Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 323 August 31
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 323 August 31

From news of the Sunshine Coast's new waterfront trattoria to the official opening date of Fortitude Valley's Cuban-inspired party spot, 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 wait is over – forward-thinking restaurant and wine bar ESSA has opened in Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

The wait is over – forward-thinking restaurant and wine bar ESSA has opened in Fortitude Valley

If good things come to those who wait, then Brisbane foodies have an exceptional treat in store for them when ESSA invites diners inside its anticipated restaurant tomorrow, Friday August 27. Though the four-year journey from inception to opening is finally reaching its end point, ESSA's fluid and progressive spin on dining means that an enlightened epicurean odyssey is only just beginning. Boasting a kitchen team with an impressive cumulative pedigree, an environmentally conscious directive and a stylishly slick interior, ESSA is shaping up to be the landmark arrival we've been awaiting from the outset. more

Casual Dining
Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils it smokin'-hot Morningside barbecue mecca
Food & Drink

Low and Slow Meat Co. unveils it smokin’-hot Morningside barbecue mecca

Whether you're new to the grilling game or are a practiced hand at pit-mastery, having the right gear and the right ingredients is essential to the art of barbecue. Self-described meat-and-heat trader Low and Slow Meat Co. is positioning itself as a go-to repository for all things smoke, fire and sizzle with its brand-new gourmet butcher shop and specialty store in Morningside. This all-in-one emporium is stocking everything from quality meats and rubs to fixings and equipment, with plans in the works for a Low and Slow-branded eatery to come. Take a gander inside ... more

Cafes
Base Camp South starts slinging specialty coffee and snacks in Newstead
Food & Drink

Base Camp South starts slinging specialty coffee and snacks in Newstead

Sometimes the start of a new work week can feel like you're about to attempt an ascent of Mount Everest. Any experienced mountaineer will tell you a task that tall requires adequate preparation and equipment, and while most of us aren't scaling precipitous peaks on a weekly basis the same advice applies to our nine-to-five. Base Camp South is a brand-new specialty coffee and snack spot ensuring folks are adequately fuelled to tackle anything on their agenda. Gear up and take a look inside ... more

Restaurants
Sizzle in the suburbs – Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ opens in Cannon Hill
Food & Drink

Sizzle in the suburbs – Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ opens in Cannon Hill

Few noises are as frisson-inducing as the sound of meat searing as it touches a hot grill. Throw in the heavenly aroma that usually follows and you can probably see why barbecue is one of our favourite methods of cooking. The Korean style of barbecue – traditionally centred around morsels grilled over hot charcoal – takes centre stage at the newly opened Maru Charcoal Korean BBQ in Cannon Hill. If the thought of sizzling slabs of wagyu, hot stone bowl bibimbap and ice-cold soju revs your engines too, read on to see what Maru's menu has to offer ... more

Food News
Get these Wizz Fizz margarita kits delivered straight to your door
Food & Drink

Get these Wizz Fizz margarita kits delivered straight to your door

Kids of today and yesteryear have long enjoyed Australia's most iconic sherbet, Wizz Fizz. These packets of sweet powder give us a sugar rush that is unparalleled to any other lolly and now we can enjoy them with an adults-only twist thanks to the master mixologists at Cocktail Porter. Enter Wizz Fizz DIY margarita kits, which combine all the fun of being a kid with the benefits of being old enough to drink. more

Food News
Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont's luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate
Food & Drink

Escape the daily grind and book a stay at Beechmont’s luxe new country retreat Hazelwood Estate

Well, 2021 – it's been a time. If you too feel a certain heaviness due to the general state of the world right now, you are not alone. One sure-fire way to reset and recharge is to escape the daily grind, reconnect with nature and breathe in that fresh country air. Perhaps that's why the timing of Hazelwood Estate's opening feels particularly pertinent. Intended to deliver the reprieve we all need right about now, the picturesque, privately-owned Wagyu and polo farm is nestled just outside of Beechmont in the Scenic Rim, approximately 80 minutes from Brisbane's CBD. The sprawling 75-acre property is both a place and a dream – of a simpler, slower way of life. Take a peek at this stunning new retreat ... more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 322 August 24
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 322 August 24

From news of a brand-new inner-city cocktail bar from the Death and Taxes team to a first-of-its-kind wine emporium from one of Brisbane's best sommeliers, 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


Markets
Wandering Cooks shows off its new produce-driven eatery in the heart of West End
Food & Drink

Wandering Cooks shows off its new produce-driven eatery in the heart of West End

Throughout its nine-year existence in South Brisbane, Wandering Cooks has played a pivotal role in fostering the talents of many nascent food-based operators. Beloved concepts like El Planta, Alphabet Cafe and Pie Town first found footing in the Wandering Cooks kitchens before striking out on their own, but now the heralded culinary nexus is forging a fresh identity with the official launch of its newfangled West End home. Wandering Cooks 2.0 sees the concept transitioning from incubator to a produce-driven eatery and bar, championing and showcasing quality harvest from local farmers via a menu of nutritious, flavourful and conversation-starting fare. Take a look inside ... more

