‘Where should we eat?’
For city-side workers, adventuring families, and Brisbane’s buzzing nightlife, the question’s about to be put to rest. Come April 2018, doors will open on Post Office Square’s Isles Lane, the micro pub set to give a new and honest take on fine-casual inner-city dining.
The current team behind prominent Fortitude Valley hotspots, The Met and GPO Hotel, Trent Meade and Matt Blyth are preparing to raise the curtain on the first venture after rebranding their hospitality group, Celissa. Isles Lane will take over the expansive haunts on 300 Queen Street, bridging the gap for meetings in Post Office Square, after-work drinks, and 7-day extended dining.
‘We’ve combined the classic big city eating houses, from New York to Barcelona, and added our own modern Australian twist,’ says co-owner Trent Meade. ‘This is Brisbane’s new meeting place – a destination combining work, play, and celebration.’
Like the neighbouring park, Isles Lane draws natural light and greenery inwards, creating an open, modern and verdant space, suited to house up to 400 guests. Behind the bar, diners will spy bartenders pouring some of the city’s most interesting Rieslings, Rosés, Proseccos and Champagnes, along with handles of well-known beers (and some eye-catching rotational brews). In the kitchen, the pans will be commanded by Head Chef Lucie Woods.
Here, Woods brings those modern, gastropub vibes to the table in waves of plates designed to share. With 22 years’ industry experience and a passion for fresh, locally-sourced produce, Woods has crafted menus as distinctive as the space itself, featuring appearances from the garden, pasture, sea and river.
At the table, friends will pass around dishes of halloumi chips, spicy fried school prawns with burnt lemon aioli, chili and lime popcorn, and striking main courses – including spicy BBQ beer can chicken, a signature lobster roll, and whole suckling pig. Across each course, colourful local produce draws the spotlight, transforming casual meetings into something so much more.
After sunset, Brisbane’s nightlife will replace the corporate crowd, with Isles Lane’s kitchen and bar set to remain open ‘til late seven days a week. In time, events and activations will enter the park space, drawing families and social groups to a new community platform.
Doors are set to open on Isles Lane in mid April. Pull up a chair for ice-cold beers, prawn and lobster rolls, and the first of many sessions at your brand new local.
Opens April 2018
Shop 10A, 300 Queen Street, Brisbane
Monday to Friday: 7am ‘til late
Saturday & Sunday: 10am ‘til late