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Katsu, congee and coffee – West End nook The Garner covers all the bases
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Katsu, congee and coffee – West End nook The Garner covers all the bases

Ethan Dou has already made his mark on Brisbane's coffee scene with his respected boutique brew nook Street Lab Specialty Coffee, but the avowed foodie craved the chance to try his hand at a cafe-style concept. After linking up with friend and chef Jerry Huang, the tandem snagged an ideal spot on the leafy West End strip of Browning Street. The duo's new cafe The Garner pairs Ethan's coffee nous with Jerry's menu of nourishing nosh, serving up delectable brew and brunch fare imbued with Asian-inspired quirks. more

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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane
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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane

Everyone agrees that any BYO restaurant is a great way to enjoy a bit of extra value while dining out, but many don’t know how many spots around town allow customers to bring their own drop. Not only are there plenty of restaurants where BYO is acceptable, but also several bars encourage patrons to BYO food and other eateries welcome patrons to bring their own drop on special nights of the week. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you make a choice of where to take that special bottle of pinot this weekend. more

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Run to Paradise – Fortitude Valley's charming new brunch spot
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Run to Paradise – Fortitude Valley’s charming new brunch spot

The corner of Alfred and Constance Street was once one of the buzziest hubs in Fortitude Valley. Since the closure of Alfredo's, Kwan Brothers and Doughnut Time, several tenancies have sat idle, but two young and enterprising coffee lovers are injecting some new life into the strip with their cafe Paradise. After operating as a grab-and-go coffee and pastry pit-stop, Paradise has opened up its full interior, debuting a menu of wholesome eats conceived by a former MasterChef contestant and a welcoming space that's easy on the eyes. more

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Florence | Brisbane's best new cafes
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best new cafes – as voted by you!

There's never been a better time to be a breakfast seeker or coffee connoisseur – the past year and a half has seen a huge influx of quality cafes staking out territory across Brisbane's brunch landscape. Each of these newcomers is adding greater depth to the scene, with culinary risk taking being a common thread amongst much of the new wave. During our most recent EAT/drink Awards sponsored by Newstead Brewing Co., we asked our readership (that's you!) to tell us which of these newcomers you considered to be the best of the bunch. We crunched the numbers, and can now reveal Brisbane's ten best new cafes, as decided by The Weekend Edition's discerning readers! more

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Fresh new digs, same killer ethos – Pablo returns to New Farm
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Fresh new digs, same killer ethos – Pablo returns to New Farm

When Amy and Michael Bates sold their beloved cafe Pablo to new owners in 2016, it wasn't long before they found themselves sorely missing their charming New Farm eatery. If you have been nursing a Pablo-sized hole in your heart as well, then we have some good news for you. Pablo is back, baby! Amy and Michael have teamed up with long-time customer and friend Angela White to bring the cafe back to the peninsula in a new location on the corner of James Street and Merthyr Road. Fans of Pablo's personable service, comfortable atmosphere and phenomenal brunch menu will find plenty to like, as well as some new elements that'll excite. more

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The Black Lab Coffee Co. opens grab-and-go specialty brew nook Blackout in Paddington
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The Black Lab Coffee Co. opens grab-and-go specialty brew nook Blackout in Paddington

As Brisbane's coffee scene flourishes, our tastes become more advanced. While the flat white will remain a staple of our caffeine consumption, the demand for brews concocted using specialty methods is increasing. Cafes all over town are dabbling in drip, flirting with filter and boldly experimenting with batch coffee, but only a few spots offer these methods as a grab-and-go option. Boutique roasting outfit The Black Lab Coffee Co. has opened a brand-new hole-in-the-wall coffee bar and training centre in the heart of Paddington, pouring a mixture of espresso-based and specialty drops to caffeine-deprived locals. more

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Roma Street Parklands welcomes lush brunch hub The Garden Room
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Roma Street Parklands welcomes lush brunch hub The Garden Room

The lush and manicured lawns of Roma Street's parkland precinct is often the site of barbecues, sun-soaked picnics and family outings – a veritable hub for wholesome activity throughout the week. For many years, the Roma Street Parklands Cafe has stood in the heart of it all, but as time has progressed, the venue has gradually became an outdated eatery in need of some TLC. Earlier this year a council tender process yielded a new operator and vision for the hotspot, which has been transformed and reopened as The Garden Room. With a brand-new design saturated in lush greenery, The Garden Room is an eye-catching addition to the parkland's array of amenities, with something on offer for park wanderers of all kinds. more

