Aviary Rooftop puts regional producers on a pedestal with its new collection of native sips and savoury snacks
Like the sound of a pizza topped with ginger-beer-braised pork belly and a blistering crust stuffed with Byron Bay-made ricotta? How about a chasing it with a cocktail infused with a habanero-spiced honey that’s sourced from Bumbles Cafe in Budds Beach? That’s what you’ll see dished up from the new food and cocktail menus at Southport sipping spot Aviary Rooftop Bar, which is bringing regional and native-Australian produce to your plates and tumblers.
So, what’s in store? Let’s start with the drinks. The refreshed offering at Aviary sees the introduction of The Australian Collection of cocktails, which utilises native ingredients (and a lot of theatrics!) to showcase the best produce from the Gold Coast and beyond. Liqueurs (such as chai, butter-caramel and lavender) distilled just nearby on Mount Tamborine shine bright across the list, Australian macadamias are used to create a base orgeat, while immersive cocktails like the Smoke House are engulfed in Australian Red Gum smoke before being served. Keen for a savoury cocktail? Go for the earthy Aussie Beets, featuring cold-pressed beetroot juice with Tamborine-made wild-plum liqueur, smoky mezcal and local rosemary, served with a side of spiced Australian walnuts. The native sips are also joined by The Ligera Collection, featuring a series of low-alcohol cocktails – think house-made apple cider and ruby hot chocolates infused with musk liqueur.
While a handful of the Aviary’s food favourites remain (we’re looking at you, G&T prawns with brown butter and toasted cornbread), the changes also welcome a series of new additions to the Italian-style snacks and pizza menu. Nibble on Byron Bay burrata with a pistachio and mint gremolata, four-cheese baked gnocchi (scamorza, gorgonzola, parmesan and mozzarella), or the delicate beef carpaccio with local blue cheese, walnuts, black garlic and truffle oil. The Joey Stacks calzone is a go-to for pizza lovers, encasing whipped northern New South Wales ricotta, salami, sopressa and san marzano with dressed rocket and parmesan. By the way, if you’re looking for a mid-week feast, you can now head into Aviary for all-you-can-eat pizza every Tuesday night from 5:30 pm!
You can peep Aviary’s new food and cocktail menus and make bookings online.
Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Aviary Rooftop Bar.
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