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Pavement Whispers: Little Provence, a neighbourhood French bistro serving home-style fare, is opening next week in Eatons Hill
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Pavement Whispers: Little Provence, a neighbourhood French bistro serving home-style fare, is opening next week in Eatons Hill

The co-owner of one of Brisbane's finest French restaurants is bringing a taste of home-style French fare to the outer fringes of Brisbane. Next week, Romain Maunier, co-owner of La Cache à Vín in Spring Hill, will unveil Little Provence in Eatons Hill – an approachable bistro serving the likes of cheese souffle, beef bourguignon and Provence-style lamb shanks, with a clutch of phenomenal French wines also on the cards. Here's what we know ... more

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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

May was massive for Brisbane's dining scene. With new openings seemingly popping up daily, it was a hard task keeping track of them all. It was also difficult to narrow this influx down to just five noteworthy picks. This month, Brisbane scored a cosy cafe serving Korean-inspired brunch, an inner-city restaurant occupying one-of-a-kind laneway digs, a dining hub boasting four kitchens and an Italian-inspired bakery that's caused a stir amongst Brisbane's pastry-loving populace. more

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Pavement Whispers: Azteca, a new Latin American-inspired concept from the Soko Rooftop team, is opening at Queen's Wharf
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Pavement Whispers: Azteca, a new Latin American-inspired concept from the Soko Rooftop team, is opening at Queen’s Wharf

The grand opening of Queen's Wharf is set to be a landmark event for Brisbane as a whole, but its dining scene is shaping up to be the biggest beneficiary. Several home-grown hospitality groups will be opening new venues inside the world-class precinct, including Potentia Solutions Leisure, the brains behind glamorous venues like Soko Rooftop, Lina Rooftop and Carmen Tequileria. In August the team will cut the ribbon on its most ambitious project to date – Azteca, an intricately designed venue that will serve Latin American eats with an Asian twist. Here's what we know ... more

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Cuisines collide at Mr Duncans, The Valley's new multi-kitchen dining destination
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Cuisines collide at Mr Duncans, The Valley’s new multi-kitchen dining destination

Following the hugely successful debut of its brunch-slinging sibling Buttery Boy, the team behind Mr Duncans has finally pulled back the curtain on its long-awaiting multi-kitchen dining hub. Serving everything from wok-tossed Singapore chilli crab and market-fresh sashimi to potato pizzas with miso brown butter, cheeseburger gyozas and fire-licked steaks, Mr Duncans is a treat for folks with globe-trotting taste buds. more

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Uncle Don has brought its bougie rice bowls to South City Square
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Uncle Don has brought its bougie rice bowls to South City Square

Earlier this month, Woolloongabba was the welcome recipient of a brand-new outpost from Uncle Don. The popular Japanese-inspired eatery has brought its menu of drool-worthy donburi to South City Square, opening a sleek 100-seater site where guests can devour katsu pork sandos, teritaki-glazed wagyu dons and plates of sashimi. Come and have a look around ... more

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Paddington welcomes Ma Chim, a new Thai-inspired eatery and bar serving snacks, salads and sizzling specialties
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Paddington welcomes Ma Chim, a new Thai-inspired eatery and bar serving snacks, salads and sizzling specialties

Rosalie Village continues to evolve into one of the best precincts to dine in Brisbane's west. Joining the ranks of the neighbourhoods cadre of eateries is Ma Chim, a Thai-inspired chow house and micro bar from a pair of kitchen-savvy siblings. Offering everything from Esan-style sausages and Peking duck baos to wagyu Thai boat noodles and tom yum hot pots, Ma Chim's menu is well worth exploring. more


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Tassis Group's luxe steakhouse Fatcow unveils its sleek new James Street location
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Tassis Group’s luxe steakhouse Fatcow unveils its sleek new James Street location

If you've noticed the aroma of woodsmoke floating down James Street recently, you probably caught a whiff of Fatcow on James St – the brand-new steakhouse and seafood restaurant from Tassis Group. The super-busy restaurant crew has brought Fatcow back to life in luxe digs on James Street's northern end, pulling back the curtains on a sleek monochromatic space and debuting a spruced-up menu filled with live seafood and sublime steaks sourced from Australia's best producers. Part rebirth, part sophisticated glow-up, Fatcow on James St is now primed and ready to gun for a spot amongst Brisbane's best protein palaces. Take a look inside ... more

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Longwang, Tassis Group's new one-of-a-kind venue, has turned an inner-city laneway into a hub of pan-Asian eats
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Longwang, Tassis Group’s new one-of-a-kind venue, has turned an inner-city laneway into a hub of pan-Asian eats

One of Brisbane's busiest hospitality groups has kicked off a big week with the opening of Longwang, a one-of-a-kind pan-Asian restaurant located in the heart of The City. This custom-built, split-level venue – constructed in a super-slender laneway off Edward Street – has a big-name chef at the helm, who is pumping out a host of flavour-packed dishes like lamb-shoulder massaman curry, stir-fried bug-tail meat 'kung pao' and seared scallops with strange flavour sauce and macadamia. Take a peek inside ... more

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Waterfront stunner Riva Kitchen & Events is Hamilton's new brunch-slinging hidden gem
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Waterfront stunner Riva Kitchen & Events is Hamilton’s new brunch-slinging hidden gem

