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Gerard's Bistro | Brisbane's best Middle Eastern
Food & Drink

The round-up: Brisbane’s best Middle Eastern eateries

The world of Middle Eastern cuisine is as varied as it is delicious. Drawing upon some of the oldest living cultures in the world, this type of food is not just about filling your belly – it’s about the experience of sharing with friends and family. These communal vibes combine with amazing traditional cooking techniques and ancient recipes to create a dining experience that truly transports you to another world – and luckily, Brisbane is bursting with its own amazing pockets of Middle Eastern eats to try. From shakshuka to shawarma, we’ve rounded up the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Brisbane that will make you feel like part of the family. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 311 June 8
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 311 June 8

From news of a forthcoming eatery bringing Balkan cuisine to Morningside to the anticipated reveal of Agnes Bakery's new bricks-and-mortar location, 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
Get the scoop on Sanctuary Cove's new frozen dessert den Rosé Gelateria
Food & Drink

Get the scoop on Sanctuary Cove’s new frozen dessert den Rosé Gelateria

Just because winter has set in doesn't mean we suddenly stop craving cones overflowing with deliciously creamy gelato – no siree. If you too are fond of frozen treats all year round, say ciao to Sanctuary Cove's newest sweet-treat dispensary, Rosé Gelateria. With dreamy rose-hued French-washed walls juxtaposed against crisp white bench seating, brushed-gold accents and plush velvet cushions, the space is awe-inspiringly beautiful. Aesthetics aside, we all know it’s what’s inside that counts and trust us when we say – this place is the goods. Here's the scoop on this pretty and tasty newcomer ... more

Bars
Queens – a disco-grunge bar slinging natural wine and snacks – opens in Fortitude Valley
Food & Drink

Queens – a disco-grunge bar slinging natural wine and snacks – opens in Fortitude Valley

Loud music, disco balls, natural wines by the glass – if we were creating our dream bar from scratch, there's a good chance these three things would be on our wish list. Good news for anyone whose predilections closely mirror our own, Queens in The Valley is bringing all of the above together in one punchy neon-lit package. The glam-meets-grit nightspot, which comes from the team behind Commercial Road Public bar, opened over the weekend and is already shaping up to be a stellar setting for regular revelry. more

Casual Dining
Licensed to grill – Som Saa brings wok-fried Thai fare to Newstead
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Licensed to grill – Som Saa brings wok-fried Thai fare to Newstead

Just when you thought Brisbane’s buzzing foodie nexus Newstead was completely chock-a-block with top-notch eats, the suburb surprises us with more. New-age Thai eatery and cocktail spot Som Saa officially opened at the base of the Energex head office building on Reddacliff Street earlier this week on Tuesday June 1, enticing the local lunch crowd with a host of playful takes on Thai-inspired wok and grill-based dishes. more

Casual Dining
Want barbecue for breakfast? Enjoy a low ’n’ slow start at Barbecue Mafia's new Coorparoo digs
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Want barbecue for breakfast? Enjoy a low ’n’ slow start at Barbecue Mafia’s new Coorparoo digs

On a crisp Friday afternoon, dozens of barbecue-loving southside locals descended on Coorparoo Senior AFC, each jostling for position to get their hands on a double smash cheeseburger from homegrown low ’n’ slow titans Barbecue Mafia. This isn't a rare sight, especially now that the smoked-meat stalwart has made the Coorparoo football club its permanent home. The Barbecue Mafia crew has hauled its two mammoth smokers to Brisbane's south-east, establishing a new epicentre for bang-on brisket, primo pulled pork, hearty hot links and a newly introduced barbecue breakfast service. more

Restaurants
The round-up: celebrate the finer things at Brisbane's best French restaurants
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The round-up: celebrate the finer things at Brisbane’s best French restaurants

We subscribe to the notion that food is a primary reason for being. Out of all of the historic European-born cuisines, perhaps French food reflects this mentality the most. In French cooking, indulgence is intrinsic to its character – rich and hearty flavours abound, creating plates that evoke warmth, nostalgia, ecstasy and contentment in equal measure. This intense sensory response is probably what makes French cuisine popular globally and we're fortunate enough to boast some terrific French-inspired eateries here in Brisbane. Here's some of the best ... more


Food News
Banjo’s Bakery is slinging lasagne pies and chuck one straight in our gobs, please
Food & Drink

Banjo’s Bakery is slinging lasagne pies and chuck one straight in our gobs, please

