Restaurants
Depo, West End
Food & Drink

Design and food unite at new Depo in West End

Having executed the designs of Limes Hotel, Alfred & Constance and the newly opened Alfredo’s Pizzeria, local design maven Alexander Lotersztain has now opened his own restaurant, Depo, in West End, pairing up with Dutch chef and co-owner Erik van Genderen. West End natives may recognise Erik from his other local venture, Gear bike store, which he opened in 2009. A chance meeting with Alex saw the pair inspired to collaborate, transforming the space next to Alex’s Horan Street design studio, Derlot, into a homely foodie dwelling. more

Restaurants
Cut Steakhouse & Tapas, Petrie Terrace
Food & Drink

The Gambaros open Cut Steakhouse & Tapas

With a focus on succulent steaks paired with crisp local wines, Cut Steakhouse & Tapas is the latest establishment from the Gambaro family. From the family’s first fish and chip shop on Petrie Terrace in 1953, the Gambaro foodie empire has surpassed the seafood lifeblood, homing in on the cattle end of surf and turf at the newly opened Caxton Street steakhouse. more

Restaurants
Popolo brunch
Food & Drink

Popolo introduces a brunch on weekends

Italian eatery Popolo has extended its trading hours to weekend mornings with the launch of its brunch menu. Taking advantage of its setting by the Brisbane River, and the soft light that floods into the restaurant of a morning, Popolo has decided to begin breakfast trade from 8:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant has been quietly trialling its menu for the past few weeks, and the green eggs and ham – a serve of ham and poached eggs on ciabatta topped with a dollop of pesto – has proven to be a popular choice. There’s also a selection of breakfast cocktails such as bloody marys and Italian mimosas to kickstart the weekend. more

Bars
Le Comptoir Général, Paris
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The Street Photographer: Le Comptoir Général, Paris

Unless you know the way to Le Comptoir Général, hidden away off the banks of the canal in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, there’s a good chance you could spend your entire life oblivious to its existence. But then that would be a shame, as this rustic tipple joint and self-proclaimed ‘temple of ghetto culture’ is an adventure in itself. A ghetto museum by day, home to curiously named sections such as La Petite Boutique des Horreurs (The Little Shop of Horrors), Le Cabinet de Sorcellerie (The Witchcraft Cabinet) and Le Centre des Objets Perdu (The Centre for Lost Property), the locale begins to swell with stylish revellers sipping on jungle punch and African beers as the sun begins to fade, when it takes on its other identity as a bar. The concept behind Le Comptoir Général is a tribute to the creativity that springs up in poor or marginalised places all over the… more


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Brunch at River Quay, South Bank
Food & Drink

River Quay beckons with tasty lunch treats

The riverside setting of River Quay transforms into a cosy haven when you are tucked under a warm heater with a delicious meal in front of you. To entice Brisbanites to emerge from their winter slumber, River Quay’s restaurants have teamed up to create a menu of weekday lunchtime specials for winter. All five restaurants – Popolo, Stokehouse Q, Aquitaine Brasserie, Cove Bar and Dining, and The Jetty – have their own deals running, with lunchtime packages starting from $25. more

Cafes
Cafe Regular, Cairo
Food & Drink

Short film: Cafe Regular, Cairo

Culture is an incredibly fascinating and somewhat nebulous term that differs between time and place. Set in the culturally ubiquitous setting of a cafe, Café Regular, Cairo is a short film that eavesdrops on a couple discussing a very taboo topic in a very public setting. As the couple begins to chat about their private life over a coffee, the film not only examines Egyptian culture, but also the strength of a relationship. The endearing film has screened at more than 40 film festivals across the globe, and was followed by director Ritesh Batra’s latest output, The Lunchbox, which won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Image via Labkultr. more

Cafes
Moose & Gibson, Woolloongabba
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New cafe Moose & Gibson opens in Woolloongabba

The research required for some ventures is often enviable, which is the case for new Woolloongabba cafe, Moose & Gibson. While refining the concept for their new cafe, Danielle and Malcom Watts of Tarragindi’s Leaf Espresso Bar, along with business partner Scott Higginbotham, tripped south to Melbourne to spend their mornings in the city’s many clandestine cafes. more

Cafes
The Grande Caffé, Northgate
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The Grande Caffé opens in a shipping container in Northgate

Food lovers Joe Lafauce and Viv Datta met while Viv was working at his former post as a barista, and the two instantly connected on all things food and coffee. Upon discovering an empty shipping container in front of Grand Ideas near Northgate train station, the pieces for their new locale, The Grande Caffé, swiftly fell into place. more

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Big Night film
Food & Drink

Foodie film flashback: Big Night

Named as “one of the great food movies” by Roger Ebert, Stanley Tucci’s 1996 film Big Night tells the story of two brothers, Primo and Secondo, who think of food as a language that connects them to God. The film takes place in the 1950s, and Primo and Secondo have just moved to America from Italy to start their own restaurant. Customers are few and far between, but the brothers’ passion for food is unwavering. As the film follows the pair struggling to keep their restaurant afloat, the audience is teased with shots of buttery risotto, freshly rolled pasta dough and rich pasta sauces. Not a film to revisit on an empty stomach. Image via Nerdvampire’s Film Blog. more

Treats
The Cocoagraph
Food & Drink

Photographs and chocolate make a charming match with The Cocoagraph

Did your grandmother often scare you as child with her taunts that you were cute enough to eat? That stuff is scary when you still think that there’s a monster under the bed. If your grandmother is still of this inclination, or anyone you know for that matter, finally their wish has been granted with the invention of The Cocoagraph. Polaroid-style photographs printed onto slabs of fairtrade chocolate, Cocoagraphs are the creation of Californian creative Rae Vittorelli. Customers upload their photographs and choose what chocolate they’d like their image printed on. Rae then sets about creating the Cocoagraphs, finally transforming your face into a tasty treat. more

Cafes
The Little Pantry, New Farm
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The Street Photographer: The Little Pantry

Tucked just beyond the busy strip of James Street, The Little Pantry is a reward for those curious enough to explore the fringe of the Fortitude Valley precinct. Low-key and low-fuss, the cafe offers eclectic surrounds in which to take your morning breakfast and coffee, with lots of books, wooden textures and other trinkets to run your eye over during the meal. This week we explored the charming setting of The Little Pantry on The Street Photographer. more