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Izakaya vibes and Japanese eats abound at Teneriffe newcomer Hikari
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Izakaya vibes and Japanese eats abound at Teneriffe newcomer Hikari

The past three months have been a whirlwind for Japanese chef Joon Shimamura. After relocating to Australia with his family in the latter half of 2018, he immediately got to work opening a brand-new restaurant in the heart of Teneriffe. This frenzy of activity seems to have paid off – Hikari opened just before the end of 2018, dishing up a savvy interpretation of izakaya-style cuisine. The name hikari means gleam or light in Japanese, and the restaurant is perfectly placed as a shining beacon for fans of sushi, sashimi, sake and more. more

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Get excited for the new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in 2019
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Get excited for the new restaurants, bars and cafes opening in 2019

It’s going to be a tall order to top the banner year Brisbane’s dining scene had in 2018, but we truly believe that this year is going to be just as exciting for foodies. We know it’s only January, but there are numerous openings on the horizon that have got us keyed up with anticipation. We’ve assembled a handy list of announcements to keep an eye on, including brand-new dining precincts, inner-city wineries, riverside eateries and much more. more

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The round-up: what's open in Brisbane on Boxing Day
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane on Boxing Day

Real talk – Boxing Day is totally underrated. Whether you’re a fiend for the sales, hanging to check out the latest blockbuster at the movies or simply just want to chill, this is the time to do it. If the stacks of leftover ham in your fridge are giving you Christmas food coma PTSD, we’ve tracked down the spots in Brisbane that are trading this Boxing Day. more

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Howard Smith Wharves welcomes modern Greek taverna Greca
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Howard Smith Wharves welcomes modern Greek taverna Greca

The last two weeks of rapid-fire openings at Howard Smith Wharves have left us giddy with excitement and it's not stopping any time soon – this weekend will mark the arrival of Jonathan Barthelmess’ highly anticipated new restaurant, Greca. After conquering the tastebuds of Sydney and Tokyo, Jonathan has come to Brisbane, bringing with him tonnes of taramasalata, a surplus of saganaki and deluge of dolmades. Greca officially opens on Saturday December 8, but we couldn’t resist the chance to get in early to have a closer look. more

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Pasta laboratory Ripiena officially opens in Fortitude Valley
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Pasta laboratory Ripiena officially opens in Fortitude Valley

Making pasta is easy to learn but hard to master, meaning that crafting the best pasta is a skill akin to high art. While too modest to claim a mastery of the pasta-making craft, Nicoló Campagnari is no doubt exceptionally skilled at making mouth-watering tortellini and agnolotti. Today, Monday December 10, Nicoló and Anita Campagnari are opening Ripiena in Fortitude Valley. Ripiena is a hole-in-the-wall pasta joint looking to prove that the perfect pasta is best made (and served) in an uncomplicated manner, letting exceptional ingredients speak for themselves. more

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Tex-Mex eatery El Camino Cantina opens its colour-soaked digs on King Street
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Tex-Mex eatery El Camino Cantina opens its colour-soaked digs on King Street

From giant glasses of frozen margarita and unlimited corn chips and salsa to gargantuan servings of nachos and fat burritos, anyone that has been to an El Camino Cantina knows it doesn’t do things by halves. Inspired by the neon-lit eateries of the Lone Star State, Rockpool Dining Group’s vibrant concept looks to offer an authentic Tex-Mex experience – plating up dishes synonymous with the popular border cuisine. El Camino Cantina kicks of its three-day opening fiesta this evening, showcasing its jam-packed menu to Brisbane eaters for the first time. more

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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best places for lunch as chosen by you
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The round-up: Brisbane’s ten best places for lunch as chosen by you

Here at The Weekend Edition, we’re huge fans of the fun lunch. Sure, we have our fair share of desk-bound leftovers and toasted sandwiches, but we jump at the opportunity to explore our culinary horizons when the midday pangs hit. If your two-day-old salad is looking a little limp, we’ve got ten toothsome ideas to bring your lunchtime back to life. Presenting Brisbane’s ten best places for lunch as voted by you, our readers, in The Weekend Edition’s 11th annual EAT/drink Awards in 2018. more


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The round-up: Brisbane's must-try openings of 2018
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The round-up: Brisbane’s must-try openings of 2018

Phew, what a year it’s been! We’re only a few weeks away from the festive season and the New Year’s celebrations, but it seems like there’s still so much more to cram in before 2018 wraps up for good. Thankfully we’ve got some much-needed holiday time on the horizon, which should allow us to take a breath and look back at everything that’s happened this year. If you’ve been too busy to cast your eyes north, you might not have noticed Brisbane’s banner year in terms of new openings. Bars, cafes, hotels, restaurants – 2018 was a boom year for top-tier hospitality arrivals. If you’re planning a trip up the M1 over summer, pencil a stop or three at some of the best new openings in Brisbane over the past 12 months. more

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Ancestry meets modernity – pan-Asian restaurant Tai Tai opens in South Bank
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Ancestry meets modernity – pan-Asian restaurant Tai Tai opens in South Bank

Mantle Hospitality Group already boasts a plethora of well-received dining concepts in its portfolio, but its latest addition might be the operation’s most personal eatery yet. Quietly opening earlier this week, Mantle Group’s Tai Tai is the newest eatery to join South Bank’s percolating dining scene – a restaurant immersed in ancestral history, traditional Chinese and South East Asian influences and an abundance of diverse flavours. more

