Restaurants
La Costa Restaurant brings the tastes of the Italian seaside to Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

La Costa Restaurant brings the tastes of the Italian seaside to Fortitude Valley

After a staggered-yet-steady revitalisation process that has transformed Foresters Hall building on Brunswick Street, the team behind La Costa Bar, Cielo Rooftop Bar and La Valle has today – Friday February 5 – unveiled the final piece of the puzzle. La Costa Restaurant is the culinary hub's dining centrepiece, taking cues from the Italian coast for its seafood-heavy menu and relaxed Riviera-style interior. more

The Grocer
What's poppin'? Golden Gaytime popcorn, that's what
Food & Drink

What’s poppin’? Golden Gaytime popcorn, that’s what

There are few things etched in childhood memories quite like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream. An enduring symbol of summertime happiness, the frozen national treasure has lent its name and signature crumb to spark joy in a whole new way. Friends and fellow sugar fiends, Golden Gaytime popcorn is a thing and it's a hard yes from us. more

Treats
Swiftly satiate your sweets craving with The Mason Baker's cupcake ATM
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Swiftly satiate your sweets craving with The Mason Baker’s cupcake ATM

Let's be real, a serious cake hankering (cankering?) can strike at any moment. Usually if you're at work or at home, you can quickly pop to the shops to quell the craving. But what if you're out on the town? The geniuses at The Mason Baker have introduced a novel concept that is designed to ensure cake is never far from reach. A bright-pink cupcake ATM has appeared in Fortitude Valley, giving revellers a chance to indulge in The Mason Baker's delightful jar cakes while in peak party mode. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 294 February 9
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 294 February 9

From news of a new location for a beloved bakery to South Bank's Italian-inspired pizzeria and bar, 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
Now open – OTTO Brisbane unveils its new ristorante and osteria in South Bank
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Now open – OTTO Brisbane unveils its new ristorante and osteria in South Bank

It's not often that a restaurant that already boasts impressive river views gets a chance to upgrade to a better location, but when such an opportunity knocks, it's wise to answer. Celebrated inner-city restaurant OTTO Brisbane has made a move from its perch at 480 Queen to South Bank, inheriting the architecturally striking riverfront site formerly home to Stokehouse Q. OTTO Brisbane opens the doors to its new 700-sqm restaurant today, Wednesday February 3, meshing its hatted menu of Italian fare with the sights and sounds of its breezy location on the banks of the Brisbane River. more

Restaurants
Asian street food gets a modern makeover at Paddington's Given Kitchen & Bar
Food & Drink

Asian street food gets a modern makeover at Paddington’s Given Kitchen & Bar

Given Terrace is making a comeback. Paddington's major dining and retail thoroughfare has just welcomed a fresh culinary concept from some established operators – one that specialises in some savvy fusion. Given Kitchen & Bar is a new dining spot bringing together a multitude of Asian cuisines, honouring provenance and tradition yet fusing and modernising their intricacies to create something of its own. more

Restaurants
Love bugs, loaded chips and lust-worthy libations – where to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane
Food & Drink

Love bugs, loaded chips and lust-worthy libations – where to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane

Whether you’re set to cozy up as one half of a couple or you have plans to scour Netflix for 90s rom-coms (bar of chocolate in hand), February 14 is a day that is either greatly anticipated or met with general indifference. We can all agree that with V-Day just around the corner, now is the prime time for potential suitors to strike with cupid’s arrow. We have put together a list of the most romantic events happening across Brisbane this Valentine’s Day, from passionate pasta-filled dinners to seductive seafood feasts, so you can sip and snack on whatever your heart desires. more


Food News
I don't think you're ready for this jelly – The Natural Confectionery Co. has created kombucha-inspired lollies
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I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly – The Natural Confectionery Co. has created kombucha-inspired lollies

Our love for the fizzy fermented tea known as kombucha has only deepened over the years, and our adoration only grows with every new 'buch flavour or brand introduced into our stratosphere. If you're craving a dose of kombucha, we know where you can get your fix ... but it's not quite what you think. Last month, The Natural Confectionery Co. dropped a new lolly range that is inspired by the delicious drink, and they even contain some of the goodness of the OG sip! more

