The temperature’s soaring, the magpies are swooping, and Brisbane has welcomed a fresh slew of new places to excite and bedazzle you. On the Sept-genda is a designated charcuterie specialist, a kitchen where fire is the key ingredient, and an homage to the girl of Rick Springfield’s dreams.
Add these beauties to your ‘to try’ list and be first on the glory, here are seven new Brisbane openings we’re excited about this September.
We completely lost our heads when we heard of the latest venture of Longtime owners Frank Li and Tyron Simon. If anyone knows how to bring the stoke, it’s these two, and new baby Honto is gearing up to be one cool character. Among their boasts is a 90 pax dining arena, a heavy Japanese focus, and Longtime’s Nathan Lastevec heading up the kitchen. Exact location and opening dates are keeping schtum at the moment, but stay tuned for updates on all the details and menu standouts.
Salt Meats Cheese
This concept from Sydney is just about the best thing to make its way north since the self-propelled rotary hoe, and it’s ready to land this month. Championing pretty much what it says on the sign, Salt Meats Cheese is your new platter connection and cheeseboard inspo covering everything from boardroom catering to Friday night nibbles. Get around one of their cheese wheel towers next time you got something to celebrate.
Betty’s Burgers Newstead
Ever since our inaugural chomping in Noosa all those years ago, we’ve expected great things from Betty’s. Such a debonair grill was always going places and we’ve been keeping a close eye on their recent expansion south from their coastal roosting. This September brings us those same burgers and concretes as the ones you’ll get in Noosa and Surfers, but served in convenient proximity right across the road from Gasworks.
The super freshness of Japanese-Hawaiian fusion has arrived at Gasworks and people are forgetting themselves in the stampede. As one of the only place in Brisbane to get bona fide poké bowls, Suki is a special experience. From the chunks of fresh tuna sashimi to the brown rice base, every aspect of their poké bowls and sushi burritos can be customised to suit your whims and fancies, but if the overwhelming variety of choice is too much Suki also has a list of their favourite combos for you to choose from.
From the minds behind Scout Café comes the much-anticipated night hustle Jessie’s Girl. Like her namesake, this bar and eatery is a covetable spot sending everyone wild with jealousy and it’s not hard to see why. The menu is made for sharing and features some seriously bomb standouts the asiago and mushroom toastie which is maybe the best toastie ever made. As for tipples, Jessie’s Girl is all about their super-refreshing spritzes, here well in time for summer. We recommend ordering the Titz because it’s funny to say but in reality it doesn’t really matter what you choose because all the spritzes are slammin’.
Burnt Ends Kitchen & Bar
If, like Terry Pratchett, you believe that burnt brown crunchy bits are their own food group then you’ll fit right in at Burnt Ends. A quasi-yakitori initiative of the NKB family, the champion dishes of the Burnt Ends menu are forged in their open fire pit. The pit is even responsible for the wood-fired succotash, ash-roasted butternut or the coal-baked potato to accompany the protein and take everything to the igneous next level. A must-visit for phoenixes, dragons and fans thereof.
Ze Pickle Camp Hill
When you want to splash out and get extreme with an ultra cheesy, meaty feast you go to Ze Pickle. It’s just common sense. But what if you live on the Southside and justifying the trip all the way into the Valley is too tall an order? Enter the Camp Hill branch of this glorious burger cult. Expect all your favourite characters from Ya Mum to Mac Burger Pro alongside Ze Pickle’s cracking cocktail list and 12-strong selection of rotating taps; the perfect place to start your next best night out.
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