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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries
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Elizabeth Arcade’s dining hub FudoDori shows off its first wave of eateries

When it comes to Asian eats, it doesn’t matter the cuisine – we’re always keen to chow down. So, imagine the ecstasy and excitement we felt when we heard that the Elizabeth Street Arcade was being transformed into a dedicated hub of Asian dining. Safe to say our appetites were inflamed to immeasurable levels. FudoDori’s announcement caused quite a stir when its initial plans were revealed in February, and now the first wave of eateries will open to the public within days. If you’re intrigued by the sound of tea-based cocktails, matcha soft-serve, Japanese-style hot dogs, modern Chinese and Japanese cuisine and more, read on, pals! more

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Timeless luxury meets casual flair at Brisbane City's Stanton Bar
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Timeless luxury meets casual flair at Brisbane City’s Stanton Bar

Elevated above the press of Queen Street Mall sits one of The City’s most engaging newcomers. Stanton Bar at QueensPlaza has just unveiled its stunning lavishly appointed open-air venue, and it’s already got folks talking. Blending a lived-in Manhattan-meets-Melbourne-via-Paris aesthetic with a worldly menu of all-time classic dishes (and a stash of small-batch wine to boot), Stanton Bar isn’t looking to redefine inner-city casual hospitality, but remind people of what it can be at its best. more

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Roma Street scores new heritage-inspired boozer Mr Luxford's
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Roma Street scores new heritage-inspired boozer Mr Luxford’s

Brisbane City’s Roma Street strip is steeped in history dating back to the city’s earliest periods, but despite its heritage Roma Street’s contemporary hospitality scene is yet to flourish on a level comparable to the CBD’s other major promenades. Mr Luxford’s is a brand-new boozer looking to add another option for Roma Street workers, taking inspiration from the area’s history and pairing it with a concise offering of cocktails, Asian-inspired eats and casual vibes. more

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Signature | South Bank restaurant | The Weekend Edition
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Emporium Hotel South Bank caps off its culinary collection with Signature

Over the past year, South Bank’s newest five-star luxury accommodation spot Emporium Hotel has been gradually unveiling its comprehensive drinking and dining offering, from Parisian-inspired patisseries to jaw-dropping rooftop cocktail bars. The last – and by no means least – of the hotel's eateries is set to officially open to the public when Signature commences service on Tuesday May 21. Designed as the culmination of Emporium South Bank’s vision for the intersection between innovation and elegance, the hotel’s crown jewel blends an opulent decor with modern Australian fare and what could be Brisbane’s most outstanding wine list. more

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Take a load off at Wilston’s SALT Dining & Lounge Bar
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Take a load off at Wilston’s SALT Dining & Lounge Bar

Wilston’s Kedron Brook Road dining strip scored a warm and welcoming new eatery in April when SALT Dining & Lounge Bar opened its doors. Owner and youth mentor Danni Suriano has sought to establish a safe place where people can come together over good food and positive vibes. In addition to a menu of inclusive fare, SALT Dining & Lounge Bar is also specialising in decadent desserts and inventive cocktails, injecting some action into the area’s nightlife. more

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The 12th annual EAT/drink Awards nominations are now open!
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The 12th annual EAT/drink Awards nominations are now open!

Here at The Weekend Edition we take our food very seriously, and we know that you, our dear readers, do too. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the 12th annual EAT/drink Awards for 2019. With so many bars, cafes, restaurants and food retailers opening in the last year, we are preparing to host our largest epicurean poll to date. more

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The round-up: where to find Brisbane's best American food joints
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The round-up: where to find Brisbane’s best American food joints

Look, we know the American political system is in a bit of a shambles right now, but let's not forget that the United States is still one of the best countries in the world for food lovers. Burgers, French fries, hotdogs, deep-dish pizza, po' boys, cheesesteaks – this is the kinda stuff we like to devour. If you're also a fan of America's diverse array of eats, you'll want to cast your eyes over this comprehensive list of Brisbane's best American food spots. more

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West End's Jugar is a family-friendly playground fit for young and old
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West End’s Jugar is a family-friendly playground fit for young and old

