Gerard’s Bistro Appoints New Executive Chef, Will Introduce New Menu and Revamped Look Soon

There will be a lot of new things in store for customers of Gerard’s Bistro when it reopens in October, after an extensive revamp to give it a new look and a new menu, thanks to Jimmy Richardson, its former Head Chef who now returns as Executive Chef with some Michelin creds under his toque.

Jimmy Richardson culinary stints include working at Leonard’s Bar & Bistro, Shangri-La Sydney’s Altitude Restaurant, The Bridge Room Café Paci, The Tilbury, and Annata.

Whilst his new menu is yet to be revealed, Chef Richardson will focus on more traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, particularly those coming from the Levant region, but with a modern twist. He will also bring some Persian influence into his menu, thanks to a stint at a Lebanese restaurant and his Persian brother who introduced him to Middle Eastern cuisine.

Gerard’s Owner Johnny Moubarak expressed confidence that Chef Richardson’s culinary creativity will shine once the new menu is revealed. He said that his Executive Chef understands the history, flavour and structure of the dish very well which gives him confidence to innovate and give it a fresh twist.

Gerard’s Bistro was temporarily closed to undertake a major renovation, as executed by designer and architect Jared Webb. The refurbished venue will sport a minimalist design with the kitchen letting the woodfire and charcoal cooking take centre stage.

The venue commenced renovations in June and is scheduled to reopen in mid to late October. It first opened its doors 11 years ago and has established itself as one of the finest and most influential restaurants in Brisbane.

Published 26-September-2023

New Entertainment Spaces, Revitalised Vibe as The Wickham Reopens

Cocktails served in disco balls. A weather-proof beer garden. Vibrant artwork set in whimsical spaces reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the pub’s peacock. These are some of the reasons why you should check out Fortitude Valley’s beloved pub, The Wickham, now open after an extensive makeover.

A fusion of heritage and contemporary design

With an investment of $3.1 million, The Wickham’s renovation has been a labour of love. The skilled team at Newline Design successfully merged the site’s heritage-listed elements with fresh aesthetics. 

As you explore the venue, you’ll encounter a harmonious blend of historical charm and modern upgrades, creating a unique atmosphere that pays homage to the pub’s 138-year-old legacy. The addition of a new kitchen further enhances the culinary offerings, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all guests.

The Peacock Room and Garland Room

Among the revitalised spaces within The Wickham, the old corner bar and studio areas have been transformed into The Peacock Room and Garland Room, respectively. The Peacock Room exudes a relaxed atmosphere, featuring vintage furniture, local LGBTQIA+ artwork, and subtle nods to the pub’s beloved peacock, Frankie. It serves as the perfect spot for leisurely drinks and conversations. 

Meanwhile, upstairs, the Garland Room awaits with an enchanting Alice in Wonderland theme, complete with eclectic wallpaper and furnishings. This whimsical space hosts the venue’s legendary club nights and offers a captivating setting for special celebrations.

Revamped The Wickham Hotel Brings Back Fabulous Fun, Food, and Entertainment
Photo Credit: Facebook/ The Wickham  

The refurbished venue also brings back a plethora of entertainment options including the Thursday night trivia which takes place in the renovated beer garden, whilst live music performances energise the atmosphere from Friday to Sunday. 

Additionally, drag shows are scheduled on Friday and Saturday evenings, showcasing the Valley’s best queens. The Peacock Room will also be home to a monthly bottomless brunch with a burlesque twist, as well as comedy events and more. 

Culinary delights and quirky drinks

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Dylan Kemp, The Wickham presents a new menu. From stone-baked pizzas to delectable bar snacks and late-night options, the diverse selection caters to various dietary preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. 

Highlights include cauliflower hot bites, fried quail with truffle mash, and indulgent treats like deep-fried Golden Gaytimes and fairy bread. Moreover, furry companions are not forgotten, as The Wickham offers a dedicated dog menu featuring enticing options such as crispy pig skin, meatballs, and sweet treats like the Ruff Day bowl.

Revamped The Wickham Hotel Brings Back Fabulous Fun, Food, and Entertainment
Photo Credit: Facebook/ The Wickham  

Not to forget, beverage Director Kevin Peters has crafted a drinks menu that pays homage to the 70s disco era. Expect a delightful array of creative concoctions, including the signature Disco Fruit Tingle cocktails served in eye-catching disco balls. Glitter Bellinis adorned with edible glitter and frozen G&Ts made with pineapple tonic add a touch of whimsy to the experience.

For those opting for non-alcoholic beverages, The Wickham has expanded its range of non-alcoholic wines, spirits, beers, and cocktails, featuring refreshing options such as the No-groni and the Espresso Marti-no.

If you haven’t experienced the magic of The Wickham recently, now’s the time to plan your visit and experience a fabulous evening packed with top-notch entertainment and delectable cuisine. 

Whether you seek a relaxed afternoon in the beer garden or an exhilarating night of dancing, The Wickham promises an unforgettable experience.

For trading hours or if you would like to enquire or book a table, check out their website here.

Published 12-June-2023

Revamped and Ready: Riverland Receives $3.5 Million Makeover

Riverland has reopened on Eagle Street in Brisbane, after undergoing a $3.5 million transformation to offer an enhanced drinking and dining experience.

Riverland’s revamp includes a remarkable 800-sqm deck extension, which has become its most impressive feature. The riverfront venue now offers a sprawling three-tiered deck, capable of accommodating up to 1,000 guests. 

The venue’s transformation shines with its impressive 800-square-metre deck extension, the centrepiece of the makeover. This riverfront haven now showcases a three-tiered deck, catering to a capacity of up to 1,000 guests. 

The top-tier sky deck treats visitors to breathtaking views of the renowned Story Bridge, complete with a brand-new container bar. On the promenade deck, guests can enjoy live music performances on a dedicated stage and catch sporting events on a large screen.

Revamped and Ready: Riverland Elevates Drinking and Dining Experience With Its $3.5 Million Makeover
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The revitalised Riverland also introduces two new kitchen concepts. The Queenslander offers pub favourites including chicken wings in pineapple rum barbecue glaze, Mooloolaba prawn san choy bow, and cure tin can bay cuttlefish. 

Revamped and Ready: Riverland Elevates Drinking and Dining Experience With Its $3.5 Million Makeover
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Check out The Traveller which takes inspiration from international street food, featuring Mexican delights like fried tortillas with guacamole, tomato salsa, and sour cream; cured red emperor tostadas with avocado, chilli jam and sesame; and roasted tortilla soup made with poached chicken, avocado, sour cream and crunch tortilla.

 Revamped and Ready: Riverland Elevates Drinking and Dining Experience With Its $3.5 Million Makeover
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The beverage menu has also been updated, bringing fresh and innovative alternatives that will please visitors. Think Burst My Bubble, a specialty cocktail, and hot watermelon margaritas.

There is something for everyone with an extended menu of cocktails heavy on spirits, 16 beers and ciders on tap, and a carefully chosen wine list.

With its extended deck areas and many menu options, the riverfront venue is the ideal location for all kinds of events. Riverland has the ideal function space to meet your demands, from small gatherings to a complete venue lease for up to 1,000 guests, whether it’s a corporate meeting or a social event.

Head to Riverland at 167 Eagle Street and experience the new waterfront oasis that awaits you. 

Published 24-May-2023