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Word on the street: foodie news

Yep, yummy stuff is still happening.

With everything from clever hacks to make life easier for us all to ambitious new openings and virtual events, it’s pretty dang cool to see Brisbane’s hospitality community pull through against all odds. As we’ve all figured out by now, if anything can get us through this, it’s food and booze...

With the pandemic halting the progress of Only. Specialty Coffee’s upcoming Fortitude Valley store, owners Arthur Graczyk and Paul Crossland joined forces with Joon Shimamura—the chef of Teneriffe’s Hikari—to open a fresh new fusion concept known now as Bao Bar. With Japanese and Korean flavours aplenty, Bao Bar’s fluffy offerings come with a variety of fillings, such as soft-shell crab, beef rib with tare sauce and truffle mayo, and crispy panko-coated chicken with sando sauce. The menu of bao and sides is available for takeaway and delivery out of Hikari’s kitchen from Tuesday to Friday, 5 pm to 9 pm. 

Paddington stalwart Sassafras is spicing things up with a new offering every Friday night in the shape of a Spanish tapas and cocktail bar. Spanish Street Kitchen will feature a menu of sticky, punchy Spanish dishes (just how they should be) with yummies like albondigas, paella, wings, pan-seared flat breads with spiced potato, and cider-sauteed chorizo with leek and white bean. Of course, our eyes shot to the bottom of the menu, where desserts like churros (!) completely won us over.

With restrictions stopping Brisbanites from visiting Queensland’s many beautiful wineries, City Winery is helping to bridge the gap, bringing the Granite Belt to us! The concept of the Drink Queensland Cellar Door has been in the works for a while now—originally slated as a festival. The pop-up cellar door will take place in a warehouse in Newstead this Saturday, May 23, showcasing wines from Ridgemill Estate, Golden Grove, La Petite Mort, Hidden Creek and View Wines. Register your interest here, and prepare to drink your body weight. 

After giving us plenty of tasty ideas for World Whiskey Day last weekend, Fever-Tree is back, and this time it’s all about the G&T, baby! To celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, June 13, Fever-Tree is hosting the world’s first online Gin & Tonic Festival! The 90-minute line-up will feature some of Australia’s top bartenders, gin distillers, and a few special guests. The festival is free to join if you’re 18+ (via Fever-Tree’s socials) and a limited number of festival packs are available for purchase, with eight gins, eight Fever-Tree tonics, homemade garnishes, glassware and a tasting mat delivered straight to your door.

Now, you may have heard this one—but we couldn’t help but give it some extra love. One of Brisbane’s most iconic and most loved live-music venues, The Tivoli, is overcoming this lousy situation in a pretty epic way, transferring its foyer into a pop-up shop and cafe. The Tiv Shop & Cafe is fully stocked with a range of wine by Bacchus Wine Merchant, alongside brews from Green Beacon Brewing Co. Baristas will be on hand to pump out Fonzie Abbott coffee, and The Cheeseboard will provide you with all your cheesy, grazing essentials. Keep up-to-date via The Tiv’s Instagram, and please help this Brissy institution stay rockin’. 


Here’s our unsolicited advice… Support your local. Grab a takeaway from somewhere you’ve never tried. And prepare for Brisbane’s food and booze scene to come out of this stronger than ever. 

Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmand whose jeans haven’t fit since iso started.