Tapas Street Stories: Melting Pot

Tapas Street Stories: Melting Pot

“All you need is a great big melting pot, big enough to take the world and all it’s got.” 

The Blue Mink’s song “Melting Pot” is the inspiration behind The Melting Pot in Tapas Street. At the age of 12, the owner heard this song and was inspired by the idea of a restaurant that serves food from around the globe.

“At school I took a record and put it on in class, we all sat back and listened to it. It was “Melting Pot” by The Blue Minks. I said, “I’ll own a restaurant called “The Melting Pot” one day.”

The Melting Pot serves a range of meatballs with flavours that have been inspired from around the globe. From traditional Italian, to Greek, to Asian… it truly is a melting pot of flavours.

“The moroccan meatballs are great, they are spicy and served with cous cous, roast capsicum and mint and finished with a tzatziki and harissa.”

There are also chicken Malay meatballs served on rice with green curry, lemongrass, kaffir lime and shallots; fish meatballs with tom yum sauce; and vegetarian arancini balls with pesto. There is a series of special occasion meatballs with the Aussie ‘roo balls’ for Australia Day served with a beetroot tzatziki and a New Zealand themed meatball for Waitangi Day. The meatballs are served in cones, perfect for eating as you wander around the markets.

The owners have a strong restaurateur background, the couple have owned successful Italian restaurants in Perth and Sydney. Leon grew up in Italy and has a strong family heritage with Italian cuisine, which really shines with every bite of their delicious meatballs.

The food is socially conscious as well. The inspiration behind the restaurant was to feed the nations. With every meal purchased, funds go towards feeding others in third world countries. You can also purchase worry dolls with the proceeds going overseas.

Find Melting Pot in Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!

10 Awesome Things to do This Easter Weekend at NightQuarter

10 Awesome Things to do This Easter Weekend at NightQuarter

Cheers to the long weekend! We have an Easter egg-stravaganza lined up for this weekend as we celebrate all things Easter! There is nothing that we love more than a sugar-fuelled dining adventure, and our food vendors are delivering on the Easter goods! From next-level chocolate egg themed donuts, to cronuts and crazy shakes… get ready to treat yo’ self!

We have an action packed program for the kids, with a Easter Treasure Hunt through the markets on Friday, and three hours of FREE Easter fun in the Kid’s Carnival including the Easter Bunny, a real life bunny and a magic show on Saturday!

Bleach Festival is coming to NightQuarter on Saturday night, and bringing 10 piece Peruvian salsa band Sabor y Control, direct from South America! With a percussion workshop in the afternoon, and then live performances from Sabor y Control and Rio Rhythmics… it’s going to be a sweaty and sultry night of dancing.

On Friday, watch the Titans take on the Broncos in the Backyard… or get your line dance on with a huge lineup of country music in the Paddock.

Join us for an eggcellent weekend! #allthepuns

 

EASTER FUN

EASTER EATS

Easter is not just about eating all the chocolate eggs… it’s about eating ALL THE THINGS!

Make your way around the food stalls at NightQuarter this weekend to try our all the Easter themed treats! Start with a delicious spread of fresh seafood from Fish on Hawker or freshly shucked oysters from Yeah the Boysters, and finish with the Easter donut from Sweet Bliss Donuts. Yum!

MEET THE EASTER BUNNY

The Easter Bunny is hopping into the Kids Carnival this Saturday! With a basket of chocolate eggs and lots of cuddles for young and old… don’t miss out on this Easter fun!

When: Saturday April 15th

Time: From 5:30pm in the Kids Carnival

Cost: Free

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CUDDLE A REAL BUNNY

Meet Mr Sparkles…. the real magical bunny rabbit! He is just so cute and fluffy! He is a mini-lop bunny rabbit who loves to appear from the oddest of places! Come down and cuddle a real bunny rabbit just in time for Easter!

When: Saturday 15th April

Time: From 5:30pm (in the Kids Carnival)

Cost: Free

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EASTER MAGIC SHOW

Full of loads of magic and audience participation, this show includes a dove that appears from fire and a real live bunny that magically appears just in time for Easter! Fun for the young and the young at heart!

When: Saturday 15th April

Time: From 6:00pm and 7:30pm (in the Kids Carnival)

Cost: Free

EASTER TREASURE HUNT

Hippity-hoppity!

The NightQuarter team is calling upon the help of all the little bunnies this Good Friday.  This weekend we will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt. You will be hopping around NightQuarter collecting Easter eggs! Can you find them all?

When: Friday 14th April (Good Friday)

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Cost: Free (limited to the first 100 little bunnies)

 

ENTERTAINMENT

BLEACH FESTIVAL AT NIGHTQUARTER

Bleach Festival is coming to NightQuarter!

