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Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese
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Meet Spread – the Camp Hill pizzeria from the salumi-savvy team behind Say Cheese

When you think about it, an antipasti platter has almost all the right ingredients one needs to make a primo pizza. Meat, cheeses, vegetables – the only thing missing is dough and a dollop of sauce! The crew behind Say Cheese – one of Brisbane's most beloved grazing table, platter box and gift-delivery services – is spreading its wings, securing a site of its own on Bennetts Road in Camp Hill that serves as Say Cheese's headquarters by day and doubles as a slick suburban pizzeria by night. Spread is taking a simple but considered approach to its slices, serving familiar favourites elevated with the use of gourmet cheeses, mouth-watering meats and enticing extras. more

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Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo
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Meet Paella y Pa’ Mi – an intimate Spanish-inspired eatery in the heart of Coorparoo

It's hard to walk past a gently cooking pan of paella and not look twice. The sight of fresh seafood, vegetables or meat nestled in a bed of fluffy and crispy saffron-imbued rice is enough to get our saliva glands working overtime – it's no wonder paella has evolved into Spain's national dish. Paella y Pa' Mi, Coorparoo's brand-new restaurant and tapas bar, is making paella its specialty, serving a menu that is part paean to Spanish culinary traditions and part contemporaneous interpretation of the popular peasant-style dish. Throw in a bar stocked with Spanish gins, vermouths, beers and sangria and you've got plenty of reasons to pop in and say hola! more

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Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai
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Everton Plaza heats up with the arrival of Southeast Asian restaurant Mai Gai

Everton Plaza might be a far cry from the motorbike-filled streets of Bangkok, but that doesn't mean you can't sample some of the same Southeast Asian fare. Mai Gai – the hub's new greenery filled eatery – is slinging the tastes of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia from its laneway space, adding a sense-invigorating option to the suburb's thriving complement of culinary outlets. Mai Gai officially launches this Friday October 15 – have a gander at the bounty that awaits you ... more

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Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane's best and brightest
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Pavement Whispers: the Scenic Rim will soon welcome Blume, a destination restaurant from one of Brisbane’s best and brightest

The Scenic Rim is a region of abundance – a wonderland of breathtaking vistas, fertile farmlands and warm and welcoming hospitality. While the area's plethora of natural landmarks, sleepy towns, bountiful farmlands, restaurants and cafes, and hidden gems make it nearly impossible to take in the Scenic Rim's true majesty in a single weekend, we're always eager for more excuses to book another trip. From what we hear, we'll have one before year's end. One of Australia's best young chefs is taking his talents to the countryside to open Blume – a gorgeous 20-seater restaurant currently taking shape in Boonah. Blume will look to showcase the best produce the Scenic Rim has to offer, delivering a sumptuous set-menu service that is already sitting atop our next getaway to-do list. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whispers: Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar to serve Euro-inspired fare from a heritage inner-city landmark
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Pavement Whispers: Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar to serve Euro-inspired fare from a heritage inner-city landmark

The Bank of New South Wales Building on Queen Street (also known to many as the Westpac Bank Building) is one of The City's most beloved heritage beauties. Before the year is out, the ground floor of the six-storey building will be home to Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar, a glamorous 150-seat eatery and drink spot masterminded by two seasoned publicans. Expect a menu influenced by French and Italian gastronomies and a plush interior that pays homage to the building's pecuniary provenance. Here's what we know ... more

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The coastal crew behind Gemelli Italian opens its Brisbane flagship on James Street
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The coastal crew behind Gemelli Italian opens its Brisbane flagship on James Street

Submit a survey to 100 Gold Coast locals asking where they go for incredible Italian and the majority of returned results will likely single out one name – Gemelli. With a portfolio of restaurants that includes outposts in Broadbeach, Nobby Beach and Sorrento, the family-run operation, which specialises in homestyle Italian eats blended with contemporary touches, is a firm favourite of the Gold Coast dining scene. Last week, the Gemelli Italian team lifted the cloche on its anticipated Brisbane expansion – a two-part concept on James Street encompassing a trattoria-style eatery and a slick aperitivo bar. Gemelli Italian Brisbane and its sibling sipping spot Bar Tano offer a kind of evergreen epicurean experience that will undoubtedly make it a standout among James Street's illustrious ranks. more

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Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage abound at The Green – James Street's new leaf-laden cafe
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Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage abound at The Green – James Street’s new leaf-laden cafe