If you're yet to visit Banjo's Bakery in Darra, then what have you been doing this past year? The Tasmanian-born bakery and cafe chain opened its full-service cafe and drive-through in March 2020 and has quickly become a favourite amongst hungry Brisbane folk craving a carb-fuelled lunch. Well, friends, you now have another excuse to hop in your car and put Banjo's in your GPS. The baked-goods brainiacs have whipped up a creation that will have your mouth watering and your belly grumbling for seconds – a lasagne pie. more

Pavement Whispers
Pavement Whispers: Volume 310 June 1
Food & Drink

Pavement Whispers: Volume 310 June 1

From news of two new locations for a smashed-patty superstar to a little big reopening, 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
Toscano Bar & Kitchen brings Naples-inspired nosh and creative cocktails to The City
Food & Drink

Toscano Bar & Kitchen brings Naples-inspired nosh and creative cocktails to The City

As we approach the mid-week hump, thoughts inevitably turn towards weekend plans. Looking for a new sipping spot to try? Toscano Bar & Kitchen – a glamorous Neapolitan-style parlour specialising in artfully crafted cocktails, imported and Italian-inspired wines and mouth-watering pizza-panino hybrids – officially opens today, Wednesday May 26. Here's what you can expect ... more

Casual Dining
Cheerful eats a specialty at The Gap's gourmet takeaway spot Happy Days Food Co.
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Cheerful eats a specialty at The Gap’s gourmet takeaway spot Happy Days Food Co.

As convenient as apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash can be for inner-city folk, the overall selection and delivery radius dips significantly as one ventures further into the suburbs. The team behind beloved Ashgrove eatery Wine & Larder Bistro and vino spot Arcade Wine is stepping up to bring restaurant-quality takeaway fare to residents of The Gap and its surrounding suburbs with Happy Days Food Co. This hole-in-the-wall kitchen is pumping out a host of tasty tempters for those looking to take a night or two off from cooking. more

Restaurants
Mexico's vibrant street-food culture celebrated at Baja's new taqueria concept Los Tacos
Food & Drink

Mexico’s vibrant street-food culture celebrated at Baja’s new taqueria concept Los Tacos

The crew at Fortitude Valley modern Mexican eatery and bar Baja is putting some pep into the traditional Taco Tuesday offering, hosting its newly conceived taqueria concept Los Tacos at the restaurant every Tuesday evening. Expect pork carnitas, beef barbacoa and fried-chicken tacos – the kind of no-fuss fare that pairs sublimely with one of Baja's mouth-watering margaritas. more

Restaurants
SK Steak & Oyster | Brisbane's best steaks
Food & Drink

The round-up: eat your way through Brisbane’s best steaks

Apologies in advance to all of our vegan and vegetarian friends, but this one is for the carnivores. Steak. To most meat eaters, it doesn’t get much better than a juicy, succulent steak. Rare, medium rare, medium, well done – it doesn’t matter how you like it, steak is a staple for good reason. While we love an old-fashioned backyard barbecue, sometimes we like to let the professionals handle the cooking every once in a while. When it comes to steak, we are flush with stellar spots to get our incisors into some fantastic flame-grilled beef, so bring out your inner Ron Swanson and start ticking off this list. more

Bars
All aboard Brisbane Distillery’s double-decker gin bus
Food & Drink

All aboard Brisbane Distillery’s double-decker gin bus

Calling all gin enthusiasts! A double-decker gin bus has driven into Brisbane full to the brim with a collection of boozy imbibes just waiting to be sipped. Currently parked at City Botanic Gardens every Sunday, this coach full of cocktails is the handiwork of the team at West End distillery and bar Brisbane Distillery. Here's all of the delicious details ... more

Food News
Bougie up your bar cart with a crystal-shaped bottle of Elegance Vodka
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Bougie up your bar cart with a crystal-shaped bottle of Elegance Vodka

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, and we'd tend to agree. If you fancy your bar cart resembling a jewellery box, then brand-new tipple Elegance Vodka will be right up your alley. This ultra-premium Australian-made spirit is distilled in small batches from 100-percent Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Barossa Valley, then bottled into a diamond-shaped vial that looks almost too good to open. Key word, almost. more

The Grocer
Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can
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Shame-free sipping – Basic Babe launches sparkling cocktails in a can

If there's one thing that always gives us post-party regret, it's the icky feeling that comes after consuming way too much sugar via super-sweet pre-mixed drinks. We've resolved to do without the sugar-crash shame spiral, so now we're looking for a less treacherous tipple. The team at Basic Brands (the makers of alcoholic seltzer Basic Babe) has just released a fresh set of canned cocktails – low in calories and 99 percent sugar free. We might have just found our next soiree sidekick ... more