Amp Up, A Thai Spot From The Hospitality Legends Behind Libertine Is Coming Soon

By Ranyhyn Laine
9th Sep 2020

Interior of Libertine restaurant

When news of a new restaurant hitting Brisbane comes our way, there’s always a few indicators that it’s one we should be ready to book a table at as soon as the doors swing open. And Naga, the Thai party palace set to land at Eagle Street Pier in October, is one that ticks every single one of the boxes—so you should be very excited. 

Firstly, Naga Thai is the brainchild of Andrew Baturo and partner Jaimee Baturo, who you might recognise from one of their other legendary Brisbane venues, Libertine (pictured above). Baturo is also a co-founder of The Gresham, Walter’s Steakhouse and Popolo, just three of our absolute favourite venues in Brisbane, so to say we’re keen for his latest venture, Naga, is an understatement. 

Second, the new restaurant’s design is being crafted by none other than iconic Brisbane designer Anna Spiro, who’ll be creating a 60s and 70s inspired interior full of bold colours, retro objects and voluminous lamps. The new venue will be taking over the space that was once home to Pony Dining, with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Story Bridge—another tick for the list. 

Finally, heading up the kitchen is Head Chef Suwisa Phoonsang, ex-Libertine, who’ll be paying homage to Bangkok and the northern village of her upbringing in Thailand with an epic seafood-heavy menu featuring the likes of Moreton Bay bug pad Thai, seafood dumpling green curry and massaman beef milk buns. Do we even need to mention that there will be a smashable list of drinks—lychee wine and fruity stick drinks among them—to sip on the outdoor terrace? We thought not—but it is an added bonus.

Naga will be opening in early October and is set to stick around as a ‘long-term pop-up,’ with Eagle Street Pier’s upcoming redevelopment (don’t worry, it’s two or three years off yet) meaning the venue won’t be permanent—at least not yet. Stay tuned for the full reveal sometime in October, or follow them on Instagram here.

While you wait, check out the side of bacon you can order at Walter's Steakhouse.

Image credit: Daniel Maddock (Libertine) 

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