Restaurants
Morningside welcomes Kasina, a restaurant celebrating modern Balkan cuisine
Food & Drink

Morningside welcomes Kasina, a restaurant celebrating modern Balkan cuisine

The Balkan Peninsula – the mountainous Southeastern European landmass bordered on three sides by the Adriatic Sea, the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, and the Black Sea – is home to a myriad of languages, cultures and cuisines. Kasina – a brand-new restaurant located on Morningside's Wynnum Road stretch – is celebrating the region's vibrant cuisine, specifically the fare from former-Yugoslavian countries including Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Here, guests can devour Kasina's take on traditional delights like peksimeti, mućkalica and sarma while sipping from an extensive range of Balkan beers, wines and rakija. more

Treats
Dreams crumb true – Mr Treat is now slinging cookies and soft-serve in Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Dreams crumb true – Mr Treat is now slinging cookies and soft-serve in Fortitude Valley

Attention treat-loving tragics looking to satiate their nighttime sweet cravings – you'll want to sit down for this. The crew behind Burleigh’s beloved Oh My, Waffle is looking to replicate its sugary success here in Brisbane with Mr Treat – a cookie and ice-cream concept that officially opened in Fortitude Valley over the weekend. If the sound of chunky and gooey loaded cookies and swirls of soft-serve imbued with sweet-tooth tickling mix-ins awakens a craving within you, read on to find out what this pint-sized dessert parlour has in store ... more

Food News
Feel-good drinkables – New Zealand-born RTD Part Time Rangers launches in Australia
Food & Drink

Feel-good drinkables – New Zealand-born RTD Part Time Rangers launches in Australia

Saving wildlife whilst you sip might sound like a, for lack of a better word, wild concept. But that's exactly what you can do if you get your mitts on a can of Part Time Rangers, a Kiwi-born RTD brand that has recently crossed the Tasman Sea and landed on our shores. A portion from every sale of these canned quaffs supports wildlife conversation, helping to save endangered animal species like elephants and rhinos. Now, that's something to cheers to. more

Cafes
Kim Thanh Hot Bread | Brisbane's best banh mi
Food & Drink

The round-up: bite into some of Brisbane’s best banh mi

When it comes to sandwiches, we are connoisseurs. As long as there’s bread and some kind of filling, we’re interested. No sandwich gets us as excited as banh mi, though, and we’d hazard a guess we’re not the only ones. In an age where people are pushing the boundaries of food fusion, banh mi is an established and culturally rich blend. The meeting of French and Vietnamese cuisines has resulted in what could be the best sandwich in the world, and when you get a glimpse of the crusty baguette filled to bursting point with scrumptious ingredients you’d be hard-pressed to disagree. Brisbane’s got a booming banh mi scene. Want proof? Check out this list and see what all of the fuss is about. more

Food News
Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some
Food & Drink

Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread is a thing and we know where to snag some

One of our favourite choccies to grace the confectionery aisle is no doubt M&M’s. These rainbow-hued morsels taste as sweet as they look and have been a beloved snack staple since childhood. Now, this darling treat has been smashed, swirled and jarred to create something so delicious, so ingenious that we just have to get our hands on it ASAP. Introducing Crispy M&M’s Choc Spread. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 321 August 17
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 321 August 17

From news of a coastal-inspired cafe for Balmoral to Hamilton's handy new artisan kitchen and pantry, 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
Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane
Food & Drink

Kings – an open-air dining garden from the Queens crew – launches in California Lane

Featuring neon lights, a tight list of natural vino and a margarita-heavy cocktail list, Kings boasts the same vivacious spirit as its sibling sip spot Queens. That being said, this laneway joint isn't a simple carbon copy of its neighbouring nightspot – Kings promises to be the breezy tropical-inspired yang to Queens' moody yin with a rambunctious personality, punchy menu of tacos and po'boys and an electric live element. more

Casual Dining
Cuisines combine at Coorparoo's smart kitchen hub Chef Collective
Food & Drink

Cuisines combine at Coorparoo’s smart kitchen hub Chef Collective

The ongoing pandemic has changed the way upstart hospitality businesses operate. In the age of surprise lockdowns and restrictions on dine-in venues, cloud kitchens – that is, food-centric outlets that operate solely through takeaway and delivery – are becoming more common, especially for new entrants to the industry. Chef Collective is a Coorparoo-based compound that is incubating a range of upstart foodie concepts, from fried-chicken vendors and dumpling dispensaries to grab-and-go Greek eats and takeaway Thai. Here's what's on offer ... more

Cafes
Pavement Whispers: specialty coffee roaster Seven Miles to open its Queensland flagship at Craft'd Grounds
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: specialty coffee roaster Seven Miles to open its Queensland flagship at Craft’d Grounds

As the opening date for Craft'd Grounds inches ever closer, the crew behind the anticipated hub is drip-feeding us announcements of the vendors that will be calling the precinct home. We woke up this morning to the exciting news that Sydney-based artisan coffee roaster Seven Miles will be opening a new micro-roastery and cafe in the heart of Craft'd Grounds, giving sippers an up-close look at the inner workings of a nationally renowned coffee operation. more