Parents know how tricky it can be to wrangle their brood for an outing, especially one to a local cafe or restaurant. Child-friendly cafes and restaurants are life savers for families, but all too often they fail to properly cater for both kids and adults. Jugar (pronounced ‘hewy-gahr – Spanish for play) is a brand-new eatery in West End that is committed to providing a place to eat, play and drink for families, and it only takes a quick look inside to see that the venue means business. A built-in playground, sublime specialty coffee and an impressive menu of food and drink means that Jugar has got everything you need, whether you’re four or forty. more


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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas
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The round-up: make your mum feel extra special with these Mother’s Day ideas

If we’re being honest, every day deserves to be Mother’s Day. Why? Well, you never really get a day off from being a mum – it’s a 24/7 gig. That being said, Mother’s Day is still a great opportunity to tell your mother how much she means to you. Of course, every mum is different and we can’t tell you what would be the most appropriate gift to give her this year (naturally, you’ve already given her your unending love). We can help make the choice easier, though! This year we’ve put together a nifty gift guide for different kinds of mums – from the mothers that enjoy the finer things in life, to those that rarely slow down. This one goes out to all the mothers, young and old. We wouldn’t be here without you! more

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Cop a flavour hit at Brisbane City's authentic Malaysian street-food spot Roti Place
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Cop a flavour hit at Brisbane City’s authentic Malaysian street-food spot Roti Place

A love of bread is a something that is shared across geographical boundaries. Spend a bit of time looking into various flatbread variations across the globe and you’ll find the proof. Naan, focaccia, lavash, chepati, tortillas – carb cravings are common all around the world. We’re not the kind of folks that will unnecessarily rank these kinds of breads, but even we have to admit we’ve got a soft spot for roti. Incredibly diverse in its own right, the buttery staple of numerous South Asian cuisines is one of the core focuses of Roti Place, a Malaysian eatery that has just opened a striking new location on Charlotte Street in Brisbane City. more

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NomNom Ramen
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The round-up: the best ramen spots in Brisbane

Once the mercury starts to drop, ramen season comes on in full force. Ramen is quickly catching on in popularity around town, with several noodle soup joints specialising in the hearty dish. Forget all about your five-pack of instant mie goreng ramen noodles – the real deal is so much better that it’s unfair to call them both ramen. We’ve compiled a list of the best spots to get your slurp on, which we reckon is worth a hearty (r)amen!   more

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George's Paragon unveils its Italian-inspired sibling Massimo Restaurant & Bar
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George’s Paragon unveils its Italian-inspired sibling Massimo Restaurant & Bar

In the hospitality industry, location can make or break any aspiring venue – and riverside real estate is the hottest of hot property. It’s rare that the bustling dining strip along Eagle Street has a vacancy, but after Groove Train’s departure, a prime piece of riverside space became available to anyone that could pitch a winning idea. Michael Tassis of Eagle Street institution George’s Paragon won the day, earning the right to implement a long-held dream of a classy Italian eatery right on the river’s edge. Massimo Restaurant & Bar is that dream made real – an eatery that specialises in modern Italian flavours with a versatile menu that can satisfy all comers. more

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West End's new-look CJ's Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club
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West End’s new-look CJ’s Pasta launches its divine secret pasta club

Few things bring us quite as much joy as freshly cooked pasta. We're not talking about the mass-produced kind – we're into artisan-crafted ravioli parcels, pillowy piles of gourmet gnocchi and springy spaghetti. The pasta-loving crew behind South Bank's The Spaghetti House Trattoria have long been dishing out the kind of pasta dishes we vibe, but when its beloved pasta supplier CJ's Pasta shut its doors last year it fell onto The Spaghetti House team to take over. The popular providore Pasta has relaunched with some new ownership, a new location and a new secret dinner service, effortlessly making us fall in love with pasta all over again. more

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Little Valley | What's open over the Easter long weekend
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The round-up: what’s open in Brisbane this Easter long weekend

