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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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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

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Gnocch gnocch, who's there – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers arrives in South Bank
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Gnocch gnocch, who’s there – Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers arrives in South Bank

When Ben Corradini and Theodor Roduner first opened the doors of their Paddington gnoccheria Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers, they couldn't have anticipated the frenzy that its arrival would cause. Since launching in 2016, there's been nary a moment of quiet – folks still can't get enough of these pillowy mounds of moulded potato. If you're one of many that has made the pilgrimage to Paddington to score a serve of lovingly cooked gnocchi (or have lamented living outside of its delivery radius), then here's some news that'll gnocch you over. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers has opened a new location in South Bank! Expect a menu filled with the same mouth-watering gnocchi, as well as some new tasty eats and drinks, and – maybe most importantly – heaps of seating! more

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Little Valley | Brisbane's best new restaurants
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best new restaurants as voted by you

We’re the first to admit it – Brisbane is absolutely brimming with innovative minds that are willing to take a chance in the often-fickle world of hospitality. Our dining scene continues to go from strength to strength thanks to the creative culinary wizards choosing to put their passions on a plate – and as a result, we have a kick-ass roster of amazing restaurants that have opened in the past 12 months. Naming the best would be an impossible task – so that’s why we left it up to you, our trusted readers, during our most recent EAT/drink Awards . You all have great taste – here are the spots you chose as the ten best new restaurants in Brisbane. more

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Rico Bar & Dining brings Spanish and South American vibes to Eagle Street Pier
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Rico Bar & Dining brings Spanish and South American vibes to Eagle Street Pier

Aria's surprise closure earlier this year left a sizeable hole in Eagle Street Pier's dining array, but come Friday the precinct will officially welcome a new operator – one giving the storied tenancy a South American-inspired shake-up. Rico Bar & Dining is the name of the new eatery and nightspot, gamely stepping into the Aria-shaped void and reinvigorating the far end of the pier with a cross-section of culinary delights. 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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Melbourne's Industry Beans opens its anticipated coffee hub in Newstead
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Melbourne’s Industry Beans opens its anticipated coffee hub in Newstead

When it comes to coffee, Brisbane isn't a one-horse town anymore. Our caffeine scene has grown in size exponentially over the last half-decade, and our tastes have evolved to match. Brisbane's demand for high-quality coffee is so vast that it's drawn the attention of some big interstate players, and names don't get much bigger than Industry Beans. After a lengthy process of research and location scouting, the Industry Beans team locked down a warehouse space located in the back streets of Newstead, with plans to transform it into a mecca for coffee enthusiasts, brunch lovers and fans of top-notch hospitality. The build is finished and Industry Beans has officially opened on Proe Street, offering an immersive experience with amenities that go above and beyond your regular coffee haunt. more

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The times, they are a changin' – LONgTIME announces its closure (and some other big news)
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The times, they are a changin’ – LONgTIME announces its closure (and some other big news)

Yes, you read that correctly – the crew behind beloved Thai restaurant LONgTIME has announced that the venue will close at the end of November, making way for some big changes. While that may seem like devastating news to most, the silver lining is actually rather iridescent. Mere days after LONgTIME's closure, the restaurant's team will unveil Same Same, a brand-new 80-seat restaurant and bar currently taking shape on The Calile's Ada Lane precinct. While LONgTIME's greatest hits make the move to James Street, the LONgTIME space itself will transform into a dedicated functions venue. Here's what we know ... more

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind gangster cuisine experience at Spring Hill's Restaurant Indriya
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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind gangster cuisine experience at Spring Hill’s Restaurant Indriya

A chef's table experience is the pinnacle of any fine-dining restaurant's offering. It's where the chef gets to go all out and flex their culinary muscles to plate up the truest essence of the restaurant's identity. Imagine, then, if a restaurant only offered chef's table dining. That would be something pretty special, right? This is the idea behind Restaurant Indriya, a lavishly styled venue in Spring Hill that specialises in a multi-sensory experience based around the skills of chef Eugene Lee. Restaurant Indriya's mould-breaking dining experience gives guests a deep dive into what Eugene describes as gangster cuisine. Want to know what that means? Read on ... more

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Old meets new at Brisbane City's subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour
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Old meets new at Brisbane City’s subterranean saloon Miss Demeanour

The Rowes Arcade building on Edward Street boasts a strong hospitality lineage stretching back to the early 1900s. From the landmark 380-seater Rowe's Cafe (named after hospitality icon Minna Rowe), all the way through to the days of Rosie's Nightclub and Sonny's House of Blues, the heritage-listed building has housed its fare share of daytime and late-night destinations. The latest in this long line of hotspots – Miss Demeanour – is dipping into this heritage, paying homage to what's come before while still firmly looking toward the future with an all-day (and night) offering that boasts a welcoming and cheeky appeal. more

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The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead
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The Matriarch brings a dash of romance and luxe Euro elegance to Newstead

Imagine this – you're sitting in the heart of a lavishly appointed French court, sipping top-shelf champagne in the shade of an olive tree, with snacks at your elbow and your every want and need taken care of by attentive wait staff. Usually you'd need to hop on a plane and spend a chunky sum to enjoy an experience like this, but a new venue in Newstead might just be the next best option. The Matriarch is a stately warehouse hub of European-inspired hospitality, catering to brunch lovers, bubbly sippers, high-tea hunters and tapas enthusiasts. more