1,2,3 and 5,6,7 and … Start practicing your steps Gold Coast, because Sabor y Control and the Rio Rhythmics are ready for a sweaty and sultry night of dancing. Peruvian 10-piece collective Sabor y Control have just flown over from South America, and they are bringing their funky salsa dura sounds to NightQuarter for their first Australian performance! They will be supported by Rio Rhythmics.

Nothing gets a party started like live South American grooves, cervezas and a standing room only crowd. Come down this Saturday and bring your dancing shoes!

When: Saturday 15th April

Time: From 6pm

Cost: Free

PERCUSSION WORKSHOP

Bleach Festival is coming to NightQuarter!

Join a percussion workshop with Sabor y Control themselves! Learn from the best… these Peruvian salsa musicians know percussion!

Bring your percussion instrument of choice (drums, maracas, you name it…) to the workshop and learn something that you will get to play with the group later in the night during their live set.

When: Saturday 15th April

Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm in The Paddock

Cost: Free (bring your own instruments!)

ZOMBIE SPFX MAKE UP WORKSHOP

Get ready for the Zombie Walk at NightQuarter on the 18th April, or get in early for Halloween with a 2 hour zombifying SPFX make-up workshop!  This Saturday night you can learn all the tricks and tips to look like the dead! Professional SPFX make-up artist Amy Cannon, will show you how to make 3D prosthetic transfers and take your zombie make-up to the next level!

When: Saturday 15th April

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Cost: $75 (bookings essential- email us here to book)

IT’S GOOD FOOTY FRIDAY

Will the Titans take home the win or will the Broncos take the lead on the Easter long weekend? Bring your mates down to the Backyard, grab a steak and sit back and watch the game on the big screen. Mudslide will be playing the jams you know and love to get you in a winning mood!

We will be showing the 7:30pm Broncos v Titans NRL game live

When: Friday 14th April

Time: 7:30pm 

PAUL COSTA ALBUM LAUNCH

One of Australian Country Music’s premium vocalists and live performers, Paul Costa is launching his new album! Paul had an amazing response since the release of his 4th album Wheels & Steel opening at #2 on the ARIA charts and scoring #1 radio hits with the first two singles Tractors & Bikes and Big End Of Town. He will be supported by Gemma Kirby.

When: Friday 14th April

Time: From 6:00pm 

Cost: Free

Tapas Street Stories: LA Tostada

Tapas Street Stories: LA Tostada

LA Tostada brings a fusion of South American flavours to Tapas Street

“I was so inspired by the flavours and culture that I brought it home with me.”

As you wander down Tapas Street, you will soon catch sight of an unusually shaped taco bowl. Filled with smoked meats, fresh super salad and topped with creamy avocado, the tostada is a classic South American street food. After travelling to South America, the team behind LA Tostadas decided to bring the flavours of Mexico, Brazil and the Caribbean to NightQuarter. Their overseas travels inspired them to create dishes bursting with flavours that will transport you to South America. The range of tostada bowls is already amazing, but there are new flavours coming soon. We can’t wait!

Find LA Tostada at the end of Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!

Round Mountain Girls

Round Mountain Girls

6 musicians + lots of different instruments = great music!

“Round Mountain Girls play like they are on fire, a veritable carnival all by themselves and you just have to be part of it.”
MARIKA BRYANT- ARTSHUB

They’ve graced the stages of Bluesfest, Port Fairy, Woodford, Gympie Muster, Urban Country, Mud Bulls, Caloundra and Tamworth music festivals as well as some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, rubbing shoulders with the best acts Australia has to offer……welcome to the world of Round Mountain Girls.

It’s been nearly a decade since a congregation of 40 something, part time musos got together in a shed on Round Mountain in the most northern part of NSW to play “a buncha old songs for a bit a fun”. Nearly 10 years and hundreds of shows on, and the now predominantly 40- 50 somethings, have played on Australia’s biggest stages at the nation’s biggest festivals, alongside some of the world’s biggest names, released 3 original albums and for good measure, a covers EP. For a band that got together with absolutely zero expectations other than a weekly jam, they have punched way above their collective weight, but when you see them play live, and witness the energy and joy they bring to an audience, it’s very easy to understand why.

 

 

The Round Mountain Girls are playing live and loud at NightQuarter on the 1st April, supported by Sarah Frank!

Exploring Tapas Street

Exploring Tapas Street

Set within the heart of NightQuarter is a foodies’ paradise called ‘Tapas Street’. Think Mediterranean back alleys meets street food culture, and you have NightQuarter’s signature food precinct ‘Tapas Street’. Named after the tapas style of shared eating, conversation and small bites, Tapas Street is a place to congregate amidst the kaleidoscope of global flavours, and share a meal and bottle of wine.