Looking for a new brunch spot to try this weekend? Hop on the ferry and take it all the way to Northshore Hamilton – that's where you'll find Riva Kitchen & Events. The riverside dining spot and functions hub has just been given a sensational overhaul, with a brand-new look and a killer menu to match. Visit in the morning for pork and fennel sausages with roasted vine tomatoes and fried free-range eggs, or come back in the arvo for chicken schnitzels and char-grilled ribeyes. Either way, with near-unbeatable river views, Riva is definitely a spot you'll want to try. more

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Pavement Whispers: the Ramona Trattoria team to level up with Sbagliata, a hand-shaped pasta restaurant opening soon at Portside Wharf
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Pavement Whispers: the Ramona Trattoria team to level up with Sbagliata, a hand-shaped pasta restaurant opening soon at Portside Wharf

The brains behind one of Brisbane's best pasta joints is opening another venue and it's shaping up to be a doozy. Sbagliata is the newest restaurant from Ashley-Maree Kent of Ramona Trattoria fame, which is opening at Portside Wharf in August. Ashley will be upping the ante with Sbagliata, installing a separate pasta kitchen dedicated to pumping out a greater assortment of hand-shaped and extruded pastas. There will also be woodfired proteins, Italian wines and a chic, nostalgia-laced design. Here's what we know ... more

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ēmmē, James Street's new fire-powered knockout, is celebrating the beauty of imperfection
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ēmmē, James Street’s new fire-powered knockout, is celebrating the beauty of imperfection

Looking around ēmmē's gorgeous interior, it's easy to make the assumption that James Street's fiery newcomer is another glitzy addition to the strip. But settle in at a table and stay a while and you'll discover that the restaurant, helmed by a rising culinary talent, isn't an intimidating fine-diner – it's an approachable, dressed-down dining option that's humble at heart. Armed with an all-day menu of woodfired fare and a world-roaming wine list, ēmmē (pronounced 'em') is shaping up to not only be one of 2024's best-looking newcomers, but also one of its most welcoming. Here's why ... more

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Obsession, risk and heritage – a deep dive into the history of Gerard's, one of Brisbane's feel-good food stories
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Obsession, risk and heritage – a deep dive into the history of Gerard’s, one of Brisbane’s feel-good food stories

Few restaurants run long enough to earn the label of ‘culinary institution’, but Gerard’s – the acclaimed Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant located on James Street – well and truly deserves the designation. But it wasn’t always a sure thing. Ask Gerard’s founders Elie and Johnny Moubarak, and they’ll tell you that opening Gerard’s back in 2012 came with a lot of risk. We sat down with the restaurateur siblings to unravel the Gerard’s story, from Elie and Johnny’s early days as cocktail-shaking young guns, the addiction to hospitality that drove them to take big swings, and the influences that shaped Gerard’s into the pioneering powerhouse it’s regarded as today. more

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French fare lets its hair down at DUCKFAT, the new perspective-shifting concept from the La Belle Vie team
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French fare lets its hair down at DUCKFAT, the new perspective-shifting concept from the La Belle Vie team

How well do you really know French food? Most fine-dining fans are well-versed in France's excellence when it comes to haute cuisine, with its fastidious presentation and meticulous technicality. But what about the more casual end of French cuisine? Brand-new eatery DuckFat is giving diners a glimpse at the possibilities of French fare without the white tablecloths, serving up the likes of buttery escargot, steak frites, French-style pizzas and foie gras in a grungy, pink-accented space in Newstead. Come and take a peek ... more

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Get the first look inside Gum Bistro, the charming West End newcomer fuelled by Queensland produce
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Get the first look inside Gum Bistro, the charming West End newcomer fuelled by Queensland produce

There's something in the water in West End. The suburb's recent surge into one of Brisbane's most interesting dining precincts continued over the weekend, with the awaited opening of Gum Bistro. The neighbourhood eatery, run by a pair of savvy new-wave operators, is all about big flavours, small details, pitch-perfect needle drops and disarmingly chummy service. Come and take a gander ... more

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The round-up: what's open on Anzac Day
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The round-up: what’s open on Anzac Day

After the hectic Easter long-weekend festivities, it’s easy to forget that we have another public holiday right around the corner. Anzac Day is here, so it’s a good idea to plan accordingly. If you plan to spend your day catching up with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open. We've found the spots around Brisbane that are trading on the Anzac Day public holiday this Thursday April 25 – so if you need a coffee, some brunch or an arvo tipple, this is the place to find it. more

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Komeyui, Spring Hill | Brisbane's best omakase experiences
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The round-up: the best omakase experiences in Brisbane

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, omakase is regarded as the country's culinary pinnacle. Translated to “I leave it up to you,” omakase sees diners place their trust in the skilled hands of the chef, who prepares a set menu of seasonal specialties. No two omakase menus are entirely the same, with chefs often electing to showcase high-end of-the-moment ingredients in innovative and surprising forms. Omakase dining is growing in popularity across the country, with a number of wonderful Brisbane restaurants offering this premium epicurean experience. We've collated a quick list of the venues where you can enjoy omakase right now – here's who made the cut ... more