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South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social
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South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social

One of the most popular under-the-radar arrivals on the foodie scene has built a cult following almost solely thanks to word of mouth. The Cedar Social, tucked away off Samford Road in Ferny Hills, is the latest community-oriented concept from the ever-busy Pizzantica team, which brought its style of authentic south-Italian fare to the suburb in early January. Folks are flocking from all over to snag a seat in The Cedar Social's festoon light-illuminated beer garden, eager for a taste of the venue's piping-hot pizzas, effervescent spritzes and delectable dolci. more

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Introducing Elementi – Paddington's personable newcomer serving pizza, pasta and primo wine
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Introducing Elementi – Paddington’s personable newcomer serving pizza, pasta and primo wine

When we heard that three hospitality veterans with combined experience working at the likes of Beccofino, Julius Pizzeria and Maeve Wine were teaming up for a new venture, you bet we sat up and took notice. That's right, the team behind Paddington newcomer Elementi boasts some serious chops, but what the crew is doing with its impressive skillset is what makes this Given Terrace arrival a must-try destination. Elementi opened for takeaway last week, offering a taster of the team's vision for Italian fare that's elevated via some multicultural twists, engaging experimental quirks and a hearty dose of personality. more

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Elska gets a glow up – the inventive fine diner unveils its new home in New Farm
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Elska gets a glow up – the inventive fine diner unveils its new home in New Farm

If you were put through the wringer in 2020, then you're more likely to subscribe to the 'new year, new me' mantra for 2021. Everyone deserves a fresh start after the year that was, but perhaps none more so than the team at Elska. The daring eatery made a splash when it opened in Wilston early last year before, well, you know – but now the restaurant is hitting its stride with a brand-new New Farm premises! Elska officially opened on Merthyr Road over the weekend, showing off its innovative amalgam of native-Australian ingredients and Scandinavian methodology, plus a considered wine list to match. more

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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central
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Treat yourself to cookie-dough waffles, woodfired pizza and brunch bites at Carseldine Central

Those who call the 4034 postcode home will be very familiar with Carseldine Central, a convenient shopping pit stop located just off Gympie Road. For the uninitiated, we think it's high time you take a stroll through the retailer haven, which is also bountiful with delicious dining destinations. From decadent dessert spots and authentic Italian restaurants to family-run caffeination stations and Asian-inspired eateries, there's something to satisfy even the most hard-to-please palate ... more

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Emily Yeoh | Brisbane's best Chinese restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants

When it comes to variety, flavour and crowd-pleasing potential, you would be hard-pressed to find cuisine as beloved as the Chinese variety. From sizzling hotpots, saucy vegetables and pillowy-soft dumplings to mountains of rice and deep-fried chicken feet, Chinese food has the ability to satisfy a diner's tastebuds and curiosity simultaneously – it just depends on what vibe you're chasing. Forget the food-court bain-marie honey chicken – we've done the research and searched far and wide to find the best authentic Chinese restaurants in Brisbane. So get your chopsticks ready – there’s a Chinese restaurant nearby just waiting to feed you! more

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Get a glimpse at the flirtatious fare at Foritude Valley newcomer Bisou Bisou
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Get a glimpse at the flirtatious fare at Foritude Valley newcomer Bisou Bisou

On Monday February 22, Fortitude Valley's newest accomodation arrival Hotel X will open its doors to guests. On the same day, the award-winning group behind restaurants such as Donna Chang, The Boom Boom Room Izakaya and Blackbird Bar & Grill will lift the cloche on its brand-new Parisian-inspired restaurant and lobby bar Bisou Bisou. We've been given an advance look at the restaurant's mouth-watering menu, which blends the indulgent flavours of French cuisine with some quintessentially Queensland touches. Take a look inside ... more

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Savour experimental Italian at Mario's – the new restaurant and aperitivo bar from the Mama Taco crew
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Savour experimental Italian at Mario’s – the new restaurant and aperitivo bar from the Mama Taco crew

