First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle
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First look – the La Costa and Cielo crew open Fortitude Valley wine bar La Valle

December 2020's blockbuster double-header arrival of La Costa Bar and Cielo Rooftop Bar finished a tough year on a resounding high note. A collaborative effort of Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese head honchos Stefano di Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, and Stefano Catino, Vince Lombardo and Andrea Gualdi of lauded Sydney bar Maybe Sammy, the transformation of Foresters Hall was touted from the outset as a multi-stage overhaul. Today, Friday January 15, marks the completion of the group's next phase. La Valle is La Costa and Cielo's wine bar and bottle-shop sibling – a corking and colourful homage to Italian apertivo bars boasting an impeccable selection of wines, pre-made cocktails and bar snacks. more

Bars
Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021
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Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021

Look, we know it's not going to be particularly hard for this year to be better than 2020, but 2021 is already shaping up to be a benchmark year for Brisbane's food and drink scene. Over the past few months, we've heard whispers of several noteworthy arrivals that will ensure 2021 is a year to remember. From world-renowned croissanteries to new concepts from established local powerhouses, here are some of the restaurant, bar and cafe openings to get excited about this year. more

Bakeries
Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba's Darvella Patisserie
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Devour picture-perfect pastries and dreamy doughnuts at Bulimba’s Darvella Patisserie

If we had enough pull to influence the writing of the history books, we'd emphasise the role sweet treats and baked goods had on getting us through 2020. When lockdowns made us crazy, croissants helped. When restrictions had us down in the dumps, we turned to doughnuts. Even though a new year has started, we're not expecting our dependence on carbs to lessen, which is good, because newly opened Bulimba bakery and patisserie Darvella has some treats that are too irresistible to ignore. This European-inspired dispensary is slinging gooey Nutella-filled doughnuts, Swiss-chocolate infused croissants and heavenly cakes by the score. Read on to see why this arrival is the perfect sweet start to 2021 ... more

Bars
Chomp into some crispy goodness at West End's FryDays Bar & Kitchen
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Chomp into some crispy goodness at West End’s FryDays Bar & Kitchen

Apologies to any of you that have sworn off deep-fried foods as part of your New Year's resolutions – this next feature might be testing for your resolve. In mid December, West End's dining scene grew by one with the arrival of FryDays Bar & Kitchen. Occupying a street-front bar space on Boundary Street, this casual eatery and drinking spot is bringing together two of our favourite things – fried chicken and beer. That's not all, though – the FryDays menu bridges eastern and western hemispheres for a varied and malleable offering that's all about evoking that Friday feeling every day of the week. more

Cafes
Multifaceted coffee and art hub Lonely's Bar opens in West End
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Multifaceted coffee and art hub Lonely’s Bar opens in West End

Much like how every cup of coffee boasts its own complexity and uniqueness, so too does every cafe. As last year came to a close, a brand-new one-of-one coffee joint sprouted up off Montague Road in West End. Lonely's Bar is a singular concept that looks to bring together caffeine and creativity under one roof, with a slick industrial interior comprised of skilfully repurposed materials, an ever-changing selection of specialty filter coffee and DJs spinning tunes on Sunday mornings. Curious? You should be. Here's the lowdown ... more

Bars
Bottoms up – 20 20 Distillery opens its tasting room in Cooroy
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Bottoms up – 20 20 Distillery opens its tasting room in Cooroy

There's no doubt that the Sunshine Coast is blessed when it comes to drinking destinations – from craft-beer breweries to lively gin distilleries and everything boozy in between. Adding a bit of flavour into the mix is 20 20 Distillery, Cooroy's boutique spirits haven that has just swung open the doors of its tasting room for lovers of libation – whether that be gin, whisky or cold ones. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Thomas Mumford
In Australia we are really blessed with some excellent and unique seafood, and we are lucky to have great access to that at the restaurant ... ~ Thomas Mumford more
Food News
Gelatissimo has unleashed a limited-edition Cadbury Caramilk Hokey Pokey flavour and that’s what it’s all about
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Gelatissimo has unleashed a limited-edition Cadbury Caramilk Hokey Pokey flavour and that’s what it’s all about

Folks, there is some seriously spicy weather in store this summer – and one of the best ways to beat the heat when the mercury rises is with icy treats. The creamy wizards over at Gelatissimo have been busy in their lab (I assume) creating the ultimate gelato flavour that will save the season – Cadbury Caramilk Hokey Pokey! Yep, the cult-favourite New Zealand-centric sweet staple has been given the royal treatment and you can get your hot little hands on it right now. more

Food News
Put it on the tab – Mr Yum is making dining out easy (and safe) with QR-code ordering
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Put it on the tab – Mr Yum is making dining out easy (and safe) with QR-code ordering

If you're a fan of dining in, you've probably noticed that a lot of your favourite eateries have adapted to the new climate using innovate methods. One of these new processes is the use of QR technology, which has now become the norm when checking in before you dine in. Taking the technology to new lengths is Mr Yum, a QR-code system that not only lets you order from your phone, but start a digital tab too. Here's to never having to worry about that awkward split bill moment after you've finished up your last cocktail. more