While it's perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for four days straight over Easter, we know that between the Lindt bunnies and Cadbury Creme Eggs you're going to need some real food and drink. Thankfully you don’t need to go on hunt to find places open over the 2019 Easter long weekend – you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a (very) comprehensive list of places that will be trading from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from coffee spots to restaurants and everything in between. more

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Salt Meats Cheese brings room-service pizza and street-side vibes to South Bank
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Salt Meats Cheese brings room-service pizza and street-side vibes to South Bank

It’s impossible to fathom a time where we’d tire of eating pizza or pasta, which is good because thanks to Salt Meats Cheese we’ll never be in short supply. The popular Sydney-born Italian eatery concept has been steadily cementing its foothold in Queensland since the 2015 opening of its Gold Coast location. The next phase of Salt Meats Cheese’s expansion has brought it to South Bank, where it is partnering up with Accor to open its newest dining spot at the base of Mantra on Grey Street. Officially opening today, Tuesday April 9, Salt Meats Cheese South Bank will deliver its signature relaxed fare and atmosphere, as well as some fabulous offerings for Mantra’s lucky guests. more

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Mr Percival's | What's open ANZAC Day | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: what’s open on ANZAC Day 2019

After fallout of 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. Whether you are choosing to join in on the commemorative events or spending the day with family and friends, it’s handy to know that there are places around town that will be open and trading throughout the day. If you predict a post-march coffee outing or are in need of an ANZAC Day lunch spot, use our handy list to see what’s open. more

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Polpetta at The Fantauzzo brings rustic Italian to Howard Smith Wharves
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Polpetta at The Fantauzzo brings rustic Italian to Howard Smith Wharves

Last week we brought you news of the opening of the latest addition to the Art Series Hotels portfolio – the stunning boutique hotel The Fantauzzo. With all eyes drawn to the accommodation destination’s lavish interiors and amenities, the hotel’s on-site restaurant Polpetta managed to open with little fanfare. We're not going to let it slip under the radar, though – Polpetta’s authentic Italian offering is too hard to ignore. With a robust menu developed in collaboration with notable chef, Polpetta is the perfect culinary complement to The Fantauzzo’s visual feast. more

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Carbonara, calzone and chorizo – Everton Park’s Mozzarella Cucina has got the lot
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Carbonara, calzone and chorizo – Everton Park’s Mozzarella Cucina has got the lot

While we wait eagerly for Everton Plaza’s dining precinct to finish construction, the suburb’s foodie scene refuses to sit still. Mozzarella Cucina is the newest eatery to pop up in the area, opening on the corner of the busy intersection of South Pine Road and Stafford Road. Under the watchful eye of ancient Roman-inspired murals, diners are flocking to sample the eatery’s menu, which is stacked with a host of flavoursome classics. more

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Pawpaw Asian Kitchen | Brisbane's best Thai | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: tantalise your tastebuds at Brisbane’s best Thai restaurants

Any cuisine that can plate up fiery curries, saucy noodle dishes and zesty salads has our immediate vote, so you can only imagine how much we love Thai cuisine. Give it to us takeaway, or sit us down for a dine-in experience – either way we’re always ready to take on some Thai. Brisbane is flush with incredible Thai eateries, from flash restaurants to hole-in-the-wall neighbourhood joints. Everyone has their preferred spot, but we’ve endeavoured to collate as many as we can into a list of what we hear is the best. If you’re reading this on an empty stomach, be prepared to pick up an unshakable craving for Thai right about now … more

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Jocelyn's Provisions
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The round-up: follow your nose to the best hot cross buns in Brisbane

Look, we’re not throwing any shade towards the hot cross buns produced by the big grocery chains, but when it comes to celebrating Easter with a six-pack of buttery buns, we prefer to go gourmet. It’s the time of year when Brisbane’s best bakeries are competing for our custom, dishing out fresh trays of hot cross buns loaded with fruit, spices and other goodies. We’re not going to say which bakery bun is the definitive choice – we’re more inclined to put together a list of the top picks and let you make the hard decision. Although picking may be difficult, at the end of the day there is no wrong choice when it comes to hot cross buns. more