Restaurants
From Trinidad and Tobago to Toowong – feast on island flavours at Maria Caribbean Kitchen
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From Trinidad and Tobago to Toowong – feast on island flavours at Maria Caribbean Kitchen

Aside from being picturesque holiday destinations, the various nations that bracket the Caribbean Sea each harbour their own vibrant culinary cultures. A colourful newcomer in Toowong is plating up a curated mix of Caribbean fare, spotlighting the diversity of the region and bringing stories to life through food. Officially opening its doors on Wednesday June 26, Maria Caribbean Kitchen is transporting tastebuds to the other side of the world – serving up recipes from the Colombian Caribbean and Cuba to Jamaica, Dominican Republic and beyond. more

Bakeries
Pastries, pancakes and Thai pop-ups – eat from dawn to dusk at Paddington Social
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Pastries, pancakes and Thai pop-ups – eat from dawn to dusk at Paddington Social

It’s rare occurrence when an eatery opens that is capable of catering to the morning, afternoon and evening crowds, but luckily for those living near Given Terrace, Paddington Social is aiming to do just that. Seasoned culinary veterans Gibb Mookachonpan, Tyler Sargent and Lek Senee decided to team up for a venue where they could each showcase their talents without diluting their individual tastes. Their newly realised venture – shabby-chic eatery Paddington Social – is a venue uniquely suited to the diverse needs of the suburb’s populace. From coffee and baked goods in the morning to bone-warming Thai in the evening (and everything in between), Paddington Social has got you covered. more

Bars
Winner winner – Momo Chicken & Beer unveils its sizeable new Elizabeth Street expansion
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Winner winner – Momo Chicken & Beer unveils its sizeable new Elizabeth Street expansion

Although the landscape of Brisbane’s inner-city precinct is continually changing, we can always count on there being Korean-style fried-chicken joints to satiate our hunger when it strikes. Momo Chicken & Beer has been a popular fried-chicken fixture in The City since it opened Momo Chicken City in 2017, but the arrival of the Cross River Rail has necessitated a relocation. Lucky for us, the Momo crew haven’t moved far – in fact, they’ve upgraded! Momo Chicken can now be found on Elizabeth Street, with a new enormous chicken and beer hall delivering the brand’s popular menu as well as some delicious new morsels. more

Bars
The round-up: Brisbane's best cheap eats
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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

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 228 June 25
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 228 June 25

From updates on Stone & Wood's Brisbane brewery to whispers of a tropical-inspired juice joint for Wellington Point, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more


Bars
Rocking the suburbs – Everton Plaza's Park Lane celebrates the opening of its first wave of retailers
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Rocking the suburbs – Everton Plaza’s Park Lane celebrates the opening of its first wave of retailers

A considerable stir was caused across Brisbane's northern suburbs when Everton Plaza initially announced plans for a brand-new addition to its dining and shopping hub and now, after a year of waiting, the first retailers of the anticipated Park Lane precinct are opening to the public. Complementing the existing Everton Plaza retail portion (anchored by Coles and many existing long-term tenants), the new retail village features many of the area's original elements. COMUNiTI (formerly known as MARSDEN Collective) has overseen the design, accentuating the area's original architectural facade with contemporary touches. The resulting precinct is shaping up to be an impressive blend of old and new, with Park Lane's first wave of retailers looking to set the standard for what is still to come. more

Casual Dining
Taro's Ramen brings its brothy goodness to Stones Corner
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Taro’s Ramen brings its brothy goodness to Stones Corner

The past few months have seen plenty of activity from the Taro’s Ramen crew. After transforming Taro’s Express on Edward Street into a wholly vegan outlet, the team was given the sad news that the beloved-yet-temporary location would be reclaimed and renovated sooner than expected. The closure spurred owner Taro Akimoto into action, seeking a new spot to implement his brand and keep his Edward Street family employed. The City’s loss is Stones Corner’s gain – Taro’s Ramen opened a brand-new store on Old Cleveland Road, bringing with it Taro’s exceptionally nourishing noodles and bone-warming broth. more

Cafes
The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion
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The sweetest thing – The Cupcake Patisserie opens a brand-new treat haven in Albion

It’s hard to improve upon the culinary majesty that is the humble cake, but when it comes to pleasing all comers, we’re much more inclined to suggest that a box of cupcakes is a far better option. The exhilarating feeling we get from opening the lid on a box of freshly made treats is almost unparalleled, which is why we squealed in collective excitement when The Cupcake Patisserie opened a gorgeous cake store in Albion. Boasting a salivation-inducing selection of sugary delights, energising coffee, and a delightful space in which to snack, this pink-fronted nook is well worth a dessert detour. more

Best of Brisbane
Maeve | Brisbane's best late-night dining | The Weekend Edition
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best late-night dining spots

The sun set hours ago, most restaurants are closing but you still haven’t had dinner. A few years ago this situation would typically lead to some dire, regret-inducing fast food desperation, but no more! Now there are more and more eateries opening into the wee hours to ensure we never have to settle for something unsatisfactory. If your stomach is rumbling later than usual, cast your glance over this list of Brisbane’s best late-night dining spots to get your grub on after dark. more

Providore
The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter's night in
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The Weekend Series: five hot chocolate brands for a winter’s night in

Brisbane’s winters may be fleeting and relatively painless, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the bounties of the season. We’re talking mulled wine, belly-warming carbs and the high priestess of winter treats, hot chocolate. We’ve slurped our way through countless cups to determine five hot choccy brands you should be stocking in your pantry for the chilly months ahead. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 227 June 18
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 227 June 18

From whispers of a minimalist Cali-Mex eatery for The Valley to a big cross-river move for Charboys Burgers, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest news in Brisbane, dedicated to ensuring its readers are in the know. When we put our ears to the pavement this week, this is what we found out … more

Casual Dining
From the coast to California Lane – Raw + Rice opens its first poke spot in The Valley
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From the coast to California Lane – Raw + Rice opens its first poke spot in The Valley

Since opening their first dedicated poke bar in Mooloolaba in 2017, the enterprising minds behind Raw + Rice have cornered the poké market across the Sunshine Coast. Last week Raw + Rice unveiled its first Brisbane location – a chic hole-in-the-wall space in California Lane. The booming alleyway space is a no-brainer option for the coast-born brand, with Raw + Rice’s nutritious, colourful and sustainably minded poke bowls proving the perfect addition to California Lane’s LA-inspired palm-tree aesthetic. more

Cafes
Escape the bustle at Paddington's hidden oasis Rosa' Bloom Cafe
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Escape the bustle at Paddington’s hidden oasis Rosa’ Bloom Cafe

Tucked away behind Rosalie’s busy Nash Street strip is one of Brisbane’s newest pastel-coloured pamper palaces, one where relaxed vibes and picture-perfect surrounds combine to heighten indulgence to new levels. At the beginning of June, B Indulged Clinic unveiled its chic cafe and event space addition Rosa' Bloom – a leafy nook where customers and newcomers can kick back with a coffee or a colourful concoction, leaving the bustle of the outside world far behind. more

The Grocer
The Weekend Series: five craft sodas and mixers you should stock at home
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The Weekend Series: five craft sodas and mixers you should stock at home

Shake up your soda game with these artisan antidotes sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your cocktails, mocktails and everything in between. From native Australian botanicals to the finest international ingredients, these craft sodas and mixers have placed quality and flavour at the forefront, and done away with the overloaded sweeteners and artificial additives. Now the teetotallers can enjoy as much flavour and complexity as their boozy counterparts, while those after a tipple can ensure their mixers are worthy of their spirits. Check out some of our favourite craft concoctions below. more