People are dining out more than ever these days, but spending less. That’s what sparked Philip Johnson and wife Mary Randles to open The Terrace by E’cco, a sibling to Johnson’s well-established E’cco Bistro.

The Terrace opened in early November serving affordable Southeast Asian food and running one of the best happy hour deals in town.

“We want to offer something really casual, where people can come every day if they like,” Randles says. “Whether they stay for half an hour or a couple of hours, it’s easy drinking and easy dining.”

The Terrace is designed to offset E’cco’s award-winning offering. It’s aimed at being more approachable and hip-pocket friendly.

“People want price-conscious options,” Randles says. “We do see regulars at E’cco, but with somewhere like The Terrace we envision people [coming in more often].”

The Terrace has been on the cards ever since E’cco relocated to Newstead around ten months ago. Once Randles and Johnson were happy with how things were going at E’cco, it was time to turn their attention to the new casual diner.

They built a small structure on the paved area out the front of the bistro and installed a small bar which doubles as a kitchen. The open space comes in a clean black-and-white colour scheme, with some timber and a splash of greenery.

Given the small space for food prep, most of the cooking is done inside the E’cco kitchen and finished off at The Terrace. Johnson and E’cco head chef Gert Pretorius have created a Southeast Asian-influenced menu with snack options such as prawn toast, DIY pork san choy bow and chicken karaage milk buns. Larger dishes include massaman coconut-beef curry and master-stock pork ribs.

The drinks menu is fairly similar to the E’cco offering except for the addition of a few more cocktails and a house beer called The Terrace.

During happy hour (4pm to 6pm) The Terrace offers $1 oysters along with a bunch of drink specials, such as $10 cocktails and spritzes.

This article first appeared on Broadsheet on November 8 2018. Menu items may have changed since publication.

The Terrace by E’cco
63 Skyring Terrace, Newstead
(07) 3831 8344

Tue to Sat 12pm–9pm
Sun 12pm–8pm