Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 363 June 21
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 363 June 21

From news of a family-inspired Italian eatery to the reopening of a flood-ravaged riverside favourite, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

Restaurants
Mina Italian brings a taste of the Mediterranean Coast to Bulimba's Oxford Street
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Mina Italian brings a taste of the Mediterranean Coast to Bulimba’s Oxford Street

With ceilings coated in pastel yellow, eye-catching terrazzo bar fronts, white marble table tops and blonde timber furnishings, Mina Italian looks like a restaurant plucked straight from the waterfront promenades of Amalfi. It's not all looks, though – this newly open eatery from the crew behind La Costa Restaurant & Bar, Cielo, Evita and Lina Rooftop backs up its alluring aesthetics with a menu of traditional and contemporary Italian eats. We're talking plates of crispy calamari fritti, delightfully jiggly globes of burrata, succulent slabs of slow-cooked porchetta and an assortment of pizzas freshly puffed in the restaurant's custom-built woodfired oven. Throw in a selection of effervescent spritzes, cocktails and wines and it's easy to imagine that you've miraculously manifested an Italian holiday. Have a gander inside ... more

Bakeries
Doughcraft – a specialist in European-style baked goods and deli items – launches at Albion's Craft'd Grounds
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Doughcraft – a specialist in European-style baked goods and deli items – launches at Albion’s Craft’d Grounds

Melted raclette poured over cold cuts and potatoes, mascarpone-filled doughnuts, take-home packs of artisanal pasta and sugo, ficelle topped with gorgonzola dolce, nduja-infused focaccia buns, and smoked Tasmanian salmon, creme fraiche, spinach and crispy capers smushed between squid ink buns. Judging by these items alone, it's easy to see that Doughcraft isn't your regular bakery. From sweet to savoury, this sustainably minded operation is offering something salivation worthy for all comers. more

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Pavement Whispers: The Blackout team announces mis•spelt – a new dispensary of baked goods and stacked sandwiches
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Pavement Whispers: The Blackout team announces mis•spelt – a new dispensary of baked goods and stacked sandwiches

There's something big happening on the corner of Latrobe Terrace and Collingwood Street – the home of beloved Paddington coffee spot Blackout. In the coming weeks, the perpetually popular piccolo slinger will be relocating one door down into a brand-new space, one it'll be sharing with the crew's soon-to-open bakery concept, mis•spelt. With top-notch specialty coffee on one side and fresh loaves, pastries and sandwiches available on the other, this two-in-one emporium will handily cater to locals craving carbs and caffeine. Here's what we know ... more

Bakeries
News worthy of a celebration cake – Jocelyn's Provisions officially reopens today
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News worthy of a celebration cake – Jocelyn’s Provisions officially reopens today

It's been a few months between slices of Jocelyn's Provisions butter cake, but next week we'll have access to the famed cake makers silky sweets and salivation-worthy savoury items once more. All four Jocelyn's Provisions locations will be reopening to the public on Thursday June 16, serving its iconic range of crowd-pleasing goodies as well as a selection of exciting new additions. more

Bars
Five cosy spots in Brisbane City where you can warm up this winter
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Five cosy spots in Brisbane City where you can warm up this winter

While there's a wealth of culinary gems dotted around The City, there's a handful that boast a particular charm – a cosiness, if you will. Walking into these locales is like being embraced into a warm hug – and that's exactly what we want in the midst of winter. If you're searching for somewhere cosy to wine and dine this season, we have rounded up five spots filled with cushy nooks, decadent dishes and belly-warming cocktails ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 362 June 14
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 362 June 14

From news of a new inner-city location for one of Brisbane's best Indonesian restaurants to the return of a beloved baked-goods dispenser, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

Restaurants
The Calile Hotel welcomes Simon Gloftis’ highly anticipated Japanese restaurant Sushi Room
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The Calile Hotel welcomes Simon Gloftis’ highly anticipated Japanese restaurant Sushi Room

