Who needs forbidden fruit from the Garden of Eden when West End has a new parkside retail and dining precinct just around the corner?

Adding more flavour to West End’s vibrant dining scene, West Village has revealed its new food and lifestyle precinct, The Garden Pantry, alongside the new Boundary Street facing parkland, The Common.

Opening October 2018, The Garden Pantry is a contemporary food retail precinct overlooking The Common and the historic 1928 Peters Ice Cream Factory that will feature three of Brisbane’s best dining experiences.

Salt Meats Cheese Cooking School will also find itself a Queensland home in West Village, with the renowned culinary school opening in the newly completed Factory Lane later this year.

The precinct will continue to thrive as a lifestyle destination with the opening of the Bromley Room #2, featuring more of the fabulous sculptures, homewares and paintings that made the first Bromley Room so popular with visitors.

“Drawing on the food origins of the historic Peters Ice Cream Factory, West Village will establish itself as a food and lifestyle destination, which aims to celebrate the culture and diversity that is West End,” said Andrew Thompson, Project Director West Village. 

THE GARDEN PANTRY

Embracing casual, quality dining with an emphasis on paddock to plate philosophy, The Garden Pantry is one place West Enders will want to plant themselves.

From tropical-inspired indoor dining and al fresco spaces to grab-and-go options perfect for enjoying in The Common – there’s a space for everyone, and a cuisine for every taste.

The best things come in threes, which is why this dining destination will headline three of Brisbane’s most exceptional restaurants: Cheeky Poke Bar, Mr. Bunz, and the popular Salt Meats Cheese.

Bringing cheesy pasta fervour to the heart of West End will be Salt Meats Cheese, warming up mornings with freshly roasted coffee and Italian inspired breakfast bites, before switching gears to pizza and street food later in the day. By night, expect SMC’s signature cheese wheel pasta, all you can eat pizza and Sunday porchetta roasts.

For wholesome food of a different kind, cross the Pacific to immerse yourself in Hawaiian-inspired eatery Cheeky Poke Bar, serving up poke bowls and unique seafood tacos.   

Rounding out the trio is groovy Asian restaurant Mr. Bunz, perfectly infusing the fun and flavour of the East with four signature bao buns and South East Asian inspired meals for lunch and dinner.

“With delicious bites at The Garden Pantry, West Village will be a space for the community to dine, relax and enjoy the best of Brisbane”, says Thompson.

THE COMMON

Also coming in October 2018 to West Village is the delivery of the brand new parkland fronting Boundary Street, The Common.

Anything but common, the pristine community space occupies the former forecourt of the Peters Ice Cream Factory, providing open green spaces in the inner-city for Brisbane residents to enjoy.

“We are about to breathe new life into West End’s Ice Cream Factory as a residential and retail precinct, and The Common will be a cool, green entry statement that embraces the heritage listed building,” says Project Director Andrew Thompson.

Designed to draw in pedestrians and provide a focal point for the West End community, The Common will be a 24-hour public space.

Offering a cool oasis, The Common will include lush, colourful and sculptural plants as a contrast to the urban surrounds, grassed areas will provide a setting for viewing performances, picnics and small gatherings, and tall trees with a diverse canopy will provide a cool sanctuary full of colour and texture.

The Common will also incorporate a water installation featuring water pop-jets to add movement, sound and additional interest to the landscape, alongside a field of lights installation bringing innovative lighting to add to the greenery at West Village’s new community hub.

SALT MEATS CHEESE COOKING SCHOOL

From five star eats to five star experiences, foodies will be able to step into the kitchen at the Salt Meats Cheese Cooking School, run by founder Stefano Di Blasi.

Set to grace West Village’s Factory Lane, the highly-renowned SMC Cooking School has made the trip across the border from its original home in Sydney to bless Brisbane with pasta-making expertise and gnocchi know-how.

Providing hands-on classes for dishes such as gluten-free pasta, gnocchi and desserts, classes will be open to the public as well as corporate groups – and is set to make the whole of Brisbane masterchefs in no time.

THE BROMLEY ROOM #2

The Bromley Room #2 will open on the ground floor of the historic Peters Ice Cream Factory in October, featuring more of the fabulous sculptures, homewares and paintings that made the first Bromley Room so popular with visitors.

