Food News
Get on the beers – Heaps Normal redefines the pot of gold with a zero-alcohol lager
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Get on the beers – Heaps Normal redefines the pot of gold with a zero-alcohol lager

Australians, on the whole, can be a thirsty bunch. When it comes to alcohol, however, the tide may be turning with many Australians opting to cut back on the booze or kick it to the curb, for good. Once upon a time, non-drinkers were left with a choice between soft drinks, juice or mocktails. Thankfully, the shift in consumer behaviour has inspired some really excellent craft breweries and distilleries to pursue low- and no-alcohol options that can go head-to-head with its full-strength peers in terms of taste and flavour profiles. One such player that has made some serious waves on the scene is Heaps Normal, which just this week unveiled its second non-alcoholic brew, Another Lager. more

Bars
The round-up: what's open on the January 26 public holiday
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The round-up: what’s open on the January 26 public holiday

As much as we love a public holiday, The Weekend Edition team believes that January 26 is not a date to celebrate. We would like to acknowledge the significance of this date for Indigenous Australians and fully support changing the date for an inclusive celebration that every Australian can enjoy. That said, if you do happen to find yourself in need of a strong coffee or something a little more substantial on Wednesday January 26, there are a bunch of places that are opening their doors that need our continued support during these challenging times. Here’s a handy list … more

Restaurants
The Pizzantica team opens Antica – a premium pizzeria and kitchen – in Wilston
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The Pizzantica team opens Antica – a premium pizzeria and kitchen – in Wilston

Whether you've snagged a slice from its roaming kombi van or have chowed down on some stellar Italian fare at its former New Farm HQ, you'll agree that few Italian eateries nail a slice quite like Pizzantica. After existing for years as a nomadic operation, Pizzantica finally boasts a brick-and-mortar restaurant that is completely its own. Antica officially opened to the public on Wednesday January 19, showing off a range of appetising antipasti, primo pasta, mouth-watering mains, crave-worthy cocktails and, of course, perfect pizzas. We took a peek inside on opening day – here's what we saw ... more

Cafes
West End welcomes fresh-faced plant-based cafe Cinnamon & Co.
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West End welcomes fresh-faced plant-based cafe Cinnamon & Co.

West End continues to be a booming suburb for plant-based nosh. Hardgrave Road in particular is becoming a strip known for vegan eats, especially with the recent opening of Cinnamon & Co. Owned and operated by a chef that has spent years slinging nourishing plant-based fare around Brisbane, this two-level cafe also doubles as a relaxing space to kick back. Sounds pretty good to us! Take a look inside ... more

Cafes
The Blackout crew opens the doors to its new St Lucia espresso bar If You Say So
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The Blackout crew opens the doors to its new St Lucia espresso bar If You Say So

Any coffee spot that operates 365 days a year is going to earn a loyal following of caffeine fiends. Paddington dispensary Blackout is one of the suburb's most frequented nooks not only because it's committed to giving folks a fix all year long, but also because the team goes to great lengths to ensure each cup is a damn good one. If You Say So – Blackout team's brand-new espresso bar – is taking its sibling's dependability and adherence to quality and transporting it a few suburbs south to St Lucia. The charming caffeinery officially opens today, Monday January 17 – have a look inside ... more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: where to take a bite out of Brisbane's best breakfast rolls
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The round-up: where to take a bite out of Brisbane’s best breakfast rolls

While bacon and eggs reigns supreme as the greatest breakfast dish of all time, the more portable breakfast roll – featuring bacon, eggs, cheese and a dollop of sauce between a set of soft buns – takes top marks for grab-and-go convenience. Whether you spell it brekkie or breaky, the breakfast bun is a cafe staple, therefore we've decided to see if we could narrow down some of Brisbane's best. First, we have a couple of qualifiers. This is by no means an exhaustive list – it's an ever-evolving summary of stand-out selections. We've also made the choice to exclude more prototypical sandwiches, breakfast wraps and bagel-based options. Now, without further ado, here's our list of Brisbane's most bangin' breakfast rolls ... more

Casual Dining
Pavement Whispers: Phat Greens, the takeaway-oriented sibling of Oh Boy, Bok Choy!, is bringing banh mi, bowls and bao to Stafford
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Pavement Whispers: Phat Greens, the takeaway-oriented sibling of Oh Boy, Bok Choy!, is bringing banh mi, bowls and bao to Stafford

Every time the team behind Kedron cafe Farm House and Stafford's Oh Boy, Bok Choy! does something new, we sit up and take notice. Next Wednesday January 26 the team will open Phat Greens, a vegan- and vegetarian-friendly dispensary specialising in Asian-inspired takeaway eats and iced tea. We're talking fresh salads, loaded bao buns, mouth-watering rice and noodle bowls, and a selection of banh mi filled with top-notch ingredients. Here's what we know ... more


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Catalina South Brisbane
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Pavement Whispers: Catalina, a rooftop restaurant and bar boasting skyline views, is coming to South Brisbane

Okay, imagine this – a Mediterranean-inspired beach club, but in the sky. Okay yes, it sounds far-fetched but bear with us. You're on a rooftop several stories above terra firma, an infinity pool stretches out in front of you to the lip of the building and off in the distance is city skyline in all of its splendour. To your back there's an open-air terrace with cabana lounges and a chic restaurant, too. The sun is out, the sky is blue (so is the pool) and the drinks are cold. Although it sounds like an unreal conjuring out of our wildest dreams, it's actually something that will become a reality in late February. Catalina is a soon-to-open 1500-sqm rooftop bar and eatery taking resort-style vibes to sun-kissed heights. Here's what we know ... more

Food News
The exterior of Sushi Room at The Calile Hotel
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The round-up: the most anticipated openings in Brisbane this year

