Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 299 March 16

From news of a clandestine 1920s Shanghai-style cocktail bar to a brand-new Italian fine diner for Fortitude Valley, 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
Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot
Food & Drink

Stones Corner scores a slice of New York City with the arrival of Brooklyn Depot

Stacked burgers, loaded hot dogs, photograph-worthy cocktails – if we were to summarise the best bits of Brooklyn Depot, we'd probably start with these three. With more time we'd also mention the barbecued morsels, decadent milkshakes and hip New York-inspired vibes. And, if we could go on longer, we'd also discuss the loaded fries, mozzarella sticks and mouth-watering desserts. Oh, and it'd also be good to mention that Brooklyn Depot has also opened in Stones Corner, with all the aforementioned highlights available seven days a week. There's almost too much to touch on, but, seeing as you've twisted our arm, we'll happily divulge all the details – read on to learn more ... more

Casual Dining
Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George
Food & Drink

Score your lunchtime essentials from inner-city newcomer Harvest on George

If there's one thing that grinds our gears, it's having to hit multiple spots to cover all our nourishment needs – especially when we haven't got time to spare. Three pals are looking to solve that issue with a new all-in one pitstop in the heart of Brisbane City's busiest strip. Harvest on George and Meet Me in the Morning is a double whammy dispensary from a team that knows all about killer service. more

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

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

If the COVID lockdowns were good for one thing, it forced us to pay more attention to our home bar situation. With local watering holes shuttered for a lengthy stretch, many of us chose to support the independent craft spirit scene by stocking up on bottles for at-home consumption. Even though the bars are back open, we're still invested in making our cocktail cart as good as it can be. Southeast Queensland's boutique distilling industry is booming right now, with many small-batch operations putting the state on the map when it comes to craft sips. 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

Best of Brisbane
Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City
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Turn your Monday blues into midday brews – our day-by-day guide to lunching in The City

If there's one thing we look forward to during the workday, it's lunch. For the city dwellers among us, this hour of sweet relief from your inbox and to-do list is also the perfect time to start exploring the wealth of eateries scattered around The City. So you can find the hidden treasures and most delicious eats, we have rounded up some of the best spots to take a breather and a few bites during lunchtime. Now, all you have to do is wait for the clock to strike 12:00 pm ... more

Bars
Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain
Food & Drink

Now pouring – Queensland mixer crew Long Rays unveils its innovative tonic and soda fountain

Nothing grinds our gears more than ordering a gin and tonic and seeing the bartender reach for the bottle of bottom-shelf tonic. We think good gin deserves to be paired with an equally good tonic, and the crew behind Brisbane-born Long Rays agrees. The burgeoning brand is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the mixer game and today marks its first foray into the realm of bar apparatus. Long Rays has installed a specialty tap system at one of Brisbane's best bars, not only helping spread its product to the masses, but also help do its part in combatting excess landfill. more

Food News
All I want for Easter is Cocktail Porter's chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits
Food & Drink

All I want for Easter is Cocktail Porter’s chocolate-soaked DIY cocktail kits

Arguably two of the best things about Easter weekend are the copious amounts of booze and chocolate. So you can cut out the middle man, the fine folk at Cocktail Porter have combined the two, packaging up some delightful sips and chocolates to create the ultimate DIY Easter Cocktail Kit. These decadent creations are just what the doctor ordered and as a bonus, you can get them delivered straight to your door. Continue reading at your own risk, sweet-tooths ... more


Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 298 March 9
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 298 March 9

From news of a Bali-inspired rooftop bar and restaurant for Bulimba and a brand-new cafe-meets-wine bar in Coorparoo, 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

Cafes
Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra's Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster
Food & Drink

Savour kindness in a cup and personality on a plate at Hendra’s Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster

Two years on from the closure of its popular Gerler Road cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood has made its triumphant return to Hendra. On Sunday February 28, Penny and Peter Wolff (of Wolff Coffee Roasters fame) officially opened the doors to the cafe's third iteration Dandelion & Driftwood on Doncaster – a homely and welcoming locale that is greatly expanding upon the model that cemented its predecessor as a local go-to. The team is showing off a sensory-driven menu featuring a host of familiar and warming classics that have been given some memorable twists, served alongside Dandelion & Driftwood's revered coffee offering and a sumptuous high-tea experience. more

Casual Dining
South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social
Food & Drink

South Italy comes to Ferny Hills – the Pizzantica team opens The Cedar Social

One of the most popular under-the-radar arrivals on the foodie scene has built a cult following almost solely thanks to word of mouth. The Cedar Social, tucked away off Samford Road in Ferny Hills, is the latest community-oriented concept from the ever-busy Pizzantica team, which brought its style of authentic south-Italian fare to the suburb in early January. Folks are flocking from all over to snag a seat in The Cedar Social's festoon light-illuminated beer garden, eager for a taste of the venue's piping-hot pizzas, effervescent spritzes and delectable dolci. more

