Restaurants
Pavement Whispers: forthcoming Coorparoo eatery Ramona Trattoria is opening this weekend
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Pavement Whispers: forthcoming Coorparoo eatery Ramona Trattoria is opening this weekend

With a seasoned hospitality veteran (boasting experience at Quay, Biota, Paper Daisy and a year-long stint at Tartine in San Francisco) at the helm, Ramona Trattoria will be serving natural wines, cocktails and Italian eats made the old-school way. The exciting new eatery will officially open to the public on Sunday August 14, marking another tremendous score for a suburb that is rapidly vaulting into the ranks of the city's best foodie hubs. Here's what we know ... more

Bars
The round-up: what's open this Ekka public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open this Ekka public holiday

Finally, after a couple of years of pandemic-related complications, the Ekka is going ahead. The showbags are packed, the rides are operational and the dagwood dogs are ready for our bellies. The traditional mid-week day off is also back for 2022, with Wednesday August 10 once again reserved for show-day shenanigans. If you'd rather spend our public holiday catching up with friends at a cafe or visiting the newest restaurants, that's okay too! We've compiled a list of spots that are trading on the Ekka public holiday – all you'll have to do is decide on where you'll be feasting! more

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Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley
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Pavement Whispers: The team behind Cali Beach Club and Surfers Pavilion acquires the GPO Hotel in The Valley

A long-standing Fortitude Valley icon is set to get a new lease on life courtesy of a $7-million makeover from a group of Gold Coast movers and shakers. Artesian Hospitality, the team behind Cali Beach Club, has acquired the building's lease, setting plans in motion for an expansion into Brisbane's premiere party district. Here's what we know ... more

Restaurants
Amalfi comes to Eagle Street – Massimo Restaurant & Bar unveils its post-flood makeover
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Amalfi comes to Eagle Street – Massimo Restaurant & Bar unveils its post-flood makeover

Nearly six months on from the floods that forced it to close its doors for refurbishment, Eagle Street's Massimo Restaurant & Bar has reopened with a fresh look and a phenomenal new menu to boot. The Italian-inspired destination has taken the opportunity to overhaul its interior vibe, maximising its riverside location with a coastal-chic, Amalfi-inspired makeover. What's more, the kitchen is now turning out a suite of appetising antipasti, house-made pasta, ocean-fresh seafood and from-the-farm proteins. Here's what's on offer ... more

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Pavement Whispers: The NOTA team takes on Newstead with soon-to-open restaurant Allonda
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Pavement Whispers: The NOTA team takes on Newstead with soon-to-open restaurant Allonda

All'onda is an Italian term that is often used to describe a particular kind of risotto. Literally translated to 'on the wave', it is commonly utilised to describe the way Venetian-style risotto gently ripples when it has achieved the perfect consistency between dry and brothy. It's also the name for Newstead's newest resident. Allonda is the soon-to-open sibling of Paddington's NOTA Restaurant & Wine Bar – an eatery that looks to strike the perfect balance between local eatery and upscale occasion-worthy destination. Expect fresh pasta dishes, share plates piled high with meats and a burrata bar slinging serve after serve of glossy goodness. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Tillerman, a new seafood restaurant from the Naga Thai team, will open next month at Riparian Plaza
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Pavement Whispers: Tillerman, a new seafood restaurant from the Naga Thai team, will open next month at Riparian Plaza

It's been a tumultuous time for Brisbane City's riverside strip, with errant tide levels and landmark redevelopments having a sizeable impact on the waterfront promenade's dining scene. It's not all bad news, though – there's still plenty of action taking place along Eagle Street and soon some of Brisbane's sharpest hospitality minds (who have helped open the likes of Walter's Steakhouse, Popolo and The Gresham) will open a brand-new restaurant at Riparian Plaza. Tillerman will open in early September, showcasing a sensational seafood-centric menu perfectly suited to the restaurant's river-adjacent location. more

Cafes
Seek out No Standing – the new hidden coffee spot dispensing Single O brews on Eagle Lane
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Seek out No Standing – the new hidden coffee spot dispensing Single O brews on Eagle Lane

Brisbane City's coffee scene continues to get stronger with the arrival of No Standing, a cloistered caffeinery from the crew behind other inner-city spots Public and Weekday. Officially opening on Tuesday August 1, No Standing is sequestered just off the beaten track on Eagle Lane, where it will dispense espresso and filter brews as well as savoury pastries. Read on to learn more about the no-pretension joint, plus how you can score free coffee during its opening week! more

Food News
Sweet sipping – Stone & Wood releases its Strawberry Sundae Kisses beer in time for the Ekka
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Sweet sipping – Stone & Wood releases its Strawberry Sundae Kisses beer in time for the Ekka

It's hard to improve upon perfection, especially when referring to essential Ekka specialty, the strawberry sundae. The brewing crew at Stone & Wood has given it a good crack though, taking the best bits of the sundae-scoffing experience and translating it into beer form. Stone & Wood's limited-edition Strawberry Sundae Kisses is back for a third year, with the brewery teaming up with The Common Good to encourage The Royal Queensland Show attendees to raise a glass and raise funds for The Prince Charles Hospital. more


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Events
The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week
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The Dish: Brisbane food news you might have missed this week

There's a lot happening in Brisbane these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of Brisbane food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of pop-up restaurants, seven-course truffle-infused feasts and a month of free croissants! more

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Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane
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Pavement Whispers: culinary heavyweight Guy Grossi to open Settimo, an expression of coastal Italian culture, at The Westin Brisbane

