Restaurants
George's Paragon unveils its Italian-inspired sibling Massimo Restaurant & Bar
Food & Drink

George’s Paragon unveils its Italian-inspired sibling Massimo Restaurant & Bar

In the hospitality industry, location can make or break any aspiring venue – and riverside real estate is the hottest of hot property. It’s rare that the bustling dining strip along Eagle Street has a vacancy, but after Groove Train’s departure, a prime piece of riverside space became available to anyone that could pitch a winning idea. Michael Tassis of Eagle Street institution George’s Paragon won the day, earning the right to implement a long-held dream of a classy Italian eatery right on the river’s edge. Massimo Restaurant & Bar is that dream made real – an eatery that specialises in modern Italian flavours with a versatile menu that can satisfy all comers. more

Providore
West End's new-look CJ's Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club
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West End’s new-look CJ’s Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club

Few things bring us quite as much joy as freshly cooked pasta. We're not talking about the mass-produced kind – we're into artisan-crafted ravioli parcels, pillowy piles of gourmet gnocchi and springy spaghetti. The pasta-loving crew behind South Bank's The Spaghetti House Trattoria have long been dishing out the kind of pasta dishes we vibe, but when its beloved pasta supplier CJ's Pasta shut its doors last year it fell onto The Spaghetti House team to take over. The popular providore Pasta has relaunched with some new ownership, a new location and a new secret dinner service, effortlessly making us fall in love with pasta all over again. more

Bars
Little Valley | What's open over the Easter long weekend
Food & Drink

The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

While it's perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for four days straight over Easter, we know that between the Lindt bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs you're going to need some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the 2019 Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a (very) comprehensive list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more

Bars
Mr Percival's | What's open ANZAC Day | The Weekend Edition
Food & Drink

The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2019

After fallout of the hectic Easter long weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. ANZAC Day is fast approaching, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. Whether you are choosing to join in on the commemorative events or spending the day with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open and trading throughout the day. If you predict a post-march coffee outing or are in need of an ANZAC Day lunch spot, use our handy list to see what’s open. more

Recipes
The Weekend Series: five rustic recipes to watch Game of Thrones by
Food & Drink

The Weekend Series: five rustic recipes to watch Game of Thrones by

Winter is coming and Game of Thrones is back. After a long hiatus, the record-smashing series returned last week with an emotionally charged Season 8 premiere, in what is set to be the beginning of the end. After nearly a decade of dragons, swords and power struggles, the series will wrap up at the end of this season – meaning every episode is ripe for a GoT viewing party. Keep the chills at bay with these five bone-warming dishes that are easy to share among friends and the perfect accompaniment to your next GoT gathering. more

Best of Brisbane
Lucky Egg | Brisbane's best burgers | The Weekend Edition
Food & Drink

The round-up: wrap your laughing gear around Brisbane’s best burgers

The die-hard burger lovers among you will have already marked Monday May 28 in their calendars, but for those that are unaware of the importance of this date, you should know it marks National Burger Day. Although not a public holiday, National Burger Day is well worth celebrating if only for the joy burgers bring to our lives on a regular basis. Few dishes are so adored by carnivores and herbivores alike, and the burger’s longevity is proof of its popularity. If you’re keen to join in and chow down on National Burger Day, why not pick from our list of Brisbane's best burgers? These bites will surely live up to expectations. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Tom Champion
The best part of the Brisbane scene is there are clearly more drinkers who are happy to roll the dice and try something new and challenge themselves ... ~ Tom Champion more
Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 218 April 16
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 218 April 16

From whispers of Gerard's Bistro's new executive chef to a wine bar for Racecourse Road, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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
El Matador brings a true Spanish tapas experience to Burnett Lane
Food & Drink

El Matador brings a true Spanish tapas experience to Burnett Lane

Much like a bull seeing red, when we see a menu full of mouth-watering tapas we’re liable to lose our minds. The skilful culinary maestros at Burnett Lane’s newly open tapas bar El Matador are capable of working us into a feasting frenzy with a potent procession of pintxos, banderillas and conservas, and with a formidable selection of drinks to boot, El Matador scores a resounding ¡Olé! from us. El Matador officially opens its doors today, Thursday April 11, cementing Burnett Lane as Brisbane’s hottest night-time strip. more

