Award-Winning Chef Martin Boetz Presents Short Grain Restaurant in Fortitude Valley

In a heritage-listed former clothing factory in Fortitude Valley lies one of Brisbane’s best kept culinary secrets, Short Grain restaurant.

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Step inside its brick walls and you will discover a warm and cosy space bathed in natural light, complete with banquette seating and artwork by Vicki Lee. This inviting backdrop provides the perfect canvas for award-winning chef and author Martin Boetz’s mouth-watering Thai-inspired cuisine.

From duck egg custards enveloped in pork fat pastry to fragrant curries made from scratch, each dish on the menu emerges from the kitchen as a feast for the senses. 

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The drinks menu expertly pairs with each plate, celebrating the bold spices and flavours of Boetz’s cooking. Beyond the exceptional dining experience, Short Grain allows guests to take the magic home through house-made products like curry sauces, condiments, and ready-to-go meals.

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Martin Boetz is no newcomer when it comes to dishing up exceptional Asian cuisine. He honed his craft as co-owner and Executive Chef at the acclaimed Longrain restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne for over 20 years combined.

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Under Boetz’s leadership, Longrain Sydney won Best New Restaurant and two chefs hats in its very first year of opening back in 2002. He continued to helm the kitchen for 14 illustrious years, helping cement Longrain as one of Australia’s premier Thai dining destinations.

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Now in 2023, the award-winning chef has returned to his hometown Brisbane to open Short Grain. Drawing from decades of experience wowing diners across Australia, Boetz promises to deliver an exceptional Asian dining experience in the heart of Fortitude Valley.

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Foodies searching for a true taste of Asia need look no further than this hidden gem located at 15 Marshall Street. Open Wednesday through Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch, the cosy eatery welcomes walk-ins to its modern room filled with heritage charm.

Published 13-November-2023

Shortgrain Thai Store and Eatery Opening Soon in Fortitude Valley

Do you love Thai food? Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure as Shortgrain, a new Thai store and eatery, is set to open its doors at the Stewart and Hemmant building in Fortitude Valley in August 2023. 

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Imagine the incredible taste of steamed duck and winter melon soup, or the pure delight of a perfectly fried whole fish with spicy green chilli nam jim. 

At Shortgrain, you will feel like you have been transported straight to the vibrant streets of Thailand, where the flavours are bold and the aromas are irresistible.

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But Shortgrain is not just going to be a place for amazing food. It’s a culinary treasure trove waiting to be discovered. They will also stock the shelves with homemade curry pastes, imported products, and the freshest ingredients you can imagine. 

From crunchy snake beans to fragrant Thai basil, each item is carefully chosen to create an authentic experience that will leave you wanting more.

The mastermind behind this culinary haven is none other than the award-winning Sydney chef, Martin Boetz. After leaving a mark on Sydney’s food scene with his extraordinary talent, Chef Boetz has now brought his expertise to his hometown of Brisbane. 

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When Chef Boetz stumbled upon the tenancy inside the historic Stewart and Hemmant building in Fortitude Valley, it was love at first sight. Boasting a spacious 225 sqm area adorned with high ceilings and large windows, this location provides the perfect canvas for Shortgrain to come to life.

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With Shortgrain, his vision is to create simple yet unforgettable dishes that are perfect for sharing or savouring on your own.

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Chef Boetz is looking forward to opening his new venture by late August 2023, at the Stewart and Hemmant building, located at 2 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley. Follow @shortgrainbymb on Instagram to stay updated about the store’s opening.

Published 17-June-2023