Food & Drink

The Feed | Brisbane Food News You Need To Know

By Ranyhyn Laine
21st Jan 2021

a bowl of pasta with a ragu sauce

Brisbane is well known for its top-notch foodie scene, with new restaurants, cafes and impressive menus constantly popping up across the city. It’s almost impossible to keep up to date on it all.

To make it easier, we’ve introduced The Feed, your best place for finding Brisbane’s latest updates in the world of food and drink every Thursday. Hope you're hungry, because here’s all the news you might have missed over the last week.

The Gold Coast’s Gemelli Italian Is Heading For James Street 

Hope you like Italian food (who doesn’t?), because yet another stellar Italian spot is heading for Brisbane, this one a Gold Coast institution with a long history of dishing up authentic woodfired pizzas and homemade pastas with recipes inherited from nonna. You may have heard of their epic pastas served up in wood-fired pizza dough bowls, or perhaps their decadent Nutella bombillini, but if not, you’ll want to try them. The third venue for the team is coming to James Street in Fortitude Valley, taking over the space formerly occupied by Bucci and Lululemon. Yep, it’s going to be huge, encompassing both a restaurant and a bar for afternoon spritzes. Considering the space is still an empty shell (we know, we peered into the windows), we’re probably going to have to wait a while, but we think it’ll be worth the wait.

A Greek Spot From The George’s Paragon Crew Is Hitting Eagle Street Pier 

More good news for Eagle Street Pier goers, with the team behind George’s Paragon, Rico Bar + Dining, Massimo and the new Fat Cow Steak & Lobster opening yet another venue in the precinct, this one a Greek eatery named Opa Bar & Dining. Taking over the space where Jellyfish resided for so many years, the new venue will be Santorini-inspired, with plenty of relaxed, coastal vibes and spaces for both dining and drinking. With the ex-chefs of The Greek Club in the kitchen, you can expect a menu of mezze and hefty mains, from slow-cooked lamb shoulder to cheesy moussaka. It’s currently slated to open in March, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Team Behind Gauge Are Opening Another Restaurant 

The powerhouse team behind Gauge, arguably one of Brisbane’s best restaurants and the one that really put Brisbane on the foodie map to begin with, are opening a second restaurant in Fortitude Valley—and it’s about damn time. Essa Restaurant and Wine Bar is set to open on Robertson Street sometime early this year, with raw seafood, woodfired feeds and housemade charcuterie on the menu, along with plenty of wine and cocktails. Stay tuned for more info.

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Image credit: Hayley Williamson (Gemelli Italian)

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