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Icons sign on for the prestigious food and drink offering at Howard Smith Wharves
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Icons sign on for the prestigious food and drink offering at Howard Smith Wharves

All good things take time, which is why we can’t exactly be mad at the fact that the redevelopment of the Howard Smith Wharves has been so long in the making. Bits and pieces have been coming through since we first wrote about the project back in 2014, but a recent release of information has seen some very juicy details come about. Last week you guys got all kinds of excited when we dropped some hints in Pavement Whispers, so we thought we would provide a more in-depth look at what will be happening to the space in the months to come. If the thought of cutting-edge waterfront bars, Japanese izakayas from down south, brand-new Greek concepts and massive Hong Kong-inspired eateries gets you going, do read on. more

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PoPolpo – fried octopus with blood orange, fennel and chickpea
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italian food restaurant plates up memories at new Spring Hill hideaway

It’s been a banner year for the Votan brothers – first they shift their popular eatery Happy Boy to some swanky new digs in The Valley, their inner-city restaurant Greenglass turned one, and last week they opened up a brand-new concept in Happy Boy’s former residence in Spring Hill. If the name didn’t already give it away, italian food restaurant is plating big portions of hearty Italian cuisine inspired by family recipes, and pouring lots of good wine to boot. more

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Fine French fare arrives on King Street as Montrachet opens new digs
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Fine French fare arrives on King Street as Montrachet opens new digs

It’s not often you see a landmark restaurant pick up and move locations after a decade-and-a-half of operation, but when the feeling for change is right you simply can’t deny it. After 16 years at its Paddington home, Montrachet made the jump to King Street in Bowen Hills, seizing upon an opportunity to spread its wings, expand its repertoire and show off some fantastic new techniques. Long-time fans of the institution needn’t fear, the fantastic French fare is still available – especially the steak frites and snails cooked in garlic butter – just with some fancy new friends. more

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Tocco Italiano brings Italian fare with a Michelin-starred twist to Teneriffe
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Tocco Italiano brings Italian fare with a Michelin-starred twist to Teneriffe

Many die-hard foodies can only dream of jumping on a plane and enjoying a gastronomic getaway in Italy. If getting there isn't an option, thankfully we have the experience within reach, right here in Brisbane! Arturo Buonocore – an Italian transplant and fourth-generation restaurateur hailing from the Amalfi Coast – has brought his passion for Italian cuisine to Brisbane in the form of Tocco Italiano. After wowing tastebuds with his first location in Chelmer, Arturo has opened a larger restaurant in Teneriffe, offering Brisbane locals a chance to see life-long lovers of food working in their element. more

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In the mood for noods – Taro’s Ramen opens in South Brisbane
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In the mood for noods – Taro’s Ramen opens in South Brisbane

The name Taro Akimoto is almost already synonymous with Brisbane’s thriving ramen scene, but despite his success he’s never been one to rest on his laurels. South Brisbane is home to a fully-fledged ramen joint of its own now that Taro’s Ramen has opened its fourth location on Melbourne Street. The largest venue Taro’s Ramen has occupied to date, patrons are guaranteed to find Taro’s signature range of ramen as well as a range of mouth-watering sides, served in enough space to slurp safely. more

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South Bank's Little Big House is your new summer house-party destination
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South Bank’s Little Big House is your new summer house-party destination

There's no denying that house parties are an absolute ball, but the effort needed throw them (and clean up after them) can make ‘em a real chore. Well, what if we told you that there is a new venue in town that is bringing the house party vibes and is taking care of the hosting duties? Brisbane, allow us to introduce you to your new favourite hang – Little Big House. This Southpoint-based venue is a cheeky and charming chateau brought to us from the team behind Riverbar & Kitchen and Aria. Little Big House promises quintessential Queensland quirkiness, far-out feasts, cocktails in cans and sun-soaked fun all party season long, so stop putting fairy lights and goon sacks on your Hills Hoist – summer party hosting duties have been sorted. more

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Shuffle in to Manly’s Shucks Bar to get a true taste of the sea
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Shuffle in to Manly’s Shucks Bar to get a true taste of the sea

Let us set the scene – you’re kicking back with a glass of wine in hand, there’s a sea breeze on your face blowing in from the Manly harbour and at your elbow is a platter of freshly shucked oysters. Sounds like a dream, right? It’s not – it’s what you can experience at Manly’s newest haunt Shucks Bar. This waterfront establishment has taken cues from American oyster bars to deliver one of the most memorable seafood experiences around. Forget Kilpatrick and Mornay – Shucks Bar is doing things you rarely see when it comes to oysters, making it a must try for any fan of these fruits of the ocean. more

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Lunch ahoy! Banter Bar & Seafood makes landfall in Kangaroo Point
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Lunch ahoy! Banter Bar & Seafood makes landfall in Kangaroo Point

The neighbourhood fish and chip joint is a staple of Queensland summer snacking. Let’s be real, there’s nothing like picking your way through a freshly cooked batch of goodness, wrapped tightly in butcher’s paper on a sunny afternoon. These days it’s rare that you’d encounter a fish and chippery with a bar attached, but if that’s the way of the future then we’re not complaining. Banter Bar & Seafood in Kangaroo Point is a new breed of venue that blends a sumptuous range of fresh and locally sourced seafood with a short and sharp selection of boutique wine and craft beer, and a coastal vibe that has us dreaming of sea breezes. more


