I'd been pretty concerned when I found out that one of the great open spaces at South Bank was going to be torn up and developed into the new ABC studios. I love to see Brisbane develop, but I'd wondered at the logic of tearing up one of the nicest areas of the precincts for another building. As it turned out, the development went ahead and the space was transformed into a pretty decent looking building that felt as if it's always belonged there.
In that new building was a lovely looking restaurant created by Justine Whelan of very popular Paddington cafe, Anouk, which is one of my favourite breakfast spots around town (see post here). Champ Kitchen and Bar has been designed to be in perfect harmony with its surrounds in South Bank, with a very open and modern feel that lets the outside in. It's located right outside the Brisbane Wheel and the forecourt of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, which makes it a perfect location for a quick meal before a show or a lingering meal if you have the time.
It was the Easter long weekend and we'd been for a meandering walk over the Story Bridge, then along the Kangaroo Point cliffs and finally to Southbank, where we spotted that Champ Kitchen was actually open for the weekend. We wandered into the dining area to check if the dining room would be open for dinner and decided to make a booking on the spot. Unsure what else would be open for the public holiday, we thought that it would be better to be locked in for dinner early to avoid disappointment.