Deep within the depths of Fortitude Valley, tucked behind California Lane, up a short flight of stairs, and through a vibrant phone box-style door is where you will find the darkest corners of Quentin Tarantino’s mind. Kiddo, a Kill Bill inspired Japanese-Texan fusion, pays homage to Tarantino’s blood-soaked two-film opus. With its moodily-lit interior framed with red and gold lighting, Kiddo will have you questioning whether Brisbane is still your habitation or if you’ve entered the twisted and chaotic mind of QT.
Step inside past the Kill Bill manga-style street artwork before descending into a stunningly black dim-lit bar and take a seat along the mirrored wall before diving into some exquisite Japanese-Texan food and cocktails true to the bar’s theme. As Tarantino would call it, “A Japanese-American half breed.”
As a nod to the chapters of QT’s epic two-film opus, the menu is divided into Volume 1 (food), Volume 2 (drinks) and Volume 1 Credits (alcohol-infused desserts), complemented by a secret unwritten menu that has clues hidden within the walls. “If Kill Bill was dinner, drinks and a vibe, it’d be Kiddo.”
You don’t need to be a fan of the two-part Tarantino saga to enjoy the Kiddo experience – but it will certainly add a whole other level to this immersive drinking and dining experience. The 3-part menu is an ode to the phrases, scenes, and characters from Kill Bill, from the Volume 1 Yellow Kawasaki corn ‘ribs’ (charred corn quarter ‘ribs’, butter miso, Asian herbs, chilli, lime & sesame), Boss Tanaka Potstickers (homemade brisket potstickers, ponzu sauce & micro-coriander), and Schultz Shroom bao (crispy enoki mushroom, char sui & Asian salad steamed bao).
For Volume 1 Credits, guests can indulge in some sweet alcohol-infused dessert combos including the BB (mini waffle cone, gelato, Baileys + Jameson Shooter). Much like the iconic QT movies, Volume 2 is set to keep guests on the edge of their seats, with the Beatrix: 4 Years On Ice (a blend of peach liqueur, vodka, strawberry puree and lime served up in a light bulb over smoking ice), Truth Serum Fizz (Byron Slow Gin, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Burnt Rosemary Sprig, Shaken, Double Strain Over Ice, Topped With Soda), and to really “take out your eye”, is Pai Mei’s revenge (Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, ice sphere, orange skin over ice).
The twisted minds behind this Tarantino extravaganza are Kane Sala, Marc Gray, Peter Gray, Zion Vaega and Rah Nelson. Get ready Brisbane, because this team has got plenty more cards up their sleeves – we hear that they will be going in for the kill.
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