Doors open for Billykart West End

  • Not only is the celebrity chef Ben O'Donoghue back on the small screen with a new barbecue reality TV show, but he recently opened the doors of Billykart West End on Edmondstone Street.

    Billykart Kitchen's new sibling will have some pretty stiff competition in the breakfast-centric environs of West End, but O'Donoghue is confident they can mix it with the best.

    "We make almost everything in-house, from our nut milks to our crumpets to kefir,  fermented butter, sprouted seed bread and even the clotted cream," he says.

    The breakfast menu is globally roaming; from carne asada​ with fried eggs, habanero salsa, chicharrones and corn tortilla; to a spanner crab and scallop congee.

    Lunches wander from potato waffle croque madame to yoghurt-baked fish of the day with walnut and fennel crust and smashed pumpkin.

    Housed in the Aria Botanica residential complex, Billykart West End feels more contemporary than Billykart Kitchen in Annerley. Architect Angus Munro has taken elements of the original eatery, housed in a former corner store cottage, and incorporated them into the new venue. The back wall features textured coloured glass window frames and there are nods to fence palings and verandah lattice work.

    "The idea is to connect it to the neighbourhood, just like the Annerley Billykart," O'Donoghue says. "We're trying to reflect back the local community, and the typical architecture of the West End."

    Seating for about 96 is at quilted black banquettes or a communal table.

    It's the third Brisbane venue for O'Donoghue, who also owns Billykart Kitchen and had an interest in South Bank Surf Club until 2012. O'Donoghue and wife Dee have gone into partnership with former surf club manager Ben Roberts in the new restaurant.

    Billykart Provisions is set to open next door in the next week or so, selling wine, beer, charcuterie, cheese and bread as well as quail, duck and other poultry cooked on the churrasco grill.

    Billykart West End is open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7am and will open for dinner nightly.


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