Both coffee roasters Bellissimo and cliffside restaurant Joey’s have become go-to spots since opening in Brisbane. Bellissimo boasts delicious local beans for your coffee machine at home, and Joey’s, well, Joey’s is all about the skyline views (cocktail in hand of course). Now, the two teams are joining forces to deliver us a bespoke new Mediterranean restaurant. Introducing Besitos, home to small plates that pack a flame-driven flavour hit.
Tucked away in a Bulimba warehouse revamped from Bellissimo roast house to pop-up eatery, Besitos will take you on a culinary adventure, starting with the open kitchen area. Here, you’ll get front-row seats to your food cooking over the flaming charcoal grill. Because who doesn’t love a bit of a fire show, right?
To kick things off with their seasonal winter menu, curated by former Joey’s Executive Chef Marco Torrisi, tuck into exquisite eats such as emu tartare, charred bone marrow with salsa verde on toasted brioche, charred octopus, as well as burnt miso toothfish tacos, handmade pasta, and hot pot mussels. All perfect options for a chilly night, where cosy food is a must. With plates on the smaller side, trying more than one thing is a given. It really is no surprise that the word Besitos translates to “little kisses” in Spanish.
Aside from the carefully created beer and wine list, you can also sip on a variety of cocktails, including an espresso martini made with Bellissimo cold press coffee, as well as cocktail jugs to share between 2 – 3 people.
You can check out the menus here.
Talking to the transformation of the Bulimba roastery, Bellissimo owner Mark Bignell said, ““This exciting new venture is our special way of giving back to our community – we wouldn’t have a business without Bulimba.”
Besitos will open up after dark on July 21. You can book a table here.