New Brisbane Opening: Sbagliata Joining Dining Lineup at Portside Wharf

Ashley-Maree Kent, the creative and culinary genius owner behind Ramona Trattoria and Bar Rocco in Coorparoo, has come up with an Italian addition to the dining scene at Portside Wharf in Hamilton: Sbagliata, opening in August.


Read: Fresh Seafood and Relaxed Glamour: Fosh Brings Hamptons Vibes to Portside Wharf


Ms Kent says her vision for Sbagliata is to create a warm, welcoming space where guests can come together over a shared love of great food and company. For her, Italian food is all about family, friends and welcoming people you don’t know to your table, and this is the experience she wants to recreate.

Chef Ashley-Maree Kent (Photo credit: Ramona Trattoria/Facebook)

The menu will showcase a thoughtfully curated array of comforting woodfired dishes with something to satisfy every palate, according to Kent. Diners can look forward to savouring her signature hand-shaped pastas made using traditional techniques. 

A separate pasta kitchen will be dedicated to producing a vast selection of pasta varieties, both hand-shaped and bronze-cut.

Ms Kent noted a second kitchen equipped with a wood fired and coal grill will turn out a mouthwatering array of hot entrees, mains like succulent proteins and fish, and vegan/vegetarian options. 

Photo credit: Ramona Trattoria/Facebook

She added that complementing the cuisine will be an extensive wine list featuring labels from Italy and Australia, along with craft cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

The 174-square-metre restaurant will seat 120 guests in a nostalgia-tinged space with houndstooth curtains, cork tile floors, and a classic red and white colour scheme. 

With its mouth-watering Italian fare and warm, convivial ambiance, Sbagliata is sure to become a new dining favourite at Portside Wharf when it opens in just a few months.


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Other new openings at Portside Wharf this year include Uncle Wang, which opened earlier, and Portside Social slated to debut in June 2024.

Published 15-May-2024

Retailers Offered Up to $500K Grants to Open at Portside Wharf in Hamilton

Grants and incentives of up to $500,000 are being offered to retailers looking to establish new stores and restaurants at Portside Wharf in Hamilton.


Read: Brookfield Proposes Innovative Built-to-Rent Development at Portside Wharf, Hamilton 


The incentives are part of a $20 million program by Brookfield Properties to revitalise the mixed-use riverfront precinct ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Summer Olympics.

Up to 23 packages, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000, will be available to assist retailers with costs associated with opening new stores. This includes help with fit-out and design expenses, marketing support, and other startup costs. The aim is to curate a mix of retailers that align with the vision for the waterfront village.

Portside Wharf in Hamilton
Rise Bakery at Portside Wharf (Photo supplied)

“We want to work with like-minded operators who will become an integral part of Hamilton and Brisbane at large,” said Brookfield Properties Executive Vice President Lee Butterworth. 

With thousands of residents and workers in the area, along with a surge expected as the Olympics approach, Butterworth said the incentives will bring new energy to the village.

“This is our way of ensuring we bring the right partners to Portside and inject new energy into our village by the water. We’ll be making opportunities available for established businesses, emerging businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Mr Butterworth.

Retailers focused on health, wellness, waterfront dining, boutiques, and convenience are invited to apply. 

The revitalisation of Portside Wharf kicked off in 2023 with the addition of several new dining establishments. Fine dining seafood restaurant Fosh, led by renowned Brisbane restaurateur Michael Tassis, opened to offer upscale waterfront fare. 

Portside Wharf in Hamilton
Fosh (Photo supplied)

French bakery and tea salon Rise Bakery brought Parisian breads and pastries to the village. Yakitori bar Bird’s Nest opened for Japanese skewers and shared plates. Artisanal gelato purveyor Rosé Gelateria also launched to provide frozen Italian treats.

The latest addition is Portside Social, a new 224 sqm venue modelled after the popular Newstead Social. Other upcoming openings include sushi restaurant Choo Choo Sushi and Chinese eatery Uncle Wang.

Portside Social (Photo supplied)

Interested retailers can apply for the incentives before April 19 at inportsidewharf.com.au. With the revitalisation underway, Portside Wharf aims to become a thriving retail and dining destination along Brisbane’s waterfront.


Read: Rosé Gelateria Debuts at Portside Wharf


Published 23-February-2024

Fresh Seafood and Relaxed Glamour: Fosh Brings Hamptons Vibes to Portside Wharf

The glitz and glamour of New York’s Hamptons has arrived at Brisbane’s Portside Wharf with the recent opening of Fosh bar and restaurant.


