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Centres in

foodie wars

Eating out at the shops never tasted so

good as shopping centres invest millions

making over their food courts, and nowhere

is the competition keener than on the

Gold Coast. Hot on the heels of Pacific

Fair raising the bar with the opening of

Aquitaine Pacific in its ‘Resort’ precinct, the

yakitori and whiskey bar Torii and dessert

bars Cowch and Lello Lello Gelati – all

open for evening dining even when the

shops are closed – Robina Town Centre

is fighting back with the opening of The

Kitchens – a massive $160 million two-level

remodelling of its food marketplace. This

is no ordinary food hall – celebrity chef



judge George Calombaris

has chosen it to be the first location in

Queensland for his Jimmy Grants souvlaki

bar; Jemma Gawned has brought her Naked

Treaties organic, raw, vegan, sugar-free and

dairy-free desserts and drinks from Byron

Bay; while Melbourne institution Levezzi

Gelateria has also moved in. Local Coast

stars are also in the spotlight here including

hot food truckies Fiery Deli bringing South

American street food to the space and

WilliamWu in a new venture, Fish Lab by

WilliamWu; and for anyone who aspires to

be more like them there are classes at Icon

The Cookery School, which will be open

seven days at The Kitchens. See

Changing flavour of hotel dining

Hotel restaurants used to be known more for their convenience

than their creativity but that is changing as a wave of inventive

chefs take charge in the kitchens – in Brisbane Pete Evans guides

the menu at Asana (Capri by Fraser), Cobey Davies is settling in at

Lennons (Next Hotel) and more recently Richard Mellor has taken

the helm at The Croft House Town Kitchen & Bar attached to the

Sebel, also in the CBD. The Croft House is a showcase for local

talent – fromWolff Coffee Roasters (owners of Dandelion and

Driftwood, Hendra) to craft beer from Newstead Brewing and even

plates from ceramic artist Susan Simonini. As its name suggests this

is country fare reinvented for the city from its grab-and-go gourmet

sandwiches to the Butcher’s Board of cured and smoked meats,

farmhouse terrine, pickles and chutney for shared grazing and wine

pairing. Open seven days for all-day dining from early (6.30-7am)

until late. At the corner of Charlotte and Albert Streets, call 3224

3549 or see

Customs House

has opened up its riverside

courtyard for Sunset Spritz, a summer season pop-up bar

open Wednesday to Sunday each week, serving up fresh

tasting plates with chilled drinks and a front row seat to a

spectacular view of the Story bridge and the riverscape.

The highlight: free canapés served 5-6pm on Wednesdays

help get over the midweek hump. Customs House, 399

Queen Street, city. See


may be one of Brisbane’s

newest bar stops but it looks like a

dive joint straight from the ’80s – and

that’s deliberate. It’s laidback, low-lit

and it’s two bars in one – the graffiti

splashed main bar with craft beer,

cider, a changing menu of cocktails

on tap and supersize pizzas to share,

or there’s the secret corner of the

Boiler Room which takes the drinks

orders up a notch. The highlight: buy

a bottle of Remy Martin or Louis

Xlll cognac and it will be locked in a

copper closet for your personal use

on return visits. Open Thursday to

Sunday nights from 5pm at Level 1,

210 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley.

16 Antlers

offers a different

perspective of the city overlooking

City Hall and King George

Square from the 16th level of the

Pullman Hotel. Tasting plates can

be ordered from the in-house

Tapastry menu and DJs step in

on Friday nights to set an upbeat

mood for the weekend ahead.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from

3pm until late. The highlight:

star-gazing while sipping a mint

fresh Bushel Spritz fom the

cocktail menu. Pullman Hotel,

corner Anne and Roma Streets,

city. For information see



BNE November/December 2016 |


William Wu