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Brisbane City's leafy new micro-pub Isles Lane turns on the taps
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Brisbane City’s leafy new micro-pub Isles Lane turns on the taps

In a huge boost for the inner-city dining scene, a new stylish micro-pub is opening to the public today – Thursday April 19 – in Post Office Square. Isles Lane is a charming bar and bistro that is combining Parisian-inspired design touches, a menu of farm-to-table delights and an all-encompassing bar selection to create a versatile drinking and dining destination. more

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Barbecue, burgers and bourbon – Coorparoo carnivores score big with Special Rub
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Barbecue, burgers and bourbon – Coorparoo carnivores score big with Special Rub

If you’ve been to Coorparoo Square recently, you might have picked up the intriguing scent of woodsmoke wafting through the central promenade. No, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you – it’s not bushfire season. That smell is emanating from the precinct’s newest tenant Special Rub, which fired up its imported smokers last week. Specialising in Texas-style barbecue, Special Rub is plating up some beefy bites that will have any red-blooded meat lover salivating, not to mention a glut of extra mouth-watering morsels and thirst-quenching beverages. more

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Très bien! Auchenflower celebrates the arrival of French-inspired Eiffel Restaurant
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Très bien! Auchenflower celebrates the arrival of French-inspired Eiffel Restaurant

After two years educating Fortitude Valley residents on the ins and outs of French cuisine, the team behind Eiffel Restaurant (formerly The French Food Shop) has picked up its foundations and moved suburbs. Ghislan and Selma Pourbaix are seizing the opportunity to spread their wings and take their offering to new levels, taking a fine-dining approach to French and European-inspired cuisine that is already having Auchenflower eaters exclaiming ‘mon dieu!’ more

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The round-up: what's open on ANZAC Day 2018
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2018

After fallout of the hectic Easter long weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. ANZAC Day is fast approaching, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. Whether you are choosing to join in on the commemorative events or spending the day with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open and trading throughout the day. If you predict a post-march coffee outing or are in need of an ANZAC Day lunch spot, use our handy list to see what’s open. more

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Charming dining with an Art Deco twist – Ovolo Inchcolm unveils Salon de Co
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Charming dining with an Art Deco twist – Ovolo Inchcolm unveils Salon de Co

Last week, Brisbane’s inner-city dining scene got an extra dose of classic 1920s chic, when Ovolo Inchcolm opened to the public. The reimagined boutique accommodation destination has spruced up the hotel’s interior, taking back to an early 20th-century feel that blends sophistication with style. The hotel’s restaurant has been revitalised as well, with new eatery Salon de Co offering up a menu of modern gustatory delights paired with timeless service and a classy Art Deco interior that will have you feeling far removed from the stressors of the busy city centre. more

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Thai with a twist – Spice Den heads up the coast for its new Brisbane City restaurant
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Thai with a twist – Spice Den heads up the coast for its new Brisbane City restaurant

The inner-city dining scene has been preparing for a spicy arrival ever since it was announced that Gold Coast dining institution Spice Den would be bringing its signature brand of Thai cuisine north. Now, the doors to Spire Residences’ ground-floor eatery are open, and an alluring aroma is spreading down Queen Street. If you’ve been hankering for some flavoursome banquet-style cuisine and creative cocktails, then a pinch of spice might be what you’re after. more

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Bibs at the ready – get messy with Louisiana Redclaw’s saucy crayfish catch in Fortitude Valley
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Bibs at the ready – get messy with Louisiana Redclaw’s saucy crayfish catch in Fortitude Valley

Few dishes get our mouths watering as quickly as a steaming Cajun crawfish boil. Those of you that have toured America’s southern states might have encountered this bountiful haul, and now fans of this seductive seafood feast will flip to know that a new eatery is delivering its own spin on Viet-Cajun boils. Louisiana Redclaw is upping the spice factor and encouraging patrons to dig in to its range of signature boils. Don your bibs and grab some napkins – it’s going to get messy in the best way. more


