Debbie may have been a total downer in setting the tone for April, but nobody puts Brisbane in a corner and you bet that we’ve bounced back swinging with these super swish new openings definitely worth checking out!
We’ve got everything from Brisbane’s very first Gelato Messina (FINALLY!) to sushi burritos (where have you been all our lives?) to organic, holistic day spas that’ll put the spark right back into your step. All you have to do is gather your mates and fast for a couple of days to prepare your stomach for the feast(s) of a lifetime.
Here's 10 new Brisbane openings to check out this April.
The legend, the one-and-only, Gelato Messina has officially arrived in our fair city and is one new opening in Brisbane we're practically giddy about. It’s okay, we need a moment too. Located on swanky Melbourne Street, the kings of gelato will be dishing up all of Australia’s favourites—salted caramel and white chocolate and bounty, a coconut milk gelato mixed with desiccated coconut and chocolate chips (oh my). Run, don’t walk. You can thank us later.
What do you get when you take the flavours of Japanese food and combine them with the wholesome goodness that is a burrito bowl? Why Suki, of course! This new kid on the South Bank scene specialises in poke (pronounced po-keh) bowls, the super fresh Japanese-inspired rice bowls topped with raw fish and other goodies like pickled veggies. Oh and did we mention the sushi burritos? They are exactly what they sound like and something you definitely need in your life right. now. Hit them up at 182 Grey Street when they open next week!
Junk Boat, another new addition to the Brisbane dining scene, is probably best known for the madness that is serving plumped-up gyoza inside the fluffy goodness of a bao bun. Delicious, delicious, madness. But that’s not all Junk Boat is good at as the Asian-fusion style restaurant aims to bring the casual air of Asian street food to an eager Brisbane audience. Highlights of the menu include Chicken Katsu Bao—a crispy fried southern style chicken breast with Junk-style bulldog sauce and kimchi, served on a steamed bun—and crispy Peking duck spring rolls. Be still our beating hearts.
Neon-signs galore, over 500 skulls painted across every available surface and a certifiably badass tiger mural all go into making up the magic of Deathproof, the perfect spot for Friday-night drinks with a twist. The brain child of street artist Steen Jones and Anthony Calligeros, Deathproof offers up expertly-crafted drinks paired with snacks like beer-battered pickles, tacos and chunky poutine chips. It practically screams a cheeky Sunday sesh with the squad.
Petrichor Day Spa
Brisbane’s newest luxury day spa, Petrichor, combines everything you could ever want for the perfect treat yo’ self-moment. Set against a backdrop of aesthetically pleasing Scandinavian interior design and located inside a 100-year-old renovated Queenslander, Petrichor delivers a holistic approach to boost your body’s natural goodness. Using totally organic products and cutting-edge technology, Petrichor ensures you skin will remain luminous for years to come. We’re certainly not going to argue with that.
Guys, all your troubles with finding a place to accommodate your next catch-up with the faves has been sorted. Introducing Umami, a modern Asian tapas and share-plates joint that has just landed in Fortitude Valley. Highlights include beef brisket red curry, smoked barbeque and miso pork short ribs and the Feed Me Umami; a six course shared menu curated by the chefs themselves. Actually, now that we think about it, maybe you won’t want to share after all.
Pawpaw Asian Kitchen
The geniuses behind such iconic Brisbane eats as Pawpaw Café, Piggy Back and Mos Ban Sabai are back at it again with their latest addition: Pawpaw Asian Kitchen. Based in Tingalpa, Pawpaw Asian Kitchen offers up top shelf Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese dishes like chilli popcorn chicken, lamb curry puffs (our personal favourite) and wagyu green curry for the foodie on the run. Let’s just say that our tastebuds are definitely a fan.
Detour, the new venture from Chef Damon Amos (of Public fame), is an gluten-free gourmet’s heaven. The kitchen—which operates from the middle of the restaurant for all to see the magic at work—is entirely gluten free, with any gluten included in dishes being prepared off-site, and the rest of the menu is split equally between meat-eaters, vegans and vegetarians. On the carnivore side, Amos’ signature style shines through with black ants scattered over gunpowder salmon and emu tartare served with burnt shallot, chilli and yolk. Herbivores, don’t fret, you’re not missing out either with menu offerings that include Hawaiian curry with sweet potato, coconut and lychee and fossilised carrots with smoked almond. That vegemite sandwich you put together for lunch doesn’t sound so good now, does it?
Super Combo is a Street-Fighter themed burger joint complete with an arcade station so you can get stuck in to some vintage gaming while you chow down on some A-grade burgers. With burger names like the Spinning Piledriver, Round 1 and the Yoga Attack, Super Combo isn’t just a nostalgic face, their burgers also pack a punch with toppings that include parmesan butter, roasted tomato and Kewpie mayo. Sign us the heck up!
The Lamb Shop
The Lamb Shop means business when it comes to the most beloved of Greek street food. Combining the freshest quality with Greek-inspired flavours, The Lamb Shop features dishes like chargrilled corn with oregano butter and shaved sheep’s milk cheese and lamb souvlaki with onion, parsley, mustard mayo and hand cut chips. It’s just like being transported to Greece, without those exxy plane tickets. Now that sounds like a win-win to us.
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