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Sydney-born FISHBOWL makes its Queensland debut with its new Gasworks Plaza salad bar
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Sydney-born FISHBOWL makes its Queensland debut with its new Gasworks Plaza salad bar

If your mental image of salad is a handful of limp lettuce, a few sliced cherry tomatoes, maybe a sliver of red onion and too much dressing, then we'd like to acquaint you with FISHBOWL. This Sydney-born concept is looking to not only change perceptions around the possibility of salad, but reinvent fast food for a more health-conscious population. FISHBOWL opened its first Queensland location at Gasworks Plaza last week, enticing Newstead locals with bowls of Japanese-inspired salad made using locally sourced ingredients. more

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The round-up: where to find Brisbane's best bagels
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The round-up: where to find Brisbane’s best bagels

Look, we love sourdough loaves just as much as the next person, but we'll always have a particular soft spot for bagels. Lightly toasted with a schmear of cream cheese or sliced and stuffed with deli meats, these delightfully doughy circles are a joy-bringing source of sustenance. We've taken on the hard task of finding the best bagel slingers in Brisbane, including dedicated bakeries to bagel-sandwich dispensaries. more

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Sendok Garpu, one of Brisbane's best spots for Indonesian food, has moved to The City
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Sendok Garpu, one of Brisbane’s best spots for Indonesian food, has moved to The City

If you ask us, Indonesian cuisine is due for a moment in Brisbane. The city already boasts a small yet deeply loyal fanbase for Indonesian food, which is experiencing a spike in popularity in recent years thanks to the work of several beloved eateries. Chief among them is Sendok Garpu, a long-running institution (formerly based in Indooroopilly) that recently brought its massive menu of Indonesian eats to The City. This relocation is a big deal for lovers of nasi goreng, aromatic rendang and sizzling sate – read on to find out what else is on offer! more

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Biànca – Monday Night Dining Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants and bars are open on Monday night in Brisbane

If you’ve never experienced the Monday blues then you must be a robot. Just kidding (sort of), but starting the work week after the dizzying delights of the weekend can be a little bit soul destroying. Our solution is to extend some more of that fun into Monday. “How?”, we hear you ask. Simple – book in for dinner out one Monday night. Brisbane’s not as sleepy as it used to be – these days there are countless venues that are open for Monday-night trading, from fine-dining institutions to reliable neighbourhood eateries. If you want to line up a hot dinner date before the week gets too hectic, or if you're in hospo and are looking to make the most of your weekend, check out Brisbane’s Monday-night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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Pavement Whispers: nodo to join the West Village fold with a doughnut-slinging kiosk in Peters Lane
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Pavement Whispers: nodo to join the West Village fold with a doughnut-slinging kiosk in Peters Lane

It's a good time to be a doughnut lover in Brisbane. nodo, the bakery cafe brand specialising in gluten-free treats, is set to expand its portfolio by one with a new spot opening at West Village this August. This grab-and-go joint will be stocked to the brim with nodo's signature range of doughnuts, takeaway breakfast bites and barista-brewed coffee. Read on to find out what we know ... more

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The round-up: Brisbane's best American barbecue restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best American barbecue restaurants

Apologies in advance to all plant-based eaters out there – this round-up is strictly for the carnivores. This time around, we’re checking out the finest hunks of meat available around town. No, we’re not talking about Aussie Thunder Male Revue. We’re talking about barbecue – American barbecue, to be precise. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausages – if it’s smoky, saucy and meaty, it’s exactly what we’re after. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best bricks-and-mortar barbecue locations in Brisbane. Be wary of reading while hungry – this list will get the salivation glands working overtime. more

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Soak up the sunshine at Fortitude Valley's new social playground Summa House
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Soak up the sunshine at Fortitude Valley’s new social playground Summa House

It might be the middle of winter right now, but over on McLachlan Street in Fortitude Valley there's a place that parties like it' summer every day. Summa House is a 1100 square-foot open-air venue imbued with sunny vibes and balmy brilliance. With a kitchen dishing up elevated pub classics, bars turning out tropical cocktail jugs and a bottomless brunch that needs to be seen to be believed, Summa House is setting itself up to be a year-round, all-occasion celebration spot. more

