Kennigo Social House
Kennigo Social House is Spring Hill’s best kept dining secret - a charming restaurant bar in a stately heritage-listed building that started life in 1885 as a boarding house ‘for respectable gentlemen’.
The boarding house, from which Kennigo Social House takes its name, was run by landlady Irene, who believed that the height of civility was to sit and share an evening meal. Her name appears on the leadlight fanlight above the entrance door to the ground floor dining room, which retains its original features and where 130 years ago diners gathered as they do again today.
Diners can take a seat on the wraparound wrought-iron trimmed verandah or in the chic old world interior with hand-made brick walls, dark polished timber floors, sash windows and Victorian fireplaces.
The setting may be 19th century but the menu is 21st century eclectic, offering a mix of casual and more upmarket options, whatever the occasion.
Open for breakfast* daily, on offer are dishes such as Maple Coconut and Macadamia Granola with seeds, Greek yoghurt and fruit, Corn Bread with crushed avocado, almond dukkah and torn Mozarella or Eggs Benedict with sourdough, leg ham and Irene’s Hollandaise.
Also worth trying are the delicious Sweet Potato Hash with pork hock and tomato chilli relish, House Cured Salmon, Pepe saya, mayonnaise and tomato capsicum salsa or the Butter Milk and Vanilla Pancakes with orange scented ricotta and Sunny coast berries.
Kennigo Social House isn’t open for lunch on weekdays but on Saturdays it opens for lunch and patrons can choose anything from ‘Fast Food’ - Burgers (Chicken Schnitzel or Traditional Bacon & Cheese) with shoe string fries or Pork Quesadilla with guacamole and sour cream, as well as all dishes from the Dinner menu.
Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday*, the extensive menu, which uses seasonal local produce where possible, offers a great range of Share Plates and Starters including Duck, Pork and Shiitake Dumplings, House Cured salmon with lemon marscapone, baby beets, asparagus and fennel, BBQ Qld Prawns, marinated with garlic and Kennigo garden herbs, a Charcuterie Board and the Must Try KSC (Kennigo Social chicken) Wings in spicy seasoning.
Larger Plates include Pumpkin Sage and Marscapone Risotto, Roast Rump of Lamb with smashed beans, feta, mint and beetroot relish, Asian Spiced Pork Ribs with peanut coriander and ginger slaw and the highly recommended Market Fish with spinach puree and potato scallops.
And for Dessert, there’s delicious choices such as Sunny coast berries with Riesling foam and orange jelly or Rhubarb almond cake with white chocolate custard and lemon curd ice-cream
Diners can enjoy a drink with their meal or take a seat at the courtyard bar and enjoy a range of local craft and international beers, a good eclectic selection of wines, and signature house cocktails such as the 24 hour Bloody Mary (ingredients are chilled over a 24 hour period for maximum infusion) or the Social No 5 – a Brisbane summer classic (watermelon liquor vodka, mint and lemonade) that is best enjoyed on the shady verandah.
Need to know – As well as a stand alone dining destination, Kennigo Social House is also the dining arm of the boutique contemporary Mantra Richmont Hotel next door. There’s free parking under the hotel offered to those who book ahead (and subject to availability).
Nice to know – Upstairs are the two heritage suites of the Richmont Hotel. Kennigo Social House also has a great old world function room at the rear.
Kennigo Social House
28 Kennigo St