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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street
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Fresh catch – Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers arrive on King Street

If we were to definitively rank our favourite comfort foods, fish and chips would have to slot in somewhere at the top of our lists. The combination of crunchy golden chips and crispy fish is an all-time winning tandem, and when you throw snacks such as potato scallops and calamari into the mix it's hard to refute its status at the top. Those of you that vibe with our fish-and-chip assessment will be stoked to hear that a new source of the battered bounty arrived in Bowen Hills yesterday along with a top-notch coffee spot right next door. Potato Boy and Northside Coffee Brewers is a handy one-two punch for lunch seekers and caffeine sippers – cast a line and see what's good ... more

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Spruce up your lunch with the help of Newstead arrival Meet + Greens
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Spruce up your lunch with the help of Newstead arrival Meet + Greens

Although many of us are currently working from home, our work lunches are still something we need to consider. If you commonly find yourself eating your midday meal al desko, we're sure you'd much rather it be something nutritious and delicious. Gasworks Plaza has recently welcomed Meet + Greens, a chic grab-and-go salad and protein pitstop that is looking to un-refine dining and give locals nourishing restaurant-quality food without the price tag. more

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Kulcha'd brings a taste of northern-Indian street food to West End
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Kulcha’d brings a taste of northern-Indian street food to West End

Roti, chapati, naan, paratha and dosa – when it comes to flatbread, Indian cuisine is king. The culinary staple is prevalent in some shape and form in every corner of the country, though over here in Australia we are largely unaware of dozens of regional varieties that are cornerstones of local culinary practice. When Zach Dexter visited the northern-Indian city of Mohali in 2019, he encountered kulcha – a form of leavened and crispy tandoor-baked flatbread filled with chilli, spices and a variety of mouth-watering ingredients. It was love at first bite and since then Zach, his brother Calvin and their family have worked towards raising the profile of kulcha in Brisbane. After a few months of gradual work hindered by lockdown, Zach and Calvin's north-Indian street-food concept Kulcha'd quietly opened for takeaway, delivery and limited dine-in in West End last week – serving a… more

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Pavement Whispers: Eleven Rooftop Bar to transform into open-air Mexican restaurant MAYA
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Pavement Whispers: Eleven Rooftop Bar to transform into open-air Mexican restaurant MAYA

While the recent easing of lockdown restrictions has been a big win for small-scale restaurants and cafes, our bar and pub scene likely won't see relief for another month. Until locals can gather at our watering holes once more, Brisbane bars are being forced to adapt. One notable pivot comes from hospitality crew The Coats Group, which is implementing some massive changes at its crown jewel venue Eleven Rooftop Bar. Come July, the Fortitude Valley hotspot will be reborn as MAYA – a pop-up Mexican restaurant and bar not only offering incredible views, but elevated street eats and margaritas all night long. more

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Get buns on the run from new Teneriffe Japanese-fusion pop-up Bao Bar
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Get buns on the run from new Teneriffe Japanese-fusion pop-up Bao Bar

If there's one silver lining of the current pandemic crisis, it's the fact that our hospitality scene at large has been incredibly innovative out of necessity. Not only are cafes, bars and restaurants changing the way they get food to their customers, but many are trialing unique menu concepts and fashioning entirely new product lines. On Wednesday May 13, the Only. Specialty Coffee crew and the brains behind Teneriffe Japanese restaurant Hikari will unveil a tasty pop-up concept called Bao Bar, which promises a brand-new menu of mouth-watering baos and sides available for takeaway and delivery. more

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Savour the flavours of Beirut – Shawarma King arrives at West Village
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Savour the flavours of Beirut – Shawarma King arrives at West Village

Nothing triggers a ferocious appetite within us quite like the site of a spinning vertical meat rotisserie. You know the one – layers of sliced lamb leisurely rotating and cooking, juices giving the picture-perfect pylon a seductive sheen. This mechanism sits at the heart of the Middle Eastern cuisine known as shawarma – one of the most popular street foods in the world. As you can probably guess by the name, Shawarma King is a new foodie concept dedicated to not only dishing up lovingly marinated and cooked morsels, but also a host of other goodies from Lebanon. Shawarma King has brought this multitude of culinary delights to The Garden Pantry at West Village, giving locals a taste of Lebanese cuisine ahead of a larger endeavour planned for 2021 ... more

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Taco time! El Planta launches a meatless Mexican takeaway service
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Taco time! El Planta launches a meatless Mexican takeaway service

It's hard to believe it was less than eight weeks ago that we revealed that beloved plant-based pop-up El Planta was moving to permanent digs. That being said, the pandemic lockdown does seem to be wreaking havoc with our perception of time. Not to be put off their timeline in bringing their style of delicious plant-based Mexican cuisine to the masses, Rick Gibson and Adrienne Jory have forged ahead, last week debuting its takeaway and delivery concept El Planta At Home. more

