The view of the Brisbane city skyline from Kangaroo Point is without a doubt the best in town, and it’s one you definitely want to linger over. The cliff top cafe on River Terrace has long been the spot to sip on a latte or a spitz while soaking up those views, and thanks to its stunning new makeover, it’s about to be more popular than ever.
Newly reopened under the name Joey’s, the completely overhauled venue is now in the expert hands of Belissimo Coffee, one of Brisbane’s favourite coffee roasters with cafes across Brisbane. Owners Michael Koo and Mark Bignell have teamed up with entrepreneur Jordan Cowen to take over the space, and after a peek inside, we’re glad they did.
Just about unrecognisable from its former days as Bar Spritz, Joey’s has an airy, coastal vibe, with interiors inspired by European summers, complete with the striped umbrellas we all missed lying under on a Mediterranean beach this year. Make sure you grab a table overlooking that view—though the seating is entirely outside, it’s all well and truly covered so you can stay dry and shaded no matter the weather.
As for the menu, there’s something to cover you from morning to night, with breakfast starting at 6am and dinner and drinks available right up until midnight. If you’re there to greet the morning sun, you can tuck into plates of sweetcorn fritters with tomato relish and bacon, buttermilk pancakes with whipped ricotta or just a classic bacon and egg roll.
Once the clock ticks over to PM, there’s a lunch and dinner menu of fresh, Queensland flavours with a Euro spin. The prawn sandwich with cos lettuce, chilli and mayo is bound to be an instant favourite, but you can also share the likes of kingfish tartare with horseradish creme and pomegranate, buffalo milk burrata with heirloom tomatoes and kingfish tacos with herb slaw. For the main event, choices include blue swimmer crab linguine served in a bag, a slow cooked lamb shoulder with rosemary jus and a black Angus flank steak—or you can go hands on with one of the wood-fired pizzas on the list.
Given its prime position overlooking the city, Joey’s is going to be THE spot for sunset sips, and trust us, it’s got the drinks list to match. As well as a page of summery cocktails like the Capri Cooler, with gin, limoncello, amaro averna, blood orange, almond and soda, or the Coral Beach, a blend of gin, peach, pomegranate, raspberry, passionfruit, mint and lime, the wine list has been curated by Judy Hirst Award Winner, Australian Sommelier of the Year, Ian Trinkle. So there’s plenty of bubbles, roses, whites and reds to sip your way through, or tap and bottled beer if you prefer.
Joey’s is open now, and you can find all the details here.
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