Few indicators speak to the strength of Brisbane's dining scene better than news that a big-name chef is opening a new restaurant in the heart of town. Guy Grossi, an eminent figure in Australia's epicurean arena, has just announced that he'll be expanding his restaurant portfolio with Settimo, a landmark eatery plucking inspiration from Positano and the Amalfi Coast. Settimo will open at The Westin Brisbane later this year. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
Transport yourself to Italy via a mid-week pasta-fuelled reprieve at Uh Oh
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Transport yourself to Italy via a mid-week pasta-fuelled reprieve at Uh Oh

We have an important announcement for lovers of carbs and hump-day treats – the gluten gods at Uh Oh's are now slinging $10 pasta with a drink purchase every Wednesday from 5:00 pm. While we may not be sipping on spritz in Capri or scooting through Italy on the back of a Vespa, we can indulge in the next best thing right here in The Valley. The much-loved two-level pizza and pasta parlour is poised and prepped to sling $10 dishes of slurp-worthy pasta to help power you through to the weekend. What's more, you can stay and play post-pasta to soak in some sweet tunes and sip mulled wine at the weekly Vino & Vinyl Night. more

Bars
The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

The cold weather hasn't deterred locals from venturing outside this month. In fact, Brisbane seemed to be heating up from what we can see – at least as far as its food and drink scene is concerned! July was a big one for new openings. We saw the opening of a slick wine bar from the Lune Croissanterie crew, a neon-lit eatery serving Chinese-Peruvian cuisine and a Greek restaurant in the heart of West Village. See what we mean? It was loaded! Here are the new arrivals we loved this month ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 369 August 2
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 369 August 2

From news of an innovative brunch spot for Alexandra Hills to an Amalfi-inspired restaurant from Guy Grossi, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Restaurants
Souvla and seafood a specialty at Yamas Greek & Drink, West Village's eye-catching terracotta-hued newcomer
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Souvla and seafood a specialty at Yamas Greek & Drink, West Village’s eye-catching terracotta-hued newcomer

Is it just us, or is half of our Instagram feed in Greece right now? It seems like a whole chunk of Australia is seizing the opportunity to spend winter abroad, but thankfully for those of us still here in Brisbane, a salivation-worthy slice of Greece has made its way to West End. Yamas Greek & Drink, the new eatery from the crew behind Eagle Street's Opa Bar + Mezze and Massimo Restaurant & Bar, has just opened at West Village, debuting a beautifully designed eatery that's all about hearty share-style feasting. We took a look around (and at the menu) and we can confirm this restaurant is worth (figuratively) smashing a few plates in celebration. more

Food News
Have a peek at the menu at Bellissimo Bulimba's new nighttime pop-up Besitos
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Have a peek at the menu at Bellissimo Bulimba’s new nighttime pop-up Besitos

What happens when an esteemed coffee roaster and beloved cafe identity sets its sights on nighttime trade? Something pretty magical, as it turns out. Last week Bellissimo Coffee, one of the most-acclaimed roasters in the country, launched Besitos, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant concept that is popping up four nights a week inside its Bulimba locale. While the crew is naturally sprinkling some coffee-centric creativity across its after-dark drinks list, the Besitos is flush with flavoursome belly fillers that will have you wishing Bellissimo broke into the dinner scene years ago. more

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Prepare the white table linen and order at-home feasts curated by Australia's top chefs
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Prepare the white table linen and order at-home feasts curated by Australia’s top chefs

As much as we love our ready-to-microwave meals in a pinch, sometimes our cravings call for food that is more elevated. The answer? FIX., a chef-led at-home dinner solution that takes the approach that dining in can be just as fun and delicious as dining out. There's absolutely no vacuum-packed bangers and mash here folks – we're talking a luxe spread of ready-to-plate meals that are worthy of only your best china dinner set. Oh, and did we mention some of Australia's best chefs have prepared them for you? more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: start your day on the right note with a visit to Brisbane City's best coffee spots
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The round-up: start your day on the right note with a visit to Brisbane City’s best coffee spots

Coffee. It's the lifeblood of Brisbane City, where thousands upon thousands of workers descend daily – almost all of whom need some sort of caffeine-infused hit before they start their day. Thankfully for the bleary-eyed hoards, The City is home to many sensational caffeine dispensaries, including specialty focused stalwarts and express espresso outlets. No matter if you're a latte lover or a filter fanatic, you're sure to find the jolt of our preference amongst this list of Brisbane's best coffee spots. more

Food News
Bianca James Street
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Defining a destination – Brisbane restaurateurs weigh in on James St’s culinary evolution

As the 2022 iteration of the James St Food + Wine Trail's four-day fiesta kicks off today, Thursday July 28, we're taking a look at the popular promenade's evolution from forgotten Fortitude Valley strip to Brisbane's preeminent hub for high-end dining. We reached out to some of the big movers and shakers of James St's restaurant, cafe and bar scene to gather their thoughts on what what they think are the most magical elements of James St, and how it stacks up against other heralded food hubs across Australia and the globe. Here's what they said ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 368 July 26
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 368 July 26

From news of a new inner-city location for Malt Traders to a soulful salad bar and sandwich joint from the Lina Rooftop team, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Bars
Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street
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Pavement Whispers: Gather Bistro, an inner-city eatery from a couple of coffee kingpins, will open soon on Ann Street

While developments like Queen's Wharf and the soon-to-be-revitalised Eagle Street Pier have been grabbing headlines, a new hub has been slowly gestating over on Ann Street. Heritage Lanes, the brand-new building created by Mirvac Group and M&G Real Estate is slowly inching its way towards its completion. While a few corporate entities already call Heritage Lanes home, its street-level hospitality component is just starting to take shape. Gather Bistro will open at Heritage Lanes in September, adding an accessible spot to nab Five Senses coffee and modern Australian-inspired eats. Here's what we know ... more