Brunch superstar Picnic is now slinging pork bulgogi Benedicts and Biscoff martinis in West End
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Brunch superstar Picnic is now slinging pork bulgogi Benedicts and Biscoff martinis in West End

West Village boasts a plethora of dining options, from Italian eats and Lebanese cuisine to burgers and poke bowls – but up until now it's never had a brunch spot that properly caters to the early birds. That changed this week with the official opening of Picnic – a buzzy and immaculate outpost from the crew behind the popular Camp Hill cafe of the same name. With pick-me-ups from Paradox Coffee and noteworthy Asian-influenced nosh like cream-cheese pancakes and wagyu scotch eggs on offer (as well as cocktails and snacks for the arvo crowd), Picnic is the kind of cafe worth getting out of bed early to visit. more

Restaurants
The coastal crew behind Gemelli Italian opens its Brisbane flagship on James Street
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The coastal crew behind Gemelli Italian opens its Brisbane flagship on James Street

Submit a survey to 100 Gold Coast locals asking where they go for incredible Italian and the majority of returned results will likely single out one name – Gemelli. With a portfolio of restaurants that includes outposts in Broadbeach, Nobby Beach and Sorrento, the family-run operation, which specialises in homestyle Italian eats blended with contemporary touches, is a firm favourite of the Gold Coast dining scene. Last week, the Gemelli Italian team lifted the cloche on its anticipated Brisbane expansion – a two-part concept on James Street encompassing a trattoria-style eatery and a slick aperitivo bar. Gemelli Italian Brisbane and its sibling sipping spot Bar Tano offer a kind of evergreen epicurean experience that will undoubtedly make it a standout among James Street's illustrious ranks. more

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Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage abound at The Green – James Street's new leaf-laden cafe
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Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage abound at The Green – James Street’s new leaf-laden cafe

They say adding some greenery to your household can do wonders for lifting moods and changing the energy of one's living space. A far as we're concerned, there's no limit to how many plants we can add into our lives, and it seems like the folks behind The Green – James Street's new leafy cafe, deli and nursery – agree with us. This foliage-laden beauty offers not only an incredible range of plants and homewares, but is also serving a mouth-watering array of Middle Eastern-inspired eats curated and crafted by one of Australia's most accomplished chefs. The Green is also in the running to be one of this year's most attractive arrivals – read on to see what's on offer ... more

Cafes
Milo & Maisie Coffee Co. brings convivial charm (and a caffeine hit) to Paddington
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Milo & Maisie Coffee Co. brings convivial charm (and a caffeine hit) to Paddington

What do you get when a hot-shot barista and a wine industry veteran open a cafe on a sleepy corner in the heart of Paddington? You get Milo & Maisie Coffee Co., a small but undeniably enticing caffeine and brunch spot tucked away on Kennedy Terrace. Slinging brews and beans from Parallel Roasters, pastries from Crust & Co. and pantry fillers from local artisans, Milo & Maisie is wasting little time cementing itself as a community go-to. Oh, and it's dog friendly too – so if you're planning a visit, bring the pooch! more

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The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane's best Melbourne Cup soirees
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The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane’s best Melbourne Cup soirees

We’re fast approaching that time of year where office sweeps heat up and trifectas are being calculated ahead of the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup is galloping towards us at a frightening pace, which means pretty soon you’ll need to decide where you’ll be when the starting gates open and the action begins. We’ve compiled a handy list of spots that will not only offer glimpses of the action, but also plenty of race-day treats to keep you entertained after the results come in. more

Bars
Bringin' the heat – say bienvenidos to the new-look cocktail spot Southbeach
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Bringin’ the heat – say bienvenidos to the new-look cocktail spot Southbeach

