Treats
Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Let’s get messy – Gelato Messina unveils its brand-new gelateria in Fortitude Valley

It’s not uncommon to see a throng of dessert seekers jostling for viewing position in front of the cabinets at Gelato Messina’s South Brisbane store. The creamery’s first Brisbane location has been busy since it first opened its doors, but those fed up with bumping elbows for a taste now have another spot to get their Gelato Messina fix. This week the sought-after name opened a modish new location off James Street, hawking its drool-worthy selection right near The Calile Hotel. more

Restaurants
Enjoy old-school Euro vibes and stellar drops at Fortitude Valley's Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Enjoy old-school Euro vibes and stellar drops at Fortitude Valley’s Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar

Brothers Daniel and Mark Rotolone are two culinary figures that would be familiar to patrons of New Farm’s Vine Restaurant. The Moray Street eatery is known for its flavoursome take on modern Italian, earning a cult following since opening its doors in 2005. Mosconi Restaurant & Wine Bar is the Rotolone’s newest venture – an intimate and beautifully appointed dining destination sitting snugly on Arthur Street. Mosconi is now open, and is pairing its smart interpretation of European fare with some truly excellent wines. more

Bars
From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery
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From vineyard to The Valley – Gerler Wines officially unveils City Winery

The finest wines aren’t the ones with an exorbitant price tag. Rather, the best drops are ones that have a story to tell. Gerler Wines is all about telling stories – from that of its namesake inspiration Carl Gerler to the finer details of the grapes it sources – and the boutique winemaker’s latest project is shaping up to be a significant chapter in its own right. Opening today, City Winery is the result of a three-year process to bring boutique winemaking into Brisbane’s inner city. The micro-winery-cum-restaurant is not only an eye-catching spot for sampling Gerler wines and hearty fare, but also an opportunity for wine lovers to learn about the winemaking process, while simultaneously demystifying the industry for newcomers. more

Restaurants
joy. restaurant brings Japanese and Nordic-inspired fare and intimate vibes to Bakery Lane
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joy. restaurant brings Japanese and Nordic-inspired fare and intimate vibes to Bakery Lane

It’s rare that one gets the opportunity to start a business that not only perfectly reflects your tastes but also is an embodiment of your personality. It’s even more rare that you get to open said business with someone you gel with on a harmonious and symbiotic level. For Tim and Sarah Scott, their forthcoming ten-seater joy. restaurant is the product of their shared vision – an intimate eatery that delivers a purposeful and refined dining experience that is as-yet unseen anywhere else in Brisbane. joy. restaurant opens on Friday March 22, but we've been lucky enough to be granted a peek inside ahead of its anticipated opening ... more

Bars
Lucky Egg – Brisbane fried chicken
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The round-up: snack on Brisbane’s best finger lickin’ fried chicken

Put down the KFC bucket – no matter how many secret herbs and spices are sprinkled on top, the best fried chicken in Brisbane cannot be found at a fast food joint. Fried chicken is the ultimate comfort food and is exponentially better when made with love and care. Several locales in town are known for crunchy wings and flavoursome fillets, so if you only settle for the best, you are going to want to put these places to the test. more

Restaurants
The La Lune team invigorate Woolloongabba's dining scene with Corella
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The La Lune team invigorate Woolloongabba’s dining scene with Corella

When you hear the names Paul McGivern and Bailee Dewes attached to any kind of hospitality venture, it indicates a particular standard of excellence. We’re not being facetious – their pedigree speaks for itself. The team that gave Brisbane The Wolfe and La Lune Wine Co is taking a slightly different tangent for its newest concept Corella. Officially opening on Thursday March 14, this Woolloongabba eatery is inspired by the idea of uniting the community around a central meeting point, and eschews the notion of ‘special occasion’ dining in favour of delivering an eatery that can be enjoyed by locals nearly any day of the week. more


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Food News
The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle
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The Weekend Series: five non-alcoholic alternatives to wet your whistle

Whether you’re a non-drinker, the designated driver, on a health kick, pregnant, not in the mood or even just hungover from the night before – we know that up until recently, your non-alcoholic alternatives kinda sucked. Your options were either swamped with sugar or dull and tasteless. But not anymore. We welcome in the new wave of non-alcoholic spirits and wines to get the party started (but keep the party-guilt away). more

Bars
Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane
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Maeve Wine brings duck-ham crumpets, rare drops and heritage charm to South Brisbane