They say adding some greenery to your household can do wonders for lifting moods and changing the energy of one's living space. A far as we're concerned, there's no limit to how many plants we can add into our lives, and it seems like the folks behind The Green – James Street's new leafy cafe, deli and nursery – agree with us. This foliage-laden beauty offers not only an incredible range of plants and homewares, but is also serving a mouth-watering array of Middle Eastern-inspired eats curated and crafted by one of Australia's most accomplished chefs. The Green is also in the running to be one of this year's most attractive arrivals – read on to see what's on offer ... more

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The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane's best Melbourne Cup soirees
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The round-up: saddle up for race-day fun at Brisbane’s best Melbourne Cup soirees

We’re fast approaching that time of year where office sweeps heat up and trifectas are being calculated ahead of the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup is galloping towards us at a frightening pace, which means pretty soon you’ll need to decide where you’ll be when the starting gates open and the action begins. We’ve compiled a handy list of spots that will not only offer glimpses of the action, but also plenty of race-day treats to keep you entertained after the results come in. more


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Set your tastebuds ablaze at flame-forward eatery Embers at The Charming Squire
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Set your tastebuds ablaze at flame-forward eatery Embers at The Charming Squire

Do your nostrils pick up the scent of ironbark smoke wafting its way along Grey Street? If so, we strongly suggest you follow your nose to the source – Embers at The Charming Squire. This newly open eatery is harnessing the power of flame and smoke to perfectly cook hand-selected ingredients, presenting them in a way that's best described as sophisticated (and salivation-inducing) simplicity. Think you can handle the heat? Read on to learn more about this scorching stunner ... more

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Modern Japanese cuisine takes centre stage at Tenya, Brisbane Quarter's newest resident
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Modern Japanese cuisine takes centre stage at Tenya, Brisbane Quarter’s newest resident

Boasting a picturesque perch overlooking North Quay and river views that take in almost the entire length of South Brisbane Reach, Tenya at Brisbane Quarter immediately scores top marks for location. Throw in a deep and varied menu of contemporary Japanese delights – think sensational sashimi, toothsome tempura, salivation-worthy yakimono skewers, an 85-strong sake list and an ultra-luxe omakase component – and this brand-new Brisbane City restaurant might also earn solid tens across the board. more

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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village
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Buone notizie! Italian Street Kitchen by Isabella has expanded to West Village

It seems like West Village adds a new element to its blossoming dining offering almost every month. In 2021 alone the West End lifestyle precinct has welcomed the arrivals of Beirut Bazaar, Cheeky Poké Bar, Harris Farm Markets, Betty's Burgers and Ichiban Sushi – and the procession is set to continue right up until year's end. Italian Street Kitchen fired up the pizza oven at its brand-new West Village location last week, quickly snaring the senses of locals and curious wanderers with its menu of regional Italian delights and aperitivo-style sips. The spacious eatery and bar is 'la ciliegina sulla torta' ('the icing on the cake') for West Village's hospitality roster – adding a dash of relaxed piazza-style dining to one of Brisbane's booming hubs. more

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Soo Delhi gives Indian cuisine a paradigm-shifting shake-up in Stones Corner
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Soo Delhi gives Indian cuisine a paradigm-shifting shake-up in Stones Corner

Anyone that has visited the Indian subcontinent in recent years will tell you that the sheer variation of Indian cuisine is awe-inspiring. The vast metropolitan area of Delhi alone is a melting pot of culinary cultures and influences interacting and mingling, creating what is heralded by many new-wave food aficionados as one of the most exciting culinary centres in the world. Soo Delhi – a brand-new 90-seat eatery now open in Stones Corner – showcases some of the modern morsels popular in Delhi, utilising traditional techniques and contemporary presentation styles to showcase Indian cuisine in a new light. more

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Explore the culinary melting pot of Southern Asia at Kid Curry – the newest eatery from the Happy Boy team
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Explore the culinary melting pot of Southern Asia at Kid Curry – the newest eatery from the Happy Boy team

Ever since our senses were whipped into a frenzy with Kid Curry's well-received takeaway debut, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the official opening of its own standalone eatery. Our patience was rewarded last week with the soft unveiling of the concept's new home on East Street. Sliding in next to sibling locales Happy Boy and Snack Man, Kid Curry steps away from Chinese cuisine to border hop between the bountiful region of South Asia. Charting the rich culinary history shared by countries like India, Thailand, the Phillipines, Malaysia and Indonesia, Kid Curry looks to prove that there’s more to curry that's worth discovering. more