Summer is coming, folks. Soon we'll all be seeking out shady spots to soak up some rays with an icy cocktail in hand. When we want to party in the city when the heat is on, we like to do it near water – and the recently revamped Southbeach looks to be a prime spot for relaxed revelry. Boasting a blend of colourful Miami vibes and chic Palm Springs aesthetics, Southbeach has the look and feel of a breezy tropical beach club. Throw in a range of tantalising bites and specialty cocktails and you got all the makings of a heat-beating oasis. more

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Set your tastebuds ablaze at flame-forward eatery Embers at The Charming Squire
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Set your tastebuds ablaze at flame-forward eatery Embers at The Charming Squire

Do your nostrils pick up the scent of ironbark smoke wafting its way along Grey Street? If so, we strongly suggest you follow your nose to the source – Embers at The Charming Squire. This newly open eatery is harnessing the power of flame and smoke to perfectly cook hand-selected ingredients, presenting them in a way that's best described as sophisticated (and salivation-inducing) simplicity. Think you can handle the heat? Read on to learn more about this scorching stunner ... more

Bakeries
Lune Croissanterie | Brisbane's best bakeries
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best bakeries

Let's be real for a spell – is there anything as pure and good as a freshly baked loaf of bread? We think not. If we are being completely honest with ourselves, a simple artisan-baked sourdough or baguette is enough to put a smile on our face, but place us in front of a cabinet filled with flaky croissants, picture-perfect pastries, tantalising tarts and dreamy doughnuts, and we're overcome with joy. Brisbane boasts a bevy of fantastic bakeries – each stocked with a salivation-worthy selection of goodies. Want to know who we consider to be some of the city's best? Read on ... more


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Jamie Fleming
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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini
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Happiness in a can – Mr Black unveils a ready-to-drink espresso martini

RTDs, or ready-to-drink beverages, generally get a pretty bad wrap. Mostly sickly sweet or too basic, they rarely taste anything like the analogue version they are supposed to. Until now. After three (long) years of research and development, the legendary Mr Black Espresso Martini team has unveiled a 200-ml can to shake up and enjoy anywhere. Made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur (obviously), the new ready-to-drink offering means you never have to endure a mediocre espresso martini ever again. We'll cheers to that. more

Food News
Enjoy all of the race-day action from home with Treasury Brisbane's Melbourne Cup takeaway high tea
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Enjoy all of the race-day action from home with Treasury Brisbane’s Melbourne Cup takeaway high tea

With Melbourne Cup events selling out quicker than a thoroughbred can run, celebrating the race that stops the nation from the comforts of your home or office might not be a bad idea. To help take some stress out of party planning and add a little bit of luxury into your race-day soiree, the culinary wizards at Treasury Brisbane are preparing a decadent takeaway high tea. Here's what you can expect to find inside these flavour-filled hampers ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 326 September 21
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 326 September 21

From news of an authentic Mexican-style taqueria coming to Hawthorne to Brisbane City's lavish new yum cha restaurant, 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
Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree
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Boutique bars – where to quench your (cocktail) thirst after your Shop BNE City spending spree

Sips, snacks and shopping sprees – this is a bang-on description of a dreamy weekend, if you're asking The Weekend Edition team. Luckily for us (and you!), The City's annual weekend-long shopping event Shop BNE City is popping up from September 24–26 and is bringing with it some killer discounts. So that you can have a well-deserved break from bargain hunting during the much-anticipated weekend, we have rounded up some of our favourite spots in The City to throw back a cocktail (or two) – you're going to need to rehydrate after all that shopping! more

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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland's rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing
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Pavement Whispers: Katarzyna Group to transform Cloudland’s rooftop into Valley Hops Brewing

Cloudland, the glamorous multi-dimensional party hub that anchors Fortitude Valley's nightlife nexus, is set to be crowned with its own brewhouse and bar this spring. Valley Hops Brewing is currently taking shape on Cloudland's rooftop and will soon commence concocting a range of brews that reflect the eccentric character of the storied venue and its surrounds. Here's what we know ... more