Read: Hamilton’s Portside Wharf to Host Vegan Market Extravaganza


The latest venue from hospitality veteran Michael Tassis of Tassis Group, Fosh brings a sleek yet laidback vibe paired with the freshest Australian seafood.

For this new venture, Mr Tassis hopes this exceptional dining experience will spark or reignite people’s love for seafood cuisine. The restaurateur, who’s also behind the likes of Massimo Restaurant & Bar and Yamas Greek + Drink, can’t think of a better location to do so than directly by the water.

Photo credit: portsidewharf.com.au

Mr Tassis’ passion for seafood began in his youth whilst working at his father’s restaurant, George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant, located in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast. 

Fosh
Photo credit: Fosh Bar & Restaurant/Google Maps

For over a decade, Mr Tassis has loved visiting Portside Wharf and enjoying its truly unique waterfront location. When the opportunity arose to secure a restaurant space with prime river frontage, he felt it was a chance too good to pass up. He now looked forward to being part of the precinct’s exciting, new future and continued evolution, with the Wharf anticipated to undergo a $20-million makeover.

Fosh
Photo credit: Stephen Berka/Google Maps

True to its promise, seafood at Fosh travels from ocean to plate in less than 24 hours. The menu offers everything from fish finger sandwiches with tartare sauce to fresh oysters, impressive seafood platters and live lobster or mud crab available daily. For those who prefer land fare, Fosh also serves high-quality cuts of meat.

Photo credit: S F 83/Google Maps

Complementing the sea-to-table offerings is an extensive cocktail list and wine menu fit for the Hamptons elite. Guests can sip and savour at the glamorous island bar area or lounge before heading outside to the alfresco terrace with its uninterrupted river views.

The restaurant’s head chef is Vikash Gurung, who brings his mastery of Japanese dry ageing techniques to enhance the flavours of the fine local produce. Under his stewardship, Fosh promises a menu that’s both sustainable and seriously tasty.


Read: Centuries-Old Grilling Traditions Take Flight at Bird’s Nest Yakitori Hamilton


Fosh is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For a taste of the Hamptons without leaving Brisbane, pay them a visit at Portside Wharf or follow on Instagram.

Published 28-November-2023

Hamilton’s Portside Wharf to Host Vegan Market Extravaganza

Hamilton’s Portside Wharf is gearing up to host the much-anticipated North Brisbane Vegan Markets, a vibrant hub of cruelty-free shopping, delicious vegan cuisine, and lively entertainment.



Scheduled for 18 Nov 2023, the Queensland Vegan Markets at Portside Wharf is at 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton. The event is set to run from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., allowing visitors ample time to explore, shop, and dine. 

Culinary Delights and Ethical Shopping

Vegan Markets
Photo Credit: Brisbane Vegan Markets/Facebook

Food enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with an array of plant-based culinary delights. The event will feature a delicious assortment of vegan treats, from Balinese dishes to cheese toasties and tacos, not forgetting indulgent options like cupcakes, cookies, burgers, and loaded fries. 

Vegan Markets
Photo Credit: Brisbane Vegan Markets/Facebook

The markets will also provide a platform for a variety of cruelty-free stalls, showcasing an array of products including leather alternatives, unique homewares, and bespoke goods.

An Inviting Atmosphere for All

Photo Credit: Brisbane Vegan Markets/Facebook

Setting the mood for this ethical extravaganza, live music will fill the air, creating an inviting and upbeat atmosphere. Pet lovers will be delighted to know that the event is pet-friendly, offering a chance for the community to enjoy a day out with their furry companions.

This inclusive approach underscores the market’s commitment to being a welcoming space for all attendees.

Entry is free, making it accessible to everyone. Attendees can also benefit from easy public transport access and both free and paid parking options, ensuring a hassle-free experience.



Follow their Facebook page for the updates.

Published 14-Nov-2023

Centuries-Old Grilling Traditions Take Flight at Bird’s Nest Yakitori Hamilton

The tantalising smells of binchotan grilled meat and vegetables will soon waft through Portside Wharf as Hamilton’s latest Japanese eatery, Bird’s Nest Yakitori, opens for business.


Read: Some of the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Hamilton


The new venue expands the popular Brisbane-based yakitori chain to four locations across southeast Queensland. 

