The Arsonist – Opening Soon
The dining scene in Brisbane’s bayside is heating up, especially with the news that hospitality group The Consortium Queensland (Tide on the Jetty) is working on a new fire-powered restaurant in Manly. The Arsonist is the name of the forthcoming eatery, which is taking over the space formerly home to cafe Little and Oliver’s on Manly’s Esplanade. As one can probably glean from the name, The Arsonist will open seven days a week and will specialise in fire-licked fare, with the majority of the menu cooked over charcoal and open flames. Chef Mat Fulford (former executive chef at Sirromet Winery) is spearheading the kitchen, which will undergo a refurbishment to make room for more seating and to open it up to the curious eyes of diners. The menu will spotlight freshly-sourced produce, using the caress of flame and smoke to bring out some earthy flavours. We’ve been told to expect the likes of whole suckling pig and lamb shoulder, as well as some breakfast bites utilising flame – think woodfired berries with toasted granola, pulled smoked brisket and bacon-and-egg jaffles (made using a old-school campfire-style jaffle maker), and The Arsonist’s own bacon, which will be grilled over open flame. Keep your eyes peeled for more info on The Arsonist, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2021.