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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the current lockdown
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How to support the local Brisbane hospitality scene during the current lockdown

Well, there we go, folks. Queensland’s three-day snap lockdown has been extended until at least 4:00 pm on Sunday August 8 – that means we’ve got a whole lot more time spent indoors on the cards. While we bide our time and wait for eventual freedom, spare a thought for the cafes, bars and restaurants doing it tough. If you’ve got a bit of cash to splash, consider getting a takeaway treat from your favourite local eatery! Whether you’re craving a coffee, have a hankering for a greasy burger or you’re just down to support your local, keep reading to find out how and where you can score some of Brisbane’s best takeaway bites and beverages during lockdown. more

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Nutmeg Indian Cuisine | Brisbane's best Indian restaurants
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The round–up: spice things up with some of Brisbane’s best Indian restaurants

Quintessential Indian cuisine is arguably one of the most satisfying foods one can possibly enjoy – endless variations, aromas and tastes, backed up by a great range of unique dishes. Brisbane is stacked when it comes to top-notch Indian eateries, offering tastes from the country’s various regions. If you like curry, naan or tandoori, we suggest you cast your eye over this spicy list of eateries. more

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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley's intimate new restaurant and wine bar
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Take a sneak peek inside Rosmarino – Fortitude Valley’s intimate new restaurant and wine bar

One silver lining that has emerged from the ruinous circumstances that plagued 2020 is the abundance of ingenuity and resilience displayed in its wake. Rosmarino – the brand-new Italian-inspired ristorante opening within a gorgeous heritage site in Fortitude Valley – is the brainchild of two hospitality veterans who decided to put their combined pedigree to good use when lockdowns stymied their plans to relocate overseas. Europe's loss is Brisbane's gain, as Rosmarino is now set to inject some vim and vigour into a long-neglected corner of town. Rosmarino is softly opening tonight, Friday July 16, as a wine bar – slinging cheese, salumi, focaccine and snacks ahead of the launch of its full menu later this month. We've been given a preview of what to expect – read on to find out more ... more

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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley's neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin
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Chow down then cut a rug at Fortitude Valley’s neon-lit dining and dance club Kenjin

A night out usually involves visiting several locations – there's the pre-dinner drink spot, the dining location, the club and the post-dance nightcap locale. If you plan correctly you can merge a few of those stops together. If you go to Fortitude Valley's new hybrid party hub Kenjin, you can do it all under one roof. This vibrant restaurant-meets-dance-club is plating up modern Japanese-inspired fare, colourful cocktails and a buzzing atmosphere into one package, which can help take a lot of the organisational stress out of your next night on the town. more

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The round-up: the best spots in Brisbane to get a slice of vegan pizza
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The round-up: the best spots in Brisbane to get a slice of vegan pizza

Plant-based dining isn't a foodie trend – it's a full-on movement that's here to stay. With many eaters switching to diets that eschew animal products entirely, vegan-friendly dining has become a big area of expansion. Naturally, one of the first dishes to get the plant-based treatment was pizza – even large-scale slice slingers like Domino's has jumped in on the action in recent years. Brisbane’s got a host of pizza joints that whip up covetable circles of heaven topped with all manner of vegan-friendly ingredients for dine-in and delivery. So, if you’re new to the vegan lifestyle, it might be handy to bookmark this list of Brisbane's best vegan pizzas next time you get a hankering for a slice. more

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Settle in for steak, seafood and sensational cocktails at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove
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Settle in for steak, seafood and sensational cocktails at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove

Steak is one of those seemingly simple orders that can often leave us disappointed. As many meat eaters can attest, their desired medium-rare isn't always so. If you're on the hunt for a truly sublime steak that's cooked precisely to your liking, take a seat at Red Steakhouse & Bar at Sanctuary Cove. With no less than ten different cuts, including your choice of grass fed and grain fed, this modern steakhouse is taking things back to the dining days of old with nostalgic throwbacks sitting pretty alongside contemporary plating, crafted cocktails and an unbeatable view of the marina. Read on for all of the juicy details ... more

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Pavement Whisper: The Green to create an oasis of Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage off James Street
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Pavement Whisper: The Green to create an oasis of Lebanese cuisine and lush foliage off James Street