Casual Dining
The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar
Food & Drink

The Phat Boy team brings the tastes of Thailand to Brisbane Quarter with Som Tum Bar

Any frequent devourer of Thai food knows that som tum (that is green papaya salad) is a core staple of the cuisine. While many of us enjoy the refreshing (and slightly spicy) dish as an accompaniment to a larger feast, in Thailand som tum is widely beloved as a street food go-to, with many dedicated outlets dispensing an array of variations. The crew behind Phat Boy, Phat Elephant and Chai Thai is looking to increase the profile of the specialty in Brisbane, opening the city's first dedicated som tum bar in Brisbane Quarter last week. This newcomer isn't your average salad bar. Read on to find out why ... more

Casual Dining
Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves
Food & Drink

Say hola to La Mexicana – the new street-food pop-up at Howard Smith Wharves

While we're dreaming of holidays to the Baja California peninsula and fantasising about sipping margaritas on the beaches of Playa del Carmen, overseas travelling is still a pipe dream for now. Howard Smith Wharves is looking to offer a handy substitute much closer to home in the form of La Mexicana – a new Mexican-inspired pop-up slinging guac, lamb barbacoa and tequila from today, Friday February 26. more

Food News
Dumpling dispensaries and cosy coffee joints – hop off the M1 for mouth-watering bites at Chatswood Central
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Dumpling dispensaries and cosy coffee joints – hop off the M1 for mouth-watering bites at Chatswood Central

If you're a regular of the Springwood area – whether as a local or just when you're seeking refuge from the stop-start traffic that lines the motorway – you're probably well acquainted with Chatswood Central. As well as being a treasure chest of retailers and everyday conveniences, Chatswood Central is also a brimming dining destination that's full of speciality eateries. There's plenty to fill your belly from New York-esque diners, authentic Thai restaurants, dumpling havens and quaint coffee haunts. Here's a small taste ... more

Coffee
Pound the pavement for a good cause with Unfit Run Club
Food & Drink

Pound the pavement for a good cause with Unfit Run Club

The pandemic-enforced lockdown was trying for a multitude of reasons. Cafe's were suddenly deprived of a significant portion of its clientele, gyms shuttered in response to social-distancing protocols and our homebound quarantine lifestyles meant the fridge was always within arm's reach. Unfit Run Club was created as a response to the above quandaries – a weekly social gathering aiming to get our bodies moving again while supporting the local cafe scene. Sounds like a win-win to us – here's the lowdown ... more

Food News
Get your Italian fix with heavenly pasta creations from The Stores Grocer
Food & Drink

Get your Italian fix with heavenly pasta creations from The Stores Grocer

If you stopped a stranger in the street and asked them to rank their favourite cuisines, Italian would most likely place at the top of their list. It’s the ultimate comfort food, synonymous with romantic date nights and wining and dining with family and friends. Luckily for us, West End favourite The Stores Grocer shares our love for Italian eats and is dishing up a salivation-worthy selection of pasta and ready-to-cook meals. These mouth-watering morsels are so good they will have you thinking you've boarded a plane and landed in Rome itself. more

The Drop
The Drop with Olivia Evans – Mediterranean summer in an Australian glass
Food & Drink

The Drop with Olivia Evans – Mediterranean summer in an Australian glass

Wine is a unique way to travel, particularly when you can’t. Grape varieties continue to be cultivated on Australian land, with rising interest in alternative strands that differ from the likes of your everyday pinot grigio. It makes for marvellous diversity and creative breadth for wine producers. For those of us who long to travel to regions out of reach, we can dream in our glass with produce that is both exotic and our own. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 297 March 2
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 297 March 2

From news of the Lebanese bar and restaurant headlining West Village's new dining precinct to the forthcoming Southeast Asian eatery from the team behind Kedron's Farm House, 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
Introducing Elementi – Paddington's personable newcomer serving pizza, pasta and primo wine
Food & Drink

Introducing Elementi – Paddington’s personable newcomer serving pizza, pasta and primo wine

When we heard that three hospitality veterans with combined experience working at the likes of Beccofino, Julius Pizzeria and Maeve Wine were teaming up for a new venture, you bet we sat up and took notice. That's right, the team behind Paddington newcomer Elementi boasts some serious chops, but what the crew is doing with its impressive skillset is what makes this Given Terrace arrival a must-try destination. Elementi opened for takeaway last week, offering a taster of the team's vision for Italian fare that's elevated via some multicultural twists, engaging experimental quirks and a hearty dose of personality. more