Opening in May of 2014, Summer House in Kangaroo Point is the love child venue of three kiwi lads, and despite my love of paying out our cousins from across the way, these gentlemen in particular cannot be praised highly enough for this venue.
This weekend, frequent food-buddy Sarah and I, were fortunate enough to check out this relatively new venue, tucked away under Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge. The quiet location pairs well with the venue itself, creating an oasis-like escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Summer House definitely lives up to its namesake, encapsulating the feel of an Australian summer, without necessitating a trip to the beach. Its huge courtyard is covered by a white sail, akin to those on the opera house, albeit on a much smaller scale, and the riverside location manages to capture the ever-elusive breeze off of the Brisbane river.
While Summer House boasts an extensive breakfast menu, our habits dictated that it was ever too slightly late for breakfast food; so we decided to test out some of the amazing tapas the venue has to offer.
But of course, we first started with a cheeky drink, and anywhere that offers Pimms jugs is a place that tends to excite us. I’ve always found Pimms to be a good decider of the quality of a bartender/bar, largely because I appreciate that they are super annoying to make. If anyone ever orders one off me, I hope they expect nothing more then a couple of strawberries, a chunk of orange and maybe some mint, if I really like them (read as: if they’re hot).
And safe to say, when this heavenly rainbow-in-a-glass came out, I was basically wetting myself with excitement. So many colours, so much fruit; it was basically an alcoholic salad, which, personally, is my favourite kind of salad.
Going a little over the top as usual, we ordered some house dips, chorizo, crispy chicken, haloumi, and finally, fish cakes (big step for seafood-hater Sarah!). From our first impression of the venue, we expected good things, but the smorgasbord that appeared in front of us could never have been predicted.
Every dish left us thinking “surely it can’t get better then this?!?” and yet every time a new one came out, we proved ourselves wrong. The food was incredible, and I can say in all honesty some of the best tapas I have ever had, with it’s only real competition being found in Italy.
But of course, if you’re wanting some great food and you live in Brisbane, it is a little bit of overkill to jet off to the other side of the world, and that may also make for a slightly expensive meal.
So if you’re looking for a foodie escape that is a little bit closer to home, I’d definitely recommend checking out Summer House, located at 15 Goodwin St. in Kangaroo point. Summer House’s Story Bridge location makes it walking distance from many of Brisbane’s central suburbs (or, if you don’t enjoy sweating, a cheap cab fare). This is the perfect venue to use as an escape for the everyday, and better yet, is in the ideal location for casual Sunday drinks to turn into a 5am home time from Fortitude Valley. But only if you are among those of us whose game plans are easily changed with a cheeky suggestion from a friend.