Cafes
alcove cafe and deli, wilston
Food & Drink

Breakfast and providores at Alcove Cafe and Deli, Wilston

Weekends at Alcove Cafe and Deli in Wilston are bustling as the providore pocket holds a mini market of artisan produce. From ferns to flowers and succulents, plants are displayed in sweet jute sacks, while servings of pistachios, dukkah and cinnamon sticks are packaged neatly alongside fresh mushrooms and avocados. more

Bars
the scratch, milton
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: The Scratch

Lurking beneath the shadow of the monumental Milton Brewery is craft beer dive The Scratch. A dimly lit den where high-end and low-key drinkers rub elbows, The Scratch serves independent craft beer from local and international boutique breweries. With no tap contracts in sight and rejecting brand loyalty, The Scratch’s taps and bottles are on constant rotation, meaning any well-tuned tastebud is kept ever captivated. Owners and beer-lovers Ben Nichols, Kieran Ryan and Patrick Shevlin are driven to inspire and educate visiting folk about the story of each beer, and encourage a serving of farmhouse cheese alongside your pint. Check out The Scratch on The Street Photographer. more

Restaurants
dos amigos, taringa
Food & Drink

Find spicy Jalapeño Poppers at Dos Amigos, Taringa

With the ever-expanding number of food chains popping up around town, Mexican fever is on our minds. But before the Guzmans and the Tuckerias came to town, Dos Amigos was sitting up on a hill in Taringa serving up authentic Mexican meals to the burrito inclined. A forefather of Mexican cuisine in Brisbane, Dos Amigos has been frying beans and wrapping tortillas since 1987. more


Restaurants
beef cheeks brisbane
Food & Drink

Tuck into beef cheeks at Simpatico, Ortiga and The Survey Co.

Taking that first bite of a butter-soft, succulent beef cheek can change your palate forever, as the taste of the rich, sticky juices is implanted in your memory long after the plate has been wiped clean with a slab of bread. Requiring a decent investment of time to make – albeit a rewarding one – beef cheeks obtain their tenderness from being cooked very slowly, until they can be cut with the side of a spoon and scooped onto your plate with its precious juices. more

Cafes
Bean On Dean, Toowong
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Bean On Dean

Rustic wooden cafe tables sit atop vintage Singer sewing-machine bases, while herbs grow in the courtyard and vintage cotton spools are used as table numbers – welcome to the peaceful ambience of Bean On Dean in Toowong. It may be a busy breakfast nook of families, lady-date catch-ups and rolled-out-of-bed students, but Bean On Dean manages to pack a lot in while still keeping things spacious and restful. Inside, soft-glowing cage lighting contrasts the delicate jars of herbs and ferns, while the street-art wall mural and bright green La Marzocco machine serving creamy Campos lattes perks up visitors. Check out Bean On Dean on The Street Photographer. more

Restaurants
La Sala del Prado, QAG
Food & Drink

Indulge in authentic Spanish tapas at La Sala del Prado

Imagine you’re an artist in Spain, drinking freshly poured glasses of sangria in between painting canvases, while the delicate sound of flamenco guitar caresses your ears. The Sala Cafe in La Sala del Prado at the Queensland Art Gallery transports you to this dreamy landscape as you try your hand at life drawing and sample authentic cuisine from this colourful culture. more

Cafes
spanakopita, newstead
Food & Drink

Newstead’s Spanakopita opens for breakfast

Makers of glorious parcels of spinach and cheese, Spanakopita in Newstead is now open for breakfast. Switching its flaky filo pastry options to the sweet side of things of a morning, try the vanilla bean curd-filled Bougatsa dusted in icing sugar. more

Restaurants
Sichuan Bang Bang, Kenmore
Food & Drink

Chinese haunt Sichuan Bang Bang opens in Kenmore

Serving the traditional cuisine of the Sichuan province in south-west China is new Kenmore restaurant Sichuan Bang Bang. Moving in to a space that was originally a Chinese takeaway shop that had been there since 1968, new owner Renata Roberts has gutted and re-fitted the shop with Chinese and custom-made furniture and a new kitchen, but she has kept the original signage above the store as a tribute to the locale’s history. more

Cafes
champ kitchen + bar, south bank
Food & Drink

Anouk opens champ kitchen + bar at South Bank

A new foodie creation by Justine Whelan (of Anouk fame) has opened at South Bank. Located on the ground floor of the ABC’s headquarters, champ kitchen + bar is the first of many new restaurants that are set to open up on the Cultural Forecourt end of South Bank’s main street. more

Cafes
Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters, Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The Street Photographer: Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters

The Gowty family has built themselves a little coffee empire, with four Brother Espresso cafes and the Bread & Butter general store now under its wing. At the heart of these cafes is their own brand of coffee, roasted out of a warehouse-meets-cathedral-like space in the side streets of Fortitude Valley. Opened in 2010, Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters is a half-cylindrical space where the roastery mixes with an expansive cafe. Metal caging and stained glass separate the half-pipe into open sections, with a street-art decorated, sun-lit counter and roaster space at the front and a leafy, aviary-esque nook at the back. Named after Grandfather E. G. Gowty, who was drafted to the 5th Battery 2/2 Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment in World War II, Fifth Battery Coffee Roasters is a chilled spot for a light breakfast accompanied by a mean cup of specialty espresso that’s been sourced, secured… more