GET TO KNOW TAPAS STREET!

Shipping Container Design

Upcycled shipping containers create a unique vibe

The space uses up cycled shipping containers, string lights, astroturf and recycled timber to create a unique dining environment. The precinct features twelve shipping container based micro-restaurant concepts, helmed by chefs and food purveyors drawing from heritage family recipes; and a cocktail bar.

Brats haus

Kudu Bar

A shipping container cocktail bar 

Set within the heart of Tapas Street is Kudu Bar. Serving up cocktails, craft beers and fine wines, this is the perfect place to grab a drink while you eat. The namesake for the bar is a kudu head that site proudly on the back of the bar, is a family heirloom inherited by the bar owner. The bar serves a range of classic cocktails from mojitos to espresso martinis, as well as a range of signature cocktails.

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Funky Design

Sit below the stars and string lights

With string lights overhead, the ambiance in Tapas Street is romantic (and super Instagrammable!). On clear nights, sit out in the beautiful Queensland weather under the stars while you enjoy your meal.

Cocktails!

Celebrate the weekend with cocktails!

There is nothing better than cocktails on a Friday or Saturday evening! Grab your girlfriends or your partner for a night out trying some of the delicious cocktails on offer! Our favourites are the signature espresso martini and the frosé!

Sunsets over Tapas Street

Share a bottle of wine as the sun sets 

Delicious food, a glass of red in hand and the sun setting overhead, what could be better!

Tapas in Tapas Street

Enjoy food from around the globe

As the name suggests, Tapas Street is the place to go to enjoy tapas or a shared dining experience. From Spanish tapas, to Italian, South American and freshly shucked oysters… the best way to do Tapas Street is for everyone to grab a dish and share it!

The authentic Spanish tapas from Little Spain is to die for!

Live Music

Free live music every weekend from local talent

Every Friday and Saturday night, catch live performances from up-and-coming performers from the local area. Playing a mix of your favourite songs accompanied by guitar or keyboard, the perfect vibe is created to enjoy your Tapas Street dining experience!

Your Weekend Plans Sorted!

Filling a niche between street food culture and casual dining, discover authentic flavours from around the globe in Tapas Street. You will find a scaled-up mix of Italian, Spanish, Greek and South American flavours.  The experience allows you to get closer to the action. The friendly faces you see behind the counter own the restaurants, cook the food, create house-made sauces based on heritage recipes, and grow their own ingredients.

The precinct is filled with a community of food purveyors who care about the food they serve and care about creating a memorable experience for diners. There is communal seating, so you can mix and match your eats from different restaurants and share a meal with friends with cuisines from around the world.

Make your next night out in Tapas Street!

Tapas Street Stories: Little Spain

Tapas Street Stories: Little Spain

A childhood spent visiting family in the Canary Islands began the love affair with Spanish cuisine for Simon Dorta.

The Canary Islands archipelago, located off the west coast of Africa, has a rich Spanish culture, infused with Latin American and African influences. Simon grew up with his Spanish father cooking traditional dishes from the islands and sharing family recipes. Years later, armed with a collection of family recipes, Simon and his partner Tracey were inspired to create Little Spain. 

With every dish we bring the taste of Spain to local markets using authentic Spanish ingredients.”

SIMON DORTA

The standout dish at Little Spain is the manchego cheese paired with a generous serving of mojo picón. This traditional Canary Islands sauce is made from garlic, olive oil, red pepper, cumin, salt and vinegar. It is served with nearly every dish on the islands and handmade mojo is always found at street markets. With every bite of the mojo picón, you get a taste of the Canary Islands childhood that has inspired it all.

The sherry-glazed lamb ribs were often cooked at home as a special occasion dish. The care and attention to detail in this dish is just as if it has been lovingly prepared at home. Both the lamb and the barbecued octopus are cooked to order on a char-grill to ensure that the fresh, rich flavours come through every time.

The first iteration of Little Spain was a paella trailer that soon became a favourite at pop up markets throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast. When NightQuarter opened, their Little Spain paella stall was a standout and has delighted customers since. When the opportunity came up to open a second location at NightQuarter, Simon and Tracey saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring something completely unique to the markets.

The dishes at the new restaurant have the same home-cooked flavours, and the same high-quality ingredients… with a twist of sophistication. This is them really showing off.

The popular Deluxe Tapas Platter has a perfectly shareable selection of sherry-glazed lamb ribs, barbecued baby octopus, fried manchego cheese, deep fried olives, jamón, toasted garlic sourdough, and traditional Spanish sauces… including the famous mojo picón!

Find Little Spain at the end of Tapas Street at NightQuarter, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm-10pm!