Restaurants
Modern Japanese cuisine takes centre stage at Tenya, Brisbane Quarter's newest resident
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Modern Japanese cuisine takes centre stage at Tenya, Brisbane Quarter’s newest resident

Boasting a picturesque perch overlooking North Quay and river views that take in almost the entire length of South Brisbane Reach, Tenya at Brisbane Quarter immediately scores top marks for location. Throw in a deep and varied menu of contemporary Japanese delights – think sensational sashimi, toothsome tempura, salivation-worthy yakimono skewers, an 85-strong sake list and an ultra-luxe omakase component – and this brand-new Brisbane City restaurant might also earn solid tens across the board. more

Bars
The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics
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The Death & Taxes crew opens Dr. Gimlette, a brand-new cocktail bar that is nailing the classics

How does a revered hospitality group follow up on the opening of one of Brisbane's best bars? It goes bigger and brighter! Last week the brains behind Burnett Lane whisky and cocktail bar Death & Taxes opened Dr. Gimlette – a suave sipping spot nestled within a heritage-listed space on Edward Street. Boasting a world-class team of shakers and stirrers, a bevy of balanced cocktails, outstanding old-world wines, shelves upon shelves of spirits, two roaming martini carts, and a touch of theatricality, Dr. Gimlette offers everything a cocktail bar should have and more. more

Bars
Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village
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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village

It seems like West Village adds a new element to its blossoming dining offering almost every month. In 2021 alone the West End lifestyle precinct has welcomed the arrivals of Beirut Bazaar, Cheeky Poké Bar, Harris Farm Markets, Betty's Burgers and Ichiban Sushi – and the procession is set to continue right up until year's end. Italian Street Kitchen fired up the pizza oven at its brand-new West Village location last week, quickly snaring the senses of locals and curious wanderers with its menu of regional Italian delights and aperitivo-style sips. The spacious eatery and bar is 'la ciliegina sulla torta' ('the icing on the cake') for West Village's hospitality roster – adding a dash of relaxed piazza-style dining to one of Brisbane's booming hubs. more

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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba's new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar
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Step inside The Tailors – Woolloongabba’s new Cuban-inspired cocktail joint and jazz bar

Woolloongabba's famed Logan Road cul-de-sac is abuzz with activity these days, with one of the area's most-beloved operators injecting the storied hospitality strip with some vim and vitality courtesy of two new drinking spots. Last week the crew behind Canvas Club, Electric Avenue and the recently opened Mr. Badger's added another nightspot to its portfolio in the shape of The Tailors – a slick speakeasy specialising in Central and South American-inspired cocktails, live music and intimate vibes. more

Restaurants
Soo Delhi gives Indian cuisine a paradigm-shifting shake-up in Stones Corner
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Soo Delhi gives Indian cuisine a paradigm-shifting shake-up in Stones Corner

Anyone that has visited the Indian subcontinent in recent years will tell you that the sheer variation of Indian cuisine is awe-inspiring. The vast metropolitan area of Delhi alone is a melting pot of culinary cultures and influences interacting and mingling, creating what is heralded by many new-wave food aficionados as one of the most exciting culinary centres in the world. Soo Delhi – a brand-new 90-seat eatery now open in Stones Corner – showcases some of the modern morsels popular in Delhi, utilising traditional techniques and contemporary presentation styles to showcase Indian cuisine in a new light. more

Food News
Crumbtastic! Green's has launched a Golden Gaytime cake mix
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Crumbtastic! Green’s has launched a Golden Gaytime cake mix

Whether it's a hot summer's day or we're just craving a sweet treat, nothing hits the spot quite like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream. Now, the frozen national treasure and its signature crumb is set to be transformed into something only a gaggle of culinary geniuses could have concocted. Hold on to your spatulas, friends, as Green's has released Golden Gaytime cake mix and somewhere out there a certain baking matriarch that rhymes with Fetty Rocker is shaking. more