As we’re closing off the street to traffic on Sunday 1 August for James Street Food & Wine Trail’s Market Day, you could also think of it as one very large outdoor dining room that’s just begging to be eaten.
A large dining room featuring various laneways and pockets with restaurants and bars, lined up side-by-side. We’ve shared Part 1: What You’ll Find to Eat and Drink in Our Laneways on Market Day, and now, here is part two. Get ready, get hungry.
Inside The Intersect
For many, a visit to James St isn’t complete without a quick trip to Jocelyn’s Provisions (#15) and the same holds true for Market Day where savoury pizzas, pithivier, pies and all manner of viennoiserie awaits… we’re particularly excited about the prosciutto and comté croissants.
The long-awaited Essa (#16) will give a glimpse into what’s to be expected from their upcoming space with items that showcase an honest collaboration between technique and produce. Because if a caviar bump with frozen vodka or chickpea beignets with Fraser Island spanner crab doesn’t beguile, nothing will. At their bar (#17), cocktails wise, we’re keen for one of The 181s – a spicy mix of Ketel 2 Vodka with tomato, wasabi and ponzu. A wicked take on the bloody mary.
Meanwhile, Mosconi (#18) are following their mantra that less, really is more with one signature standout item – their porchetta roll – a trusted takeout staple for many during Queensland’s 2020 lockdown. At their bar (#19) Fonzie Abbott will be bringing their beer and gin.
Gelato Messina (#22) are stocking their stall with what’s sweet, easy to handle and not available in their existing shop. Save space for the ‘Basque Alaska’ paddle pops and ‘Snickey Glasses’ gelato bars.
Also easy to handle while eating and wandering? Pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches and quiches from James St Bakery (#23). Kudos to their team will be baking in overdrive throughout the night.
You’ll find James Street’s resident beekeepers, Bee One Third with the most heavenly locally made honey at The Intersect.
At Sixes and Sevens (#20) it’s about great pub fare designed to be shared, but with a twist. Think popcorn chicken, Southern-fried cauliflower, butter chicken poutine (chips and curry, hello!) and boards of charcuterie and cheese.
On the drinks front (#21), options really do abound, with vodka and gin bases featuring the locally distilled Wishbone.
You’ll find newcomer The Green (#24) down in Local Lane, along with a playful take on the traditional Lebanese. Mezze boxes, pita packed with either lamb or falafel, fried chicken and loaded street fries will all entice, but it’s the baklava ice-cream sandwich that might get MVP.
Next door, at their bar, it’s all about drinks designed to refresh with Aperol Spritz, cider, champagne and more calling. Like their cocktail, the ‘Habibi Fizz’ featuring pomegranate, vodka and rose water – heaven.
Also heavenly? Pimm’s jugs from Gerard’s Bar (#27). On the food front, the laffa bread – a malleable Levatine flatbread baked in a very hot oven – is emerging the hero at Gerard’s Bistro (#28). Vegetarians can enjoy theirs as a ‘sabich’ filled with eggplant and pickled chilli, while brisket enthusiasts will find it the perfect tool in which to scoop.
Caffeine enthusiasts will love what Cantinho (#26) has up their sleeve for Market Day… A truck from Fonzie Abbott! Where coffee, be it black, milky, big or small can be ordered. Probably best savoured with a slice of homemade baklava and Portuguese tart (or two).
Hungry? Hey, you’re only human.
James Street Food & Wine Trail’s Market Day is on Sunday 1 August. You can view Part 1 of What You’ll to Eat and Drink Find in Our Laneways on Market Day here. You can also visit the microsite for more information.
July 19, 2021