Big Papi’s Cocina

Big Papi’s Cocina has transformed the space formerly occupied by Holy Jala and the original Greenhouse Canteen and Bar, into a melting pot of flavours and influences from Latin America. The 55-seater is the latest offering from hatted chef Kevin Fredes (who previously co-owned the award-winning Paella Y Pa’Mi in Coorparoo), alongside Carrie Edgar and Corrine Klein. The menu is broken into four sections – compartir, empanadas, platos grandes (larger plates) and postres (dessert). Among the dishes you will find vegan tartar, Papi’s provoleta (provolone cheese served in a cast-iron skillet) and the completito, which is their take on a two-bite hotdog. The larger plates include a Spanish omelette, octopus, chicken thighs bathed in a smoky red sauce and the stand-out picanha – a marbled rump cap served with farofa to sprinkle and punchy chimichurri to dunk. When it comes to the drinks, expect some equally as exciting Latin-based sips including five signature cocktails ranging from a paloma to a couple of sours and, we’re told, the cheapest wine by the litre, alongside drops from some lesser known Latin American wine regions. Old-school hip-hop beats set the scene for a fun and spirited dining experience, which is precisely what you can expect when you pull up a stool. Book here.


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