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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals
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The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals

Put your presuppositions in the bin – vegan food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax. We aren’t here to sway you to veganism! What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out some vegan eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert well worth sampling. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

While it's perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for four days straight over Easter, we know that between the Lindt bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs you're going to need some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a (very) comprehensive list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more

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Walter's Steakhouse brings old-fashioned hospitality back to Brisbane City
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Walter’s Steakhouse brings old-fashioned hospitality back to Brisbane City

There is a certain type of service often forgotten in the modern-day restaurant. We’re not saying that service in general is bad, it’s just that in an effort to ensure an efficient restaurant, that extra old-world charm is often omitted. Restaurateurs Andrew Baturo, Paul Piticco and Denis Sheahan have proven their commitment to keeping the classic hospitality fire burning and their latest venture, Walter's Steakhouse, is no exception. more

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Flour & Chocolate
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

No offense intended to the Easter Bunny, but our favourite Easter treat isn’t a chocolate egg – we’re all about hot cross buns. The sweet, soft, buttery beauties really get us into the holiday spirit and hot cross bun season is here again. This Easter, we’re side-stepping the middleman and going straight to the source. The chocolate bounty can wait – we’re heading on a hot cross bun hunt to track down the best baked goods in Brisbane. more

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We're up all night to get lucky – Lucky Egg opens its new Brunswick Street digs
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We’re up all night to get lucky – Lucky Egg opens its new Brunswick Street digs

Since first capturing tastebuds with its now-iconic array of crispy golden goods, Lucky Egg has flown the coop – escaping the confines of its original shipping container location in The Brightside's beer garden for its own fully realised outlet on Brunswick Street Mall. Opening today, Lucky Egg’s new home is dishing out all the cluckin’ amazing food that helped forge its rep, with some killer new bites to boot. more

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Sichuan Bang Bang
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The round-up: dine on dim sum at the best yum cha in Brisbane

If there is anything that we love more than steamed dumplings and pork buns, it’s large quantities of steamed dumplings and pork buns. Yum cha is one cuisine that we will always have room in our stomach for, and it is a good idea to come hungry. If you are a novice when it comes to authentic Chinese yum cha, we suggest ticking a few spots of this list to get the best experience. more

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e'cco bistro stands the test of time with a new home in Newstead
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e’cco bistro stands the test of time with a new home in Newstead

After decades of seducing tastebuds and racking up awards at its original Brisbane City locale, acclaimed restaurant e’cco bistro has picked up its foundations and moved its entire operation to a fresh space in Newstead. Philip Johnson and and team will be dishing up the fine fare from the new location as of Saturday March 10, with some reinvigorated favourites sharing the menu space with a selection of heavenly newcomers. more

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Chefs Inc. invigorates the bayside with a collection of choice cuisine
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Chefs Inc. invigorates the bayside with a collection of choice cuisine

Since we first heard whispers of its arrival, we’ve been keeping regular tabs on Cleveland’s Chefs Inc. Now, Redlands locals can finally experience what this open-plan dining destination has to offer. Chefs Inc. opened to the public over the weekend, drawing in more than 5000 excited punters who were itching to get a glimpse of the highly anticipated chow collective. Boasting a varied assembly of creative and drool-worthy vendors, Chefs Inc. is delivering restaurant-quality food to the masses at a family-friendly price point with a lively and casual atmosphere. more

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The round-up: the best ramen spots in Brisbane
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The round-up: the best ramen spots in Brisbane

Once the mercury starts to drop, ramen season comes on in full force. Ramen is quickly catching on in popularity around town, with several noodle soup joints specialising in the hearty dish. Forget all about your five-pack of instant mie goreng ramen noodles – the real deal is so much better that it’s unfair to call them both ramen. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to get your slurp on, which we reckon is worth a hearty (r)amen!   more