237 Edward St, Brisbane 4000
(07) 3144 3000 or jamieoliver.com/italian/australia/brisbane
Jamie’s Italian Brisbane opened its doors in November. peckvonhartel (in association with the UK’s Martin Brudnizki Design Studio) was once again selected by PRG (Pacific Restaurant Group) to design the interiors, located within the heritage-listed Rowes Arcade building in the Brisbane CBD. Split across 2 levels, it is the largest Jamie’s Italian in Australia, accommodating up to 240 guests.
Key design elements include a lively bar area located at the restaurant entry to activate the space and capture the interest of passers-by. The island antipasti bar adorned with cured meats is flanked by an open dining area furnished with brightly-coloured industrial stools and booths. A chandelier of oversized silver-tipped lamps extends from the entry deep into the restaurant.
Exposed sandstone walls and timber floorboards reveal the character of the original building while an eclectic mix of furniture, booths, lighting, colours and materials have been introduced to create a fun yet relaxed dining
atmosphere for guests.
The Brisbane restaurant is the fifth Jamie’s Italian to be opened in Australia following the success of the Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide restaurants. peckvonhartel has provided interior design services for all five venues, giving each venue its own distinct identity through a thoughtful response to its location and context.
A beachside gem with a community outlook and an all-day appeal.
(02) 9981 7333 or collaroyhotel.com.au
Story: Christopher Holder
The Collaroy is shipwreck. Well, at least originally it was. A steamer called the Collaroy went down off the coast in 1881, which accounts for the suburb’s name. The Collaroy Hotel is now a fresh new venue that’s going full steam ahead, serving the Northern Beaches community from dawn to dusk and beyond.
Sassy, sophisticated… pink. Arguably the best nightclub space in Melbourne has a new name.
425 Collins St, Melbourne VIC
The best nightclubs are a journey rather than a destination, and Ms Collins is no different. The journey began for Roar Projects (the team behind Melbourne nightclub institution Alumbra) when they met the eponymous Ms Collins — a Parisian socialite and one-time can-can dancer of the ’60s. Vivacious and outrageous in equal measure, Ms Collins became a touchstone.
The resulting venue with its Black Milk interior design is a playful, opulent, versatile and rewards repeat visits: you could enjoy a week of long Ms Collins nights without repeating your experience — there’s plenty to keep the boredom police at bay.
The Charming Squire:
3/133 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD
(07) 3077 7254 or thecharmingsquire.com.au
Story: Guy Harrison
When a veteran husband and wife-owned hospitality group like Mantle Group with nine previous pubs under their management team up with Australia’s largest Boutique Brewer James Squire your tastebuds can’t help but be tantalised.
Introducing The Charming Squire, located in Brisbane’s hospitality hotspot of Southbank. Nestled between the train station and exhibition centre, there’s plenty of passing foot traffic, and The Charming Squire design makes the most of the position. Mixing bar and function space, micro brewery, restaurant and not forgetting the café with on-street dining. It certainly makes its presence felt on ground level. This is further enhanced by the open plan glassed-fronted kitchen where the signature slow-roasted rare breed pork can be seen rotating away on the coal-fired spit — carnivore’s catnip!
Mordeo Bistro & Bar
126 Phillip St, Sydney NSW
(02) 9232 4789
Story: James Dampney
A big space requires a big flourish.
Growing up in a Greek household surrounded by family members who all had a passion for food, Nick Aspros was always likely to move into the hospitality game. The love of food preparation goes all the way back to his grandparents on both sides, with one grandfather plying his trade as a wholesale fishmonger and the other running his own deli. It was then passed down to Aspros’ parents, who ran cafés and delis throughout their working lives and helped foster and develop Aspros’ own interest in food. “We’ve always been involved in food and hospitality,” he explains. “From a young age, there was always lots of cooking at home.”
The Carlisle Bar
2 Kellett St, Kings Cross
Story: Lucie Robson
Sydneysiders who can’t make it to New York should head to The Carlisle Bar, a new split-level bar and nightclub sprawling between two streets in the heart of the Cross.
The old premises of The Sapphire Lounge can now accommodate after-work drinkers and late-night revellers over three bars and a roped-off VIP area, all with a Manhattan sheen.
184 High St, Prahran VIC
Story: Christopher Holder
Photography: James Brereton
It’s been a colossal year for Charlie Dumpling. Back in February, Executive Chef Dylan Roberts’ (formerly Claremont Tonic, Ezard, Cutler & Co) new venture opened its doors on High St Prahran (near Chapel Street), in Melbourne’s fashionable and leafy east.
“Everyone loves dumplings,” says Roberts, without fear of contradiction. “Charlie Dumpling offers guests favourites such as Steamed Pork Dumplings and Prawn Har Gow but we’ve added a twist with edgy dumplings such as snapper, chilli, lime and blackbean and, my personal favourite, Peking Duck with spiced plum sauce”. Yes, I know, mouthwatering stuff.
314 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Story: Paddy Macrae
If sitting on a dirty wooden crate and sipping a long neck in a heavily graffitied laneway is at one end of the Melbourne glamour scale, then surely the newly opened Marais store at 73 Bourke Street is at the other.
Its products (female fashions) are trés haute (with apologies to the French language). And the bricks, mortar and specially mined crystals around them are no less bespoke.
The man at the centre of that design process is Frank Marioli from F2 Architects. For him, the brief for such a complex vision was relatively simple.
Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141
1800 858 611 or adrianozumbo.com
Getting the ‘work experience kids’ to do the job is normally about the biggest insult you could give a client. So who would willingly surrender their project to the intern? Well, apparently Adriano Zumbo has a high risk/high return ethos that has paid off in spades. The Masterchef luminary’s first Melbourne patisserie was taken on as Elenberg Fraser’s second annual ‘Graduate School’ program, where a team of junior architects and designers were given free rein on the front of house fitout. The brief was simple – stay true to the Zumbo brand and use a bit of pink – and from there, the youthful design team took matters into their own hands. They expanded the response to include the graphic design for signage and lighting as well as custom-designed furniture, creating a delectable fantasy world with a slightly kinky twist.