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Many of Brisbane’s restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs are open again and attempting to put the challenges of the past three months behind them. For the city’s eaters and drinkers there are plenty of new venues to check out. Here are some of the recent openings you may have missed during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Agnes, the long-awaited restaurant from Ben Williamson and the Same Same crew, has opened, but not as a restaurant. Instead, it’s a pop-up bakery flipping sourdough, cluster rolls, pizzette and cinnamon doughnuts in the morning, and fancy wines in the afternoon.
Shalom and Wensley Bitton have finally opened the follow-up to their poky East Brisbane classic, with Smokey Moo reborn in Newstead as a slick 110-seat restaurant. What hasn’t changed is the barbequed brisket, pastrami, ribs and beef cheeks – they’re some of the best in town.
Zach and Calvin Dexter are paying homage to northern-Indian street food with this West End bolthole. On the menu? Kulcha – crispy, flaky and very tasty flatbread that you definitely shouldn’t mistake for naan.
The Byron Bay coffee superstar has crossed the border, opening a cute hole-in-the-wall in Kangaroo Point in the shadow of the Story Bridge. On the menu is espresso, batch brew, a rotating selection of toasties and sweets from Jocelyn’s Provisions.
Kingsfood Brisbane City
This celebrated Taiwanese and Chinese restaurant opened its second outlet in February but barely had a chance to get up and running before the March 23 Covid-19 shutdown. Expect all the favourites from the superstar Sunnybank original, along with new inclusions such as seafood laksa and a fried dumpling dish.
The Montrachet crew has opened this Breakfast Creek bistro in stripped-down form, selling pain aux raisin, almond croissants, eclairs and danishes, as well as savoury items such as quiche, salads, Black Angus beef pies and freshly baked bread. The food is helped down by Vittoria coffee and a selection of cold drinks.
This pastel-pink croissanterie from the NYC Bagel Deli team has opened in West End serving danishes, zesty and bitter orange custard cruffins, vanilla custard morning buns and, of course, a whole lot of croissants. There’s also a new breakfast menu, with the food washed down by Padre coffee and a short selection of smoothies and other drinks.
In mid-April the Happy Boy crew launched this online curry joint with a simple seven-item menu (think confit-duck rendang, Thai green curry with beef, and a traditionally made butter chicken) designed to take away. Now, you can eat in at Snack Man on East Street.
Only Fortitude Valley
Only’s Arthur Graczyk and Paul Crossland have opened a new flagship outlet on Brunswick Street Mall, in a ground-floor tenancy of the TBC Building. Expect Five Senses on espresso and a rotating selection on filter. For food there are crumpets, croissants, breakfast burgers and the like.
Not an opening, exactly, but Revel Brewing adapted fast in the face of Covid with Nonna’s Kitchen, an online restaurant preparing house-made pasta and gnocchi (plus meatballs, lamb shanks and eggplant lasagne).