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37 Oxford St

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Alma Property is happy to see clients from Bulimba's new premiere destination doing well.

There are still some opportunities to be part of this great tenancy mix.

Melrose – Opening Soon

The Venzin Group has barely had a chance to catch its breath after the January opening of Darvella Patisserie and the team is already jumping into its next venture. Melrose is a forthcoming Indonesian-inspired rooftop restaurant and bar, which is currently being constructed by Tonic Projects directly above Darvella on Oxford Street in Bulimba.

Inspired and informed by Melrose owner’s Giorgina Venzin and Chris Hollingsworth’s frequent food-centric holidays to Bali and Thailand, the restaurant will be drawing upon some rich culinary history for its menu offering. Helming the Melrose kitchen will be Arté Assavakavinvong, who recently worked as the head chef at lauded Melbourne restaurant Longrain. Arté’s menu will utilise local ingredients to deliver a culinary experience shaped by modern-Asian twists – think grilled banana-wrapped coral trout and turmeric curries with green melon, jackfruit, eggplant and betel leaf.

The venue will also look to rejuvenate Oxford Street’s nightlife with a colourful atmosphere courtesy of some chic Balinese-inspired decor, and a beverage menu featuring spritzes and other lively libations. Melrose is scheduled to open in May – stay tuned for more details.

Darvella Patisserie

Pawpaw’s pop-up bakery was a life preserver at the height of Brisbane’s pandemic lockdown. The cafe’s assortment of doughnuts and croissants attracted hordes of folks looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, which encouraged the Venzin Group to expand the pop-up into a permanent concept of its own.

The group opened Darvella Patisserie on Bulimba’s Oxford Street in December 2020, unveiling a large bakery and shopfront in a redeveloped mixed-use building nestled near the street’s Brisbane River end. Darvella (named after the town in Switzerland where owner Giorgina Venzin’s dad grew up) boasts an upmarket European feel, with classic neutral tones helping create a sophisticated vibe that draws attention to the assorted treats. A large glass window gives guests a chance to peer into the brand-new baking kitchen at the rear, where the Darvella team craft the Swiss-inspired offering.

In addition to traditional croissants, doughnuts, breads, savoury items and the signature baby cakes, guests can expect Swiss cheeses, deli sandwiches and Swiss-chocolate-infused treats. Darvella is also supplying to Pawpaw and Monocle Coffee, crafting the breads, buns and sweets that are key fixtures of the cafes menus.


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