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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

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Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room liven up Brisbane City's dining scene
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Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room liven up Brisbane City’s dining scene

If you’ve heard any of the talk around the Ghanem Group’s anticipated restaurant and bar tandem – Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room – you’ve surely got an idea of some of the establishment’s offerings. Dim sum, jazz-inspired cocktails, opulent setting, gorgeous heritage, modern Chinese, seafood, char siu pork, steamed hapuka, bottle service, old-world glamour, new-school hospitality – these aren’t just buzzwords, they’re the real deal. Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room opened last weekend, and the duo is already shaping up to be a landmark arrival. more

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Persone pairs pizze and pappardelle with panoramic views at Brisbane Quarter
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Persone pairs pizze and pappardelle with panoramic views at Brisbane Quarter

North Quay’s evolution continues at a cracking pace, with anticipated riverside dining precinct Brisbane Quarter finally nearing completion. Persone – the Italian-centric eatery from acclaimed hospitality family the Gambaro Group – opened yesterday Wednesday September 5, and is the first of Brisbane Quarter’s restaurants to open to the public. With a modern take on classic regional Italian cuisine, an impressive list of top-tier wine and stunning river views to match, Persone is adding a dash of elegance to Brisbane City’s dining scene. more

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The round-up: where to light up the night for Sunsuper Riverfire 2018
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The round-up: where to light up the night for Sunsuper Riverfire 2018

Aside from New Year’s Eve, few nights bring Brisbane to life quite like Sunsuper Riverfire. The night, which caps off stellar month-long cultural celebrating Brisbane Festival on Saturday September 29, illuminates the night with fireworks displays, Australian Defence Force fly-overs and parties galore. One of the best ways to enjoy Riverfire is by rolling out a picnic blankets at vantage points along the river, but if you’d rather not jostle for prime position, we’ve put together a list of venues that will be celebrating in style. more

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Customs House unveils its new contemporary riverside eatery Patina
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Customs House unveils its new contemporary riverside eatery Patina

Along Brisbane City’s riverside stretch, one building stands out among Eagle Street’s skyward-reaching monoliths. The historic Customs House enjoys one of Brisbane’s most prominent river locations, and the institution has recently overhauled its dining offering to take full advantage of space and modern dining trends. Patina at Customs House has reinvigorated the heritage-listed venue’s culinary focus, delivering regional farm-to-table fare in a stylishly contemporary setting. more

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Parisian chic – Belle Epoque opens its chic new patisserie at Southpoint
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Parisian chic – Belle Epoque opens its chic new patisserie at Southpoint

When the Anthony John Group began the process of relocating the Emporium Hotel to its sizeable Southpoint location, it also marked the departure of a beloved French-inspired hideaway. Belle Epoque – one of the formative tenants of Emporium’s Fortitude Valley hospitality collective – is also on the move, transferring its Parisian-chic patisserie across the river to fresh digs at Southpoint. In addition to its picture-perfect pastries, Belle Epoque will also be delivering champagne breakfasts and a lunch and dinner menu of French classics with a Queensland twist. more

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The LONgTIME crew unveils moody Japanese-inspired sibling Hôntô in Fortitude Valley
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The LONgTIME crew unveils moody Japanese-inspired sibling Hôntô in Fortitude Valley

Good things come to those who wait. It’s a proverb that can apply to a variety of situations, but it’s especially apt when it comes to Fortitude Valley’s newest restaurant Hôntô. The sleek dining destination from the team behind LONgTIME opened over the weekend after some frustrating delays, but it all seems to have been worth it. Hôntô’s stark and moody aesthetic paired with a considered menu of reimagined Japanese fare looks to be a genius combination, making the wait entrirely worthwhile. more

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Fine fare and history combine for Brisbane City’s Motorwagen
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Fine fare and history combine for Brisbane City’s Motorwagen

The invention of the world’s first petrol-powered vehicle – Carl Benz’s Motorwagen – was a landmark technological revelation. A new inner-city eatery has arrived on Adelaide Street, inspired by the innovation and vision of the 19th-century engineer. Seasoned restaurateur Sam Pask and inspired culinary mind Dylan Cashman have collaborated with Mercedes-Benz Brisbane to deliver Motorwagen, a chic dining destination that aims to evoke the same creative spirit across a sharp contemporary offering. more

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Little Valley
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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