Bakeries
Get your primo pastry fix at Sprout Artistan Bakery's James Street pop-up
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Get your primo pastry fix at Sprout Artistan Bakery’s James Street pop-up

Those of you who picked up baking as a lockdown pastime can attest that making sourdough from scratch is something of an art form. Every time our attempts resulted in lumpy inedible bricks, our respect for bakers went up several notches. The team behind Sprout Artisan Bakery have not only nailed the art of bread making, but have the golden touch when it comes to just about any form of baked goods. Fans of Sprout's covetable croissants, divine danishes, tantalising tarts and spot-on sourdough loaves will be stoked to hear that the crew has just opened a new pop-up retail location on James Street – handy for carb-loving folks who feel baking is best left to the professionals. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Alanna Sapwell to transform Wasabi into pop-up restaurant Esmay
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Pavement Whispers: Alanna Sapwell to transform Wasabi into pop-up restaurant Esmay

When ARC Dining announced its closure at the start of the year we were crestfallen. While Brisbane locals might not have ARC's superstar chef Alanna Sapwell's cooking out our fingertips, the culinary wiz isn't staying idle. On Wednesday July 15 Alanna will be taking over the kitchen at acclaimed Noosa Heads icon Wasabi Restaurant & Bar for a three-month period to run a pop-up restaurant called Esmay. Here's what we know ... more

Cafes
Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street
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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street

If we were to definitively rank our favourite comfort foods, fish and chips would have to slot in somewhere at the top of our lists. The combination of crunchy golden chips and crispy fish is an all-time winning tandem, and when you throw snacks such as potato scallops and calamari into the mix it's hard to refute its status at the top. Those of you that vibe with our fish-and-chip assessment will be stoked to hear that a new source of the battered bounty arrived in Bowen Hills yesterday along with a top-notch coffee spot right next door. Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers is a handy one-two punch for lunch seekers and caffeine sippers – cast a line and see what's good ... more

Cafes
Brisbane's restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service
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Brisbane’s restaurants and cafes reopening for dine-in service

After months of lockdowns and takeaway-only feasts, it seems like going out for dinner is finally back on the menu. The first stage of easing the federal and state restrictions has commenced, meaning that restaurants and cafes can slowly start to welcome diners back in groups of ten from Saturday May 16. If you're not up to date on the government's three stage plan to reopen, you can catch up here, but essentially there will be a gradual removal of restrictions until venues are back to serving at full capacity. As great as this news is, it's important to remember that we're not out of the woods yet, so it's crucial that restaurants and diners adhere to safety measures otherwise we'll be back at square one in no time. If you're keen to dine out, make sure you book – nearly all restaurants and cafes will be implementing strict reservation-only policies, so be sure to check in with the… more

Restaurants
Jumbo | Brisbane's best Thai | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: tantalise your tastebuds at Brisbane’s best Thai restaurants

Any cuisine that can plate up fiery curries, saucy noodle dishes and zesty salads has our immediate vote, so you can only imagine how much we love Thai cuisine. Give it to us takeaway, or sit us down for a dine-in experience – either way we’re always ready to take on some Thai. Brisbane is flush with incredible Thai eateries, from flash restaurants to hole-in-the-wall neighbourhood joints. Everyone has their preferred spot, but we’ve endeavoured to collate as many as we can into a list of what we hear is the best. If you’re reading this on an empty stomach, be prepared to pick up an unshakable craving for Thai right about now … more

The Grocer
Beer to botanicals – White Lies Brewing enters the spirit game with Ginesis
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Beer to botanicals – White Lies Brewing enters the spirit game with Ginesis

Even though 2020 has been a turbulent year, there's never been a better time to be a gin lover in Queensland. The last couple of years have seen several local operators launch well-received small-batch distilleries around Brisbane and the Gold Coast, including Winston Quinn, Brisbane Distillery, Fonzie Abbott and Grandad Jack's. Now Sumner-based craft-beer brewery White Lies Brewing is getting in on the action, releasing Ginesis – its debut range of craft gins – this Friday July 3. more

Food News
The Stores Grocer unveils Queensland's first refillable wine dispensary
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The Stores Grocer unveils Queensland’s first refillable wine dispensary

The Stores Grocer in West End was already the stuff of turophile's sweet, delicious dreams thanks to a dedicated cheese room crammed with over 150 different blocks, chocks and wheels sitting pretty alongside delightfully fresh seafood, artisanal cured meat and no less than 20 different varieties of olives. What more could you ask for? Well, foodie friends, the fine folk at The Stores Grocer have upped the ante on sustainability and convenience, unveiling a refillable wine bottle station so now it truly is a one-stop shop. Go ahead, take all of our monies. more

Recipes
Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests
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Simple delicious – five easy crumble recipes to impress your winter guests

There is something deeply satisfying and nostalgic about a warm fruit crumble, especially in the cooler months. It's a guaranteed crowd pleaser to roll out at a dinner party (now we're allowed to have them) and, even better, its super simple to make. The next time you're on dessert duty, whip up one of these five simple-yet-delicious crumble recipes – just don't forget to pick up a tub of ice-cream on the way. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

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Bars
In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks
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In good spirits – Hennessy treats hard-working hospo heroes to dinner and drinks

A regular fixture on bar shelves around the world, luxe liquor Hennessy has long been a favourite tipple among seasoned swiggers. In 1992, hip-hop icon Tupac even dedicated a whole song to his love of the brown bottle. To help reciprocate the love, Hennessy is extending a helping hand to the bartenders, waiters and restaurateurs that faithfully serve its spirit. The cognac giant has revealed its hospitality recovery initiative, which is set to provide struggling hospo workers with a free dinner and drinks on them. Now, that's sure to go down a treat. more