Restaurants
Salt Meats Cheese brings room-service pizza and street-side vibes to South Bank
Food & Drink

Salt Meats Cheese brings room-service pizza and street-side vibes to South Bank

It’s impossible to fathom a time where we’d tire of eating pizza or pasta, which is good because thanks to Salt Meats Cheese we’ll never be in short supply. The popular Sydney-born Italian eatery concept has been steadily cementing its foothold in Queensland since the 2015 opening of its Gold Coast location. The next phase of Salt Meats Cheese’s expansion has brought it to South Bank, where it is partnering up with Accor to open its newest dining spot at the base of Mantra on Grey Street. Officially opening today, Tuesday April 9, Salt Meats Cheese South Bank will deliver its signature relaxed fare and atmosphere, as well as some fabulous offerings for Mantra’s lucky guests. more

Cafes
Grab a hug in a mug from Newstead's Masters St. Coffee
Food & Drink

Grab a hug in a mug from Newstead’s Masters St. Coffee

There’s never been a better time to be a coffee lover in Newstead. The area is booming with a bevy of specialty options, and the newest face on the scene is bringing its own wholesome spin to the mix. Masters St. Coffee is opening today, Friday April 5, and is injecting a leisurely vibe into the caffeinated heart of the bustling suburb. more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats
Food & Drink

The round-up: sharpen your sweet tooth with these Easter-themed treats

Before the month is out, we’ll all be inundated with chocolate goodies of varying shapes and sizes. Yes, Easter time is here, and that means it’s time to start deciding what kinds of treats you’ll be buying as gifts, and which ones will be kept for your own consumption. We don’t want to knock the mass-produced eggs and bunnies – they’re great – but seeing as we’re committed to indulging properly, we’d prefer to splash out on the artisan sweets. If you agree, then you’ll get a kick out of the varied Easter treats available around Brisbane this year. more

Coffee
Ditch your old pantry brew for Coffee Supreme's high-end instant alternative
Food & Drink

Ditch your old pantry brew for Coffee Supreme’s high-end instant alternative

What is the best coffee when you can’t have the best coffee? We can all relate to those instances when you’re caught needing a caffeine fix but can’t access a barista brew. The bitter instant coffee that has been sitting in the pantry for a year isn’t all that appealing, but it’s your only option. Stress no more – the supplier behind our favourite brews around Brisbane such as Nodo, Scout and Reverends Fine Coffee are changing the game. Coffee Supreme is launching a high-end instant coffee, so you can get a little taste of the boutique roaster’s goods (but not as you know it) from wherever you are. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 217 April 9
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 217 April 9

From whispers of brand-new laneway tapas bars and riverside burger joints, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest 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
Forget your woes at brand-new inner-city boozer Death & Taxes
Food & Drink

Forget your woes at brand-new inner-city boozer Death & Taxes

The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin’s famous idiom hasn’t lost any poignancy in the centuries since its original penning, but our methods of coping with life’s uncomfortable truths have evolved. Enter Death & Taxes, the brand-new bar from cocktail kingpin Martin Lange. Along with his wife Wiebke and long-time friends Blake and Belle Ward, Martin has brought his acclaimed style of hospitality to Brisbane City, taking over a bunker in Burnett Lane and transforming it into a moody oasis. Although the weight of the world might rest on your shoulders, ensconced behind Death & Taxes’ blackout curtains you'll be able to shed stress one perfectly made cocktail at a time. more

Restaurants
Polpetta at The Fantauzzo brings rustic Italian to Howard Smith Wharves
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Polpetta at The Fantauzzo brings rustic Italian to Howard Smith Wharves

Last week we brought you news of the opening of the latest addition to the Art Series Hotels portfolio – the stunning boutique hotel The Fantauzzo. With all eyes drawn to the accommodation destination’s lavish interiors and amenities, the hotel’s on-site restaurant Polpetta managed to open with little fanfare. We're not going to let it slip under the radar, though – Polpetta’s authentic Italian offering is too hard to ignore. With a robust menu developed in collaboration with notable chef, Polpetta is the perfect culinary complement to The Fantauzzo’s visual feast. more