Dining in New Farm and Teneriffe
An interesting mix of wine bars, dining venues, galleries, theatres, and riverside boardwalk and bowls club has made New Farm and Teneriffe popular to live in and visit. New Farm attracts visitors to its major park, perfect riverside picnic spots, cycling loops and excellent dining venues. Teneriffe, once a farming area and industrial and commercial hub, has undergone an urban resurgence. Apartments have sprung up and restaurants, cafes and boutiques have followed.
Central to the success of New Farm as an entertainment hub is the Brisbane Powerhouse, producer of contemporary performing arts and a multi-arts, dining and conference venue. The Powerhouse, owned and supported by the Brisbane City Council, opened as an arts centre in 2000 after 30 years as a derelict power station. Refurbishment in early 2007 ensures a holistic arts and dining experience, with additions including Watt Restaurant and Bar Alto. Both have earned a reputation as a great restaurant and the ideal place to meet for drinks before or after a performance at the Powerhouse.
Brisbane has gone through a boutique-beer revolution in recent years, with New Farm and Teneriffe taking the lead. New Farm’s Bitter Suite has four craft beers on tap as well as 25 other Australian brews. While beer holds pride of place, Bitter Suite’s menu includes tasting plates or meals such as spiced warm lamb salad and house-made ricotta gnocchi. Nearby Teneriffe is home to Tippler’s Tap which features a rotating curation of 10 tap beers and is known as THE home to Chicago-style comfort food – we recommend their buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce. Round the corner you will find Green Beacon Brewing Co, a boutique craft brewery and ale-works that makes preservative-free beers right before your eyes.
If you are after a brew of a different kind, the Cobble Stone Tea House, in Lamington St, serves more than 30 types of tea. And, hidden away in Moray St, The Little Larder is a favourite with local residents for a great breakfasts. Speaking of breakfast, New Farm is the place for a weekend brunch, with New Farm Deli, Au Cirque, Pablo and The Continental continuing to enjoy loyal followings.
For an intimate dining experience, head to Anise on busy Brunswick St. With seating limited to 21 people, Anise presents a seasonal menu of Provencale cuisine with a modern twist. You can also immerse yourself in the character and liveliness of New Farm at Gerties. It specialises in gin cocktails and is the perfect place for a delicious drink. New kid Francie Mays has already proved itself a mainstay with Asian-inspired tapas and drinks with a difference.
The suburb’s relaxed character is further accentuated by New Farm Bowls Club, which draws people from all over Brisbane for its famous barbecue and bowls.
The redevelopment of historical woolsheds into hip apartment-style homes has lured Brisbane’s young professionals to Teneriffe. Catch the vibe on Vernon Tce at the London Club, blending contemporary food with Victorian-era plushness, Brio for a coffee or London Porterhouse for Argentinian-inspired cuisine. In the same street, Beccofino offers a great selection of northern Italian-influenced dishes and is famed for its authentic wood-fired pizzas, delicious pasta, hearty mains and decadent desserts.
For coffee lovers, Sip Cafe is the perfect stopping point. This vibrant and friendly coffee nook serves up Di Bella coffee alongside a cabinet packed with fresh ciabattas – sweet basil meatballs, ham off the bone, roast lamb, and sweet potato are just a few of the tasty fillings. Banana bread and Middle Eastern fruit loaf will tempt you, as will the selection of cakes and muffins from a local bakery.