Paddington’s new hot spot is brimming with delicious dishes that are just waiting to be tasted.
If you’re looking for a Brisbane venue with a view as delicious as the dishes it’s serving up, then it’s time to check out Cayenne Kitchen & Bar.
This Paddington restaurant and bar has only been open for just over a week, yet it is already attracting a loyal crowd of frequent diners. Light dishes such as Thai corn fritters with tomato relish and ham and cheese croquetas with bravas sauce can be followed up by Ratatouille with goats curd and pasta stack, southern fried buttermilk chicken with crushed pesto potatoes and slaw or slow braised pork belly with white bean puree and orange ginger slaw.
Looking out over the picturesque hills of Paddington, the venue is nestled away within the Paddington Markets building on Given Terrace. In fact, Cayenne Kitchen & Bar restaurant manager Matthew Perry said it was the stunning Brisbane view that sealed the deal for him and chef Daniel Alvers that this was the place to set up shop.
“Daniel was an IT professional for 20 years and was catering a lot for his family,” Perry said. “He realised how much he loved cooking, so he went and did his chefs apprenticeship. When he finished he decided he wanted to open a venue that provided the food he liked to cook. He put me on as a restaurant manager who wanted to match his vision.
“We want people to feel comfortable here; it’s a very laid back and casual restaurant. It’s also very reasonably priced so people can say ‘hey, I don’t feel like cooking tonight. I’m going to see Matt and Daniel up at Cayenne. We’ve got an open kitchen so you can actually pull up a chair, order your food and then watch the chefs cook it.
“The selling point for this venue was the view, when we saw this place it was sold from that view.”
Perry said the team were happy to let their customers lead the way and order off the menu if they were craving something that wasn’t listed.
“We’re planning to change the menu regularly, but if someone comes in and wants a dish from the previous menu and we’ve got the ingredients here we’re happy to make it for them,” he says. “Having a chef who has just completed his apprenticeship means he doesn’t have his head set only one way. He has an open kitchen so he can listen to the customers.
“We also have parking available downstairs, which is important for people to know about. I’ve lived in this area for more than six years and I know what people are after. We want it to be a great hang out spot.”
Cayenne Kitchen & Bar also does decadent desserts, including chocolate fondant with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream and mascarpone cream profiteroles with warm caramel sauce. It’s also an ideal place to grab a warm cup of coffee while you’re making your way through Paddington.
Cayenne Kitchen & Bar is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday 11am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 8pm and is located at 261 Given Terrace, Paddington.