Little Big House has swung open its doors to bring back good, old-fashioned pub food with a contemporary twist, combining it with Queensland’s quintessential relaxed vibe.
As celebrity chef Matt Moran’s latest venture, it breathes life back into the heritage-listed Collins Place Queenslander, blending the old with the new.
The building’s roots run deep in Brisbane’s history, once housing the Southbank Police Station, a variety of restaurants including a pasta place during Expo 88, and an array of quirky tenants.
Striving to maintain the original exterior and construction, the restaurateurs have given the iconic building a new face, whilst rekindling its homely feel, “The building and its history demanded we create something special,” said Solomon.
If one thing rings true, it’s that Queenslanders love a good house party, and the relaxed, comfortable interior of Brisbane’s newest pub is reminiscent of long summer nights, backyard cricket and holidays spent in the warm sun. A fun visual snip of style, the charming space boasts colourful and outrageous Queensland emblems — from palm trees, wrap around verandas and fairy lights to faux reptiles and a free karaoke room.
The ‘pub grub’, in a nutshell, pays homage to feeding and entertaining the masses — quite the contrast to Moran’s fine dining restaurants. Fresh, local ingredients play a leading role on the menu, mirroring the fun nature of the space, centring on authentic rotisserie chickens, small bites and fresh salads. ‘Parmi’ connoisseurs will not be disappointed, with a classic chicken parmigiana in spring roll form featuring on the menu, alongside rotisserie rolls, classic beef burgers, and the icecream ‘sanga’.
Thirst quenchers include Instagram worthy Cocktails in a Can, plus shared punch jugs. A selection of signature cocktails round out the drinks menu, starring a ‘frosé’ slushie, accompanied by the Big House Spritz or sparkling rosé, hibiscus and lemon, gin-laden elderflower Garden Tonic, Sailor Jerry spiced Salty Sailor loaded with white chocolate, popcorn, espresso and toasted marshmallow, and the Hard Lemonade #1, containing (shock horror) vodka, lemongrass, vermouth, lemon and strawberry lemonade.
A little bit cheeky, and a whole lot of fun, Little Big House is Brisbane’s collective house party for the young, and the young at heart.
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