Food News
Eagle Street Pier is kicking off the new year with fresh seafood spots, Sunday sessions and live music
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Eagle Street Pier is kicking off the new year with fresh seafood spots, Sunday sessions and live music

A new year brings new opportunities, fresh things to do and plenty to see – and speaking for ourselves, we can't wait to make the most of summer in the city. One place kicking off the new year in style is Eagle Street Pier, which is continuing to serve up good vibes, great eats and guaranteed fun in 2021. From riverside gigs and Sunday sessions filled with fruity sips to sumptuous seafood restaurants and lavish Italian eateries, here's what's in store for the pier this month ... more

Good things come in threes – Cadbury is releasing a Neapolitan chocolate block
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Good things come in threes – Cadbury is releasing a Neapolitan chocolate block

If you're anything like us, you spent a fair amount of your childhood digging into a comically-large tub of Neapolitan ice-cream, scooping into your favourite flavour before your sibling got their dirty hands on it. Well aware of our undying devotion to the holy trinity of frozen desserts, the fine folk at Cadbury also know that three flavours are better than one and are gifting us with a sweet snack to kick off the new year – Cadbury's Neapolitan chocolate block. This brand-new confectionary hero will have you reminiscing on the good ol' days where you'd run straight to the freezer after finishing your last bite of dinner. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 290 January 12
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 290 January 12

From news of a new wine bar in Fortitude Valley to six-course oyster feasts, 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

Best of Brisbane
The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings
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The year in review: 2020’s biggest openings

Wowee. What a year. We all went through it, there's no need to remind you. What we care to focus on are the positives. Despite 2020 being the most difficult year ever for our hospitality friends, our fine city was still blessed with some phenomenal new cafe, restaurant and bar openings – a feat that should be celebrated. So while many of us are trying to forget most of the year that was, we're excited to look back on the hospitality heroes that made this year one to remember ... at least for our tastebuds. more

Restaurants
Land meets sea at Eagle Street Pier's Fatcow Steak & Lobster
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Land meets sea at Eagle Street Pier’s Fatcow Steak & Lobster

Just when you thought Brisbane's dining scene was winding down for the festive period, 2020 slips one more opening into the calendar year. Today, Tuesday December 22, marks the official opening of Fatcow Steak & Lobster, the new Eagle Street Pier restaurant from the crew behind George's Paragon, Massimo Restaurant & Bar and Rico Bar & Dining. Offering flame-licked cuts of top-grade beef, covetable crustaceans bathed in garlic butter and top-shelf whisky, Fatcow is a delicious end to the year that was. more

Food truck
Margs made mobile – liven up your event with a visit from cocktail van Margarita Margarita
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Margs made mobile – liven up your event with a visit from cocktail van Margarita Margarita

If you ask us, picking a favourite cocktail is like picking a favourite child – we couldn't possibly commit to one! Well, not everyone thinks it's a tough choice. The owners of brand-new cocktail van Margarita Margarita are making clear where their hearts lie and, to be honest, we absolutely get it. This former ice-cream van has lovingly retrofitted and transformed into a mobile dispensary of what are being touted as "the best margs ever". If you rank margaritas high on your summer sip list, then consider recruiting the services of these like-minded libation lovers for your next event. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 289 December 22
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 289 December 22

From news of a new Italian concept from the Agnes crew to details of Botanica's next location, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know (while also supporting our local hospitality industry). When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Food News
Forget the last-minute grocery run and grab your fruit, veg and gourmet goods from Harris Farm Markets' online store
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Forget the last-minute grocery run and grab your fruit, veg and gourmet goods from Harris Farm Markets’ online store

Last week, we were gifted with the Queensland debut of a fresh-produce icon – Harris Farm Markets – just in time for Christmas. If the silly season has got the better of you and you simply don't have time to physically immerse yourself in the splendours of the grocer's new Clayfield location, fear not – Harris Farm Markets' in-store selection is available online! This means that a box full of high-quality fresh produce, delicatessen goodies and baked treats are just a click away. Now, let's see what other goodness we can tap in to ... more

Cafes
Highgate Hill scores a gluten-free oasis in the form of Dovetail Social
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Highgate Hill scores a gluten-free oasis in the form of Dovetail Social

The lucky among us that don't have to deal with food intolerances will never know the struggle of finding quality gluten-free eats, especially when it comes to baked goods. Thankfully for our coeliac pals, there is a cafe committed to ensuring they don't miss out on the finer things. Dovetail Social, the brand-new cafe from the crew behind Norman Park's Dovetail on Overend, is expanding upon its sibling's driving ethos – offering top-notch coffee, inventive gluten-free indulgences and hearty (and worldly) fare – all served with alacrity. The Highgate Hill hideaway is now open – have a peek inside ... more