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Anticipated Japanese omakase restaurant and bar TakashiYa opens at Emporium Hotel South Bank
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Anticipated Japanese omakase restaurant and bar TakashiYa opens at Emporium Hotel South Bank

If there's one culinary adventure that everyone should embark upon once in their lives, it's an omakase feast. This lauded fixture of Japanese fine dining is hailed as the cuisine's luxurious peak, where master chefs utilise razor-sharp skills to craft mouthfuls almost too perfect to eat. TakashiYa is a brand-new restaurant and bar that specialises in this exquisite form of gastronomy. Overseen by Takashi Nami – a chef known across town as one of the deftest hands at slicing sashimi, crafting nigiri and other technical wizardry – TakashiYa is looking to ignite a local passion for omakase-style fare, fanning the flames with delicate flavours, fresh ingredients and more than a touch of showmanship. Read on to find out what's on offer ... more

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The wait is over – forward-thinking restaurant and wine bar ESSA has opened in Fortitude Valley
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The wait is over – forward-thinking restaurant and wine bar ESSA has opened in Fortitude Valley

If good things come to those who wait, then Brisbane foodies have an exceptional treat in store for them when ESSA invites diners inside its anticipated restaurant tomorrow, Friday August 27. Though the four-year journey from inception to opening is finally reaching its end point, ESSA's fluid and progressive spin on dining means that an enlightened epicurean odyssey is only just beginning. Boasting a kitchen team with an impressive cumulative pedigree, an environmentally conscious directive and a stylishly slick interior, ESSA is shaping up to be the landmark arrival we've been awaiting from the outset. more

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Sizzle in the suburbs – Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ opens in Cannon Hill
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Sizzle in the suburbs – Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ opens in Cannon Hill

Few noises are as frisson-inducing as the sound of meat searing as it touches a hot grill. Throw in the heavenly aroma that usually follows and you can probably see why barbecue is one of our favourite methods of cooking. The Korean style of barbecue – traditionally centred around morsels grilled over hot charcoal – takes centre stage at the newly opened Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ in Cannon Hill. If the thought of sizzling slabs of wagyu, hot stone bowl bibimbap and ice-cold soju revs your engines too, read on to see what Maru's menu has to offer ... more

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Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont's luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate
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Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont’s luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate

Well, 2021 – it's been a time. If you too feel a certain heaviness due to the general state of the world right now, you are not alone. One sure-fire way to reset and recharge is to escape the daily grind, reconnect with nature and breathe in that fresh country air. Perhaps that's why the timing of Hazelwood Estate's opening feels particularly pertinent. Intended to deliver the reprieve we all need right about now, the picturesque, privately-owned Wagyu and polo farm is nestled just outside of Beechmont in the Scenic Rim, approximately 80 minutes from Brisbane's CBD. The sprawling 75-acre property is both a place and a dream – of a simpler, slower way of life. Take a peek at this stunning new retreat ... more

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Wandering Cooks shows off its new produce-driven eatery in the heart of West End
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Wandering Cooks shows off its new produce-driven eatery in the heart of West End

Throughout its nine-year existence in South Brisbane, Wandering Cooks has played a pivotal role in fostering the talents of many nascent food-based operators. Beloved concepts like El Planta, Alphabet Cafe and Pie Town first found footing in the Wandering Cooks kitchens before striking out on their own, but now the heralded culinary nexus is forging a fresh identity with the official launch of its newfangled West End home. Wandering Cooks 2.0 sees the concept transitioning from incubator to a produce-driven eatery and bar, championing and showcasing quality harvest from local farmers via a menu of nutritious, flavourful and conversation-starting fare. Take a look inside ... more

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Morningside welcomes Kasina, a restaurant celebrating modern Balkan cuisine
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Morningside welcomes Kasina, a restaurant celebrating modern Balkan cuisine

The Balkan Peninsula – the mountainous Southeastern European landmass bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, and the Black Sea – is home to a myriad of languages, cultures and cuisines. Kasina – a brand-new restaurant located on Morningside's Wynnum Road stretch – is celebrating the region's vibrant cuisine, specifically the fare from former-Yugoslavian countries including Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here, guests can devour Kasina's take on traditional delights like peksimeti, mućkalica and sarma while sipping from an extensive range of Balkan beers, wines and rakija. more