To say we’re excited about UPSTAIRS by Toombul is a bit of an understatement. Not only has the multi-million dollar precinct added a brilliant line up of tasty bars and eateries to Toombul’s shopping hub, but its also brought the much-hyped Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq to town at last, which, if you don’t know, is Sydney and Melbourne’s favourite circus-themed arcade bar.
Embrace your inner child, because while Archie Brothers may be the venue with all the claw games and dodgem cars, the entire precinct is basically an adult playground. And we’re not just talking about all the places to eat and drink—there’s literally adult-sized swings, ball pits, neon-lit fountains and infinity rooms to explore throughout. Just think of the ‘grams!
Then there’s the food. Shopping centre dining just got taken up a notch with all the impressive eateries here, with plenty already open and more to come soon.
First up is Il Gancio, an Italian joint from the crew who brought us Il Verde in Bowen Hills. And before you ask, yes, their famous cheese wheel pasta nights are on offer at the new venue. Thank cheesus. Next, there’s Little Red Dumpling, bringing endless dumplings and frothy beers to the precinct. Already a favourite eatery in West End, Newmarket and Cannon Hill, Little Red Dumpling dishes up freshly prepared dumplings daily, including their infamous rainbow dumplings and pig-shaped steamed buns.
Hello Harry has also joined the line up, with their stacked burgers and epic milkshakes to down alongside saucy wings and cheesy loaded fries. And opening within the next few days is Niku Ramen, where you'll be able to get slurpable bowls of broth and noodles, and Dapple + Waver, a modern bar and restaurant from the crew behind Beyond The Pale in Coorparoo. These guys are worth waiting for—not only will they dishing up sophisticated cocktails, ice cold brews and top notch feeds, they’re also the spot to go for a weekend brunch, something Toombul has been missing out on for far too long.
Still to come is a second venue from Phat Elephant, one of our favourite city Thai restaurants, coffee spot Espresso Max and sushi purveyors Sushi Hyo, as well as Max Brenner and Jackpot Dining. All in all, we predict the precinct is where you’ll find everyone in Toombul is going to be hanging out for the forseeable future.
Check out the north side's other drool-worthy new food precinct, Everton Plaza's Park Lane.
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