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Bubble tea in the ‘burbs – the King of the Wings crew has opened The Royal Tea in Stafford
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Bubble tea in the ‘burbs – the King of the Wings crew has opened The Royal Tea in Stafford

First it conquered Brisbane's street-eats scene with its roaming food trucks, then it became a Stafford institution with its own bricks-and-mortar eatery. Now, King of the Wings is making forays into the world of bubble tea with its colourful new dispensary on Stafford Road. Slinging a range of milky, fruit-filled and frappe teas (as well as some boozy bubble tea beverages for King of the Wings next door), The Royal Tea is a must-try spot for those that go bonkers for boba. more


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Brendale scores big with two-in-one beer and barbecue spot Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ
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Brendale scores big with two-in-one beer and barbecue spot Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ

It's said that good things come in pairs. While we can't gauge the universal accuracy of that statement, we can confirm it absolutely rings true when referring to Tannis Brew and Meat Me BBQ – Brendale's buzzy new dual-concept locale. The result of a perfect pairing, this nanobrewery, coffee spot and casual eatery is wasting no time enticing the Moreton Bay community with craft cold ones, smoked chilli beef-shin tacos and brisket toasties. more

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Taiwanese bubble tea brand Milksha has opened its first Brisbane location in The City
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Taiwanese bubble tea brand Milksha has opened its first Brisbane location in The City

When it comes to bubble tea, Brisbane sippers are spoiled for choice. Even with a bevy of options at their fingertips, the Brisbane City debut of Taiwan-born bubble-tea dispenser Milksha was still big news to many die-hard drinkers. With more than 200 stores across Taiwan and around the globe, it was only a matter of time before Milksha made its way to Queensland. Now locals can get their lips around Milksha's earl grey tea lattes with honey pearls, Valrhona cocoa milk, ice blended orange green teas and much more. more

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Beloved cake and dessert maker Mountain River Patisserie unveils its new cafe in Runcorn
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Beloved cake and dessert maker Mountain River Patisserie unveils its new cafe in Runcorn

In the heart of Runcorn there exists a cluster of streets that share a particularly appetising produce-inspired naming scheme. Orange Street and Lemon Street branch off one side of Mango Street, while Pear Street and Plum Street peel away perpendicularly from the other. Down where Mango Street hits Nectarine Street, just an apricot-pit toss from Fruitgrove Station, sits the new home of Mountain River Patisserie. Though not a dispenser of berries, citrus, melons or drupes, the product produced here is just as sweet. After spending its infancy operating from Food Connect's Salisbury kitchen, Mountain River Patisserie now has a beautifully decorated cafe space of its own, where fans old and new can sample the dessert maker's handmade Hokkaido cheesecakes, castella and canelés alongside cups of specialty coffee, tea and matcha. more

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Roti and satay superstar Mamak opens its first Brisbane location in The City
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Roti and satay superstar Mamak opens its first Brisbane location in The City

It's not unusual to see lines stretching out from Mamak's Sydney and Melbourne eateries. So beloved is its Malaysian-style fare that folks will patiently wait for a chance to taste Mamak's nasi lemak, mee goreng, roti canai and fried chicken. Now, Brisbane has a Mamak location to call its own over on Charlotte Street, a tremendous addition to the inner city's lunchtime and evening dining scene. We took a look inside before its opening on Monday March 28 – have a peek for yourself before joining the queue to try! more

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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan's most lip-smacking fare
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Sweet treats, sudsy sips and smoky eats – where to taste test some of Logan’s most lip-smacking fare

Sometimes when you've lived in a city for so long, it can feel like you've wined and dined at every establishment, had your morning cuppa at every corner cafe or had one too many late-night HSP from that trusty kebab shop. If you want to broaden your horizons both from a culinarily and geographical perspective, then we think you should hop in the car and drive to a city not so far away – Logan. Brimming with mouth-watering fare from almost every country you can think of, this epicurean melting pot is worth diving into. Here are some top-notch spots for when you plan on embarking on a self-curated Logan food trail … more