Current Events
Riverbar & Kitchen aces summer with Australian Open-inspired Peroni Italia pop-up
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Riverbar & Kitchen aces summer with Australian Open-inspired Peroni Italia pop-up

Not only is summer the season for sun-soaked beach trips, breezy picnics and sizzling barbecues, it's also the season for tennis. The Australian Open will be taking place throughout most of February and to celebrate, Riverbar & Kitchen is hosting a swish pop-up in collaboration with Peroni Italia. With Italian-inspired cocktails and snacks, draught Peroni by the pint and a big screen to catch all the Australian Open action, this pop-up is shaping up to be as good as sitting court-side. more

Best of Brisbane
Fat Dumpling
Food & Drink

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

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 293 February 2
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 293 February 2

From news of Paddington's new Italian eatery and bar from some local culinary talent to a woodfired restaurant taking shape in Manly, 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

Bars
Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia's taco concept South Austin
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Tex-Mex meets low ’n’ slow barbecue at Barbecue Mafia’s taco concept South Austin

Austin's food scene is a veritable melting pot of cuisines, though most residents will likely concede that barbecue and Tex-Mex stand out from the pack as the two most quintessentially Texan choices. Although distinct in their styles and offering, some savvy operators have melded low ’n’ slow Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex together to create a remarkable culinary fusion. It's this union that forms the inspirational crux of South Austin – the brand-new taco concept from the smoked-meat monarchs behind Barbecue Mafia. South Austin is the team's love letter to The Lone Star State, with a menu that places tender morsels atop soft tortillas to create a salivation-inducing tandem largely unseen in Brisbane. South Austin officially opens today, Thursday January 28 – here's what to expect ... more

Cafes
Hop along to Coorparoo's sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.
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Hop along to Coorparoo’s sunny new brunch spot Rabbit & Co.

When it comes to breakfast, we love the sweet simplicity of the classics just as much as we adore the cutting-edge and new-age riffs on day starters. The Rabbit Hole Cafe's two locations have long been go-to spots for the masses to obtain the former – rustic and honest brunch winners that always seem to satisfy. Rabbit & Co., the new Coorparoo cafe from The Rabbit Hole team, is keeping the down-to-earth energy of its siblings while taking a modern approach to its menu and vibe – creating a must-try midpoint for anyone that loves the best of both worlds. more

Casual Dining
Romaine calm – Botanica's new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne
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Romaine calm – Botanica’s new salad and sweets spot opens in Hawthorne

Over its eight-year lifespan, Botanica has grown from a cruciferous curiosity to a bona fide salad-slinging superstar. These days, Botanica's signature blue boxes are a ubiquitous sight at dinner parties, barbecues and in workplace fridges, and it's not uncommon to frequently see a line of salad seekers slithering its way out of one of Botanica's three established locations. If you regularly find yourself in one of those lines, here's some great news – Botanica is opening a brand-new outlet in Hawthorne on Monday January 25. So, if you've got a craving for Israeli couscous or are keen for some kale and croutons, this salad bar should be your first port of call. more

Food News
Rise and shine, froth fiends! Stone & Wood has released a breakfast-inspired beer
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Rise and shine, froth fiends! Stone & Wood has released a breakfast-inspired beer

The road to a truly magnificent beer is paved with the noblest of intentions – one must have guts, gumption and be able to laugh in the face of trial and error. Only the bold and the brave survive. For their next quest, the flavour knights at Stone & Wood were to concoct a golden nectar so delicious that it could be imbibed at the (round) breakfast table – and by gum, they’ve succeeded! Charge your goblet to The Holy Grain, the latest creative release from the Counter Culture arm of the famous Byron-born brewer. more

Food News
Banger bites – Domino's is spinning Sausage Sizzle Pizza and chuck us one pronto
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Banger bites – Domino’s is spinning Sausage Sizzle Pizza and chuck us one pronto

The Australian tradition of popping over to Bunnings on the weekend for a cheeky saus never gets old. The mix of barbecued meat, caramelised onion and your choice of sauce (we won't get into this debate now) on a beautiful base of white bread is a winning combination that we never thought could be recreated with justice. But perhaps we have judged too soon as the clever sausages at Domino's have whipped up a new doughy concoction – a Sausage Sizzle Pizza. Be still our beating hearts. more