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Grassfed – Brisbane's best vegan spots
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The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots

Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling. more

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King Crab Co. | Brisbane's best crab and crustacean spots
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best spots to crack into crab and other crustaceans

There are few foodstuffs as quintessentially Australian as the trusty prawn, and barbecue season is perfect for chucking a few on the grill. That being said, there is more to the crustacean family than just prawns – we also go loco for lobster, cray cray for crayfish and bug out over Moreton Bay bugs. There are so many tasty morsels swimming about under the sea – we cast a net and have hauled in a list of spots to get your claws on some cracking crustaceans this seafood season. more

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Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza's Sichuan Papa
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Spice up your life with some neo-Chinese cuisine at Everton Plaza’s Sichuan Papa

One of the biggest boom suburbs of 2019 was Everton Park, thanks chiefly to the advent of its own foodie hub Everton Plaza. The latter half of the year was chock-full of well-received arrivals, but just when you think the precinct would settle for the festive period, one more snuck in before year's end. Sichuan Papa is a vibrant neo-Chinese eatery specialising in spicy and aromatic Sichuan-inspired fare, friendly home-style service and old-school neighbourhood restaurant intimacy. more

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First look – the Hellenika crew unveils SK Steak & Oyster at The Calile
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First look – the Hellenika crew unveils SK Steak & Oyster at The Calile

In a year jam-packed with heralded restaurant openings, Ada Lane might end 2019 as one of the biggest success stories. The micro-precinct situated adjacent to The Calile in Fortitude Valley has become home to some landmark dining destinations in recent months, and it's set to welcome one final resident just before Christmas. Owned and operated by the Hellenika crew, SK Steak & Oyster is extending the group's top-flight service to its second concept at The Calile in as many years. Set to open on Wednesday December 18, SK Steak & Oyster is bringing a timeless bar-and-grill experience to The Calile, boasting an inviting Palm Springs-inspired aesthetic, exceptional service, bottles of crisp champagne, succulent seafood and some of the best prime cuts you're likely to taste in Brisbane. more

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The year in review: 2019's biggest openings
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The year in review: 2019’s biggest openings

After the blockbuster year Brisbane's food scene experienced in 2018, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 2019 would be hard-pressed to to follow suit. Now that we sit on the precipice of a new decade, we've got the perfect vantage point to look back on the year that as. From our point of view, 2019 has not only matched 2018's gargantuan effort, but has even surpassed it! This year Brisbane was the beneficiary of several new restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries and live-music venues – with homegrown heroes and international names establishing must-try venues all over town. From Howard Smith Wharves consolidating its position as Brisbane's go-to dining precinct to the emergence of Fortitude Valley's Ada Lane as a hospitality juggernaut in its own right, 2019 has proven to be a landmark year in Brisbane's history. To celebrate this milestone stretch, we've cast our eye back over 2019 and… more

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Tetto Rooftop Bar and Corbett & Claude bring coastal-Italian vibes to Everton Park
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Tetto Rooftop Bar and Corbett & Claude bring coastal-Italian vibes to Everton Park

Stretching from Positano to Vietri Sul Mare, Italy's legendary Amalfi Coast is regarded as one of the most beautiful seaside stretches in all of Europe. Picturesque coastal vistas, pastel-coloured seaside towns, phenomenal beaches – there's a good reason the region is a must-visit holiday destination. But what if you didn't need to board a plane and travel across the globe to experience a slice of this paradise? Tetto Rooftop Bar is a chic drinks destination inspired by the sun-soaked bars of coastal Italy. Officially opening today, Tetto joins eatery Corbett & Claude as the newest arrivals at Everton Plaza's Park Lane precinct, creating a sceney two-level hub of on-point Italian-inspired hospitality. 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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The Greca team opens its Japanese-izakaya sibling Yoko at Howard Smith Wharves
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The Greca team opens its Japanese-izakaya sibling Yoko at Howard Smith Wharves

It's been just under a year since the Howard Smith Wharves precinct officially launched to the public, but now the final gaps in its dining array are being filled. Today marks the opening of one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year – the brand-new Japanese-inspired bar and eatery from acclaimed restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess. Taking cues from Japanese izakayas, Yoko specialises in fun dining, not fine dining. Officially opening today, Thursday November 21, Yoko artfully pairs a delightfully offbeat aesthetic with a menu of mouth-watering morsels and a drinks list that'll be the envy of all but the most well-equipped bars. more


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Ehden Bar & Kitchen brings a taste of Lebanon to West End
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Ehden Bar & Kitchen brings a taste of Lebanon to West End

Simon Barakat grew up in the kitchen. Long before he was opening restaurants of his own around Brisbane, Simon was assisting his father Sayed at Hamilton's iconic Gino’s Italian, learning the trade from the tender age of 13. After years cooking sublime Italian fare, Simon is returning to his Middle Eastern roots, opening Ehden Bar & Kitchen on Montague Road in West End. Inspired by his father's tales of his childhood in Lebanon, Simon is shining a light on the Middle Eastern cuisine, paying homage to his familial and cultural roots while also creating a gathering place for others to make fond memories of their own. more

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Greca
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants

Opa! Greek food is – without a doubt – one of the most inventive and flavoursome cuisines in the world. Succulent souvlakis, delicious dolmades, crispy calamari, helpings of haloumi – these are some all-time favourites, but they are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Greek feasts. Brisbane boasts a mighty fine selection of Greek restaurants to choose from, so we figured we’d save you the hassle of looking and list our picks right here, right now. more

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Top Thai – the LONgTIME crew opens sAme sAme on Ada Lane
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Top Thai – the LONgTIME crew opens sAme sAme on Ada Lane

