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Meet Ada

Hotel, James St

The last few months have seen the opening of a number of new vibrant businesses alongside the northern aspect of The Calile Hotel. Called Ada Lane this new micro precinct has become a hive of activity offering hotel guests and visitors a new range of experiences.

The name pays homage to Ada Malouf who arrived in Australia with her husband Calile in 1892. She was renowned for her sense of hospitality and adventure – qualities reflected in the new gourmet hub.

Over the past few weeks Ada Lane has been brimming with energy and activity and is quickly making a name for itself as an exciting new dining destination for the city.

Most recent to open are restaurants sAme sAme and Beaux Rumble joining Jocelyn’s Provisions and Gelato Messina who already boast a dedicated following in the area.

Situated on the Wandoo Street corner and expanding two levels, Beaux Rumble has been designed with intimacy in mind, but in the grandest way possible reflecting its namesake. Beaux, paying tribute to iconic Beaux-Arts architecture in New York's Grand Central Station.

The overall restaurant design inspired by the ornate valued metal, marble features, archways and refined style of the 1913 building. Whereas, Rumble, a location connected to the Gilson & Rumble famed Queensland pottery makers workshop based in the area.

Critically acclaimed chef, Alan Wise whose work has seen him travel from Dublin, New York, and Africa has brought with him a world of experience and a penchant for cooking with fire, a preference for unusual and quirky dishes and deep understanding of menu creation and flavour profiles. Further up the laneway is sAme sAme – the creation of LONg TIME owners Tyron Simon and Frank Li.

Designed by Richards and Spence, the 80-seat restaurant and bar, is serving up the same fragrant and flavoursome Thai food, the same exceptional wine list and precision service, just with a new experience and space.

“It’s still dark, and it’s still fun. The restaurant is full of greenery – it’s lush and inviting,” Simon says.

Situated next to Jocelyn’s Provisions, sAme sAme, shares plenty of design cues with its neighbours next door and across the lane at The Calile. Think, the ever-cool and now iconic archways, cream brick, concrete and light American oak.

“It had to be designed by Richards and Spence,” Simon says. “We didn’t want to stick out in the precinct – we wanted to be part of something great.”

The restaurant and bar boast two-storeys. Downstairs, the restaurant surrounds an open kitchen twice the size of LONgTIME’s, allowing Executive Chef Ben Bertei to work with new equipment such as a charcoal fire pit.

Upstairs is LOS bar aka Land of Smiles, where guests can have pre or post-dinner drinks from the extensive selection of tasty Thai-style cocktails, beers and 140 long restaurant wine list.

In early 2020, the community can expect another opening in Ada Lane, focusing on beauty service rather than food, leading Australian hair salon Edwards And Co will reside between sAme sAme and Beaux Rumble.

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