Hollywood Star Vince Vaughn Samples Finest of Fortitude Valley

Actor Vince Vaughn has been making waves in Fortitude Valley, sampling the suburb’s culinary delights following his appearance at a local conference.

The “Wedding Crashers” star, in town for the Power of Success conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, has been spotted at several high-profile eateries in the Valley.

Vaughn’s gastronomic tour of Fortitude Valley began Thursday evening when he dined at SK Steak and Oyster, where he was seen chatting with owner Simon Gloftis. The actor continued his culinary exploration on Friday, starting with breakfast at Hellenika and later enjoying lunch at Sushi Room, where he was photographed with head chef Shimpei Raikuni.

Vince Vaughn with Chef Shimpei Raikuni at Sushi Room
Photo Credit: Instagram

Eyewitnesses at Sushi Room reported seeing Vaughn indulge in a variety of dishes, from sushi to sashimi.

All three restaurants — SK Steak and Oyster, Hellenika, and Sushi Room — are located within the Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley, where Vaughn is reportedly staying during his Brisbane visit.

The actor’s choice of accommodations and dining spots highlights Fortitude Valley’s growing reputation as a hub for luxury hospitality and fine dining in Brisbane. Vaughn’s visit has brought additional attention to the area’s thriving food scene.

As of now, it’s unclear how long Vaughn plans to stay in Brisbane or if he has any other activities scheduled in Fortitude Valley or elsewhere in the city.

Vaughn was in Brisbane to speak at the Power of Success conference about business, branding, marketing, and personal development.

Published 7-June-2024

Fortitude Valley’s Popular Hellenika Zucchini Chips to be Patented

For nearly 10 years and counting, Hellenika, the Greek restaurant inside The Calile in Fortitude Valley, has been known for its addicting, crunchy and tasty zucchini chips. It’s been on the restaurant’s menu from the beginning and now restaurateur Simon Gloftis plans to patent how it’s made.

Mr Gloftis said that patenting the popular entrée or poolside snack, otherwise also called the Kolokithia, would prevent copycats from developing their version of the Hellenika zucchini chips. He wants to ensure that this product is solely identified with his restaurant because it will never be taken off the menu.

Every week, Hellenika serves thousands of orders of this thinly-sliced batter-fried goodness and the demand hasn’t slowed after the pandemic lockdown. 

“You can never have a bad day when Hellenika zucchini chips are involved, it’s a fact,” the restaurant’s Instagram page stated. “Sprinkled with kefalograviera, because cheese makes everything even better.⁠”

Mr Gloftis hasn’t detailed how he’ll acquire the food patent but he’s not the only one planning to patent a signature dish. Detour in Woolloongabba will also patent its recipe and cooking process for its famous Kentucky Fried Duck (KFD). 

Meanwhile, Hellenika is the loveliest place for Sunday dining and lounging by The Calile Hotel’s poolside if you want to indulge in a fancy vibe, impressive and authentic Mediterranean food, as well as fantastic Greek pale ale or cocktails. 

Book a spot in advance at this sophisticated venue.