Mantle Group Hospitality is set to open Embers at The Charming Squire in South Brisbane on 15 September.
The restaurant will be spearheaded by Head Chef German Gonzalez, who has designed the menu around the kitchen’s wood-fired grill and rotisserie; a shift from the space’s previous food offering.
“German has developed a menu which demonstrates subtlety, pays homage to the quality of produce yet still allows space for contemporary touches,” says Food and Beverage Manager Darren Khan.
“It’s a significant step away from the previous food offering in that restaurant space and we have purposefully designed the menu and ambiance to be a refreshing alternative from the Brewhouse.”
The menu is split into small plates, vegetables, seafood, meat and desserts.
Diners will be able to kick off their dining experience with Mount Tamborine stracciatella with orange, pistachio and rocket or coffee-cured smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade and hazelnut.
Vegetables options cover wood-roasted cauliflower with spiced yoghurt and salad; goat’s cheese with tomatoes, smoked eggplant, basil and vincotto as well as gnocchi with local mushrooms, truffle, stracciatella and sage butter.
Protein highlights include Fraser Coast jumbo prawns and lobster from Western Australia along with wood-roasted lamb; wood-fired sirloin and a 24-hour roasted rib fillet.
On the weekend, the venue will be slow-cooking a whole lamb which will be used throughout the menu.
The wine list features by-the-glass options and more than 100 bottles, with a generous selection of full-bodied Australian reds (Penfolds Grange included).
Cocktails will also highlight the use of fire in line with the food, with an Embers Manhattan made with beef fat wash rye whiskey and a smoky Old Fashioned showcasing mezcal, orange bitters and wood-roasted chilli.
Embers will open Tuesday to Sunday for walk-ins and bookings.
Photography: Dean Swindell