Kerry Heaney, our resident food writer and blogger, shares the latest in Brisbane’s culinary scene this week.
Jimmy’s grows up
After 32 years in Queen Street Mall, Jimmy’s on the Mall has finally grown up with a second storey offering fabulous mall vistas. Open 24 hours, seven days a week, the new Jimmy’s has vibrant green living walls, a clever retractable roof for those perfect days, and a diverse menu including mushroom and truffle arancini balls, smokey barbecue pulled pork rolls and rump steak.
Finally it’s Brisbane’s turn to have a Jamie’s Italian as the fifth Australian restaurant in the group opens in Rowes Arcade, Edward Street. With room for 240 people it’s the biggest in Australia but is split over different floor levels to create a feeling of intimacy. Look out for the chandelier as you walk in. Top tries on the menu include the garlicky prawn linguine, Jamie’s famous rosemary and parmesan polenta chips and a very special tiramisu, or work your way through one of the set feast menus starting at $42. To book, call 3144 3000.
Taste of Spain
It’s taken a Brisbane local — Manolo Lopez, founder of Spanish Boutique Beverages — to put the fiery essence of Spain in a bottle and get it right. New locally crafted RTD Sangria is as Spanish as paella, but the formula uses Australian wines, juices and essences. “We weren’t happy with the sangria on the market so we worked hard to create a premier blend using a secret recipe that’s been passed down in my family from generation to generation,” says Lopez. Try it with spicy foods such as chorizos, peppers and salsa.
It’s hip to be square
The cups are round but newly rebranded Hotel Jen on Roma Street serves its Toby’s Estate Coffee via a Coffee Cube. Made from a repurposed shipping container using recycled palette wood, this coffee cart is as square as it is cool. Also check out their Sky Garden on the sixth floor which has over 20 varieties of herbs and vegetables used daily by the kitchen and beehives producing ‘multi-floral’ honey. Find Hotel Jen next door to the 100-year-old giant fig tree lit with 200 new lanterns in Roma Street’s Gallipoli Park. To book, call 3238 2222.