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Views, brews and chews – Eagle Street’s Riverland opens to the public
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Views, brews and chews – Eagle Street’s Riverland opens to the public

While not completely certain, we’re fairly sure that there’s a scientific correlation between the taste of a cool beverage and your proximity to a killer vista. Our hypothesis – everything tastes better with a great view. Just when you thought all of Eagle Street’s riverside real estate had been snatched up, a new venue arrives to give us another option for peeping a ripper sunset over the Brown Snake and the Story Bridge – just in time for summer sessions. Riverland is a brand-new dynamo drinking and dining destination that will offer something different each visit. Except for the view, of course. That will always be primo. more

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Junk
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It’s hip to be square – Coorparoo Square unveils its first wave of openings

Folks, it’s here! It’s finally here! One of the most highly anticipated developments has come to life after some perspiration-soaked anticipation. Coorparoo Square has gradually ascended above Cavendish Road over the past few months, swelling with the promise of hip new bars and eateries and a host of other quality retailers. Well, this week marks the first wave of openings in the centre, ranging from tantalising taquerias, choice coffee spots, gorgeous gelaterias and beautiful bars. Before you flock to chock your mouth full of goodies, have a closer look at what Coorparoo Square is bringing to town. more

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Thomson's Reserve
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The round-up: Feast of Christmas future – where to eat on Christmas Day

If the increasing number of decorations around town didn’t give it away, Christmas is fast approaching, which means you need to start planning your holiday celebrations ASAP. If you’ve been thinking about doing things differently this year, we’ve got a great suggestion. Forget telling your family to bring a plate, forget slaving away in a hot kitchen for hours, and forget doing the dishes when you should be napping your food sweats away. Christmas is all about enjoying yourself, so leave the meal prep and cooking up to the experts and relax this year. We’ve decided to give you your gift early in the form of this list of spots to chow down on Christmas Day, so now all you have to do is sort out your own present shopping (you should really get on that, we're expecting something good). more

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Margo Restaurant and Bar brings a worldly spin to Paddington’s fine-dining scene
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Margo Restaurant and Bar brings a worldly spin to Paddington’s fine-dining scene

After Paddington mainstay Montrachet closed its doors in anticipation of a move to King Street, the hot topic on everyone’s lips was who would step up and fill the vacant Paddington destination. Americo Fernandes has taken on the challenge, recently opening up Margo Restaurant and Bar in the rustic restaurant space. If you salivate at the sound of a light fusion of European and Asian cuisine, then grab some napkins, mar-go ahead and read on. more

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Tease your tastebuds at Monty's Bakehouse in West End
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Tease your tastebuds at Monty’s Bakehouse in West End

There's something completely intoxicating about the aroma of freshly baked bread. Your nose tingles as you inhale that warm familiar scent, your mouth watering at the thought of the carby goodness that awaits your tastebuds. Let's be real, it's pretty hard to concentrate on anything else once a baked good grabs your attention. Just a word of warning – this exact sensation is going to hit you the moment you step inside Monty's Bakehouse, and you're probably going to want to buy everything that lies before you in the cabinet. Look, we get it. No judgement here. more

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Nice buns! Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co. has arrived in Newstead
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Nice buns! Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. has arrived in Newstead

There was once a strapping young knight who made a very keen observation that his anaconda does not want none unless one has got buns, hon. We wholeheartedly agree – the anaconda is a metaphor for his insatiable hunger, right? And by buns, he surely meant Betty's Burgers. The much-loved Noosa-born institution has made its way to Newstead for its second Brisbane location, bringing its signature burgers, decadent concretes and moreish sides. more

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Woodfired pizzas and rock ‘n' roll combine at Caxton Street's Enzo & Sons
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Woodfired pizzas and rock ‘n’ roll combine at Caxton Street’s Enzo & Sons

The surname Webb has pretty darn instrumental in the rebirth of Caxton Street – bar tsar and restaurateur Jamie Webb is who we all thank for Lefty's Old Time Music Hall and Seymour's Cocktails and Oysters. Caxton Street's latest addition, however, is not the handiwork of Jamie, but rather his clever wife Siarah. This weekend Siarah will present us with the gift of Italian food and a whole lot of spritzes, with her new bar and restaurant Enzo & Sons. more

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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale
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Make a little mischief at new Coorparoo bar and eatery Beyond the Pale

You may have heard the phrase 'beyond the pale'. In modern language, it refers to behaviour that ventures outside of the bounds of what is considered acceptable – behaviour that's a little bit naughty and mischievous. You know, the kind of cheeky debauchery you might get up to with a little Dutch courage. What you may not know, however, is that the origin of the phrase dates back to 14th Century Ireland. The part of the country that was under English rule was marked by a boundary of stakes or fences, know as the English Pale. Those who travelled outside that boundary, or beyond the pale, were considered uncouth and unacceptable amongst civilisation. more

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Battered prawn rolls, lettuce and sriracha prawn mayonnaise on a toasted milk bun
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Get comfy at Newstead’s homely hideaway Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen

It’s no secret that we live for dining out, but we’ll also readily admit that we love the odd dinner party with friends. Any restaurant that can promise the same comfortable home-style intimacy gets a big tick from us, which is why we are really digging the vibe at Newstead’s Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen. With good food, good drink and the perfect atmosphere for good conversation, a meal at Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen is akin to dining at a mate’s place, except you don’t need to help wash the dishes after you’ve eaten. more