Restaurants
Get a taste of central Mexico at Teneriffe newcomer La Patrona Mexican Cuisine
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Get a taste of central Mexico at Teneriffe newcomer La Patrona Mexican Cuisine

Anyone who has spent time in Mexico knows that its food scene is incredibly diverse. In fact, the catch-all term of 'Mexican cuisine' largely fails to communicate the complexity of the country's regional styles. From the seafood-based cuisine of Baja California to the African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern-influenced flavours found along the Yucatán Peninsula, the country's culinary diversity is a far cry from what we know of Mexican cuisine in Brisbane. Thankfully, that's slowly changing. The last couple of years have seen an influx of region-specific Mexican concepts arriving to our dining scene, and the latest eatery to make its mark is La Patrona Mexican Cuisine. Opening to the public on Tuesday August 11, La Patrona will shine a light on the flavours of Mexico's Bajío region – dishes that you're unlikely to find anywhere else in the city. Here's what you can expect ... more

Restaurants
Roman cuisine comes to The Valley with new late-night eatery Eterna
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Roman cuisine comes to The Valley with new late-night eatery Eterna

As the old proverb goes, "When in Rome, do as the Roman's do". But what, exactly, do Romans do? They don't go to the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica or the Trevi Fountain – such landmarks are typically reserved for tourists. They don't ascend the Spanish Steps either, unless it's part of their daily commute. So, what do Romans do? The answer is deceptively simple – they eat. Among all of Italy's regional cuisines, Roman fare is some of the most unheralded – especially here in Brisbane. But that's about to change. Eterna – a newly open eatery located in the heart of Fortitude Valley is debuting with a menu filled with enticing Roman-inspired street food – think rustic and uncomplicated fare served in an intimate late-night setting. more

Cafes
Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville
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Awesome abundance – Plentiful Cafe brings good food and good vibes to Graceville

South-west of the Brisbane CBD in the laid-back suburb of Graceville sits a gorgeous cafe that has managed to fly under the radar's of the city's brunch-hunting multitudes. Although locals would prefer to keep this on-trend eatery their little secret, this newcomer is too good not to share. Plentiful Cafe opened quietly in March, enduring the pandemic lockdown and emerging out the other side as a contender for the title of 2020's best new cafe. Boasting a menu of elevated brunch classics designed to inspire beatific contentedness, an air of casual cool balanced by professional attentiveness and an overall sense of genuine bonhomie, there are a bevy of reasons as to why Plentiful is worth marking on your must-try list. more

Bars
The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more

Food News
Let the good times roll – Treasury Brisbane is back with plenty of action
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Let the good times roll – Treasury Brisbane is back with plenty of action

Offering an exceptional array of restaurants, intimate bars, live entertainment, a boutique hotel and a premier casino, Brisbane's one-stop-shop for all things fun – Treasury Brisbane – is reopen and ready to welcome you back! Whether you're planning a night out on the town, a luxe staycay or you just want to take advantage of some killer dining deals, Treasury Brisbane offers more than a few exciting reasons to return. So get back in the game and head to this enchanting inner-city destination to let the good times roll. more

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Sip better with Notwasted's curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines
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Sip better with Notwasted’s curated selection of minimal-intervention natural wines

Once upon a time, your wine selection was basically red or white. Nowadays, if you peruse the wine list of your favourite restaurant, you're likely to come across a plethora of 'new' varieties including orange, skin contact, pet-nat and biodynamic – but what the heck does it all mean? To keep you up-to-date with cultural currency, Notwasted is here to help you navigate the wild (and tasty) new world of natural and minimal-intervention wines, and deliver them to your door. more

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Stone & Wood has stirred up an Ekka-inspired strawberry-sundae beer
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Stone & Wood has stirred up an Ekka-inspired strawberry-sundae beer

Last month, we brought you the smile-inducing news that Ekka strawberry sundaes would be popping up over Brisbane in August. Well, fellow ice-cream enthusiasts, the news is about to get a whole lot better. In response to the cancellation of this years Ekka, Brisbane brewery Stone & Wood has decided to help fundraise for The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation by brewing a strawberries-and-cream-flavoured beer inspired by the Ekka’s iconic strawberry sundae. Très magnifique. more

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Sunset cruises, rooftop bars and beer yoga – why Brisbane winters are the best
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Sunset cruises, rooftop bars and beer yoga – why Brisbane winters are the best

Every year when winter arrives, us Queenslanders have been known to complain of feeling freezing when the thermometer drops below 20 degrees. We know, however, that we're pretty lucky here, as winter (if you can even call it that) in Brisbane is actually the perfect climate for fun. The sunshine-filled weather isn’t the only incentive you need to explore Brisbane at the moment, with breathtaking destinations, entertainment aplenty and a plethora of alfresco dining destinations and bars just waiting to welcome you back – with some stellar deals to boot. If you're keen to find out why Brisbane is the best place to bounce around in winter, read on to discover all of the things you can do, places to go and where to eat and drink in our great city during the chillier months. more


