Timmy Kemp's is now at Chow House!

She has made the move to one of Brisbane's most exciting new venture Chowhouse on James St.

Urbanspoon: ChowHouse

Here's a review by Natash Mirosch published on 09/01/13

Picture: Natash Mirosch Source: goodfood.com.au

Chowhouse is typical of the new guard of diners sweeping into Brisbane's dining scene.

Less fine dining, more casual, but still with an emphasis on quality food. These are the kind of places that defy being shoehorned into a genre. You want to call us a bar? No problem, grab a stool and we'll make you the city's best espresso martini. Breakfast? Of course how would you like your eggs done? A romantic dinner a deux? Sure, take a seat while we light the candles and fetch a wine list.

At Chowhouse, the means opening for breakfast to dinner, with a menu ranging the globe and sliding up and down the price scale, too.

Born from the metaphoric ashes of James Street Bistro after its canny owners recognised that it was looking a little down at heel among all its newbie neighbours, the transformation came with a change of direction and a new name.

Picture: Natash Mirosch Source: goodfood.com.au


Zest Cafe Review

Timmy Kemp's new home, Zest Bistro was reviewed by the Courier Mail on Saturday 31 of March 2012.

Read the review here

Alison Cotes
The Courier-Mail March 31, 2012

Prawns with vegetable dumplings at Zest Bistro, Racecourse Rd, Ascot. Picture: Jono Searle Source: The Courier-Mail

I'M tempted to start with dictionary definitions of the word zest, but you all know what it means, and because this sprightly little cafe has Timmy Kemp at the helm in the kitchen, you probably know what to expect.

If you don't, let me mention her trademark Asian-Australian fusion cooking, with things like coconut crumpets for breakfast with lemon curd ($9) and, on the same menu, Thai chicken omelette with tomato, green shallots, celery, steamed rice and a chilli soy dip for $17.

Those two on their own sum up our eclectic international cuisine, and what a joy they both are.


Timmy Kemp's back!

She will be working for Zest Bistro in Ascot

Here's the article from the Courier Mail's Good Life section published on 29/11/11:

National Features
November 29, 2011

She's back: Zest Bistro chef Timmy Kemp. Picture: Campbell Scott

YOU could say chef Timmy Kemp has got back her zest for cooking.

After closing Timmy's at South Bank in the middle of last year, the chef-owner took a well-earned break, travelling and visiting family in Thailand.

She's now rattling the pans in the appropriately named Zest Bistro on Racecourse Rd, Ascot. Doors opened yesterday.

Zest is owned by the Andronis family, who operate the popular James Street Bistro in Fortitude Valley.

"It's good value, affordable and delicious food," says Timmy, who'll be doing dinners on Friday and Saturday nights and opening for weekday breakfast and lunches.

Zest replaces Ascot Provisions, but customers will still be able to get hold of selected deli items, this time all made by Timmy and the team. They will include Timmy's famous de-boned and pre-prepared Christmas duck, and Christmassy goodies such as shortbread and mince pies.

In addition to the 40 seats, there's a takeaway menu offering the likes of Thai chicken sausage rolls, daily roast sandwiches and bagels.

Timmy Kemp

Timmy Kemp was featured on SBS' Food Lovers' Guide To Australia

Our head chef and owner, Timmy Kemp (pictured left) was selected as a guest chef on SBS' popular TV programme, Food Lovers' Guide To Australia.

Watch the video of her profile from SBS' Web Site here

You can view SBS' Web site for full details (including small clips from the show)

We were reviewed by Taste magazine - March/2011

Photography by Campbell Scott

"Timmy's is seven years old. In the fickle world of dining out, restaurant years are a bit like dog years - multiply by seven and you get a more realistic notion of age and endurance.

But Timmy's still looks like such a fresh-faced youngster, and it doesn't seem anywhere near seven years since the buzz went around that chef/owner Timmy Kemp had set up her HQ at South Bank.

Now that she's decided to take a well-earned break and travel, time is of the essence and those who want to keep the place and the food in the memory bank will have to get there before the end of June.

Consistency of quality has much to do with Timmy's success. But the place also adopts a dynamic approach to the creative possibilities of Thai, Chinese and European cuisines and how they can speak and adapt to our particular regional bounty.

The menu is clever and flexible, fusing all sorts of combos into street-smart packages of deliciousness."

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We were reviewed by mX magazine - 30/9/09

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Brisbane News review by David Bentley

We were reviewed in the Brisbane News on 20/Feb/08.

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Goumet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2007

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Sundaymail review by Anooska Tucker-Evans

We were reviewed in the Courier Mail's Sundaymail on 1/July/07.

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QWeekend review by Des Houghton

We were reviewed in the Courier Mail's QWeekend on 9/December/06.

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