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Part 1: What You’ll Find to Eat and Drink in Our Laneways on Market Day

Market Day of James Street Food & Wine Trail is just two weeks away, and if there were ever a time to start planning out how you’ll be spending Sunday 1 August, it’s, well… now seems pretty good. Get ready.   

This year, you’ll find 28 of our restaurateurs, providores and their respective teams taking it outside from 10AM to 6PM – to create an eight-hour urban picnic that’s perfect for all ages.  

Calling out to guests to wander throughout our laneways and discover what talks to their taste buds. Speaking of which, we’ve listed them below (with a corresponding map) to make your Market Day that much easier. As you’ll see, we’ve had to break it out in two parts – there’s just so much to consume! 


First Up, Fortitude Lane  

Alongside the James Street Market, guests can find the seasoned teams from CRU Bar + Cellar, FreshFishCo and FreshSushiCo, with offerings that truly reflect the pillars upon which they’ve served Brisbane since 2002.

At FreshSushiCo (#3), handmade sushi rolls take centre stage, while next door at FreshFishCo (#4), it’s about just shucked oysters, salt and pepper calamari and the freshest of fish fingers – a perfect place for pescatarians.

The CRU Bar + Cellar team (#1 and #2) will be dishing up duck pies with tomato relish and pork belly dumplings that come dressed with a sweet soy dressing – the ideal accompaniment to their edit of reds, whites, rosé and pale ale.


All About Ada Lane  

This stretch running adjacent to James St will celebrate some of Brisbane’s newest eateries – meaning if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, this is a space you’ll want to spend a good amount of your Market Day in.

It’s all about the dough at BIÀNCA (#6), with four types of wood-fired pizza on offer. For the purists, there’s the classic Margherita, while plant-based enthusiasts can enjoy an order (or two) of smoked potato, gorgonzola and rosemary. If that’s not enough, grab a hazelnut and chocolate bomboloniAperol Spritz and Birra Moretti will abound at their bar (#5) alongside pours of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero and a bold Barbera.

At SK Steak & Oyster (#7), the focus is on what the name implies. Wagyu steakburgers and/or skewers served with either mushroom, pepper or béarnaise make the cut, along with fresh oysters. At their bar (#8), you’ll find the Sunset Boulevard – a cocktail of tequila, Aperol, white rum and salted grapefruit – designed for day drinking, beside beers from Stone & Wood.

sAme sAme (#11) will bring the spice and not just because there is Massaman lamb curry on the menu. The fluffy bao buns are filled with chicken or salt and pepper tofu, before dressed with house-smoked siracha and chilli caramel respectively. To really round out the experience, LOS Bar (#12) are mixing up Tommy’s Margaritas, Asahi and the Bangkoktail – a cool gin cocktail featuring cucumber, Thai basil and peppermint.

Lobby Bar (#14) are bringing Calile flair with their iconic Calile Spritz. For those who have gained a taste for Dry July, their Peachy Spritz is the non-acholic beverage of choice. Now we can’t not taco about their food (#13). On the menu? Tacos, of course. A fish taco with barramundi, pico de gallo, avocado and chipotle sour cream for our seafood lovers, and a crispy cauliflower taco with frijoles, roast peppers and adobo sauce for fiends of the mouth-watering vegetable.


Venture through to the James Street Food & Wine Trail microsite here 



Posted on

July 19, 2021