Last night was the incredible launch event for the much hyped opening of Damian Griffiths’ latest venture Kwan Brothers in Alfred Street, Fortitude Valley.
Neighbouring his other ventures Alfred and Constance and Alfredo’s Pizzeria (read my Test Kitchen review) and stemming from an idea to fill a gap in the market, hospitality magnate Damian Griffiths and his incredible team have opened their latest venture Kwan Brothers – an Asian inspired venue providing Brisbanites with an awesome late night bar and eatery serving delicious food and serving epic cocktails.
I absolutely love what these guys do with each restaurant they open – they create a unique experience and “back story”, giving each site a definitive sense of character and personality that flows through every touch point. Kwan Brothers is no different. Stepping up to the entrance, you’re greeted with a curvaceous golden logo created by the incredible Founder and Creative Director of Giant Squid Press Kenny Colvin, who is NYC based and a Brooklyn local. The name itself pays homage to the old Brisbane “Kwan Wo Noodle Factory” and aesthetically communicates American-sporty x Asian-street-cool. Which pretty much sums up the experience you can expect inside!
Lucid Media were on board for the launch event and boy did they put on a show – with DJ and disco balls cranking, champagne and Asian beers on arrival, wacky name tags like “Was Wong”, “Jackie Chan” and “Hu Yu Hai Ding” stuck to guests lapels as they entered, as well as a giant festival dragon – the night was an absolute show stopper.
The interior was of course designed by talented Alex Lotersztain who works on most of Griffiths’ other projects. The most impressive aspect is the feature wall on the right – with bespoke made wallpaper comprised of hand drawn kooky cartoon like images. You can spot inspiration from street food markets, Asian pop culture and Japanese night life that have been transformed to appear like old newspaper clippings. I spent ages scanning all the different graphics – it’s a wonderful feast for the eyes.
And then of course there is the food…and you couldn’t be in better hands! The awe inspiring Jocelyn Hancock is of course on board consulting on the menu, flavour combinations and fresh, quality produce and head chef Norman Harvey has moved from Alfredo’s next door to take up a new challenge (which he seemed to take effortlessly into his stride last night feeding a few hundred hungry and eager guests!). The open kitchen is so impressive and to me always a sign of a well oiled machine – the team seamlessly worked together churning out a constant stream of steam buns, turning teriyaki on the grill and piping fresh guacamole to dozens of corn chips…
We were treated to the likes of Spanner Crab with a crunchy Asian slaw on house made corn chips with creamy avocado, Chicken Teriyaki skewers, fluffy house-made Steam Buns with crispy pork fillet fillings topped with delicious zingy ginger or rich peanut sauces, fresh coriander and aioli, Salmon Tartare topped with juicy bursts of cod roe on prawn crackers and Deep Fried Prawn Spring Rolls with a twist (a whole prawn wrapped in rice paper and deep fried until crispy, golden and delicious).
Guests were also treated to a range of quintessential A&C style cocktails in coconuts, tiki jugs and flute glasses adorned with umbrellas and garnishes as well as the presence of the cocktail maestro himself Richard Boccato who chiseled away at a giant block of ice for hours in the name of his art…(FYI this went into creating amazing Whisky Sours Japanese style).
Once again Griffiths has applied his winning combination with the support of incredibly talented food and hospitality consultants and innovative design creatives and proven why he is unstoppable in the hospitality scene. Kwan Brothers is officially open to the public from today and I wholeheartedly recommend you go try it out – it’s perfect for Friday night drinks with a group and guarantees delicious cocktails and easy-eat food.
Thank you again Kwan Brothers for an amazing night! Can’t wait to get back to experience the full menu.