Eterna Is the New Late-Night Eatery Serving Up Roman-Style Meals and Cocktails in Fortitude Valley
You'll find it in Longtime's old digs.
When Longtime closed up its Ann Street restaurant, it left a hole in Fortitude Valley's dining scene — but, post-pandemic lockdowns, something new has sprouted in its old digs. That'd be Eterna, a fresh venture from Salt Meats Cheese's Stefano de Blasi. And yes, just like SMC's eateries in Newstead and South Bank, it has a big Italian focus.
Fans of pasta and cocktails will find two differences, however. Firstly, as its name suggests, Eterna kicks on well into the evening — so, for those hankering for a late-night dish over a few drinks, the kitchen is open until 11pm. And, the Valley newcomer also focuses on bites and beverages inspired by Rome, while trying to bring a bit of New York-style energy to the place as well.
Think simple recipes, seasonal produce, house-made pasta and an after-hours vibe, which have all been on offer since Eterna opened its doors at the end of July. On the menu: classic Roman dishes such as cacio e pepe and carbonara, as well as the likes of suppli (arancini, but street-food style), the chicken-heavy pollo alla romana and seasoned pork in the form of porchetta di ariccia. The latter two are designed for sharing and, if you're still hungry afterwards, a crostata ricotta e visciole (ricotta and sour cherry cheesecake) feature on the dessert menu.
Drinks-wise, expect to sip local and Italian wines, a range of spirits, and cocktails that include gin martinis and cardinales — aka a Roman-style negroni.
Eterna is open for dinner and drinks from Tuesday–Saturday to begin with, and plans to add lunch service down the track.
Find Eterna at 610 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, from Thursday, July 30 — open from 5pm–12am Tuesdays–Thursdays, and 5pm–1am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Images: Lewis Lotherington
Published on November 18, 2020 by Sarah Ward