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Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 269 August 4
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 269 August 4

From news of two cosy wine bars opening in the suburbs to a new location for a beloved dumpling hotspot, 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

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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO's low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha
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Sip (almost) guilt-free with HALO’s low-sugar, low-carb spiked kombucha

If you've grown a little bored of beer, can't be stuffed with cocktails and dare we say, even a touch weary of wine – there's a new player on the ready-to-drink beverage scene that's brewing up a refreshing alternative that is low is sugar, carbs and calories but high in taste – can you guess what it is? It's called HALO Alcoholic Kombucha and it's here to help you sip a little lighter. more

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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo
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Scoff a scoop of Biscoff spread gelato from Gelatissimo

If you're lucky enough to have tried Lotus Biscoff Spread, we don't have to tell you what all the fuss is about. For the uninitiated, this sweet pot of cookie butter is made from an irresistible mixture of crushed Biscoff caramelised biscuits that will have you spooning right from the jar. Inspired by this decadent dessert creation, the innovative inventors at Gelatissimo have dropped a limited-edition Biscoff Spread-inspired gelato flavour. Pick your jaw up from the floor, ice-cream lovers – you've only got a few weeks to lick this creamy biscuit creation. more

Restaurants
Get a peek inside pink-hued newcomer Ping Pong ahead of its forthcoming opening
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Get a peek inside pink-hued newcomer Ping Pong ahead of its forthcoming opening

Back in February we revealed that the team behind beloved West End brunch haven Morning After and Newstead's chic bacon-and-egg roll dispensary Yolk was adding to its portfolio with Thai-inspired restaurant Ping Pong. After many months of waiting, we can finally give you a glimpse at the pink-hued eatery's menu and interior ahead of its official opening on Friday August 7. Expect a certified feast for the senses, from tongue-tantalising Thai street eats and killer cocktail slushies to mood-altering light installations and a secret oasis. more

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Heritage and harmony – Emily Yeoh Restaurant arrives in Paddington
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Heritage and harmony – Emily Yeoh Restaurant arrives in Paddington

When we last saw Emily Yeoh battling it out on the sixth season of MasterChef in 2014, there was an inkling that Emily's talents would take her well beyond the show. Our hunch was right – soon after Emily was learning the ins and outs of the culinary trade from Josue Lopez at GOMA Restaurant and Jake Nicolson at Blackbird Bar & Grill, before scoring a spot in Ben Shewry's top-tier kitchen team at Attica in Melbourne. After honing her skills, Emily returned to Brisbane with the intent of opening her own restaurant. After a few months of eager anticipation, Emily Yeoh Restaurant is set to officially launch its dine-in service on Monday August 10, but it is treating those that can't wait to a streamlined version of the menu available now for takeaway. Here's what you can expect ... more

Cafes
Wolfgang Specialty Coffee brings brilliant brew to Spring Hill
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Wolfgang Specialty Coffee brings brilliant brew to Spring Hill

The inner-city coffee scene is as competitive as it gets in Brisbane – meaning any new entrant has to know their stuff if they want to make a mark. Leave it to The Black Lab Coffee Co. team to know exactly what it takes to impress. The flourishing Brisbane-born roaster has opened a bevy of venues across town over the past few years, earning a cult following thanks to its people-oriented service model and excellent coffee to boot. The group's new cafe – Wolfgang Specialty Coffee – opened in Spring Hill in June, and looks to continue The Black Lab's upward trajectory as one of the city's savviest caffeine distributors. more

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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!
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Mylk Bar Sweets is an online lolly shop for vegan candy and hello sugar high!

Do you remember the sheer unbridled joy you felt as a kid when you were let loose in the lolly shop with your pocket money? Nerds or Hubba Bubba? Gobstoppers? Or maybe something of the chocolate variety – the choice was (is) pretty overwhelming. If you make the decision to go vegan, suddenly, you discover that many (most) of the sweet treats that grace the confectionary aisle of your local supermarket are riddled with sneaky ingredients that are in fact derived from animals or insects. The good news is that there's an alternative – animal-free folk, say hello to Mylk Bar Sweets – it's an online lolly shop dedicated to completely vegan sweets! more

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Elevate your gifting game with Good Day People
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Elevate your gifting game with Good Day People

Let's be real for a moment, not all gift baskets or hampers are created equal. In fact, the very notion of it probably conjures images of the same cello-clad wicker basket loaded with shortbread, coffee sachets and chocolate-coated nuts/sultanas that make their way onto department store shelves sometime in mid-September. And look, we're not here to throw shade because those standardised hampers serve an excellent purpose for the token corporate/distant relative/co-worker gifts but if you're looking to step up your gifting game, take a peek at Good Day People. more