Brisbane, March is here and with a new month comes a host of new openings. Amongst other things, this month welcomes a refreshing noodle bar concept and a broom cupboard cocktail bar, as well as a brunch revival to keep Brisbane busy for at least the next 31 days.
Here are the best places opening in Brisbane this month.
The team at Grumpy Madam are currently trialling and refining their menu items and already it looks like the antidote to a boring breakfast. Their all day menu includes Grumpy Madam’s take on a McMuffin as well as a Scotch egg revival made with tea smoked salmon alongside all day classics like eggs on toast and hotcakes. At lunchtime, Grumpy Madam will offer bibimbap, beef tacos on blue corn tortillas, and a lamb burger with crispy potatoes as part of their inaugural menu.
IKU Noodle Bar
Billed as a subway-style concept, IKU Noodle Bar will provide a fresh take on the build-you-own-bowl style of construction. Similar to poke, patrons can choose from a pre-arranged selection of bowls or construct their own, customising every component from the noodles to the broth to the proteins. As IKU is backed by the family behind Reef Seafood and Sushi, punters can expect some premium and ultra-fresh seafood.
La Macelleria King Street
Finally ready to open on King Street, La Macelleria will bring their beloved gelato to one of the hottest precincts in town. With stores in Teneriffe, Coorparoo and West End already, La Macelleria’s reputation as one of Brisbane’s best gelaterias is fiendishly hard won. Ascribing to traditional Bolognese methods of gelato-making, and using only the freshest ingredients, theirs is the creamiest and most authentic gelati going.
Death and Taxes
This new bolthole bar is expected to be The Place for friday night knock offs and kick ons. Located on Burnett Lane, Death and Taxes joins the same family as Brisbane’s cocktail triumvirate that includes Cobbler, Finney Isles and Savile Row, so we can expect some exquisite drinks from their heritage bunker. Fair warning: with their quality of drink and capacity for only about 100 people Death and Taxes will fill up fast so guests should make a beeline.
Best known for starting up inner-city cafe and fromagerie, The Cheese Pleaser, Sebastian de Kort is venturing into the bistro business with a brand new restaurant in Paddington, Nota. Christened with the Latin word for ‘familiar’, their ethos is about creating a relaxed communal dining experience like a deluxe family table, so the food is king. The ultra-modern interior is a stark departure from the classicism that underpinned the space’s former tenants, Montrachet, with a minimal, industrial vibe as a blank background for their dishes to take centre stage. Expect refined, contemporary share plates and local bottles behind the bar.
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