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Salivate over the steaks at Newstead’s Florentine Italian Grill and Wine Room
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Salivate over the steaks at Newstead’s Florentine Italian Grill and Wine Room

In Brisbane, the name Gianni Greghini is synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine. As the head honcho behind Hamilton’s Gusto da Gianni and Newstead’s Gianni’s Kitchen, the man is responsible for delivering delicious concepts imbued with pure Italian flair. Gianni’s newest restaurant takes tastebuds to the heart of Tuscany, where steak lovers around the world worship the sacred culinary art of bistecca alla Fiorentina. Florentine Italian Grill and Wine Room pairs the authentic bistecca experience with rustic enoteca vibes, serving up a menu imbued with irresistible meaty magnetism. more

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Three Blue Ducks | Image: Nikko To
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The round-up: stomach stuffers over stocking stuffers – where to eat on Christmas Day

Do you hear that? It's the sound of Christmas carols echoing through shopping centres and over workplace radios. Whether you're ready or not, Christmas is coming – it's time to make sure you're prepared. The Christmas Day celebration is one of the most joyous and frustrating aspects of the festive season. In addition to dealing with cantankerous in-laws, gift wrapping and ensuring cookies are laid out for Santa, you've got a whole meal to prepare. Well, what if you let someone else take care of the cooking this year? Christmas is all about enjoying yourself, so leave the meal prep and cooking up to the experts and relax this year. We’ve decided to give you your gift early in the form of this list of spots to chow down on Christmas Day, so now all you have to do is sort out your own present shopping (you should really get on that, we're expecting something good). more

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Get a sneak peek at The Westin Brisbane's dining and drinking concepts
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Get a sneak peek at The Westin Brisbane’s dining and drinking concepts

It’s been a banner year for Brisbane’s hotel scene, with several top-tier arrivals making our city a staycation mecca. The Westin Brisbane is set to open its doors to guests this Thursday November 8, bringing with it a host of phenomenal amenities as well as a swag of impressive dining concepts. We’ll have a closer look at the hotel’s suites and spas soon, but for now we’re all about The Westin Brisbane’s signature restaurant Eden's Table, its aviation-inspired jazz lounge The Charles' and Brisbane's first swim-up pool bar The Nautilus. more

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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room
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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room

Over the past two years, King Street has been adorning its culinary crown with an array of fantastic eating and drinking spots, but its latest sparkling addition is looking to set a new standard when it comes to shopping and dining. Mercado is being hailed as a one-stop marketplace for provisions and produce, offering everything from fresh seafood and decadent patisserie treats to boutique wine and Cantonese roast duck. The boutique market is opening on Saturday November 3, and it's got everything you could possibly need to stuff your pantry and fridge to bursting point. more

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The Wolfe
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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane

Everyone agrees that any BYO restaurant is a great way to enjoy a bit of extra value while dining out, but many don’t know how many spots around town allow customers to bring their own drop. Not only are there plenty of restaurants where BYO is acceptable, but also several bars encourage patrons to BYO food and other eateries welcome patrons to bring their own drop on special nights of the week. We’ve compiled a handy list to help you make a choice of where to take that special bottle of pinot this weekend. more

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Proud Mary brings cocktails and Louisianan fare to New Farm’s riverside
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Proud Mary brings cocktails and Louisianan fare to New Farm’s riverside

Let’s paint a picture – you’re perched in a shady spot next to the leisurely flowing waters of the Mississippi River, cocktail in hand and a platter of fresh seafood placed before you. New Orleans’ French Quarter is at your back, and the atmosphere is on point. This is the vibe that New Farm’s lively newcomer Proud Mary looks to create at Brisbane Powerhouse – complete with the vivid sounds and smells of America’s French-influenced south. If soul food and bloody Marys are your dream pairing, come on down to the river and see what’s going on. more

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Atelier Brasserie adds a dash of Euro style to King Street
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Atelier Brasserie adds a dash of Euro style to King Street

We have a lot to thank Europe for. The printing press, the telephone and the locomotive – all of these ground-breaking inventions were created by European thinkers. Europe also created much of our modern culinary practices, with a plethora of techniques and tastes honed in kitchens across the vast continent. Atelier Brasserie is a new eatery in the heart of Bowen Hills that is paying homage to Europe’s diverse dining scene, plating up an inspired selection of dishes in an refined and accommodating setting. more

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Sample the tastes of one of Brisbane’s best with Allium’s The Shortlist
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Sample the tastes of one of Brisbane’s best with Allium’s The Shortlist

Let's be honest – if we had our way we’d dine on degustations nearly every day of the week. Unfortunately our flights of fancy feasting are dashed as soon as we check our bank accounts, but thankfully Allium is making fine dining more accessible with its brilliant four-course offering The Shortlist. The New Farm restaurant is plating up a rotating selection of dishes that’ll impress, meaning we can get our fine-dining fill more than ever. more

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Gabba + Co plates up nostalgic Australian tastes at Trafalgar Lane
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Gabba + Co plates up nostalgic Australian tastes at Trafalgar Lane

A stir of activity at the base of Woolloongabba’s Trafalgar Lane building got tongues wagging of a new multi-faceted and community-oriented arrival. The team from Osteria Epoca are the brains behind Gabba + Co, a casual and relaxed venue that will adapt to the needs and wants of locals. Opening today, Wednesday October 24, the eatery and bar will be looking to woo diners with a menu of all-time classics made from Queensland’s abundance of top-tier produce and given some adventurous tweaks. more