The Luigi's Italian crew has been a fixture on Hardgrave Road's dining strip for years, luring in tastebuds thanks to its envelope-pushing take on Italian fare and with its recent foray into Mexican cuisine at Mama Taco, a few doors down. This year sees the team returning its focus to its Italian roots, transforming the Luigi's space into Mario's – an enticing dining and street-side aperitivo spot taking a contemporary approach to the storied cuisine. more

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La Costa Restaurant brings the tastes of the Italian seaside to Fortitude Valley
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La Costa Restaurant brings the tastes of the Italian seaside to Fortitude Valley

After a staggered-yet-steady revitalisation process that has transformed Foresters Hall building on Brunswick Street, the team behind La Costa Bar, Cielo Rooftop Bar and La Valle has today – Friday February 5 – unveiled the final piece of the puzzle. La Costa Restaurant is the culinary hub's dining centrepiece, taking cues from the Italian coast for its seafood-heavy menu and relaxed Riviera-style interior. more


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Now open – OTTO Brisbane unveils its new ristorante and osteria in South Bank
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Now open – OTTO Brisbane unveils its new ristorante and osteria in South Bank

It's not often that a restaurant that already boasts impressive river views gets a chance to upgrade to a better location, but when such an opportunity knocks, it's wise to answer. Celebrated inner-city restaurant OTTO Brisbane has made a move from its perch at 480 Queen to South Bank, inheriting the architecturally striking riverfront site formerly home to Stokehouse Q. OTTO Brisbane opens the doors to its new 700-sqm restaurant today, Wednesday February 3, meshing its hatted menu of Italian fare with the sights and sounds of its breezy location on the banks of the Brisbane River. more

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Asian street food gets a modern makeover at Paddington's Given Kitchen & Bar
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Asian street food gets a modern makeover at Paddington’s Given Kitchen & Bar

Given Terrace is making a comeback. Paddington's major dining and retail thoroughfare has just welcomed a fresh culinary concept from some established operators – one that specialises in some savvy fusion. Given Kitchen & Bar is a new dining spot bringing together a multitude of Asian cuisines, honouring provenance and tradition yet fusing and modernising their intricacies to create something of its own. more

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Love bugs, loaded chips and lust-worthy libations – where to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane
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Love bugs, loaded chips and lust-worthy libations – where to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane

Whether you’re set to cozy up as one half of a couple or you have plans to scour Netflix for 90s rom-coms (bar of chocolate in hand), February 14 is a day that is either greatly anticipated or met with general indifference. We can all agree that with V-Day just around the corner, now is the prime time for potential suitors to strike with cupid’s arrow. We have put together a list of the most romantic events happening across Brisbane this Valentine’s Day, from passionate pasta-filled dinners to seductive seafood feasts, so you can sip and snack on whatever your heart desires. more

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Fat Dumpling
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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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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

We’re just going to put it right out there – there are many things we want to celebrate about Australia (especially after such a difficult start to 2020), but January 26 doesn’t represent an inclusive day for everyone. The Weekend Edition team fully supports changing the date of Australia Day to a day that every Australian can enjoy, bringing us together in a celebration of the mateship, unity and multiculturalism that make our country great. We hope that this change will take place in the not too distant future, but until then we kindly ask that you remember to take a moment this weekend to acknowledge the significance of this date for Indigenous Australians, the Traditional Owners of the land. Several eateries will be operating on the public holiday – here's a handy list to help you plan your day ahead of time. If you care to use your public holiday to get a better… more

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Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street
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Return of the snack – pasta and spuntino favourite COPPA reopens on Eagle Street