Restaurateur Simon Gloftis and his lauded venues, Hellenika, SK Steak & Oyster and most recently Sunshine, need no introduction. After firmly planting himself in the Brisbane dining scene (and more specifically, The Calile dining precinct on James Street) in 2018, Simon and his team have consistently pleased palates with their simple-yet-elevated menus and impressive dining environments. Now, after more than 12 months of development and intricate fine tuning, Simon’s STK Group is finally ready to reveal what is set to be its most sophisticated venture yet – Japanese fine diner Sushi Room. more


Restaurants
Exhibition – the new head-turning restaurant from Joy co-founder Tim Scott – is now open
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Exhibition – the new head-turning restaurant from Joy co-founder Tim Scott – is now open

Before Metro Arts moved into its new digs across the river, its home on Edward Street was a hive of artistic expression – from the visual to the theatrical. This week, the basement space beneath the heritage building will become home to art once again. This time, however, it will be largely edible. Exhibition Restaurant, the brainchild of acclaimed culinary maestro Tim Scott, looks to imbue every aspect of its operation – from the food and decor to its tableware – with an element of artistic flair. This eagerly anticipated restaurant, which officially opens on Tuesday June 7, is shaping up to be one of the stand-out debuts of the year. Here's what you can expect ... more

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Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills
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Pavement Whispers: JuJu Bar & Dining to bring fine casual fare to Sunnybank Hills

As Brisbane's boundaries gradually spread out from the city centre and the suburbs start to fill in, demand is rising for a commensurate proliferation of upscale eateries. JuJu Bar & Dining is looking to bring an elevated epicurean experience to Sunnybank Hills, with a focus on contemporary East Asian cuisine delivered in a refined but approachable setting. Here's what we know ... more

Cancel your kick-ons and let the good times roll with Uh Oh's new late-night pizza offering
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Cancel your kick-ons and let the good times roll with Uh Oh’s new late-night pizza offering

We get it – sometimes it can be hard to maintain your party stamina all night long, especially when you're dancing on an empty stomach. Thankfully Uh Oh's – the two-level pizza and pasta parlour in The Valley's epicentre – is helping keep energy levels high with its newly minted late-night trading menu. Uh Oh is now open until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights, with DJs playing hits and half-price pizzas keeping the vibes on point until the early hours. more

Best of Brisbane
The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland's best craft spirits
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The round-up: localise your bar cart with Southeast Queensland’s best craft spirits

Southeast Queensland's independent craft spirit scene is booming these days. Across Brisbane, the coasts and the hinterland, numerous distilleries are emerging – each concoction spirits perfect for stocking our at-home booze cabinet. We're all about making our cocktail cart as good as it can be and with many small-batch operations putting the state on the map when it comes to craft sips we're almost spoiled for choice. We've collated a list of top-notch distilleries from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, helping you fill any gaps in your collection or encourage you to replenish depleted stocks. more

Food News
Reduce your grocery footprint with these sustainable goodies from Harris Farm Markets
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Reduce your grocery footprint with these sustainable goodies from Harris Farm Markets

First they opened in Clayfield, then West End, before opening up a Gold Coast Store – fresh produce wonderland Harris Farm Markets has taken Queensland by storm with its abundance of fruit, vegetables and all of your delicatessen needs. A shop at Harris Farm Markets means a week filled with more consciously-bought fridge and pantry fillers, with locally made produce, 'ugly' fruit and veg, and seasonal picks aplenty. If you're striving to reduce your grocery footprint, here are a few delicious ways to do so ... more

Food News
Sip on Boxtails boozy juice packs for a grown-up good time
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Sip on Boxtails boozy juice packs for a grown-up good time

One of our favourite things to do as a kid was to sip on a juice box. If it was socially acceptable to do so as an adult, you’d catch us savouring one of those bad boys all day. In an answer to our prayers, there is now a grown-up version of our favourite childhood drink and it looks oh so tasty. Say hello to Boxtails, a juice-box-esque tipple made from real fruit juice and spirits. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 361 June 7
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Pavement Whispers: Volume 361 June 7

