With several restaurant precincts spread throughout and around its parklands, and plenty of grassy sitting spots too, South Bank offers hungry Brisbanites the best of both worlds. Sometimes, you just want to dine in and feast on a fresh-cooked meal that's brought to your table. At other times, relaxing on the lawn and enjoying a leisurely picnic is exactly what the mood calls for.
Enter new Italian eatery Mister Paganini, which will be able to cater to both scenarios when it opens its doors in early December. The multi-faceted venue will feature a restaurant serving up classic cuisine, as well as a deli for on-the-go and take-home bites and snacks.
Those keen on the sit down, in-house approach will find simple, communal fare made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Chef Steve Wildermoth's full menu is yet to be unveiled, but the veteran of restaurants Sorellina, Ortiga and Moda will be serving up spaghetti with spanner crab, garlic, chilli, parsley and olive oil, as well as porchetta with crispy pork belly, fried herb potatoes and pear mostarda. Dessert fiends can expect to devour millefoglie with coffee cream, puff pastry, peach jam and chocolate, among other delectable dishes.
If dropping by and taking away takes your fancy instead, you'll be able to get your coffee fix, and then pick from traditional pastries and sweets — plus, there's more substantial offerings such as fresh salads and gourmet rolls for lunch. Whichever option you choose, it all sounds delicious. And if you like Italian food, there's really no wrong choice.
Find Mister Paganini at 174 Grey Street, South Brisbane from early December, and visit their website and Facebook page for more information.