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Molto bene! The Pizzantica crews opens Amalfi Pizzeria in Clayfield
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Molto bene! The Pizzantica crews opens Amalfi Pizzeria in Clayfield

Anybody else finding themselves regularly lost deep in travel daydreams? Our minds have travelled all over the world these past few weeks (definitely amplified by the influx of 'take me back!' Instagram posts in our feed), so we've been curing our wanderlust through food. If your imaginary passport has its sights on the azure waters of the Positano, we've got good news for you. Your food cure has popped up in Clayfield, aptly named Amalfi Pizzeria, brought to you by the team behind Pizzantica. more


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The Happy Boy team launches new takeaway eatery Kid Curry
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The Happy Boy team launches new takeaway eatery Kid Curry

They say that out of adversity, comes opportunity. These are indeed adverse times – and Cameron and Jordan Votan have certainly found opportunity. The restaurateur brothers behind Happy Boy, Snack Man and Greenglass have just launched online eatery Kid Curry despite all odds – and there's even plans for a bricks-and-mortar venue in the future. more

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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar
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Savour charcoal-grilled snacks and curious cocktails at Shishou Sake Bar

In late 2019, a hole-in-the-wall space bridging Brunswick Street and California Lane was transformed into Brisbane's first omakase sushi-degustation restaurant Shishou. Earlier this year, the restaurant's ownership shifted gears, rebooting the concept and implementing a more casual style of Japanese-influenced dining, rebranding as Shishou Sake Bar. The cosy space now boasts eye-catching murals, a splash of vibrant neon, and an all-new menu of yakitori-style eats, bar snacks and cocktails to consume. more

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Betty's Burgers expands with a new location on Albert Street
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Betty’s Burgers expands with a new location on Albert Street

What more can be said about Betty's Burgers that hasn't already been mentioned? From humble beachside origins, the coastal-cool burger joint as blossomed into one of Queensland's biggest success stories. There's no end in sight for the businesses expansion, either – just before Christmas, Betty's Burgers opened a brand-new location on Albert Street, immediately swaying inner-city eaters with it's menu of impressive two-handers, snacks and desserts. more

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Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden's Holey Moley Golf Club
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Hitting the clubs gets a new meaning at Wintergarden’s Holey Moley Golf Club

When Holey Moley Golf Club first broke onto the scene in 2016, it changed the game and redefined what was possible in the realm of hospitality-meets-entertainment concepts. More than three years on and Holey Moley bars are sprouting up everywhere, with more than 15 locations in Australian alone. Brisbane scored a second indoor putt-putt bar late last year when Holey Moley landed at the Wintergarden, giving the inner-city scene a lively hang that blends games of skill with a menu of decadent eats. more

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Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley
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Lord of the Fries brings its plant-based burgs to Fortitude Valley

Carnivores and those of us without dietary restrictions lead a truly privileged life. Not only is nearly the entire food pyramid open for consumption, but there is no real time restriction on when we can get it. This means that even in the wee hours of the morning (perhaps after a few beverages, who are we to judge), there's still a bunch on offer. But what about vegans? Even plant-based eaters get cravings for late-night comfort-food staples such as juicy burgers, loaded fries and decadent shakes. Nationally beloved ethical fast-food outfit Lord of the Fries has been catering to these hankerings for years down south, leaving Brisbane vegans wanting. Lord of the Fries has finally ventured our way, opening a late-night joint in Fortitude Valley just before Christmas and fast becoming a go-to for quick-and-easy plant-based, kosher and halal eats. more

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King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy
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King of the Wings launches bayside street-food hub StrEAT Easy

Dylan and Katrina Pires are well acquainted with the ups and downs of running a food-truck business. The owners of beloved fried chicken-wing wagon King of the Wings have cruised the streets of Brisbane for more than six years, slinging batches of cluckin’ good bites far and wide (as far as New York, even, where they won second place at Wingfest 2016). As successful as they’ve been, they know that the livelihood of food truck vendors is largely dependent on the weather. The amount of events that have been rained out or cancelled due to fears of inclement conditions are countless, often leaving truck operators in the lurch and seeking a last-minute opportunity to sell on their stock. In a move inspired by equal parts evolution and preservation, Dylan and Katrina started pondering potential all-weather alternatives, landing on the idea of an enclosed hub where food truck… more

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Hello Please unveils its new Fish Lane digs and menu of Southeast Asian eats
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Hello Please unveils its new Fish Lane digs and menu of Southeast Asian eats

Since the earliest days of the Fish Lane boom, Hello Please has been humbly hawking some of Brisbane's finest Vietnamese-inspired street food. The little shipping container kitchen that could, Hello Please has stood the test of time despite being conceived as a temporary fixture from its conception. As Fish Lane starts to fill in its remaining nooks and crannies, Hello Please has evolved – securing a permanent spot further down the laneway. Officially open to the public as of Tuesday December 10, Hello Please 2.0 has given its team more elbow room to experiment and deliver a complete expression of their stand-out booze and food selection. 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