James Street's fragrant new friend: Fogata
Hanh Nguyen | On 07, Sep 2016
In a city with a healthy appetite for the trendy North American cuisine, newcomer Fogata gives Brisbane an array of options from a little further south with their Latin American style dishes.
Opened just over a week ago, Fogata (Spanish for wood fire), describes their taste as being “classic Latin American cuisine, but with a modern approach”. Not uncommon among restaurants these days, Fogata also have a bar area that stays open late on the weekends so you can keep the party going after your dining experience.
If the cocktail menu is tempting but alcohol isn’t an option, just ask one of the friendly and attentive staff for an off-menu mocktail and they will be glad to make it to your request- strawberry mojito mocktail included as proof below!
Following suit, their restaurant is also designed with a contemporary theme, with seating at Fogata divided into four sections. There is an outdoor deck, a bar room, and two rooms visually discernible as the map room and the plant room. The map room contains a feature wall painted in red with a white map of South America, an attractive reminder for patrons of the food’s origin. The other room contains a feature wall decorated with multiple hanging pot plants that are lush and welcoming. With these rooms segregated by glass doors, Fogata is begging to cater to some large groups in these gorgeous spaces.
Eating on the deck was lovely, however, do be aware of the odd fly, the uninvited guest at many a Queensland al fresco experience! They can be stubborn when they smell good food, and such was the twice cooked spiced chicken alitas served with chipotle mayo, chicken wings, and Moreton Bay bug paella with mussels and chorizo that was cooked in a saffron broth.
The fly was in agreement that the spiced wings were a highlight; so tender and sweet, and a nice change from the usual sauciness of North American buffalo wings. With a fresh twist and bright flavours, get to Fogata to experience the bold South American cousin of burgers and fries.
What Latin American cuisine
Where 2 / 79 James street, Brisbane
When Monday to Thursday 11–11, Friday 11–12, Saturday 8–12, Sunday 8–11
More info Fogata’s website