Salt Meats Cheese Gasworks
3B/ 63 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, Brisbane
07 3252 1763
There are some things that should be left to the professionals. Gelato cocktails are one of them, and thanks to Salt Meats Cheese Gasworks, Brisbane locals won’t have to stray too far to find one.
Salt Meats Cheese Gasworks swung open its doors in Newstead in December, just in time for a few cheeky cocktails over summer. Since opening the first Salt Meats Cheese (SMC) in Alexandria, Sydney in 2012, owners Stefano De Blasi and Edoardo Perlo have been busy taking their pizza, pasta and cocktail dreamboat around Sydney. Next came the food truck, Fuel, an eatery in Surfers Paradise and now, they’ve set up shop in Brisbane.
The venue takes inspiration from its Brisbane locale as well as its Italian roots, more specifically from the Italian Riviera beach town of Alassio in Liguria. As Stefano and Edoardo’s hometown, their vision for SMC Gasworks was inspired by their yearning for a taste of home in the heart of Brissy. Dressed head to toe in summery whites, greys and blues with an abundance of natural light and light cherry wood tables and vintage tiles, the space itself brings to life the feel and ambience of the boot-shaped country.
Of the Brisbane menu, the drinks steal the show. In a collaboration with Teneriffe ice-creamery La Macelleria, gelato cocktails make for a delicious and sweet way to cool down over lunch or to enjoy as an aperitif before dinner. Highlights include the Espresso Freddo (Vodka, coffee liqueur, muscovado sugar and cold drop espresso) and the sweet and citrusy Kaffirinha (Sagatiba Pura Cachaca and kaffir lime sorbetto topped with prosecco). For such a simple yet decadent way to enjoy sorbet and cocktails, it’s a wonder drink trends have come this far without them. Traditional cocktails and spritzs are also available as well as a handful of Australian and Italian wines.
When pairing your drinks with a bite to eat, the obvious choice must always be the Napoli style pizzas on house-made dough. Executive Chef Andrea Riva’s philosophy for the kitchen is focused on local produce with a scattering of imported Italian goods to maintain true authenticity. You’ll find all the usual suspects on the menu, like Prosciutto with fior di latte, San Daniele prosciutto, rocket, shaved parmesan and EVOO all the way to vegan options and calzone.
Pastas like the spaghetti con vongole (spaghetti with fresh clams) or gnocchi di papate gamberi (gnocchi with prawns) and larger dishes like the Porchetta pork belly stuffed with provolone cheese, garlic and Italian porcini mushrooms are also menu highlights.
Like most Italian eateries, a visit to SMC Gasworks is a family affair. Not to mention the La Macelleria gelato stand that has taken up permanent residence outside, presenting the perfect excuse for an after-dinner stroll by the river with a gelato in hand.