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Nickel Kitchen & Bar | Fortitude Valley Brisbane - Award Winning Best New Restaurant

Owner of Craggy Range wines (New Zealand) and Nantucket Restaurant & Bar, TJ Peabody, has ventured into a new project - Nickel Kitchen & Bar. An impressive nickel capped bar and 120 seat restaurant has transformed dining into an industrial chic and epic reflection of New York's grand central station.  It was an era of elegance and decadence, when people indulged in good food and rich wine. Men and women enjoyed long lunches with martinis and held business meetings over a juicy Steak Diane, followed by brandy and cigars.
Good Food Guide Awards Food Strategy
Food Strategy tips its hat to Nickel Kitchen & Bar, winner of the 2017 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (AGFG) Chef Hat Award (Best New Restaurant) and the Australian Shop & Office Fitting Industry Association (ASOFIA) award for Australia’s best restaurant fitout for projects from $500,000 to $1,000,000.

  Australia's Best New Restaurant Fitout Award
Nickel Kitchen & Bar serves retro dishes with a modern twist. The restaurant menu, created by executive chef Chris Sell, features Confit Duck Leg a L’orange, Barossa Valley Chicken Kiev, Truffled Parmesan Fries and Chocolate & Whisky Tart. The restaurant boasts an impressive 250-drop wine library, bespoke cocktail selection and chef’s table degustation menus.

Read more in the media files below.  Click on the below magazine images. 

Moffat Connection Magazine             ASOFIA Interior Fitout Magazine

The interior design of Nickel has incorporated 2 distinct dining zones.
On the lower level is a relaxed dining room wrapped around a richly stocked opulent bar. It features a pressed metal bar top (made of all Nickel) with moulded trims of a by-gone era. The bar has beer fonts, a keg room, cold rooms and store rooms to house an ample stocked wine and whiskey collection to sooth the experts.  

Perched stage-like on the upper level is the chef's dining table which overlooks the main dining room and extensive wall of wines. The chef's will personally serve and mingle with diners at this exclusive table.  The long dining table has suitably comfortable plush leather chairs for groups to celebrate each other's company long into the evening. 
Alongside the chef's table there is a glass cabinet displaying kitchen antiques that we have sourced from around the world. 

The lower dining room entices with warm timbers, soft leather lounges and a spectacular centre-piece chandelier. The chandelier is uniquely engineered to house a cascade of wine glasses hanging from the ceiling which produces an opulent warm glow.  

Commercial Kitchen Design

The kitchen overlooks the entire restaurant to allow the executive chefs to visually engage with the diners. It has an impressive cook-line of shiny, black, vitreous-enamel Waldorf Bold commercial kitchen equipment for robust high performance and a look that only a chef could describe as sexy! Coupled with the Convotherm combi oven and Friginox blast chiller freezer, every menu is possible for Nickel Kitchen. 

The specification of kitchen equipment needed to enable fail-proof performance in peak service by executive chefs. This was a critical factor in the kitchen design. The kitchen had to comply with the relevant building and health codes while meeting the site restrictions of the city-building that towered above its footprint. 

The Secret Passageway

Wheelchair access for all diners is a building code requirement. To enable all diners to easily access the upper level chef's dining table, a hidden ramp has been built into the walls of the tenancy (located behind the wine wall). The secret ramp has created a dual purpose by giving a run for the waiters during busy service. When the waiters use the secret ramp they reduce traffic and noise through the dining space. 

Shopfitting by Aussie Shopfitters.

For more enquiries about this restaurant design or to bring your own vision to life, please contact Robert Green on  07 3354 2055 or via our contact page.

Restaurant, kitchen and bar designs & consulting, council approvals by Food Strategy.
Interior designs by Food Strategy.
Catering equipment procurement and supply by Food Strategy.

Catering equipment specification includes:
Washtech 2 stage conveyor dishwasher, Convotherm combi steamer oven, Friginox blast chiller freezer, Sammic vacuum sealer, Adande twin undercounter refrigerated drawers, Waldorf gas fryer, Robot Coupe vegetable processor, Waldorf gas griddle, Waldorf gas chargrill, Waldorf gas pasta cooker, Waldorf gas range electric convection oven, Williams preparation refrigerator, Alto Shamm drawer warmer, Culinaire 3 module undercounter hot cupboard, Salvis electric hilight heating salamander, Sammic countetop souse vide recirculator, Waldorf oil filtration machine, Williams 3 door undercounter refrigerator, Hoshizaki ice machine, Wexiodisk reverse osmosis glass washer, Williams 3 door back bar refrigerator, Wega 2 group espresso machine, Lancer beer font system, Bromic undercounter refrigerator, Convotherm condensation hood, Halton exhaust canopies, Smeg stone pizza deck oven, Williams pizza & prep counter refrigerator, Mantova coldroom shelving.

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