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Behind the Scenes | The Barracks

By Desta Cullen - 12 Dec 2013

We've already let you in on some of the great foodie secrets of the The Barracks, but until now, we've never met the people behind the scenes who make this Paddington precinct run like a well-oiled machine, and are a source of such good food and great drinks.

We delved into the minds and hearts of the good people from TUL faves The Chelsea, FAB and Pizzeria 1889, Libertine, and Peasant to give you this intimate look at the people who make this is one of the best dining precincts in Brisbane.

Get ready for insider tips, trade secrets and recommendations from those most definitely in the know.  

Kate Harvey (pictured with son Ollie) | Owner of FAB and Pizzeria 1889

Why do you love The Barracks?
Location, location, location! The Barracks is a great mix of old and new, and provides an important link between The City and Paddington.    

What makes your business tick? 
The staff. We have fantastic staff, some of whom have been with us since The Barracks opened 5 years ago!  
Our family. We have always worked in our businesses and now, as well as our sons, our niece and nephew are all working with us while they complete their studies. Having your businesses represented by your own family and loyal staff is invaluable. 

Pick of the menu?
That's too hard... Every day my favourite changes! Today I had the Zucca, made by our amazing Italian Pizzaiola. Absolutely delicious! But some days I just can't go past the Number 1 Burger with cheese and pickles.

What's a Barracks' secret that only an insider would know?
Not a lot of people know that you get a great view of the Brisbane River for the fireworks on New Year's Eve from here! 

Maui Manu | Waiter at Peasant 

Why do you love The Barracks?
The Barracks has everything, and is in the perfect geographic position. If it's not within precinct already, you can walk to it in 2 minutes. Restaurants with unbeatable atmosphere, great wine, supermarkets, bottle shops, cinemas, late night bars, and dog parks. The Barracks caters to all walks of life.

Pick of the menu?
Food: The Peasant charcuterie plate. Jamon Iberico and Ortiz sardines... What more could you honestly want? 
Drink: The Equipo Navazos La Bota de Fino 15. One of the best things. Definitely the best dry sherry I've ever put in my mouth. 

What's a Barracks' secret that only an insider would know?
The fridge at the sushi joint. I don't know how, but they manage to serve the coldest beers in town. Almost sub-zero temperatures but not frozen?! Japanese witchcraft, I say...

What's the best part about working at The Barracks?
Sorry to get all 'Home and Away' on you but it's honestly like a family. There's a small tribe of us that has been here for nearly 4 years. It's not unlike a soap opera at times, but there's never a dull moment. 

Czahn Armstrong | Waiter at Libertine 

Why do you love The Barracks?
Location! Location! Location!

What's the best part about working at The Barracks?
Local people discovering us for the first time and realising that all this fabulousness has been right on their doorstep the whole time! (People should really get out and walk more often, other than to the Caxton street bottle-o, that is!).

Pick of the menu?
Twice-cooked pork belly resting on carrot purée with a five spiced honey glaze on the crackling furnished with fresh chilli! Feel free to drool here... [Ed Note: We can vouch for the deliciousness of this dish!]

What's a Barracks' secret that only an insider would know?
If you go to Coles right before they close you can score a whole roast chicken for less than $5!

Steve Ackerie | Owner of The Chelsea

Why do you love The Barracks?
It's a great place to meet with lots of great eating spots. 

What makes your business tick? 
Our staff; 22 great people whose warmth and commitment make our restaurant work.  

Pick of the menu?
At the moment it is the salad of poached salmon, spring beans, avocado and fresh herbs. It is a lovely, refreshing meal. 

What's a Barracks' secret that only an insider would know?
The space where the Chelsea is located used to be the canteen when it was the Police Barracks. 

Image Credit: Daniel Maddock

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