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Fresh catch – Coorparoo's Perch'd takes fish and chips up a notch
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Fresh catch – Coorparoo’s Perch’d takes fish and chips up a notch

For the past two years, Jen Byrnes and Patrick Laws have been running one of Brisbane’s favourite suburban eateries in Martha Street Kitchen, so when we caught wind that the duo were on the cusp of opening up a new venture in the heart of Coorparoo, we set a course immediately. The talented tandem are mere hours away from opening Perch’d tomorrow, Saturday January 26 – a modern fish and chippery that is looking to deliver a considered take on the cuisine without reinventing the reel (pun intended), served with a side of casual-cool atmosphere. more

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Hall of fame – modern marketplace Harvest on Queen brings the works to Brisbane City
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Hall of fame – modern marketplace Harvest on Queen brings the works to Brisbane City

As our restaurant and cafe options evolve to match our tastes, so too does our express-service dining scene. Seeing as we’re as time poor as we’ve ever been, our lunchtime tastes have gradually shifted to favour spots that can offer more without increasing wait time or distance travelled to get the goods. Harvest on Queen is a brand-new food hall that is committed to offering everything you could want for your midday meal under one roof. From grab-and-go sandwiches and coffee to salad and cheeseburgers, this marketplace is catering to those looking to meet, eat and work – with a pretty impressive view to boot. more

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Sea Legs Brewing Co. finds solid ground in Kangaroo Point
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Sea Legs Brewing Co. finds solid ground in Kangaroo Point

While commonly associated with sailors finding their footing on land after extended periods away at sea, to have sea legs can also refer to the familiar wobble one experiences after one too many double IPAs. Colorado-born Jon Fuchs would know – it’s how he got his nickname. Jon’s sea legs and passion for craft beer have seen him cross oceans and switch occupations to become the head brewer of Kangaroo Point’s new craft-beer outfit Sea Legs Brewing Co. – a community-focused brewery that looks to instil a bit of creativity into its frothy product. more

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Grassfed squashes the beef with its plant-based burger joint in Fish Lane
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Grassfed squashes the beef with its plant-based burger joint in Fish Lane

When Jonny Garrison first met Alejandro Cancino, Brisbane's plant-based dining scene changed forever. As the operator of Brisbane's largest vegan market and acclaimed fine-dining chef respectively, any partnership between the two was bound to be incredible. After a few months of tinkering in the kitchen, the duo opened plant-based burger and ice-cream joint Grassfed a week before Christmas. This cosy Fish Lane spot is already shaking up the scene, proving that meat-free deliciousness is as mouth-watering as its beefy counterpart. more

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Bird's Nest Yakitori unveils its express-service sibling at Toowong Village
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Bird’s Nest Yakitori unveils its express-service sibling at Toowong Village

Just before Christmas, the team behind hot-to-trot yakitori concept Bird’s Nest welcomed a brand-new location to its portfolio – a handy addition situated in the heart of Toowong Village. Bird’s Nest On The Run is a charming fast-casual interpretation of the popular Japanese-inspired restaurant’s offering, serving tasty charcoal-grilled protein bowls, karaage chicken hot dogs and ice-cold beers. more

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Winning bet – Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. expands with new Indooroopilly eatery
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Winning bet – Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. expands with new Indooroopilly eatery

We’re still digesting the festive feasts we consumed over the Christmas period, but there’s one more morsel we purposefully saved room for. Just before we all set our out-of-office automatic email replies, Betty’s Burgers opened its third Brisbane location in Indooroopilly. Now 2019 is in full swing and this fresh arrival is sure to test our resolve as far as new-year resolutions are concerned. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on New Year's Day 2019
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on New Year’s Day 2019

Well the year 2018 really did whiz by, didn’t it? Time flies when you’re having fun! Whether you’ve woken up fresh as a daisy after an early night (damn you), you’re feeling a little dusty or you haven’t been to bed yet, we’ve got you. We put the call out and compiled a handy list of spots trading this New Year’s Day – from #newyearnewme clean feasts to big ol’ hangover feeds, these venues have you covered. more


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The Happy Boy team opens Snack Man in Fortitude Valley
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The Happy Boy team opens Snack Man in Fortitude Valley

The Chinese fine diner has become a bit of a trend of late, moving away from sweet-and-sour pork to take the robust flavours of East Asia to new heights through intricate plating and techniques. Considering Happy Boy’s take on regional Chinese food, Greenglass' unique approach French cuisine and Australian wine, and Italian Food Restaurant's shift away from traditional pizza and pasta, it's safe to say owners Cameron and Jordan Votan aren't ones to follow trends. For their latest venture, the brothers will instead celebrate the ‘Chinese food of the people’, focusing on flavoursome on-the-go-style eats using simple fresh ingredients. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day

Real talk – Boxing Day is totally underrated. Whether you’re a fiend for the sales, hanging to check out the latest blockbuster at the movies or simply just want to chill, this is the time to do it. If the stacks of leftover ham in your fridge are giving you Christmas food coma PTSD, we’ve tracked down the spots in Brisbane that are trading this Boxing Day. more

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The round-up: Brisbane's must-try openings of 2018
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2018

Phew, what a year it’s been! We’re only a few weeks away from the festive season and the New Year’s celebrations, but it seems like there’s still so much more to cram in before 2018 wraps up for good. Thankfully we’ve got some much-needed holiday time on the horizon, which should allow us to take a breath and look back at everything that’s happened this year. If you’ve been too busy to cast your eyes north, you might not have noticed Brisbane’s banner year in terms of new openings. Bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants – 2018 was a boom year for top-tier hospitality arrivals. If you’re planning a trip up the M1 over summer, pencil a stop or three at some of the best new openings in Brisbane over the past 12 months. more