Bird’s Nest Yakitori first opened in 2013 in West End, followed by a second location in Fortitude Valley. They also operate a takeaway outlet in Toowong Village and have plans to open another soon at Everton Plaza.

Photo credit: Birds Nest Restaurant/Facebook

The chain stands out for its use of traditional Japanese grilling techniques and premium ingredients. Diners can expect to find classic skewers like chicken thigh and shallot negima skewers along with veggie options like king oyster mushroom and locally grown shiitake. 

Photo credit: Birds Nest Restaurant/Facebook

The binchotan charcoal used in their grills is a type of charcoal traditionally used in Japanese cooking dating back to the Edo period between 1603 and 1867. Binchotan allows Bird’s Nest chefs precise temperature control whilst imparting a delicate smoky flavour.

Owners Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama (Photo credit: Birds Nest Restaurant/Facebook)

The restaurant is the brainchild of owners Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama, who were inspired to bring authentic yakitori to Australia after training with master chefs in Japan. Emi and Marie are also known for winning The Hotplate 2015 and even used their prize money to expand their brand.

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Photo credit: Birds Nest Restaurant/Facebook

In keeping with Japanese tradition, all ingredients are delivered fresh daily and skewers are made to order on-site. The new Hamilton location also features their signature binchotan grilled items such as wagyu steak, grilled squid, and garlic prawns.

yakitori
Photo credit: Birds Nest Restaurant/Facebook

Whilst Bird’s Nest Yakitori is best known for binchotan-grilled skewers, their menu also features raw dishes and Japanese street foods, best paired with sake. Bird’s Nest Yakitori boasts an extensive selection of Japanese sake and spirits. Don’t miss their Okinawa Pirate, which is their take on piña colada.


Read: Portside Wharf’s Sweetest Addition: Rise Bakery Hits Hamilton After Gold Coast Success


With its dedication to tradition and culinary excellence, Bird’s Nest Yakitori is set to become a go-to destination for Japanese cuisine on Brisbane’s Northside. 

Reservations are highly encouraged at the new Hamilton Bird’s Nest Yakitori to guarantee a table, though walk-ins are still welcome. They are open daily for lunch and dinner at 39 Hercules St, Hamilton.

Published 24-October-2023

Brookfield Proposes Innovative Built-to-Rent Development at Portside Wharf, Hamilton

In an effort to provide more housing solutions to a waiting market, Brookfield has submitted a groundbreaking development application for a dual-tower, built-to-rent residential project in Portside Wharf, Hamilton. 

The proposal, designed by renowned architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, aims to revolutionize the rental market by offering 560 purpose-built apartments alongside a range of non-residential amenities. 

Located at 11 Macarthur Avenue, the project seeks to create a vibrant and sustainable community within the picturesque riverfront site with two 23-storey towers standing at a maximum height of approximately 85 meters. This would be the first built-to-rent (BTR) project in Northshore Hamilton, demonstrating Brookfield‘s commitment to innovative housing solutions. 



The apartments will range from studios to three-bedroom units for low-income households, students and vulnerable populations.

Brookfield Hamilton build-to-rent
Photo Credit: DEV2023/1402

Aside from high-density residential units, the key features of the development include a café, a shop with a dog-grooming salon, a sizable co-working space, and a gymnasium. Whilst primarily intended for residents, the non-residential spaces are also open to the broader community, fostering inclusivity and social interaction.

The proposed food and drink outlets are designed with their own unique layout to accommodate diverse retail concepts. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, while the café provides a space for coffee and light meals. 

Brookfield Hamilton build-to-rent
Photo Credit: DEV2023/1402

The office spaces are meant to cater to the needs of various businesses, with different sizes and configurations, including meeting rooms, conference facilities, and workstations. Additionally, the development will feature a parking station with multiple levels, designated spaces, and separate areas for motorcycles and bicycles to ensure convenient and secure parking for residents and visitors.

Brookfield Hamilton build-to-rent
Photo Credit: DEV2023/1402

To promote a sense of community, the development will offer ample communal space, including a sizable recreation zone on the podium level. This area has outdoor pools and spas, seating areas, garden lawns, a residents’ lounge, wellness and spa facilities, a wine library, private dining areas, a dog lawn, BBQ areas, and a games room.