Any plant parent will tell you that their leafy children do much more than beautify a space – plants help shape the energy of a room, create a sense of serenity and cut through the stressful static of our day-to-day lives. Imagine, then, the feeling of dining amongst dense foliage – leafy ferns, proud palms and even the odd cheeky cactus. That's the kind of experience you'll soon be able to enjoy at The Green, a forthcoming restaurant, deli, nursery and homewares store arriving on James Street next month. Expect inventive Lebanese-inspired cuisine, botanical cocktails, home-style take-home fare and, of course, plenty of plants to purchase. Here's what we know ... more

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Pavement Whisper: Hellenika's Simon Gloftis to open all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine on James Street
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Pavement Whisper: Hellenika’s Simon Gloftis to open all-vegetarian eatery Sunshine on James Street

With two of Brisbane's most-acclaimed restaurants under his belt, seasoned restaurateur Simon Gloftis is set to boost his James Street footprint with forthcoming Mediterranean-inspired concept Sunshine. Swapping the fine-dining feel of its sibling restaurants for a laid-back street-side atmosphere, Sunshine will look to further brighten up The Valley's most in-demand promenade with an offering of vegetarian fare, organic biodynamic wines and relaxed vibes. more


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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City
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Under the Brisbane sun – the best outdoor date spots to wine and dine your beloved in The City

Cuffing season is well and truly here, friends. You know, that time of year when the temperature starts to drop, so those single folk among us seek out a special someone to snuggle up to in the cooler months. Whether your boo is new or you've been snuggling for a while, the love rush usually ramps up during the cooler months, making it one of the best times to take your flame out and about to soak up the spectacular winter weather. Here are some of the best sun-soaked outdoor date spots in Brisbane to hit up, whether you're down for a coffee and a croissant, a long lunch by the waterfront or cocktails while you watch the sun set. more

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Little Red Dumpling unveils its brand-new subterranean Brisbane City location
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Little Red Dumpling unveils its brand-new subterranean Brisbane City location

When it comes to dumplings, variety truly is the spice of life. They come in all shapes and sizes – some are steamed or fried, immersed in soup or soup-filled themselves, and some are sweet while others are savoury. Beloved dumpling bar concept Little Red Dumpling has built its following thanks to a menu that showcases dumplings in all their varied majesty – now it is bringing its killer range to the inner city with its newly opened colourful lantern-lit oasis on Charlotte Street. Have a peek inside ... more

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Say benvenuto to New Farm's new Italian-inspired wine bar Ombra
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Say benvenuto to New Farm’s new Italian-inspired wine bar Ombra

While it's damn near impossible to pinpoint our favourite aspect of Italian cuisine, the country's love of aperitivo – that is, a pre-meal drink or snack – is definitely a cultural ritual we'd happily adopt. Italian ex-pats Ali and Eli believe Brisbane could use a firm nudge when it comes to fostering a greater appreciation for aperitivo, which is why the two pals and hospitality veterans have teamed up on Ombra Italian Bar, which opened in New Farm this week. The relaxed snack spot is dishing up appetite-whetting morsels and a broad range of Italian wines from its cosy home on Brunswick Street – read on to learn more about what’s on offer! more

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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!
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The round-up: the biggest foodie openings of the year (so far) – plus more to look forward to!

Can you believe we're almost halfway through the year? We know, it's a bit uncomfortable to think about, but that's what happens when you've been too busy enjoying all of the exciting things happening in and around Brisbane, especially in its dining scene! So far the year has seen big openings from established operators, the emergence of some exciting upstarts and the revitalisation of old favourites – each new arrival adding something special to the city's culinary landscape. We're taking the opportunity to catch our breath, look back at the year so far and reflect on the best openings of 2021 to date! more

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The Farm House team opens Southeast Asian eatery Oh Boy, Bok Choy! in Stafford
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The Farm House team opens Southeast Asian eatery Oh Boy, Bok Choy! in Stafford

If you're frequently mesmerised by the smell of massaman curry, salivate at the thought of steaming piles of pad see ew and get excited when you spy a plate of miso-glazed eggplant, this one's for you. The team behind beloved Kedron cafe The Farm House and Miss Sophia’s Gelateria is applying its culinary nous to the world of nighttime nosh with new Asian-inspired eatery Oh Boy, Bok Choy!. Officially opening today, Thursday June 17, Oh Boy, Bok Choy! is serving a myriad of tastes with an inclusive lean, adding an all-are-welcome dining option to Stafford's busiest streets. more

