Only four sleeps until Matt Moran gives birth to his latest Brisbane baby, Riverbar & Kitchen on the promenade level of Riparian Plaza.
It's going to look a bit boaty, a bit Queenslandery and a bit like a tropical garden with big screen televisions and a 20 metre long bar matched with even bigger views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.
I predict this place will go off on a Friday afternoon but I can see people taking advantage of this location all through the day, especially for the coffee.
Matt's partner in the restaurant, Peter Sullivan, says “The aim is for Riverbar & Kitchen to be the ultimate casual one-stop-shop for people to eat, drink, and socialise along the river. Our menus offer options to take people through the week and into the weekend, from morning coffees to after-five drinks and cocktails, and light breakfasts to evening bites of shared plates, grills, and pizzas.”
But let's start with that morning cup of coffee as the boys are particularly proud of their Single Origin blend crafted from Brazilian, Sumatran, Ethiopian and Indian beans.
The result is an incredibly balanced coffee that is bright and upfront with a rich dark chocolate finish. It has a very pleasant aroma with hints of berries and spice, and drinks beautifully as espresso, or what Single Origin Roasters calls a 'Mid-Black', which is an half-length Long Black.
The Riverbar & Kitchen blend also lends itself to milk based coffees, with the berries and chocolate really coming through. A Piccolo Latte ('small' latte with a lesser amount of milk than a regular latte) is a wonderful way to experience the Riverbar blend.
Single Origin Roasters set new benchmarks for locally roasted coffee since commencing roasting in Sydney nine years ago, and the team is a leader in specialty coffee roasting and brewing techniques in the industry.
Want to try this coffee? I have 25 vouchers for coffee and a daily pastry to give away. That's breakfast done! Leave a comment below and send me an email with your address so a voucher (valid from December 7 to February 7, 2013) can be posted to you. Only one entry per person please.
Bottom line: Look out for yam chips with sweet chilli sauce on the Riverbar menu
Best tip: Be devil, jump outside your square and try a piccolo latte.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK has been given vouchers by Riverbar + Kitchen for this competition.