Brookfield Hamilton build-to-rent
Photo Credit: DEV2023/1402

The proposed development is also committed to sustainability, targeting a 4 Star Green Star ‘Buildings’ rating. The apartments will aim for exceptional performance in the Green Star ‘Energy Use’ category, achieving an average NatHERS 7-star rating across the development and a minimum rating of 5.5 stars. 

The project will incorporate a car share scheme and electric vehicle charging facilities, along with dedicated solar panel zones on the rooftop to supply common areas with electricity.



The development application, #DEV2023/1402, was submitted to the State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning on 18 May 2023 and is currently under review. 

Published 25-May-2023

Portside Wharf’s Sweetest Addition: Rise Bakery Hits Hamilton After Gold Coast Success

Gold Coast’s best bakery is coming to town! Rise Bakery is set to expand to Brisbane, with a sister venue opening soon at Hamilton’s Portside Wharf.


Read: Portside Wharf Set for Major Transformation


Renowned chefs Adrien Marcinowski and Maxime Bournazel are spearheading this coveted patisserie and wine bar. They expressed their attraction to the tenancy at Portside Wharf, citing the lively community within the precinct and the excellent riverfront position as key factors.

Nestled within a spacious 155-sqm site with both indoor and outdoor spaces, this magnificent duo will enthral patrons with their signature range of tantalising French delicacies.

Picture yourself savouring the ethereal delights of flaky, butter-infused croissants and artisanal bread that will transport you to the enchanting streets of Paris. 

Rise’s Gold Coast location (Photo credit: James Patten/Google Maps)

As if that wasn’t enough, the bakery will proudly present a captivating collection of patisserie creations so exquisitely adorned that they might just be deemed too beautiful to consume.

Yet, there’s more to this extraordinary destination than meets the eye. Enter the realm of the breathtaking champagne bar, an opulent oasis where effervescent French bubbles flow freely, harmonising with the melodic notes of Bear Bones coffee and the aromatic allure of Tavalon tea. 

Not to be outdone, a thoughtfully curated selection of global wines stands ready to embark on a journey of sensory delight with each discerning guest.

Photo credit: John Wong/Google Maps

Designed by the visionary talents at Clui Design, the interior of this remarkable establishment is a manifestation of elegance and sophistication. 

Upon its completion, Rise Bakery will boast a sophisticated and enchanting ambiance, inspired by the allure of French aesthetics. Their interior design will exude elegance, characterised by a palette of ethereal whites, delicate pinks, and tasteful touches of gold.


Read: FOSH Alert: Upmarket Seafood Restaurant Soon to Open at Portside Wharf


This dazzling bakery will join the ranks of other esteemed culinary establishments at Portside Wharf, including the seafood restaurant, Fosh by Michael Tassis by mid-2023. Follow the Portside Wharf’s website to stay updated about the Rise Bakery’s opening.

Rise Bakery will be located within Portside Wharf at 39 Hercules St, Hamilton.

Published 11-May-2023

FOSH Alert: Upmarket Seafood Restaurant Soon to Open at Portside Wharf

Visitors to Portside Wharf have something to look forward to as FOSH, a new upmarket seafood restaurant from the owners of Opa Bar + Mezze, prepares to open soon.



Restaurateur Michael Tassis is currently overseeing the completion of the $3-million venue’s fit-out, inspired by the poshness of the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. 

Fosh, scheduled to open in March 2023, will not be your typical fish and chips joint, but it will still offer some casual and relaxed dining options. The seafood restaurant, covering 700 square meters of space at Portside Wharf, has been designed with opulence in mind.

Mr Tassis said that there will be a glamorous island bar, a fireplace, and a flowing indoor/outdoor dining area with gorgeous views of the Brisbane River.

FOSH owner Michael Tassis
Photo Credit: LordMayorAdrianSchrinner/Facebook

“Fosh’s focus will be on serving fresh, high-quality and sustainable seafood that is on our guests’ plates within 24 hours of being caught, including fish, lobster, mud crabs, oysters and more,” Mr Tassis said.

“We hope this exceptional dining experience will spark – or reignite – people’s love for the cuisine and I can’t think of a better location to do so than directly by the water.” 

Fosh will join Byblos, Gusto Da Gianni and Sono Japanese Restaurant in revitalising the dining precint, which will be undergoing a major renovation as well. The restaurant is Mr Tassis’ seventh. 

“When I was given the chance to secure a restaurant space with prime river frontage, it was an opportunity too good to pass up, and I now look forward to being part of the precinct’s exciting new future and evolution,” FOSH’s owner said. 