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Fire-powered eatery The Arsonist adds a spark to Manly's dining scene
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Fire-powered eatery The Arsonist adds a spark to Manly’s dining scene

There's something irresistibly primal about food cooked over open flame. The thought of tender slow-cooked hunks of meat, seafood carefully charred over coals and lightly roasted vegetables is enough to get our saliva glands working overtime. The group behind Manly's overwater eatery Tide on the Jetty is indulging in some pyro proclivities with its newly open concept The Arsonist – an open-fire kitchen and bar that harnesses the power of this incandescent element to transform local produce into scorching sustenance. Throw in a bar loaded with top-shelf whiskies and some intriguingly moody aesthetics and you've got a must-try restaurant for firebug foodies. more

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Cheeky Poké Bar returns to West Village with new casual eatery
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Cheeky Poké Bar returns to West Village with new casual eatery

Every day West End’s living and lifestyle hub West Village looks a little bit different. First came the arrival of Lebanese restaurant Beirut Bazaar, followed quickly by Harris Farm Markets and the Peters Lane shopping precinct. Now, the new-look Peters Ice Cream Factory has welcomed the return of Cheeky Poké Bar, which has just opened a brand-new bricks-and-mortar eatery at the base of the heritage structure. Take a look inside ... more

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Enjoy brisket ramen and smoked-beef lasagne at Phat Boyz Smokehouse & Kitchen's new low ’n’ slow outpost
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Enjoy brisket ramen and smoked-beef lasagne at Phat Boyz Smokehouse & Kitchen’s new low ’n’ slow outpost

Any unabashed lover of low ’n’ slow barbecue will tell you that their kind are known to travel great distances for the chance to sink their incisors into some terrifically tender morsels. On Saturday June 5, Walloon – the unheralded locality on the City of Ipswich's far fringe – will become a buzzing hub of carnivorous carousing as family-run Phat Boyz Smokehouse & Kitchen unveils its new headquarters and menu of sensationally smoked meats and desserts. Trust us when we say that this is the kind of gear well worth getting in the car for. more

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Baby, it's cold outside – where to score winter-warming fare in The City
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Baby, it’s cold outside – where to score winter-warming fare in The City

We are now in the throes of winter, friends, and we will do just about anything to stay warm. This includes triple-layering our clothes, sleeping with hot water bottles and traversing The City in search of a warm meal. So you can stay nice and snug, we've done the hard yards for you and discovered a bunch of places doling out delicious, belly-warming fare that will cure your case of the hangries and act like a toasty hug. more

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The round-up: celebrate the finer things at Brisbane's best French restaurants
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The round-up: celebrate the finer things at Brisbane’s best French restaurants

We subscribe to the notion that food is a primary reason for being. Out of all of the historic European-born cuisines, perhaps French food reflects this mentality the most. In French cooking, indulgence is intrinsic to its character – rich and hearty flavours abound, creating plates that evoke warmth, nostalgia, ecstasy and contentment in equal measure. This intense sensory response is probably what makes French cuisine popular globally and we're fortunate enough to boast some terrific French-inspired eateries here in Brisbane. Here's some of the best ... more

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Warm up this winter with after-hours tapas and tantalising chocolate treats at The Barracks
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Warm up this winter with after-hours tapas and tantalising chocolate treats at The Barracks

When it comes to tried-and-tested dining precincts, The Barracks ranks high on our list. Whether you're craving a platter of seafood delights, a flight of German beers or mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine, this beloved Brisbane gem has your back. If you're keen to fill up on belly-warming eats this winter, read on to find out what you can stick a fork in to ... more

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Toscano Bar & Kitchen brings Naples-inspired nosh and creative cocktails to The City
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Toscano Bar & Kitchen brings Naples-inspired nosh and creative cocktails to The City

As we approach the mid-week hump, thoughts inevitably turn towards weekend plans. Looking for a new sipping spot to try? Toscano Bar & Kitchen – a glamorous Neapolitan-style parlour specialising in artfully crafted cocktails, imported and Italian-inspired wines and mouth-watering pizza-panino hybrids – officially opens today, Wednesday May 26. Here's what you can expect ... more