Felons Barrel Hall opens
Waterside brewery Felons Brewing Co has expanded its Howard Smith Wharves footprint with a grand German-style beer hall. Felons Barrel Hall opened on Friday in the former Howards Hall events space, and there are no prizes for guessing the focus. The main bar is framed by four 6000-litre beer tanks, and lining the walls are a mixture of French and American Oak wine barrels (the bar will eventually pour one-of-a-kind barrel-aged beers, when the range is released in 2021). Until then, expect Felons Brewing Co’s core range plus limited-release and seasonal brews served in half-litre and one-litre steins. As for the food, there’s whole painted crayfish; loaded fries with Moreton Bay bugs; locally and sustainably caught coral trout; and more. The venue will also host live music, interactive performances and arthouse film screenings.
Gerard’s Bar’s new menu
Back in March, Broadsheet reported that star chef Adam Wolfers was introducing a new Middle Eastern-inspired menu at Gerard’s Bar. Two weeks later the venue closed as part of the nationwide shutdown, but seven months on the new menu is finally launching with a selection of grazing dishes largely cooked in the custom-built woodfired oven. Wolfers says the revamped menu “will feel more aligned” to his food at Gerard’s Bistro across the lane – think lamb manoush; spinach pide; Armenian cucumbers with labneh and sesame; Sydney rock oysters; baked kibbeh with yoghurt and pine nuts; and rice pilaf with baharat, raisins and smoked butter. The wine and cocktail list has also had a refresh. For those wanting something extra special, the full Gerard’s Bistro wine list is also available at Gerard’s Bar.
El Camino Cantina is coming to Southbank
Rockpool Dining Group is opening a third El Camino Cantina in Brisbane – a two-storey Tex-Mex cocina and cantina in South Bank – this November. Located in the former Munich Brauhaus space, the mammoth 510-seat diner will have three distinct zones: a colourful, umbrella-filled outdoor dining area for 140 guests; a ground-floor diner that caters to 120 guests; and a 250-seat bar area upstairs with a rotating line-up of DJs each weekend. The menu (including tacos, spicy buffalo wings and loaded nachos) and vibrant fit-out will replicate those at existing locations in Bowen Hills and Chermside. The venue will launch with “Ritapalooza festival” – a celebration of its famous Margs, which will be available in 15 frozen flavours for six weeks.
In case of emergency, eat cake
This month, The Mason Baker is launching an edible art activation across Brisbane where locals can score some free cake. Founder and baker James Willis knows those sugar cravings can feel like an emergency, so he’s installed Emergency Cake Boxes across the city. The look like typical fire extinguishers, but behind the glass you’ll find Willis’s signature mason-jar cakes in flavours such as salted caramel, chocolate ganache, and strawberries and cream. Follow The Mason Baker on Instagram for updates.
One of Melbourne’s best cannoli-makers, Cannoleria, is now delivering DIY cannoli kits to Brisbane in partnership with Co-Lab Pantry. The Sicilian-style cannoli – crunchy golden shells filled with sweet ricotta – are available in packs of six (or 12 minis). Crushed pistachios and icing sugar are included for the garnish. Purchase your kit here.