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Three Blue Ducks | Image: Nikko To
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The round-up: stomach stuffers over stocking stuffers – where to eat on Christmas Day

Do you hear that? It's the sound of Christmas carols echoing through shopping centres and over workplace radios. Whether you're ready or not, Christmas is coming – it's time to make sure you're prepared. 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 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 this year. 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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Get a sneak peek at The Westin Brisbane's dining and drinking concepts
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Get a sneak peek at The Westin Brisbane’s dining and drinking concepts

It’s been a banner year for Brisbane’s hotel scene, with several top-tier arrivals making our city a staycation mecca. The Westin Brisbane is set to open its doors to guests this Thursday November 8, bringing with it a host of phenomenal amenities as well as a swag of impressive dining concepts. We’ll have a closer look at the hotel’s suites and spas soon, but for now we’re all about The Westin Brisbane’s signature restaurant Eden's Table, its aviation-inspired jazz lounge The Charles' and Brisbane's first swim-up pool bar The Nautilus. more

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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room
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King Street welcomes the arrival of deluxe food mecca Mercado and The Duck Room

Over the past two years, King Street has been adorning its culinary crown with an array of fantastic eating and drinking spots, but its latest sparkling addition is looking to set a new standard when it comes to shopping and dining. Mercado is being hailed as a one-stop marketplace for provisions and produce, offering everything from fresh seafood and decadent patisserie treats to boutique wine and Cantonese roast duck. The boutique market is opening on Saturday November 3, and it's got everything you could possibly need to stuff your pantry and fridge to bursting point. more

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The Wolfe
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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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Proud Mary brings cocktails and Louisianan fare to New Farm’s riverside
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Proud Mary brings cocktails and Louisianan fare to New Farm’s riverside

Let’s paint a picture – you’re perched in a shady spot next to the leisurely flowing waters of the Mississippi River, cocktail in hand and a platter of fresh seafood placed before you. New Orleans’ French Quarter is at your back, and the atmosphere is on point. This is the vibe that New Farm’s lively newcomer Proud Mary looks to create at Brisbane Powerhouse – complete with the vivid sounds and smells of America’s French-influenced south. If soul food and bloody Marys are your dream pairing, come on down to the river and see what’s going on. more

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Atelier Brasserie adds a dash of Euro style to King Street
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Atelier Brasserie adds a dash of Euro style to King Street

We have a lot to thank Europe for. The printing press, the telephone and the locomotive – all of these ground-breaking inventions were created by European thinkers. Europe also created much of our modern culinary practices, with a plethora of techniques and tastes honed in kitchens across the vast continent. Atelier Brasserie is a new eatery in the heart of Bowen Hills that is paying homage to Europe’s diverse dining scene, plating up an inspired selection of dishes in an refined and accommodating setting. more

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Sample the tastes of one of Brisbane’s best with Allium’s The Shortlist
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Sample the tastes of one of Brisbane’s best with Allium’s The Shortlist

Let's be honest – if we had our way we’d dine on degustations nearly every day of the week. Unfortunately our flights of fancy feasting are dashed as soon as we check our bank accounts, but thankfully Allium is making fine dining more accessible with its brilliant four-course offering The Shortlist. The New Farm restaurant is plating up a rotating selection of dishes that’ll impress, meaning we can get our fine-dining fill more than ever. more


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Gabba + Co plates up nostalgic Australian tastes at Trafalgar Lane
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Gabba + Co plates up nostalgic Australian tastes at Trafalgar Lane

A stir of activity at the base of Woolloongabba’s Trafalgar Lane building got tongues wagging of a new multi-faceted and community-oriented arrival. The team from Osteria Epoca are the brains behind Gabba + Co, a casual and relaxed venue that will adapt to the needs and wants of locals. Opening today, Wednesday October 24, the eatery and bar will be looking to woo diners with a menu of all-time classics made from Queensland’s abundance of top-tier produce and given some adventurous tweaks. more

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Sip within the sophisticated surrounds of The Calile's Lobby Bar
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Sip within the sophisticated surrounds of The Calile’s Lobby Bar

The buzz surrounding The Calile’s eagerly awaited opening on James Street continues unabated, with all eyes (and tastebuds) now angled towards the urban resort’s food and drink offerings. The Calile’s Lobby Bar quietly opened to the public ahead of the venue’s official launch last week, wowing first arrivals with its modern light-filled space, elegant pink-marble bar and menu of artisanal eats and drinks. The best thing about The Calile’s Lobby Bar is you don’t need to be a guest to enjoy it, but frankly we’ll take any reason to book a stay. more

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Hellenika brings its modern Greek hospitality to The Calile
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Hellenika brings its modern Greek hospitality to The Calile

