West End Welcomes Vela: A Modern Thai Culinary Sensation

Prepare to have your dining experience in West End taken to new heights by Vela, the highly anticipated Thai restaurant from the esteemed Kinn Group.

This sprawling Thai restaurant is the latest venture from hospitality veterans responsible for the uber popular quintet of Kinn Thai eateries that stretch from Loganholme through Brisbane to North Lakes.

With a seating capacity exceeding 200, Vela offers a visually stunning environment perfect for your next date night or special celebration. Cosy booths, marble tabletops, and vibrant neon artwork are just a few of the restaurant’s eclectic mix of textures, colours, and finishes. A striking moon hangs above the bar to top it all off.

This is by far the most premium of the group’s venues, featuring upholstered booths and banquettes, lavish curved ceiling details, and even a giant moon suspended over the central bar.

Once guests have marvelled at the captivating interiors, the real adventure begins with a selection of impressive cocktails, setting the stage for a memorable meal. The menu promises an enticing array of dishes, including fragrant chicken curry, raw beef tartare with a Thai twist, crab-fried rice, and pad see ew with crispy pork and rolled noodles.

Each dish is designed to delight the senses and offer a fresh take on traditional Thai flavours.

The innovative menu includes everything from seared scallops with a chilli jam butter, slow-cooked ox tongue with pickled egg yolk, to garlic butter prawns and crab fried rice.

Vela’s spacious venue, with its funky yet modern décor, creates a unique day-and-night theme that enhances the dining experience. The restaurant’s location in the Factory 2 area of West Village adds to its charm, making it a standout destination for both locals and visitors. The innovative menu includes a variety of flavour-packed dishes available in à la carte and banquet options, catering to all preferences and occasions.

Banquets start from $75 per person, while lunchtime offers a variety of specials at heavily discounted prices compared to dinner, as well as a $29 set menu featuring an entree, main and side.

Among the must-try items is the raw beef larb, featuring raw beef tartare, roasted ground rice, chilli flakes, and aromatic herbs. The char-grilled pork neck, seasoned with authentic Thai spices and served with an array of fresh herbs and delectable dips, is another highlight. For those seeking something truly unique, the 24-hour cooked ox tongue with pickled egg yolk and salt sesame dip and the crispy whole fish with fried garlic, chilli, and pepper, are sure to impress.

Another standout is the trio crab curry ($48), which draws eyeballs with a tower of battered soft shell crab clawing its way out of a sweet, mild yellow curry replete with crabmeat.

Vela also promises a stellar cocktail list, perfectly complementing the flavourful dishes. The evening is the perfect time to explore the inventive cocktail and mocktail menu, with Thai-influenced sips like a Bangkok sour, basil smash and tropical silk. There are classic cocktails too, alongside a global wine list with plenty of local favourites at affordable prices.

Whether for an intimate dinner or a grand celebration, Vela’s hospitable team is ready to craft unforgettable experiences in their function spaces, tailored to your needs.

As Brisbane’s newest culinary hotspot, Vela invites you to indulge in a celebration of heritage, flavour, and the joy of shared experiences. Make your reservation today and discover why Vela is set to become a beloved fixture in the vibrant West End dining scene.

Published Date 27-June-2024