Bowen Hills has yet another new addition, and while the inner-city suburb is now teeming with places to eat, Mercado wants you to not only enjoy its onsite food experiences, but to also take them home with you. A giant 1500-square-metre market hall brimming seafood, meats, cheeses, bread, pastries, chocolates, fruits and vegetables, Mercado aims to give Brisbane the kind of one-stop gourmet shop that it didn’t know it wanted. The idea is to make the routine task everyone hates — that is, buying groceries — feel luxe, and something you actually want to do. With that in mind, the site also offers tours and a personal concierge service in case you need a hand filling your pantry — and its own bottle shop, bar and restaurant, too. If you’re keen on an indulgent dinner, there’s also Far Eastern-inspired eatery, The Duck Room. It has a Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan-influenced menu and duck is — naturally — the hero ingredient. As for the drinks list, as well as a 20-page selection of wine, beer and spirits, the cocktail range is sizeable.
Words: Sarah Ward.
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