ICYMI: Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal is getting a facelift and undergoing a major redevelopment. Think new restaurants, new clothing stores and a few surprises that will leave you asking, “am I really at an airport?”.
The first restaurant to be unveiled as part of the new look terminal is The Lord Lamington – a bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner (and of course pre-flight drinks).
Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s more to The Lord Lamington than just a sweet namesake. Here’s seven things that might surprise you about the new kid on the terminal block.
1. Lord Lamington was an actual person
Fact: The restaurant isn’t named after the chocolate dessert, but rather Lord Lamington himself.
The English-born Lord found his way to Australian shores when appointed Governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.
Rumour has it the lamington was an invention of his French chef, who served a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut for afternoon tea at Government House.
2. The restaurant’s namesake had as many names as there’re beers you’ll find on tap
Beers on tap: 6
The real Lord Lamington’s names: 6
Born Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie, he became the second Baron Lamington, after his father passed.
Stop by for a pre-flight beer and impress your mates with this bit of trivia – you’re welcome.
3. The restaurant has the largest footprint for an airport retailer
With over 400sqm of restaurant space and making use of the entire centre section of the Central Terminal Satellite, The Lord Lamington holds the largest retail footprint at the Domestic Terminal.
Whether you’re travelling solo, with your partner, with kids or the whole rugby team, the restaurant has you covered with a mix of low tables, high tables and booth-style seating.
4. The menu was created by The Greek Club’s Chef in Residence
Since 2018, David Tsirekas has been the chef-in-residence at Brisbane’s Greek Club restaurant Nostimo, while also consulting to Windmill & Co at the International Terminal.
Tsirekas not only brings a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Hat but also a passion for working with local farmers and suppliers to spotlight local ingredients on the menu.
5. 85% of produce is sourced locally
Kicking off in 2015, Brisbane Airport adopted the paddock to gate food philosophy, encouraging retailers to integrate local produce into their menus.
Muesli from the Tweed Valley, cheese from the Sunshine Coast, and beer from Burleigh Brewing Co are just a few local favourites you can sample at The Lord Lamington.
6. The specialty lamington has a Greek and Italian fusion
Lamington meet baklava. Lamington and Baklava, please meet Nutella at The Lord Lamington.
Given the consultant chef is Greek, it’s no surprise the traditional lamington was given a Mediterranean twist.
The result: a Nutella baklava lamington *insert drool*.
7. The Lord Lamington builders also built Ikea North Lakes
From hospitality to retail outlets and hotels, over the past 13 years, Unita Group have built over 3,000 venues, including Queensland’s second largest Ikea store.
United Group collaborated with designers Collectivus to incorporate raw, heritage-look materials to showcase Brisbane with contemporary flair.