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From the coast to California Lane – Raw + Rice opens its first poke spot in The Valley
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From the coast to California Lane – Raw + Rice opens its first poke spot in The Valley

Since opening their first dedicated poke bar in Mooloolaba in 2017, the enterprising minds behind Raw + Rice have cornered the poké market across the Sunshine Coast. Last week Raw + Rice unveiled its first Brisbane location – a chic hole-in-the-wall space in California Lane. The booming alleyway space is a no-brainer option for the coast-born brand, with Raw + Rice’s nutritious, colourful and sustainably minded poke bowls proving the perfect addition to California Lane’s LA-inspired palm-tree aesthetic. more

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Taste the iconic flavours of New York City at Reuben's Deli & Bar in Paddington
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Taste the iconic flavours of New York City at Reuben’s Deli & Bar in Paddington

One of America’s oldest forms of street food is the humble sandwich – a simple menu item that, over time, has become the foundational building block of New York City’s iconic deli scene. Across generations, New York’s Jewish, German, Italian and Latino communities have added their own influences to the bubbling melting pot, creating the current iteration of deli-style dining known far and wide. Reuben’s Deli & Bar is a brand-new bar and eatery that is distilling the recipes and flavours of New York delis into an offering loaded with house-cured pastrami, slow-braised brisket, authentic mustard and plenty of local craft beer to boot. more

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Buns under the bridge – Betty's Burgers opens its Howard Smith Wharves riverside outpost
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Buns under the bridge – Betty’s Burgers opens its Howard Smith Wharves riverside outpost

Brisbane’s booming foodie precinct at Howard Smith Wharves continues to grow underneath the Story Bridge, but just when you think there wasn’t room for any more eateries, Betty’s Burgers opens and becomes the cherry on top of the area’s formidable array of options. Combining its signature selection of burgers, desserts and sides with some terrific riverside atmosphere, Betty’s Burgers (which is opening today, Tuesday May 28) is already shaping up to be a huge boon for one of the city’s popular hotspots. more

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The round-up: snack your way through South Bank's cheap eats
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The round-up: snack your way through South Bank’s cheap eats

Look, perhaps eating out has given your wallet a walloping, but who are we to judge? We love the finer things in life! Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the tasty goods available around town, it just means you need to make some smarter choices. South Bank’s major food hub is full of top-notch eateries, and many of them have well-priced options and deals that you’d be a fool to ignore. If you’ve got a little bit of cash left over, have a look at this list of South Bank’s cheap eats and keep your splurge streak going. more

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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries
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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries

When it comes to Asian eats, it doesn’t matter the cuisine – we’re always keen to chow down. So, imagine the ecstasy and excitement we felt when we heard that the Elizabeth Street Arcade was being transformed into a dedicated hub of Asian dining. Safe to say our appetites were inflamed to immeasurable levels. FudoDori’s announcement caused quite a stir when its initial plans were revealed in February, and now the first wave of eateries will open to the public within days. If you’re intrigued by the sound of tea-based cocktails, matcha soft-serve, Japanese-style hot dogs, modern Chinese and Japanese cuisine and more, read on, pals! more

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Unwined Bar & Kitchen pops the cork on new Racecourse Road hotspot
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Unwined Bar & Kitchen pops the cork on new Racecourse Road hotspot

A stellar list of vino and a menu of Nepalese-inspired eats are on the cards for Ascot’s newest eatery, which is set to open its doors to the public on Friday May 17. Unwined Bar & Kitchen is setting up shop in the cosy former home of The Stables Craft Bar & Kitchen, shifting gears from the froth-focused offering to concentrate on new-wave wines from young, emerging makers. In good news for Ascot locals, Unwined is also looking to set itself up as a low-key late-night haunt for night owls starved for suitable options. more


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Guilt-free noods – IKU Noodles opens in Post Office Square
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Guilt-free noods – IKU Noodles opens in Post Office Square

You’ve probably noticed, but any time someone propositions us with the prospect of a juicy nood, our heart rate spikes. Naturally, the news of a brand-new noodle concept opening in The City got us roused with ravenous desire, and we had to be first in line to sample. Hotly anticipated fast-casual noodle bar IKU has officially opened to the public today, Tuesday May 7, in the bustling food court at Post Office Square. If you like having oodles of options and a predilection for Japanese-inspired eats, make tracks for IKU post-haste. more

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The Lucky Egg crew debuts Mexican concept Trash Taco at Barbara
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The Lucky Egg crew debuts Mexican concept Trash Taco at Barbara

Good things come in small packages, which describes tacos to a T. Mouthfuls of delicious filling lovingly wrapped in warm tortillas? Sign us up! Likewise, Fortitude Valley’s newly open Trash Taco packs a mighty offering into a small footprint, delivering a deceptively large menu of Mexican eats from within Warner Street boozer Barbara. Officially opening today, Wednesday May 1, Trash Taco is slinging tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and snacks, as well as some margaritas and mescals for the sipping. more

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Iconic Japanese noodle chain Ramen Danbo opens its first Brisbane location
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Iconic Japanese noodle chain Ramen Danbo opens its first Brisbane location

Big news for fans of a juicy nood – famed Japanese ramen institution Ramen Danbo has made its way to Brisbane. After conquering the Gold Coast, Ramen Danbo is set to woo our tastebuds with its signature full-bodied tonkotsu-style ramen. Ramen Danbo is officially opening in South Brisbane today, Thursday March 28, and is already shaping up to be a must-try addition for lovers of creamy broth, locally sourced pork and artisan noodles. more

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Little Big House – Monday Night Dining Brisbane
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The round-up: what restaurants 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 can’t be bothered cooking after work (honestly, we feel you), check out Brisbane’s Monday-night scene and see what’s open using this handy list. more

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Get your fix of finger-lickin' goodness at Wing Fix's new Morningside eatery
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Get your fix of finger-lickin’ goodness at Wing Fix’s new Morningside eatery

When it comes to chicken wings, it’s next to impossible to settle for just one. At nearly any moment we’re down to devour dozens of the fried morsels, doused in the sauciest flavours at hand. Wing Fix has been catering to frenzied folks like us for a few years now, satiating crowds from its first market stall to its subsequent food truck. Wing Fix has evolved again, officially opening a new eatery in Morningside today. The crew is already slinging fresh batches of wings, tenders and flame-grilled burgers, so those jonesing for a bite now have a reliable source. more

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Winner winner – sample Chokh Di’s Thai-style charcoal-roasted chicken
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Winner winner – sample Chokh Di’s Thai-style charcoal-roasted chicken

It’s a tale as old as time – a traveller in a foreign country has a whirlwind encounter with someone that would change their life forever. In Dan Finn’s case, his encounter wasn’t necessarily a romantic one, unless you count falling head over heels for Thai cuisine a love story (we do). While exploring northern Thailand Dan encountered a chap in Chiang Rai dubbed the ‘Chicken Guy’ – a local vendor of succulent charcoal-roasted chicken whose simple fare enamoured Dan’s tastebuds. Now, Dan is bringing a piece of the Chicken Guy’s fare to Brisbane, cooking up his own interpretation of northern Thai street food at a series of pop-up events. more

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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