From news of a new cafe and wine bar for Ashgrove to a Sunshine Coast hospitality group's forthcoming Italian eatery, The Weekend Edition is always on the search for the latest food 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

Food News
More than a kitchen – a look back at the magic and legacy of Wandering Cooks
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More than a kitchen – a look back at the magic and legacy of Wandering Cooks

Nodo, Lisboa Caffe, Bella & Tortie, El Planta, Alphabet Cafe, Bee One Third, NYC Bagel Deli, 31 Degrees Chocolates, Pie Town, Mongrel – what do these businesses all have in common? Aside from the fact that all of them are highly regarded amongst Brisbane eaters for their respective culinary offerings, each operation spent a portion of their formative years getting their legs under them at Wandering Cooks. Few organisations, if any, can claim it contributed to the growth of the local food scene in the same way (and on the same scale) as the innovative South Brisbane-born incubator, which announced its closure in late May. The news prompted an outpouring of support from the food community – from the operators that used Wandering Cooks as a stepping stone to wider success, to eaters sharing fond memories of Thursday night food-truck gatherings and Friday night snack showdowns. What… more

Bakeries
Pavement Whispers: Lune Croissanterie to open a grab-and-go retail space in an inner-city laneway
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Pavement Whispers: Lune Croissanterie to open a grab-and-go retail space in an inner-city laneway

We're ten months removed from the landmark opening of Melbourne-born Lune Croissanterie's South Brisbane headquarters and lines snaking their way out of the front doors are still a common sight. Good news for those that have been praying for a second source of the world-renowned croissant maker's signature zonts, decadent pain au chocolat and caramelised kouign amanns – Lune is opening a satellite retail space in Burnett Lane! Here's what we know ... more

Bakeries
Meet Brooki Bakehouse – Fortitude Valley's new cake, macaron and cookie destination
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Meet Brooki Bakehouse – Fortitude Valley’s new cake, macaron and cookie destination

A cake is the perfect thing to commemorate any milestone or noteworthy occasion. Celebrating a birthday? Cake. What about an engagement or wedding? Yep, cake for sure. Graduation? Cake all the way. Break up? Would you believe it, cake comes to the rescue here too. Brooki Bakehouse is a newly open cakery and bakery conceived by a globe-trotting travel blogger that is whipping up dreamy Parisian-inspired celebration desserts from its elegantly appointed hideaway on Marshall Street. It's also supplying a multi-hued range of macarons, delightfully moist cupcakes, decadent brownies and specialty coffee – a cause to celebrate in and of itself! more

Events
Noir unveils its new function space – and reveals details its monthly collaborative chefs dinner series
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Noir unveils its new function space – and reveals details its monthly collaborative chefs dinner series

It's not uncommon to see Paddington wine bar Noir heaving with custom throughout the week – especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. While having throngs of oenophiles jostling for a table is a great problem to have, things get complicated when the vino-centric drinking spot has to cater to private functions and large booking requests. To address this issue, the Noir crew has taken over an apartment space behind its Given Terrace location, converting it into a slick secret area for special celebrations. It will also be the home of a new dinner series dedicated to showcasing one-off menus crafted by some of Brisbane’s best chefs – here's what we know so far … more

Bars
The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month
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The recap: the best new Brisbane restaurants, bars and cafes this month

Finally, it’s starting to get cold. The mercury is dropping and the winter jackets are emerging out of the depths of the closet – and there's no better way to warm up than by getting amongst Brisbane’s dining scene. We're not going to lie, May was a big month. We saw the opening of a new retail-meets-hospitality hybrid on James Street, a charming general store in the heart of The Valley and a fresh craft-beer brewery slinging frothies bayside. Here are the new arrivals we loved this month ... more