A 240-seat Israeli-inspired powerhouse venue lands in Brisbane

The latest restaurant to arrive at the Emporium, a dining and hotel precinct in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, is Za Za Ta, a sprawling restaurant and bar with food and drink inspired by the Middle East and Mediterranean.

Executive chef Roy New and head chef Daria Manca have created a menu that crosses borders, from pickled cabbage challah toasties; fried goat’s cheese pretzels; an abalone, hummus and mushroom shawarma; Fremantle octopus with camel ‘nduja and eggplant; and charcoal rainbow trout with chilli salsa and herring tahini.

No expense was spared on food or fit-out, with ingredients like foie gras and black garlic popping up in several dishes, as well as a globetrotting drinks menu. They’re even making za’atar bitters in house.

Situated inside the Ovolo Hotel, the 240-seat space has been divided into themed zones. In the Parlour bar references interior designers Luchetti Krelle reference early 20th century cocktail bars; the Library dining space is lavishly Persian-inspired with intricate carpets and eclectic furniture; and the Conservatory – the main dining space – is designed to be casual, with communal seating, and steel and wrought iron features interspersed with velvet upholsteries.