Bakery Lane scored a brand-new culinary hideaway in March 2019, one that delivered a dining style largely unseen in Brisbane. joy. restaurant is the brainchild of Tim and Sarah Scott, two adventurous hospitality vets who have spent a considerable amount of time working in top-notch Sydney venues, including Sepia, Automata and Sixpenny. After taking some time out, the couple returned to Brisbane (where they did their apprenticeships) to open a spot of their own in The Valley. When conjuring up their own restaurant, the couple fell in love with the idea of removing the line between front and back of house. As soon as customers enter joy. restaurant they will be in the middle of the action, almost as if they’ve wandered into the kitchen by accident. At joy. restaurant, the key word is intimacy – only ten diners are served at a time, with Tim and Sarah doing everything themselves. The food on offer will have distinct Japanese and Nordic influences, made with local Australian ingredients and Scandinavian techniques. The menu is designed to be an experience, with long (eight dishes) and short (five dishes) set menus available. Those keen to try select dishes can order shareable portions a la carte. Tim and Sarah liaised with sommelier friend Russ Berry on the drinks selection encompassing sparkling sake, natural Australian and European wines and artisan spirits, as well as a collection of non-alcoholic beverages a cut the standard. joy. restaurant also serves All Press coffee every morning while Tim and Sarah prep, making for a unique spot to grab a quiet cuppa.