A lack of green space in the centre of Brisbane’s CBD makes Post Office Square a popular respite for office workers and city dwellers. So it’s strange no venue overlooking the precinct has tried to tap into its handsome green lawn. Until now.
“[Post Office Square] is a really unique space,” Trent Meade says. “It’s this beautiful big green space in the middle of the CBD, which for me has been under-utilised for such a long time.”
Hence why he and long-time business partner (and best mate) Matthew Blyth have opened Isles Lane, an all-day eatery and “micro-pub” in Post Office Square.
The pair hired Sydney’s AZB Creative to create a venue that looks to capture the open, green nature of the square and bring it inside. The result is a stunning light-filled space that features plenty of greenery, black-and-white-tiled floors and Parisian-style chairs.
It’s a change in direction for Meade and Blyth, who co-own popular Fortitude Valley nightclubs The Met and GPO. The transition to pubs is a part of a rebrand for the pair’s hospitality group, Celissa.
“We’re getting older. The late-night stuff has been very good to us, but it was always the plan to move to seven-day-a-week pubs,” Meade says.
Chef Lucie Woods has put together an enticing lunch and dinner menu featuring bar snacks such as roasted bone marrow, halloumi chips and house-made jerky. Larger dishes include spicy beer-can chicken with smoky barbeque sauce, slow-roasted lemon and oregano lamb shoulder, and lobster rolls with tangy mayo and iceberg lettuce. Meade says daily specials will have a nose-to-tail approach.
Drinks include 12 taps (nine beers, a cider, ginger beer and Pimm’s), an extensive range of canned and bottled beers, wine and cocktails.
Breakfast is served daily with some elaborate options, including an eggs Benedict served with crispy polenta cake, barbequed pork belly, smashed peas and apple-cider hollandaise. Coffee comes from the Sunshine Coast’s Kai Coffee.
300 Queen Street, Brisbane
Mon to Fri 7am–late
Sat & Sun 8am–late