New and Upcoming Restaurants to Try in Fortitude Valley

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Here are five new and upcoming Fortitude Valley restaurants that are bravely navigating the pandemic challenges to bring you delicious, must-try cuisine.



1. Bianca

Delivering the vibe of a classic trattoria, Bianca features simple but flavourful pasta dishes and mains like steaks and the crowd favourite, porchetta alla Romana, with slight variation fitted for the Aussie dining scene. Everything is prepared in-house at this restaurant and despite the challenging times, Bianca’s booking has been constantly filled up as customers long for the comfort of Italian food. For 2022, Bianca has ramped up its menu with new pasta dishes to try.  They also provide takeaway options.

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Photo Credit: BiancaRestuarant/Facebook
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2. Bisou Bisou

French restaurant Bisou Bisou has captured the vibrant ambience of the Parisian dining scene from its interiors to its cosy courtyard, its waitstaff, and all the way to the kitchen where the head chef whips up dishes that will have you exclaiming, “Trés Bien!” If you’re craving for escargot on toast and gnocchi, authentically prepared French-style, you now know where to go. 

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3. Essa

Those looking to wine and dine can’t go wrong with Essa with its choiced selection of delectable dishes and drinks. Don’t be intimated by its dark, broody fit-out — this goes with the appeal and atmosphere that its owners want the customers to enjoy. Perfect for intimate dinners or for small groups who want to lounge and unwind, Essa prides in sourcing ingredients from local producers to deliver high-end meals worth the splurge. 

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4. Gemelli

Joining the rows of Italian restaurants in the Valley is Gemelli, a 120-seater dining space that encourages family dining. What sets this one apart from the other Italian restaurants in the precinct is its luxurious vibe. Gemelli is for big, classy celebrations, where groups can share generous servings of Naples-style pizza, pasta and mains with a Milan-inspired bar scene. The restaurant has over 200 on its wine list. 

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5. Rosmarino

Rosmarino has given life to a deserted corner in the refurbished Stewart & Hemmant building with its vintage ambiance and cosy vibe. If you want to catch up with a dear friend over a bowl of homestyle pasta, a plate of all’anatra, and a glass of wine, you’ve got to experience the food and drinks at this restaurant. Rosmarino’s dishes are prepared using traditional techniques from Northern Eastern Italy.  Delivery and takeaway options available.

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To confirm opening schedules and other Covid19-related updates, please check their social media pages.



Opening Soon in Fortitude Valley

The team behind Hellenika and SK Steak & Oyster are opening two new restaurants on James St: Sunshine (January 2022) and Sushi Room (March 2022).  

While details and social media presence are still hush-hush, the word on the street is that Sunshine will feature all-vegetarian Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant will open directly in front of The Calile Hotel, taking over the former spot of Chow House. It will boast of a unique service where customers will not have to wait for their food and a major part of its offering will be the takeaway options.  

Sushi Room, on the other hand, will be an 80-seater Japanese restaurant and bar moving into the former home of Scotch & Soda and Museum of Small Things. Its menu will be focused on mostly sushi and sashimi, with a few choices of wagyu steak, tempura or fish. Sushi Room will also offer an 18-course meal for a two-hour dining experience.