It takes a lot of guts to close a beloved restaurant – especially one that was as immensely successful as LONgTIME. When the brains behind the beloved Thai restaurant announced that the eatery would be wrapping up service after five years of rave reviews, the collective outpouring of emotion was unlike anything Brisbane had seen before. The heartache was quickly tempered, however, by the follow-up reveal that a successor restaurant was already in the works on The Calile's Ada Lane strip. sAme sAme is LONgTIME's heir – an artfully designed dining destination dishing up a familiar take on Thai fare with some undeniably impressive enhancements. more

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Portside Wharf welcomes chic wine bar @ Mr and Mrs Jones
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Portside Wharf welcomes chic wine bar @ Mr and Mrs Jones

It's a crime to have to travel far for a good drop – if you ask us, every suburb deserves a quality wine bar to call its own. We're fairly certain Karen Phillips – the owner of new Portside wine bar @ Mr and Mrs Jones – would agree. This classy wine-diner boasts a stellar array of vino to sip, but it isn't simply a one-dimensional pit-stop for those looking to wet their whistle. @ Mr and Mrs Jones is also dishing up divine plates conceived and cooked by a hatted chef, meaning that if you simply have to travel to get your wine fix, @ Mr and Mrs Jones is worth making tracks for. more

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The round-up: the best BYO spots in Brisbane
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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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Howard Smith Wharves celebrates the arrival of Cantonese-style restaurant Stanley
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Howard Smith Wharves celebrates the arrival of Cantonese-style restaurant Stanley

Just under a year ago, the Howard Smith Wharves precinct opened and irrevocably changed Brisbane's dining landscape. In a matter of weeks, the riverside hub had established itself as one of Brisbane's preeminent dining strips, with several incredible restaurants and bars luring in guests by the hundred. Amidst all this initial buzz was the promise of more to come – more incredible fare, more buzzy atmosphere and more top-flight culinary talent. On Friday November 1, Howard Smith Wharves welcomed one of its highly anticipated newcomers, Stanley. Inspired by the lively waterfront of Hong Kong's Stanley Bay, this two level restaurant blends the intoxicating aromas and tastes of traditional Cantonese cooking with moody aesthetics and Brisbane's own maritime heritage, creating a world-class dining experience that is singularly memorable. more

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South Brisbane's Gauge unveils a new look and menu
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South Brisbane’s Gauge unveils a new look and menu

No matter the field, the secret to sustained longevity is savvy reinvention. David Bowie found mainstream success after his transformation into Ziggy Stardust (and then the Thin White Duke) in the 1970s, Netflix evolved from a humble DVD delivery service into a streaming juggernaut, and Copenhagen's noma regularly overhauls its menu offering to capitalise on the most intriguing ingredients of the moment. One of Brisbane's best restaurants Gauge has recently undergone a pivot, giving its interior a sprucing while shifting its menu and service style with some tasteful tinkering. more

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Walter's Steakhouse
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The round-up: stomach stuffers over stocking stuffers – where to eat on Christmas Day

With Halloween now in our rear-view mirror, it's time to take stock of what's ahead. The biggest holiday milestone on the horizon is Christmas and, whether you're ready or not, it's coming fast. 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 (or several meals) 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. 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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Meek Social House brings coastal boho vibes to Woolloongabba
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Meek Social House brings coastal boho vibes to Woolloongabba

As Woolloongabba's South City Square inches closer to completion, some exciting food and drink concepts are starting to fill in the development's ground-level tenancies. Hot off the success of their coffee and brunch nook Tuckshop Time, Greg Mclean and Caity Jones have softly opened their second South City Square concept Meek Social House. Blending chic Newport Beach-inspired vibes and a warm approachability, Meek Social House is shaping up to be the preferred meeting point for the development's residents and the greater Woolloongabba community, with an offering that caters to the express-lunch crowd and late-night tipple seekers alike. more

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Sushi degustation restaurant Shishou opens in Fortitude Valley
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Sushi degustation restaurant Shishou opens in Fortitude Valley

Forget the crowded sushi trains and fish-shaped single-serve soy sauce portions – the pinnacle of sushi experiences has arrived in Brisbane. Shishou – Fortitude Valley's new (and seriously intimate) degustation-only eatery – takes sushi and elevates it to fine-dining levels, presenting course after course of artfully arranged pieces crafted by a sushi master. more

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Donna Chang | Brisbane's best Chinese restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best Chinese restaurants

Forget about your quick and easy takeaway joint – authentic Chinese cuisine should be properly enjoyed in the right setting. There are several spots across Brisbane that serves delicious dishes of Chinese cuisine with great atmosphere and service. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the full spectrum of tastes that Chinese cuisine affords and you’ll find yourself never settling for bain marie sweet and sour pork. more

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Now open – Beaux Rumble brings a touch of luxe to Ada Lane
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Now open – Beaux Rumble brings a touch of luxe to Ada Lane

New York City is flush with must-visit tourist destinations. Landmarks like Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre and the Statue of Liberty are justifiably impressive, but when it comes to sheer number of visitors, Grand Central Station takes the cake. From the main concourse to its myriad of hidden rooms, nooks and crannies, few major transit stations boast the same kind of stately majesty as Grand Central. This historic building (and its iconic Beaux-Arts architectural style) forms a core inspirational component of Beaux Rumble, Ada Lane's brand-new restaurant. The brainchild of a top-notch hospitality group, a Michelin-starred chef and an imaginative interior designer – Beaux Rumble boasts a classic approach, a dynamic offering and a soft-yet-refined aesthetic. more