Multiple Archibald Prize finalist David Bromley opened the doors to the original Bromley Room in April 2017 – an arts and events studio that included a specially commissioned exhibition of his works (paintings and sculptures). The gallery was closed earlier this year to make way for building renovations.

Bromley and his wife Yuge curated the original exhibition as part of a 12-month artist- in-residence project that resulted from a commitment by West Village to bring art onto the site and invest in the local community.

The first gallery received thousands of visitors and hosted dinners, fashion shows, corporate events, artist-in-residence weekends and wedding receptions. West Village expects The Bromley Room #2 to be just as popular as the original version.

Salt Meats Cheese

Bringing third-generation hospitality into the heart of West End is Italian restaurant Salt Meats Cheese. With a focus on family-friendly fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Salt Meats Cheese and its owner Stefano De Blasi will be adding authentic Italian delights and a whole lot of soul to The Garden Pantry.

Having first started off as the highly-successful SMC cooking school in Sydney, De Blasi’s pasta-making expertise and gnocchi know-how became so popular that he decided to cross the boarder and set up shop, or rather a restaurant, in Brisbane’s Gasworks during late 2017 – and he hasn’t looked back since!

And now that SMC is coming to The Garden Pantry, West Enders will finally be able to grab a slice of the action. Boasting an onsite coffee roastery that will provide early-morning patrons with freshly-ground espressos and lattes, their coffees pair perfectly with delicate breakfast options of bruschetta with crumbled buffalo feta and classic pastries.

As the day turns into night, the menu undergoes transformation, switching from light meals and flavourful street food into more indulgent meals. Think creamy pastas twirled within cheese wheels, warm wood-fired pizzas, or slices of crispy porchetta roast.

Looking to travel to Rome and back with just one bite? Day or night, Salt Meats Cheese has you covered.

Cheeky Poke Bar

Cousin to Brisbane favourite Miss Bliss and filling the holes in people’s stomachs with their wholesome poke bowls is Hawaiian-inspired eatery Cheeky Poke Bar. Having championed goodness in both life and the menu since opening their first location at Newstead in late 2017, Cheeky Poke’s signature bowls are fresh, healthy, and full of flavour!

Having come from a family ingrained in Brisbane’s seafood industry as owners of Portside’s famous Fresh ‘n’ Wild for the last twelve years, it’s no wonder that Cheeky Poke Bar’s owners Sam and Greg are adamant about providing customers with fresh food and the highest-quality fish. As a born-and-bred West Ender, Sam is forever drawn back to his beloved home suburb’s eccentricities, which made opening his second Cheeky Poke location there a no-brainer.

As for the menu? Visitors can look forward to their most-popular poke bowl made of carefully-cut sashimi salmon dressed in sesame and accompanied by pickled ginger, colourful cabbage, kale, cucumber, and wakame on a bed of coconut turmeric rice. Taking centre stage at The Garden Pantry though will be Cheeky Poke’s delicious seafood tacos, made unique by their wackily good nori or wonton cases!

For a taste of the Pacific that’s both healthy and hearty, look no further the colourful bowls at Cheeky Poke Bar.

Mr. Bunz

Rolling out delicious baos with a pan-Asian twist is funky fusion restaurant Mr. Bunz.

Breaking into the industry at top Brisbane restaurants e’cco and Urbane, Mr. Bunz owners Kev and Yuda met as chefs at Hervey Bay’s acclaimed ‘Coast’. After making waves in the Fraser Coast foodie community, both migrated as a team to hatted restaurant Moda, before becoming experts at creating the ultimate baos with Mr. Bunz!

First providing Brisbane with all the flavours of Asia in four signature buns when opening their Adelaide St location in 2016, Kev and Yuda have now crossed the bridge and brought their delicious meals right here to West End! Expanding alongside their stores is the restaurant’s menu, which now includes a sweet-savoury peanut butter and jelly bao and bountiful South East Asian inspired dinner menu.

And while a feast for the adventurous, Mr. Bunz prides itself on providing simply quality food. Guests will still be able to snack on their signature crispy chicken and pork buns, while also looking forward to their tri-weekly special bao, so that there’s ‘always something different’ being added to the menu!

Providing baos and more for lunch and dinner, Mr. Bunz fits in perfectly with the West End ethos of serving meals that are as authentic and culturally diverse as the people who live there.

The Garden Pantry – Opening 18 October 2018

97 Boundary Street

 

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