Rosalie has long been a cute little corner of the city where you could pick up some supplies, takeaway food and booze, or even stop in for a meal and a movie.
It may be ready to grow into more of a night-time hot spot, however, with the launch of The Bounty a sign that things are about to get livelier in this amiable suburban hub.
Because the one thing Rosalie was missing is that buzz that comes with an edgy bar, and that gap appears to have been filled by this new Brisbane restaurant/watering hole.
For starters, The Bounty looks like a place you want to step into.
The sleek décor and smart lighting gives this new Brisbane bar a boutique feel, and the temptation to over-decorate the relatively small space has been resisted.
It’s urbane with a bit of a funky edge and it’s staffed by the kind of hip-but-affable bar folk who make you feel like you’re one of the cool kids too.
There are beers on tap for those hot afternoons but the array of quality liquors behind the bar will have surely draw you towards the cocktail list, which contains some glam versions of popular tipples such as the Espresso Martini and Dark ‘n’ Stormy.
The wine list is extensive and reaches beyond the usual Australia/New Zealand selections to include a nice range of international drops.
The Bounty isn’t exactly a wine bar or a cocktail bar, but it will hit the spot for anyone looking for that kind of atmosphere.
The space has been well-utilised to include some seats at the bar for the casual drinker, more spots facing the street for those wanting to have a bite to eat while people watching, and a dining area for larger groups or anyone keen to settle in for a meal.
The versatile menu gives you options, too. Bar favourites (albeit with a gourmet twist) such as burgers and crispy chicken wings are there along with small plates, main plates and share plates, as well as a selection of cheeses, desserts and side dishes.
This enables you to mix and match depending on the size of your hunger, timeframe etc.
We tried the seared scallops and pork belly in squid ink (small plate), grilled sirloin with brioche and red wine jus (main) and the eggplant, red onion and goat’s cheese pie (main) and all of it was as sumptuous as it sounds. The sirloin was tender and cooked to perfection, while the scallops were a highlight.
We’ll be back to try the duck red curry, market fish with clams, chorizo and squid, grilled op rib share plate, the chocolate brownie sundae and various other irresistible goodies.
We probably won’t be able to resist, next time we’re in Rosalie, stopping by for a cheeky Pinot Gris or Manhattan at the bar either.
Judging by the crowds already flocking to new Brisbane restaurant The Bounty, Rosalie locals seem to agree it was just the kind of hangout the area was crying out for.