Bars
Fortitude Valley gin distillery Winston Quinn officially opens its tasting room
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Fortitude Valley gin distillery Winston Quinn officially opens its tasting room

When Winston Quinn started popping up on bar shelves and on drinks menus in September last year, it wasn't long before tongues were wagging. The launch of a Brisbane-based distillery tickled the sensibilities of serious sippers that loved to support local, and soon there was a swell of interest in the thriving Fortitude Valley-based enterprise. Fast forward almost a year and Winston Quinn has taken the next step in its evolution – a new tasting-room experience that gives gin lovers the chance to learn more about Winston Quinn's process while savouring the core range, sipping phenomenal gin-based cocktails or snacking on some grazing boards. more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street
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Pavement Whispers: Little Salt gets set to perk up James Street

One of Brisbane's most stylish shopping and dining precincts is about to get a caffeine injection in the form of Little Salt – a brand-new cafe from the brains behind Newstead success story Salt Coffee Roasters. Arriving in late-July, Little Salt will be serving phenomenal brew and grab-and-go bites with the same convivial laid-back atmosphere of its older sibling. more

Casual Dining
Spruce up your lunch with the help of Newstead arrival Meet + Greens
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Spruce up your lunch with the help of Newstead arrival Meet + Greens

Although many of us are currently working from home, our work lunches are still something we need to consider. If you commonly find yourself eating your midday meal al desko, we're sure you'd much rather it be something nutritious and delicious. Gasworks Plaza has recently welcomed Meet + Greens, a chic grab-and-go salad and protein pitstop that is looking to un-refine dining and give locals nourishing restaurant-quality food without the price tag. more

Bakeries
Moonshine Coffee
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best pies

Forget your run-of-the-mill lukewarm servo pie – a real pie is a thing of beauty. Comfort food doesn’t get much more comforting than a great pie. Here is our list for must-try pies – you’ll never look at a Four’N Twenty the same ever again. more

Recipes
Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less
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Dinner in a jiffy – five simple-yet-delicious meals you can whip up in 20-minutes or less

A lot can happen in 20 minutes, but when it comes to meal time 20 minutes is the difference between hungry and hangry. We've all been there – you have the very best intentions of meal planning and prepping and yet all of a sudden it's dinner time and there's no dinner to speak of. Before you reach for your phone to order takeaway, take a peek at these simple-yet-delicious meals you can rustle up in 20-minutes or less, which is probably faster than a delivery driver anyway. more

Cafes
Say g'day to East Brisbane's new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.
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Say g’day to East Brisbane’s new cafe arrival Hey Joe Coffee Co.

There's nothing like a few months of lockdown to remind us of how much we adore brunch. The news that cafes are reopening for dine-in service is akin to the sun breaking through dark clouds, reinvigorating our souls. Okay, maybe we're a little too excited about dining out, but how could we not be when it also means that long-awaited cafe arrivals are finally opening! Hey Joe Coffee Co. is a brand-new eatery that is officially opening its doors today, Wednesday June 24, after some lockdown-related delays. Hungry hordes can expect an amalgam of contemporary Australian cafe service, London-inspired aesthetics and a sprinkle of Indian flavour across its all-day menu. more

Food News
Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg's cookbook straight to your door via Menulog
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Bacon bad – order dishes from Snoop Dogg’s cookbook straight to your door via Menulog

We're just going to claim it – 2020 is the year of the Dogg. In April, we revealed the news that Snoop Dogg had teamed up with Aussie winemakers 19 Crimes to launch his own vino. Now, the hip-hop doggfather is linking up with the takeaway titans at Menulog to share with us some super-munchable recipes from his homestyle cookbook. Welcome to Dogg’s Diner, where you can tuck into some of Snoop Dogg’s favourite West Coast dishes from now until Friday July 3. As the saying goes, it's a dog-eat-dogg world. more

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Chopsticks at the ready – chow down on yum cha bites at contemporary Chinese eatery Brisbane Phoenix
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Chopsticks at the ready – chow down on yum cha bites at contemporary Chinese eatery Brisbane Phoenix

Since its opening in the luxe Brisbane Quarter precinct just last year, Brisbane Phoenix has become a Brisbane City dining-crowd favourite. The Chinese restaurant serves up mouth-watering contemporary and traditional a la carte dishes, as well as a seriously impressive yum cha selection – lobster tails, anyone? Following a temporary closure of its doors due to COVID restrictions, the sophisticated Chinese eatery is back and better than ever and ready to fill your tum with delicious seafood morsels, steamed dumplings, roast meats and much more. Now, grab those chopsticks! more

Cafes
Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead
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Stock up and recharge at pop-up providore Long Island Refuel in Newstead

If you regularly mosey down Longland Street in Newstead, you might have noticed a few changes at local cafe Long Island. The shelves are now lined with an assortment of gourmet deli goods, nutritious snacks, ready-to-eat meals and top-shelf booze on top of barista-brewed coffee and pastries. This Newstead locale is now operating under new ownership and they've got big plans in the works for the space later this year. But first, here are some details on what they're serving up right now ... more

Food News
Felons Brewing Co. and Mr Percival's reopen at Howard Smith Wharves
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Felons Brewing Co. and Mr Percival’s reopen at Howard Smith Wharves

In good news for fans of riverside sundowners and leisurely park catch-ups, the Howard Smith Wharves team has announced that popular venues Felons Brewing Co. and Mr Percival's will reopen in accordance with current government regulations tomorrow, Thursday June 18. Additionally, the precinct is also welcoming back its Weekends on the Lawn events, implementing a series of social-distancing measures to let guests sip and snack safely. more

Bars
Julius Pizzeria
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best pizza joints

No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party! more