In the midst of chaos that consumed us all in March 2020, Brisbane City's beloved negroni-slinging, pizzetta-dispensing and spuntino-hawking bar and eatery COPPA closed the doors of its Creek Street locale. While we mourned what we assumed was a casualty of COVID, the COPPA crew was quietly biding its time until things settled before rising like a phoenix once more. The team emerged from hibernation in late 2020 to announce its surprise relocation to Eagle Street Pier, a move that saw it take over the space formerly home to Il Centro. COPPA 2.0 opened on Thursday January 14 after a whirlwind of activity, showing off a slick coastal-Italian aesthetic as well as a menu of delectable fare and a drinks list featuring negroni slushies, spritzes and, of course, plenty of wine. Take a look inside ... more

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Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021
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Looking forward – our most anticipated restaurant, bar and cafe openings for 2021

Look, we know it's not going to be particularly hard for this year to be better than 2020, but 2021 is already shaping up to be a benchmark year for Brisbane's food and drink scene. Over the past few months, we've heard whispers of several noteworthy arrivals that will ensure 2021 is a year to remember. From world-renowned croissanteries to new concepts from established local powerhouses, here are some of the restaurant, bar and cafe openings to get excited about this year. more

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Land meets sea at Eagle Street Pier's Fatcow Steak & Lobster
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Land meets sea at Eagle Street Pier’s Fatcow Steak & Lobster

Just when you thought Brisbane's dining scene was winding down for the festive period, 2020 slips one more opening into the calendar year. Today, Tuesday December 22, marks the official opening of Fatcow Steak & Lobster, the new Eagle Street Pier restaurant from the crew behind George's Paragon, Massimo Restaurant & Bar and Rico Bar & Dining. Offering flame-licked cuts of top-grade beef, covetable crustaceans bathed in garlic butter and top-shelf whisky, Fatcow is a delicious end to the year that was. more

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Woolloongabba welcomes 22-seat Korean and Japanese restaurant Butterfly
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Woolloongabba welcomes 22-seat Korean and Japanese restaurant Butterfly

The radical metamorphosis that turns caterpillar into butterfly is, undoubtedly, one of the most remarkable transitions to be found in nature. This process of growth sits at the heart of Brisbane's new omakase-style restaurant Butterfly, which seeks to similarly change perceptions on what Korean cuisine is and what it can be. Cocooned in a moody and intimate locale in the back streets of Woolloongabba, this 22-seater restaurant – helmed by some formidable Michelin-starred talent – is treating diners to a procession of courses that traverse the width and depth of both Korean and Japanese cuisines, leaving them with epicurean experience they're not likely to forget. more

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Fish Lane welcomes Southside – the much-anticipated new restaurant from the Rick Shores crew
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Fish Lane welcomes Southside – the much-anticipated new restaurant from the Rick Shores crew

Any long-distance runner will tell you the importance of finishing strong – a mentality we are trying to keep in mind as we hit the final stretch of the marathon that is 2020. It seems like Brisbane's dining scene is following suit, because the recent weeks have seen an influx of impressive eateries. South Brisbane's foodie thoroughfare Fish Lane has sought to end the year on a high note with the unveiling of Town Square – the tropical jungle-inspired addition that has brought with it a host of new openings. Following hot on the heels of spritz joint Bar Brutus and margarita-slinging kiosk Kiki is Southside – an irresistibly attractive multi-storey restaurant that might soon be regarded as one of Brisbane's best. With a kitchen plating up everything from lobster and chive har gow to Sichuan fried chicken, and a design worthy of a feature in Architectural Digest, Southside is… more

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La Stazione Pizzeria and Bar brings its rustic Italian charm to Woolloongabba
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La Stazione Pizzeria and Bar brings its rustic Italian charm to Woolloongabba

The term comfort food took on extra meaning this year. We found ourselves frequently seeking extra comfort through cooking in order to make being in isolation more bearable, often turning to old favourites such as pizza and pasta to get us through the nights stuck inside. As proud as we are with our now finely honed bolognese recipe, the warm hug of an Italian feast is always more enjoyable when prepared by the professionals. Enter Italian eatery La Stazione, which has brought its popular menu of authentic Italian south of the river with a brand-new locale in Woolloongabba. 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