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West End icon The Boundary Hotel reopens after a modern rejuvenation
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West End icon The Boundary Hotel reopens after a modern rejuvenation

Never Been Kissed, She’s All That, Grease, Clueless. These classic movies have one thing in common – they all feature a stunning makeover moment. We’re suckers for a head-to-toe overhaul, which is why we’ve been champing at the bit to get a look at The Boundary Hotel’s new look. The storied boozer has been undergoing a modernisation of sorts in recent months, and now the pub is officially opening its doors to the public today, Thursday November 29. From a brand-new rooftop bar to a hot-to-trot pizzeria, The Boundary Hotel’s new amenities are looking to invigorate the venue’s appeal without sacrificing the honest vibes that made it a West End staple for more than a century. more

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Home to everyone – 24-hour gastropub Beirne Lane opens in The Valley
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Home to everyone – 24-hour gastropub Beirne Lane opens in The Valley

Last Friday, Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall welcomed the anticipated new arrival from the Celissa Group, Beirne Lane – a 24-hour haven that allows guests to dine all day, drink all day and dance all night. The newest tenant of the revitalised T.C. Beirne Building is drawing upon the enterprising spirit of its home’s namesake, looking to be a welcoming hybrid of bar and restaurant hospitality that reflects Thomas Charles Beirne’s Irish heritage, fascination with Japan and his love for Fortitude Valley. more

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Plant-based deli Flora by Greenhouse Canteen brings meat-free eats to West End
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Plant-based deli Flora by Greenhouse Canteen brings meat-free eats to West End

Earlier in the year, heralded Gold Coast outfit Greenhouse Canteen & Bar made a big splash in Brisbane’s plant-based dining scene with its northernmost eatery. Now, six months on from Greenhouse Canteen’s arrival, the wholesome food specialist has opened up an express outlet on West End’s fringe, dishing up an assortment of delicious daytime eats from vegan-friendly nachos, waffles and burritos to grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and coffee. more

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Kimchi Cheese Smile delivers Korean cafe fare to East Brisbane
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Kimchi Cheese Smile delivers Korean cafe fare to East Brisbane

It doesn’t matter if you’re drinking deep from a perfectly made cup of coffee or cleaning the remnants of a stellar meal from your plate, if you’re chasing a sip or snack with a contented smile then you know you’ve picked well. It’s that kind of hearty satisfaction that East Brisbane’s Kimchi Cheese Smile endeavours to provide with every order. The new arrival is dishing out a tasty interpretation of Korean fare, serving everything from brunch bibimbap to K-Pop liquor and soju cocktails. more

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Sip cocktails in the breezy surrounds of The Terrace by e'cco
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Sip cocktails in the breezy surrounds of The Terrace by e’cco

Eight months on from relocating to its current digs in Newstead, e’cco bistro has scored an alfresco addition just in time for summer cocktail season. Philip Johnson and Mary Randles officially opened The Terrace by e’cco this week – a shady spot for casual nosh. If you need some encouragement to read on, then know that The Terrace is delivering oyster happy hours, chicken karaage milk buns and mouth-watering mojitos. Sounds pretty good, right? more

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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room
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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room

Over the past two years, King Street has been adorning its culinary crown with an array of fantastic eating and drinking spots, but its latest sparkling addition is looking to set a new standard when it comes to shopping and dining. Mercado is being hailed as a one-stop marketplace for provisions and produce, offering everything from fresh seafood and decadent patisserie treats to boutique wine and Cantonese roast duck. The boutique market is opening on Saturday November 3, and it's got everything you could possibly need to stuff your pantry and fridge to bursting point. more

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West Village unveils its lush foliage-laden food haven The Garden Pantry
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West Village unveils its lush foliage-laden food haven The Garden Pantry

Following successful foodie pop-up activations at The Laneway earlier in the year, anticipated lifestyle development West Village unveiled its latest stage over the weekend – a lush green space and a casual-dining hub featuring some of Brisbane’s most popular names. The Garden Pantry sits on the fringe of West Village’s leafy communal area and is dishing up a vibrant mixture of cuisines from fresh and colourful Hawaiian to hearty Italian fare and tantalising Asian-inspired eats. more

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Wholesome noods – i like ramen opens its permanent plant-based eatery in Fortitude Valley
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Wholesome noods – i like ramen opens its permanent plant-based eatery in Fortitude Valley

It’s been an emotional couple of weeks for fried-chicken loving denizens of Fortitude Valley, but it also marks an exciting new age for the entertainment precinct's food scene. Brunswick Street’s The Coop recently announced it was transitioning from meaty bistro into a fully-fledged plant-based eatery in conjunction with the folks behind i like ramen. The Gold Coast-born noodle soup crew has been wowing tastebuds for weeks through it’s weekly vegan ramen pop-up at The Coop, and now salivating slurpers can get their fix every night of the week from today, Thursday October 25. more

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Grab a slice at Welcome to Bowen Hills’ new permanent fixture Harry’s Pizza
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Grab a slice at Welcome to Bowen Hills’ new permanent fixture Harry’s Pizza

Although Welcome to Bowen Hills is known for hosting a rotating cast of Brisbane’s best food trucks and pop-up vendors, fans of a classic margherita pizza or freshly baked garlic bread will froth on the news that, as of today, the precinct boasts a handy pizzeria of its own. Harry’s Pizza is now open, swingin’ hot slices of pizza pie on the fly and right into our hot little hands. more