Luke Mangan launches new Brisbane Airport eatery

The chef and restaurateur is kicking off a series of culinary residencies at the domestic hub.

By Chris Ashton, June 4 2024
Luke Mangan launches new Brisbane Airport eatery

Luke Mangan is no stranger to Aussie travellers, with the chef’s bistro at Sydney Airport’s T3 frequently drawing an adoring crowd thanks to its succulent seafood and steaks, not to mention those delicious cocktails.

It’s now Brisbane’s turn to get in on the action. But, in classic Mangan style, there’s a twist, with the chef actually the first in a rotating series of familiar faces and emerging talents taking the helm at The Independent – a pop-up eatery debuting in July.

The Independent, a new dining concept at Brisbane Airport.
The Independent, a new dining concept at Brisbane Airport.

During his residency, the French-Asian menu will span classics such as sashimi tacos, Mooloolaba prawn rolls and Sydney Rock Oysters, before another chef steps up to the hot plate with a fresh offering later in the year.

Other signature dishes making the cut are perfectly-cooked market steaks, alongside market fish and bountiful seafood towers for two, all of which are vastly different to typical airport fare.

The venue is adorned in calming blue and green hues.
The venue is adorned in calming blue and green hues.

Created in collaboration with Brisbane Airport and Airport Retail Enterprises, the venue itself features a dramatic, sculptural design “inspired by the Brisbane River”, plus lush greenery and window-side seating, all flooded in natural light.

Complementing the ever-evolving fare is a permanent drinks list, featuring margaritas made from Queensland agave spirit and green ant gin from the Larrakia people of the Northern Territory, plus a comprehensive low and non-alcoholic beverage menu.

The Independent opens at Brisbane Airport in July.
The Independent opens at Brisbane Airport in July.

Martin Ryan, Brisbane Airport’s Executive General Manager of Commercial, describes the concept as “reimagining the dining scene for travellers”, while also noting you can “come back after a few months and it will be an entirely new menu.”

The Independent is the latest piece of the airport’s multi-billion dollar redevelopment project, joining The Common, Newstead Brewing Co. and Seeds by Bruno Loubet, with more to come later this year.


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