California dreaming at Santa Monica | Gourmand and Gourmet

California dreaming at Santa Monica

Fancy gourmet feeds are all well and good, but sometimes after a long day all you want is slice of cheesy pizza, a big beefy burger and a colourful cocktail with plenty of booze – and that’s just what you’ll find at Santa Monica. Bringing a bit of California cool to 192 Ann Street in the CBD, this casual eatery from the group behind Bar Pacino and Metropole Bar Eatery is all about carefree, beachside vibes, even if it is in the heart of the city. Dishing up classic breakfasts, pizza, pasta, burgers and drinks, it’s a colourful spot for weekday lunches, post-work feeds and weekend tipples, with booth seating reminiscent of beach huts and a colourful mural to brighten up the grey CBD location. Venture in with your crew and you can start off with entrees like antipasto platters, arancini balls and lemon pepper calamari, while you share a Pimm’s jug or drink one of their Santa Monica inspired cocktails all to yourself. We’d take option B, because frankly, with sips like the Rose Avenue with gin, rose syrup, pink grapefruit and watermelon, we’d prefer not to share. santa monica brisbane city restaurants 2Once you’re feeling nice and mellow, you can tuck into pasta dishes like beef cheek pappardelle with sundried tomatoes, red onions, mushrooms and parmesan, or BBQ meatlovers pizza (which you can get gluten free!). The burgers are the star of the menu though, with everything from a chilli cheese burger with Angus beef and spicy jalepeños to a lemon pepper fried shrimp baguette with remoulade sauce, oak lettuce and salad. Alongside (or just on their own if you’re more interested in drinking than making a food baby) you can grab their cheese and bacon fries or pulled pork BBQ fries piled with sauce toppings – perfect drinking food to pair with an ice cold drink. If you can fit in dessert, warm chocolate brownie with Nutella sauce or cannoli filled with homemade sweet ricotta cream will satisfy any sweet cravings not already fulfilled by those cocktails. santa monica brisbane city restaurants 3Of course, if it’s too early for any of that, Santa Monica also serves up breakfast from 6am (and espresso martinis from 10am, hint hint), with eats like breakfast burgers, Italian baked eggs and fruit topped pancakes to choose from. Opening their doors on Wednesday 17 August, you’ll find Santa Monica situated right below sister venue Metropole on Ann Street, open Monday to Friday from 6am until late. Words by Ranyhyn Akui