A mere mention of South Brisbane's Queensland National Bank building may not ring any bells to you, but we can guarantee you're familiar with this heritage-listed beauty. Sitting pretty on the corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, opposite QPAC and neighbouring Fish Lane, the building has previously lived a rather financial life, but as of today its first floor is home to a more liquid kind of currency. Through heavy heritage copper doors and up winding burgundy steps, Maeve Wine is waiting to deposit some moreish morsels into your mouth. more

Cafes
Grumpy Madam delivers scrumptious mood-boosting brunch to Newstead
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Grumpy Madam delivers scrumptious mood-boosting brunch to Newstead

A top-ten finish on the 2016 season of My Kitchen Rules was all it took to turn Gareth Cochrane from a miner with a passion for home cooking into a bona fide hospitality lifer. The edifying experience ignited the burners of Gareth’s motivation centre, spurring the budding chef to open a cafe of his own. Grumpy Madam is Gareth’s newly open nosh nook – an airy venue that’s all about refined simplicity and familiar comforts. more

Bars
Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar
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Emporium Hotel shows off the understated luxury of its brand-new Piano Bar

It’s been a whirlwind six-month stretch for the Anthony John Group, which has celebrated the opening of its five-star hotel at Southpoint with a procession of food and beverage offerings. Following on from the openings of Parisian-inspired patisserie Belle Epoque and stunning rooftop bar The Terrace, Emporium Hotel has unveiled its eye-catching art deco influenced Piano Bar. Showcasing a blend of refined opulence and approachable convenience, the Piano Bar is the ideal spot for a handy meeting point, an elegant evening out or a post-dinner nightcap. more

Food News
The round-up: Brisbane’s best food trucks
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best food trucks

Food trucks aren’t a novel concept to Brisbane eaters – mobile food wagons have been slinging street-food for years now. That being said, the food-truck scene is constantly evolving and more and more wagons are hitting our streets every year. From burgers and pizza to gelato and mac ‘n’ cheese, there are plenty of options to try. We’ve assembled a quick hit-list of must-try food trucks worth seeking out when you’ve got a hankering for mobile munchies. more

Treats
Jocelyn's Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane
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Jocelyn’s Provisions settles into new digs on Ada Lane

For most of its existence, Jocelyn’s Provisions has always had a presence on James Street. Even during the temporary displacement of its long-running flagship during construction of The Calile Hotel, Jocelyn's kept the flame alive at its pop-up space near Gerard's Bar. With construction now complete, the famed purveyor of mouth-watering baked goods is back in its rightful place, reaping the rewards of patience as the first tenant to open on James Street’s new foodie strip Ada Lane. Friday March 8 saw Jocelyn’s Provisions open its revamped James Street spot, showcasing its decadent treats and savoury snacks from within a chic shopfront. more

Restaurants
NOTA energises Paddington's dining scene with hearty and rustic fare
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NOTA energises Paddington’s dining scene with hearty and rustic fare

It is universally known that, put quite simply, teamwork makes the dream work. When it comes to the buzzing environment of a restaurant kitchen, this is especially true – too many cooks only spoil the broth when they're not on the same page. Paddington’s newest hotspot is the result of two kindred culinary spirits bringing together their ideas and techniques to realise a singular vision. NOTA is opening this Friday March 8 and from what we've seen so far, we predict a harmonious union of ideas, flavours and textures. more

Cafes
Go with the flow – Spring Hill welcomes contemporary coffee spot The Flo
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Go with the flow – Spring Hill welcomes contemporary coffee spot The Flo

After undergoing a few months of refurbishment, the Spring Marketplace on the corner of Little Edward and Boundary Streets is showing signs of life. A new coffee nook has bloomed from the development’s fresh foundations, offering top-notch espresso pours, some tasty grab-and-go bites and bouquets of flowers to gift or spruce up your own living space. The Flo is now open, and is already proving to be an eye-catching addition to the local cafe scene. more

Bars
Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG's space-aged arcade bar is almost here
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Limber up and loosen your shoulders – iPONG’s space-aged arcade bar is almost here

Attention all sharpshooters and hawk-eyed bullseye bandits – there’s a new haunt in town that is shaping up to be the perfect place to show off your impressive marksmanship. iPONG is a futuristic arcade and bar that is bringing Brisbane its first taste of the latest range of digitised games – pong and darts. If you’ve got a competitive spirit, or are simply looking for a fun hangout spot for you and your crew, search for iPONG’s Tron-inspired facade when it officially opens on Saturday March 9. more

Bars
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