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Sneak peek – Cartel Del Taco gears up to open its Hawthorne taqueria and bar next week
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Sneak peek – Cartel Del Taco gears up to open its Hawthorne taqueria and bar next week

We can't lie – even we have been guilty of rubbernecking as we cruise down Hawthorne Road, craning our necks to get a glimpse at the progress being made on Cartel Del Taco. We've been dreaming of melt-in-your-mouth al pastor tacos con todo, gooey birria tacos and sublime salt-rimmed margaritas since we announced the Mexican-inspired street taqueria's forthcoming opening back in September. Well, now we're happy to reveal that Cartel Del Taco will be officially opening its doors to the public on Friday April 1, giving taco-craving throngs a look inside its retro taqueria and bar. We were lucky to score a preview of the soon-to-open snack spot, including a glimpse at its tempting tacos and covetable tequila- and mezcal-infused cocktails. Here's what we saw ... more

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Howard Smith Wharves makes weekday eating easier with its Let's Lunch program
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Howard Smith Wharves makes weekday eating easier with its Let’s Lunch program

The dining precinct at Howard Smith Wharves has something for most tastes and the return of its month-long Let's Lunch program means now there is a host of budget-friendly lunch options for folks itching to sample Greca's Greek eats, Yoko's jaw-dropping Japanese fare or one of Stanley's sumptuous Chinese meals. Here's what's on offer from Monday to Friday at Howard Smith Wharves from now until Friday April 8. more

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Pavement Whispers: the Rosmarino team will soon open pizzeria and wine bar ETNA in The Valley
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Pavement Whispers: the Rosmarino team will soon open pizzeria and wine bar ETNA in The Valley

With their beloved Fortitude Valley restaurant still less than a year old, you'd think that Lauren Smith and Andrea Gatti, owners of Italian-inspired ristorante and wine bar Rosmarino, would be too busy to be considering expansion. Well, when opportunity knocks, it's best to answer. This September, the restaurateurs will double their presence in The Valley with ETNA – a pizzeria and wine joint specialising in crispy Napoli-style pizzas and natural vino. Here's what we know ... more

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Get your fix of banh mi, noodle bowls and Vietnamese-inspired bites from Phat Greens, Stafford's new takeaway spot
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Get your fix of banh mi, noodle bowls and Vietnamese-inspired bites from Phat Greens, Stafford’s new takeaway spot

It can be hard to cater for a big group feed, especially if many of its members have different dietary needs. The team behind Stafford's new takeaway-centric outpost Phat Greens know this all too well, which is why the crew has crafted its Vietnamese-inspired offering to flexibly cater to an assortment of tastes. If crusty banh mi, loaded rice-paper rolls, overflowing vermicelli bowls, salivation-worthy snacks and refreshing iced teas sound like a crowd-pleasing choice, direct your GPS to Phat Greens ASAP! more

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various types of cheese on rustic wooden table
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Portside Wharf’s IGA is getting a bougie makeover complete with a cheese bar and an in-house cafe

Boutique grocery stores are popping up all over Brisbane of late, with fancy features like squeeze-your-own orange juice, locally sourced deli meats, self-serve snacks and much more impressing the masses. Now, Hamilton's much-loved dining, shopping and entertainment precinct Portside Wharf is set to get it's own levelled-up supermarket with Zeneldin's IGA set to score an impressive expansion complete with a brand-new in-house cafe. more

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Rock shows and pizza dough – Fortitude Valley music hub The Zoo launches its own pizzeria
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Rock shows and pizza dough – Fortitude Valley music hub The Zoo launches its own pizzeria

Typically, the hunt for primo post-revelry pizza happens after you've put a cap on your night. Now, if you're catching a show at The Zoo, you can indulge in some sweet, sweet slice action while you're enjoying the gig. This weekend, the crew behind Fortitude Valley's storied live-music venue will officially launch Zoopreme Pizzeria, The Zoo's own in-house pizza kitchen that will be slinging Napoli-style pizzas until the wee hours. more