Portside Wharf Set for Major Transformation

Portside Wharf is set to undergo a $20 million facelift, a first in its 16-year history, Brookfield Residential Properties announced recently.



Brookfield Residential Properties announced recently that the dining and lifestyle precinct will be refurbished to reaffirm the precinct’s distinction as a vibrant neighbourhood village by the water. 

The Cavill Architects and Urbis are tasked to develop the designs for the planned project which the company expects to commence later this year before it gets finalised by December 2023. The design vision for the refurbishment will aim to enhance the attractiveness of the precinct to the local community, particularly those who are just within 20 minutes’ distance from its premier by-the-river Hamilton location.

The project will include an extended plaza and main street that will enhance views and access to the Brisbane River, as well as additional shading and landscaping that will complement the expanded year-round outdoor dining at the site. Exciting new tenancies will be introduced along with defined dining, retail and entertainment sub-precincts, and areas dedicated to lifestyle and wellness, convenience and premium boutiques.

Portside Wharf Set for Major Transformation
Photo Credit: Visit Brisbane  / visitbrisbane.com.au

Since opening 16 years ago, Brookfield Residential Properties’ Managing Director, Lee Butterworth, said that now is an opportune time to invest in Portside Wharf’s redevelopment and shape its new vision and future that celebrates the rich history and people of the local community.

“The redevelopment will entice new visitors to rediscover our village by the water, while redefining our vibrant neighbourhood locale for the more than 4,000 residents now living in the immediate area.

“The changes we are making will amplify our community connections, provide exciting day and night experiences, leverage even further our enviable waterfront location, and create enticing spaces for our customers to relax, unwind and socialise.

“We are actively seeking to expand our tenant mix with new convenience, dining, wellness and boutique offerings that support our vision for this new evolution of Portside Wharf.”



Cavill Architects Practice Director Andrew D’Occhio said that the design will open up Portside Wharf “visually and physically from its northern entrance, extending through the heart of the precinct a vibrant main street to connect this area of Hamilton more directly to the water.”

“Portside Wharf’s investment will better connect the precinct to those new spaces and the surrounding Hamilton suburb, making it a comfortable year-round place to visit by foot, with new softened materials, shading and landscaping offering the dual benefit of shaping high-quality places to gather and protection from the elements.”

Portside Wharf features over 12,000sqm of retail space that is home to some of Brisbane’s best dining and entertainment, including Sono Japanese Restaurant, Byblos, Gusto Da Gianni, Dendy Cinema and the recently expanded Zeneldin’s IGA. 

Portside Wharf IGA to Go Upmarket With Its Planned Expansion

Portside Wharf IGA will undergo a major expansion to target high-end customers with construction expected to commence in April 2022 and be completed mid-year.



The IGA Portside expansion comes as Portside Wharf is getting another high-rise residential tower. The project will expand the store’s footprint by 30 per cent to 1,036sqm enabling it to cater to the growing demand as the Hamilton area continues to score new high-end developments.

Once completed the expanded store will feature levelled-up offerings with a renewed focus on takeaway treats, grab-and-go food and health and well being including expanded meat, produce and delicatessen goods offerings; cheese bar; health food section and premium pet foods section for designer pets of well-off Portside residents.

There will also be a new in-house cafe, to be called “The Street Café” that will offer freshly baked items including muffins and croissants.

The expansion will add to the current offerings in the precinct which is home to more than 35 retailers ranging from fine and casual dining to boutique fashion and health and beauty. Current tenancies at the Portside Wharf include Dendy Cinemas, Sono Japanese Restaurant, Belvedere Bar N’ Grill, Subway, Urbbana and Studio Pilates.

Brothers Robin and Ramsay Zeneldin, who established Portside Wharf IGA in 2014, think that now is the time to expand given the incoming developments at Portside Wharf and the store’s continued growth in the past years. 



Brookfield Residential Properties is proposing another residential development at Portside East,  near the new Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games athletes village. Known as “Building 19”, the development will be a 16-storey residents tower which will contain 186 apartment units and three retail tenancies at the ground level.

Brookfield is also set to build its 1,000th apartment at Northshore Hamilton after its proposed $141-million, 19-level residential tower secured the greenlight. They recently completed Buildings 16A and 16B Gallery House and its 17 Rivello development began construction in October 2021.