We have a feeling that, this summer, you’re going to be spending a lot of sunny Saturdays sharing saganaki and spritzes by the pool. The Calile Hotel’s highly anticipated flagship restaurant Hellenika has opened its doors today, Friday October 12, serving authentic Greek fare with a heavy dose of urban-resort vibes on the side. Gold Coast restaurateur Simon Gloftis has brought his award-winning restaurant to Brisbane, sharing his time-honoured family recipes in a distinctly modern setting. more

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Brisbane culinary institution Moda begins new chapter in Petrie Terrace
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Brisbane culinary institution Moda begins new chapter in Petrie Terrace

Javier Codina’s Spanish-inspired restaurant Moda has been a fixture of Brisbane dining scene for so long that it’s practically become a foundational piece of architecture. After eight years on Edward Street, Moda has uprooted operations and planted itself in a new space at the main juncture of Petrie Terrace and Caxton Street – styling itself as Moda Tapas Brasa Bar. While not seeking to reinvent the flavours that made Moda popular in the first place, Javier is committed to sewing seeds of evolution, expanding Moda’s offering at its new home and cementing it as a top-tier dining destination for years to come. more

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Bacchus
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The round-up: sample the flavours of the season with these must-try spring dishes

Spring isn’t just for wardrobe overhauls, beach trips and post-hibernation fitness regimes – it’s also one of the most exciting periods for food. Eateries across Brisbane are overhauling menus to take advantage of the influx of new-season produce, imbuing dishes with colour, texture and an abundance of flavour. Of course, getting to every restaurant in Brisbane to sample such dishes is no easy task, which is why we’ve collated a quick hit list of spots that are making the most out of spring’s bounty. more

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Italian and Estonian flavours combine at Paddington’s Romantica Ristorante Pizzeria
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Italian and Estonian flavours combine at Paddington’s Romantica Ristorante Pizzeria

After accumulating a strong following of Paddington locals with Roman-style eatery La Pinsa, David Ruggerio is making a strong claim for the title of pizza king of Brisbane’s west. His new intimate restaurant Romantica Ristorante Pizzeria combines David’s beloved Roman cuisine with his wife Kate’s Estonian roots, adding a further level of depth and difference to a culinary lineage already steeped in rich history. more

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Marco Pierre White's EatClub launches in Brisbane – and there are 300 free burgers to celebrate
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Marco Pierre White’s EatClub launches in Brisbane – and there are 300 free burgers to celebrate

Brisbane's dining scene is arguably the best it's ever been but let's face it – the majority of locals are still not embracing our offerings outside of the usual Thursday to Sunday peak periods. Those empty tables come at a significant cost to restaurants, which still have to pay wages and overheads regardless of how busy they are. Instead of being saddened and surprised when an esteemed venue closes its doors, we as a city need to get out and proactively support those venues that we love. We understand the hesitation, though – dining out regularly comes with a price. Here to please both the diner and the restaurant is EatClub, a new discount booking app aiming to fill restaurant tables in slow periods by incentivising diners with up to 50 percent off their total bill, drinks included. As if that wasn't enticing enough, there are 300 free burgers up for grabs to celebrate. 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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Chu The Phat
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The round-up: what’s open on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve been able to enjoy a long weekend. It seemed like the first half of the year was absolutely littered with days off, and the latter months have been lacking. Well, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is finally upon us, which means three days of rest and relaxation before the final slog through to Christmas. It’s not up to us to say what you should do with your extra day off, but if you’re inclined to get out of the house, we’ve assembled a hit list of eateries that will be open on Monday. more

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The Coop Bistro
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best cheap eats

Rent is due and you are still a few days away from getting your paycheque – but your stomach is growling and you need to feed as soon as possible for as cheap as possible. Instead of hitting the closest drive-thru and settling for fast food, there are plenty of places around town that offer cheap eats that are damn tasty. It’s time to get creative with how you spend your dollars – stretch your money by taking advantage of the following best value for money meals in Brisbane. more

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History and innovation collide at Brisbane Quarter’s Heritij
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History and innovation collide at Brisbane Quarter’s Heritij

Ever since news arrived that globally acclaimed chef Manjunath Mural was bringing his considerable talents to Brisbane, Heritij has become one of the most hotly anticipated openings of 2018. Teaming up with hospitality heavyweights Nick Pinn and Sridhar Penumechu for the venue, Manjunath is looking to share traditional Indian cuisine at its finest – plating up intoxicating flavours with a modern approach in one of the best locations Brisbane has to offer. Heritij opens today – Tuesday September 11 – and needs to be seen to be believed. more