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Melbourne's Industry Beans opens its anticipated coffee hub in Newstead
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Melbourne’s Industry Beans opens its anticipated coffee hub in Newstead

When it comes to coffee, Brisbane isn't a one-horse town anymore. Our caffeine scene has grown in size exponentially over the last half-decade, and our tastes have evolved to match. Brisbane's demand for high-quality coffee is so vast that it's drawn the attention of some big interstate players, and names don't get much bigger than Industry Beans. After a lengthy process of research and location scouting, the Industry Beans team locked down a warehouse space located in the back streets of Newstead, with plans to transform it into a mecca for coffee enthusiasts, brunch lovers and fans of top-notch hospitality. The build is finished and Industry Beans has officially opened on Proe Street, offering an immersive experience with amenities that go above and beyond your regular coffee haunt. more


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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best breakfast spots as voted by you
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best breakfast spots as voted by you

Brisbane, it’s time to wake up and smell the bacon. Breakfast is one of, if not the most important, meals of the day, so it’s crucial that it’s enjoyed correctly. Whether you’re partial to pancakes or have a hankering for hash cakes, Brisbane’s breakfast scene’s got something for you to devour. The most recent EAT/drink Awards revealed your picks for best breakfast in Brisbane, and we’ve got to hand it to you – you’ve got some great taste. If you’re looking to bolster your breakfast game this weekend, have a peep at this list of Brisbane’s ten best breakfast spots as voted by our readers. more

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Old meets new at Brisbane City's subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour
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Old meets new at Brisbane City’s subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour

The Rowes Arcade building on Edward Street boasts a strong hospitality lineage stretching back to the early 1900s. From the landmark 380-seater Rowe's Cafe (named after hospitality icon Minna Rowe), all the way through to the days of Rosie's Nightclub and Sonny's House of Blues, the heritage-listed building has housed its fare share of daytime and late-night destinations. The latest in this long line of hotspots – Miss Demeanour – is dipping into this heritage, paying homage to what's come before while still firmly looking toward the future with an all-day (and night) offering that boasts a welcoming and cheeky appeal. more

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The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead
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The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead

Imagine this – you're sitting in the heart of a lavishly appointed French court, sipping top-shelf champagne in the shade of an olive tree, with snacks at your elbow and your every want and need taken care of by attentive wait staff. Usually you'd need to hop on a plane and spend a chunky sum to enjoy an experience like this, but a new venue in Newstead might just be the next best option. The Matriarch is a stately warehouse hub of European-inspired hospitality, catering to brunch lovers, bubbly sippers, high-tea hunters and tapas enthusiasts. more

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Caneca Espresso & Bar heats up New Farm's all-day dining scene
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Caneca Espresso & Bar heats up New Farm’s all-day dining scene

The recent closure of sun-soaked cafe The Brunswick Project left New Farm's brunch scene reeling, but no sooner had the doors closed than hoarding appeared promising a brand-new concept to fill the coffee and poached egg-shaped void. Caneca Espresso & Bar is the name of this South American-inspired newcomer – a multi-faceted eatery that is delivering breakfast and lunch during the day, and tapas, wines and cocktails in the evening. more

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Massimo Restaurant & Bar | What's open on the Queen's Birthday holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been able to enjoy a long weekend. It seemed like the first half of the year was absolutely littered with days off, and the latter months have been lacking. Well, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is finally upon us, which means three days of rest and relaxation before the final slog through to Christmas. It’s not up to us to say what you should do with your extra day off, but if you’re inclined to get out of the house, we’ve assembled a hit list of eateries that will be open on Monday. more

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Billykart Kitchen | Brisbane's best cafes | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best cafes – as voted by you!

