anticipated lifestyle development West Village unveiled its latest stage over the weekend – a lush green space and a casual-dining hub featuring some of Brisbane’s most popular names. The Garden Pantry sits on the fringe of West Village’s leafy communal area and is dishing up a vibrant mixture of cuisines from fresh and colourful Hawaiian to hearty Italian fare and tantalising Asian-inspired eats.
As the flurry of activity surrounding Sekisui House’s marquee West Village development continues, the West End precinct has unveiled its completed work on two laneways, one of two proposed park spaces and its casual dining hub The Garden Pantry. Wilson and Factory Lanes bracket West Village’s urban forest The Common – a leafy area boasting 52 mature trees including hoop pines, flame trees, jacarandas, poincianas, weeping figs and more. The 24-hour public space also offers shady grassy spaces to relax, play areas and water pop jets for kids, and 2500 light reeds, which illuminate The Common at night. West Village has tabbed three familiar names for The Garden Pantry’s foodie roster, bringing on Newstead fixtures Salt Meats Cheese and Cheeky Poké Bar, plus Brisbane City’s brilliant bao dispensary Mr Bunz. Garden Pantry’s curated chow offering follows a communal food-hall approach, with the precinct boasting a tropical-inspired covered dining area stretching alongside three shipping container kitchens installed and outfitted by CLUI Design.
Each vendor in The Garden Pantry is hawking various delights from slightly abbreviated menus. Cheeky Poké Bar has brought its signature poke bowls and build-your-own bowls across from its Newstead location, as well as its popular poke tacos, sashimi tasting plates, wagyu beef tataki and tuna nachos. Mr Bunz is also throwing its name in the ring for your patronage, with its clutch of stuffed bao buns as well as shareable fare such as galangal fried chicken with green-chilli sambal, roasted pork with kailan and shiitake, and whole-fried fish with tamarind and green-mango salad. Salt Meats Cheese Garden Pantry’s menu features a selection of ten squared pizzas available by the slice, offering the likes of classic margherita, smoked mozzarella, mushrooms and truffle, and roasted potato and pancetta. Pasta is put on the back-burner in favour of a selection of gnocchi dishes (think gnocchi coated in a heavenly four-cheese sauce – yum), cheese platters, arancini, Italian fries and desserts. Salt Meats Cheese is also angling to become your summer hangout of choice, with a selection of frozen cocktails, classic Italian concoctions, beers, wines and soft drinks on hand to take the edge off the heat. Soon Salt Meats Cheese will also unveil an on-site coffee roaster serving single-origin beans from a farm in Minas, Brazil, as well as a full-service restaurant and Cheese Fattoria.
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