Despite the year getting off to a rocky start, 2022 still holds a lot of promise. Just take a look at our dining scene, which grew by leaps and bounds in 2021 and looks set to continue the trend well into the new year. The next 12 months could prove to be equally fruitful, with the arrival of a high-end sushi restaurant, a history-rich distillery and the opening of a Queensland flagship for one of Melbourne's most celebrated bakers. Here is a list of the most anticipated openings slated to take Brisbane by storm in 2022 ... more

Food News
Julius Pizzeria | Brisbane's ten best restaurants
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Pavement Whispers: the Julius and Beccofino team set to open a new Italian restaurant in Newstead

It goes without saying that if you live in Brisbane and you love Italian food, you're very well acquainted with Beccofino and Julius Pizzeria. For almost two decades, Beccofino has pleased our palates with its comforting menu of Italian classics in Teneriffe, while over in South Brisbane, Julius has consistently satisfied our woodfired pizza cravings for more than seven years. The team has just announced that this year will see them bring to life an entirely new Italian concept in Newstead, due to open in mid-2022. more

Treats
Get the scoop – Anita Gelato brings its world-renowned range to West Village
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Get the scoop – Anita Gelato brings its world-renowned range to West Village

For some, the name Anita Gelato stirs up feelings of heart-fluttering excitement and sets saliva glands into overdrive. The brand is famous across the globe for its decadent, hand-made and real cream-based gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbets – with a portfolio of flavours tallying over 150 varieties. If you hadn't already heard, here's the scoop – Anita Gelato has arrived in Brisbane! Nestled in the heart of West Village, Anita Gelato's flagship Brisbane store has been dishing out cup after cup (and cone after cone) of silky gelato and frozen yoghurt, each hefty serve topped with addictive jams, rich sauces, mixed lollies and a moreish wafer. If gelato makes you giddy, read on and treat yourself to the tasty details ... more

Bakeries
Hungarian-inspired street sweets and slab cakes abound at West End newcomer Kürtősh
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Hungarian-inspired street sweets and slab cakes abound at West End newcomer Kürtősh

Just when you think you've sampled every kind of baked goodie or dessert under the sun, a new variety or two will pop up to tantalise your tastebuds. Kürtősh, a Sydney-born purveyor of slab cakes, cookies and pastries, opened at West Village just before Christmas, showcasing its range of delectable delights made using time-tested family recipes – including some eye-catching (and drool-worthy) options inspired by the street-food scene of Hungary! more

Best of Brisbane
manly boathouse classic battered fish and chips
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best fish-and-chip spots

Few cuisines suit the Australian summer more than fish and chips. Battered, crumbed or fried – as long as it comes wrapped tightly in a paper parcel with a slice of lemon and some chips and calamari on the side then anything goes. Brisbane has a bunch of great, local fish and chip spots and with the seasons about to change we thought it would be a good idea to encourage you to get your fin fix while the weather is warm. more

Casual Dining
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

Food News
KitKat has teamed up with Byron Bay Cookies and be still our beating hearts
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KitKat has teamed up with Byron Bay Cookies and be still our beating hearts

After the last few chaotic weeks, we're sure that we're not speaking for just ourselves when we say that we're in a need of a sweet treat. Thankfully, our prayers for confectionery have been answered in the form of a tasty new collaboration between KitKat and Byron Bay Cookies. Two tastebud-tantalising flavours have just hit supermarket shelves, so here's all the ooey, gooey goodness you need to know ... more

Bars
ESSA | Brisbane's biggest openings of 2021
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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year

Well, here we are. The end of the year is imminent, which means it is time to take stock of the year that was. Even with a succession of snap lockdowns and the continuation of dining restrictions, Brisbane's dining scene continued to flourish. New eateries appeared at a rapid rate, forcing us to scramble just to make sure we covered them all! All told, 2021 brought us new glamorous bistros, high-end diners, killer cafes, brilliant bars and much, much more. We've compiled a list of stand-outs from the past 12 months. While not an exhaustive selection, it does offer a snapshot of the diverse array of arrivals we had the privilege of checking out this year. more

Bakeries
The year in review: the trends and tastes that shaped Brisbane in 2021
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The year in review: the trends and tastes that shaped Brisbane in 2021

Here we are, bleary eyed and weary at the end of another year. While we can't say that 2021 was an amazing year for the world at large, there were still some bright spots worth celebrating. The year that was saw Brisbane's dining scene evolve in interesting ways, from the massive influx of new Italian-inspired eateries to the return of the sambo. We're taking a look back to commemorate the notable happenings in the Brisbane foodie landscape and also spotlight some of the pieces that resonated with you, our dear readers, the most ... more

Bars
Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion
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Lauded sommelier Ian Trinkle opens boutique wine space Wineism in Albion

For the oenophiles of Brisbane, the name Ian Trinkle is synonymous with exceptional wine. The renowned sommelier was responsible for the curation of the award-winning wine lists at Aria Brisbane and Howard Smith Wharves, and is now turning his attention to crafting an expansive selection that knows no bounds, available to the public whenever they desire. Together with his wife Liz Trinkle and long-time family friend Aaron Mullan, Ian has launched Wineism, a first-of-its-kind boutique wine space in the heart of Albion. more

Bars
Slake your thirst with some sudsy sips at West End's new brewery Parched
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Slake your thirst with some sudsy sips at West End’s new brewery Parched

With the summer temperatures being what they are, there's a seriously high chance that your thirst levels are elevated above normal. If the heat has left you craving a cold one, then allow us to introduce you to Parched – an appropriately named brewery that officially opened its doors to the public last week. With 16 taps dedicated to pouring thirst-quenching tipples and a kitchen specialising in elevated pub-style eats, Parched is poised to become a popular summer respite for connecting, socialising, sipping and snacking. more