There's never been a better time to be a brunch lover or coffee craver in Brisbane. Our cafe scene is going from strength to strength, and now every suburb boasts a top-flight breakfast spot vying for the title of the city's best. It's a hard task definitively picking a top cafe, which is why we gave the task over to our readers! This year's EAT/drink Awards were some of the most hotly contested in recent memory, and the category of Brisbane's Best Cafe was naturally amongst the biggest vote getters. We've collated your votes and have assembled a list of Brisbane's ten best cafes, as decided by The Weekend Edition's readers! more

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Florence Cafe | Best cafes in Camp Hill | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: elevate your brunch at the best cafes in Camp Hill

If any suburb was in the running for the title of Brisbane's brunch mecca, we reckon Camp Hill would have a good shot at the crown. The gorgeous inner-south community is flush with phenomenal coffee nooks and breakfast joints, each offering a brilliant take on morning fare. If you're unsure of where to start, we've assembled a quick hit list of some of Camp Hill's best cafes. more

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Arc Dining and Wine Bar
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The round-up: what’s open this Ekka public holiday

The tents have been set up, the showbags have been stuffed with goodies and the rides have been switched on – it's Ekka time, baby! Brisbane's biggest carnival is back for 2019, and with it comes plenty of strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and treats galore. You know what else it brings? A public holiday! On Wednesday August 14, all of Brisbane gets a day off to enjoy how they please. Some folks choose to spend the whole day soaking up the Ekka atmosphere, while some might take the opportunity to catch up on sleep. Both are great options, but perhaps you'd like to use the day to visit some dining spots you've been meaning to tick off your list? Plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars will be open on the Ekka public holiday, and we've compiled a list of some of the spots operating from morning through to evening. more

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Pre-flight feeds get elevated at new eatery and bar The Lord Lamington
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Pre-flight feeds get elevated at new eatery and bar The Lord Lamington

You've triple checked you've packed the essentials, you've delivered your luggage to the bag drop and you've made it through the security stop – now you've got nothing but time to kill before your flight. Typically now would be the time to nab a simple cheese toastie and a grab-and-go coffee before heading to the gate, but last week Brisbane Airport welcomed a new eatery that could very well be the go-to destination for pre-flight relaxation. The Lord Lamington is looking to break the stereotypes surrounding airport dining with its brand-new restaurant, cafe and bar hybrid located in the heart of Brisbane Airport's domestic terminal. Offering a menu of eats made from the best produce Queensland has to offer, The Lord Lamington is already making an incredible impression on travellers visiting from out of town and locals alike. more

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Rise and shine – Monocle Coffee brings specialty brews and super salads to Morningside
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Rise and shine – Monocle Coffee brings specialty brews and super salads to Morningside

Morningside locals woke up to the scent of fresh roasts last Wednesday when hospitality movers and shakers Venzin Group has unveiled its new coffee-oriented concept on Thynne Road. Specialising in gourmet pastries, specialty coffee and a rotating selection of boutique salads, Monocle Coffee is looking to elevate the basics – taking your morning sip to new heights and injecting some more flavour, colour and fun into your healthy grab-and-go lunches. more

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From the cellar to the rooftop – Le Bon Bar reinvigorates a French icon
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From the cellar to the rooftop – Le Bon Bar reinvigorates a French icon

Since first opening its doors in 2008, C’est Bon has remained one of the most beloved members of Brisbane’s French-food scene. As with any venue that attains longevity, C’est Bon has grown and evolved through several iterations. From original owner Michel Bonnet’s traditional fare to C’est Bon’s current direction under the stewardship of Celine Damour and head chef Peter Roelfes, the venue has remained a Woolloongabba favourite, and some newly completed renovations are looking to maintain the trend. Last week saw the unveiling of Le Bon Bar, C’est Bon’s chic sibling that is bringing with it new menus, a private cellar and dining space, an impressive garden terrace, and rooftop lounge boasting phenomenal views. more

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Pastries, pancakes and Thai pop-ups – eat from dawn to dusk at Paddington Social
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Pastries, pancakes and Thai pop-ups – eat from dawn to dusk at Paddington Social

It’s rare occurrence when an eatery opens that is capable of catering to the morning, afternoon and evening crowds, but luckily for those living near Given Terrace, Paddington Social is aiming to do just that. Seasoned culinary veterans Gibb Mookachonpan, Tyler Sargent and Lek Senee decided to team up for a venue where they could each showcase their talents without diluting their individual tastes. Their newly realised venture – shabby-chic eatery Paddington Social – is a venue uniquely suited to the diverse needs of the suburb’s populace. From coffee and baked goods in the morning to bone-warming Thai in the evening (and everything in between), Paddington Social has got you covered. more