Where is it: 40 Edward St, Brisbane City
Why we love it: One of Brisbane’s fantastic heritage listed pubs that is comfortable and inviting and maintains is historic charm (plus it has wonderful food)!
Tell me more: Like many old buildings, Brisbane’s Port Office Hotel has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, most recently in January 2019 when what was thought to be a small fire took hold in the restaurant. This ‘small’ fire turned out to be quite a bit more significant than was first thought – it had found its way into the ceiling and caused a huge amount of damage to the whole building. It took owners Nick and Meagan Gregorski seven months to rebuild, relying on a lot of hard work and all the while still maintaining a small part of the hotel to their loyal patrons. Now all that is behind them and this wonderful pub and restaurant is as magnificent as it has ever been! Tastefully refurbished and comfortably furnished, it still exudes its heritage charm. The Port Office is now fully re-opened with public bar as inviting as would be expected and a new menu awaits (with a few dishes that they couldn’t say goodbye to) in the restaurant. This is a fantastic example of Brisbane’s heritage and is a must visit to get a feel for this city’s culture (and a great meal)!
Where is it: 10a Merle Finimore Avenue, Ipswich QLD 4305 (within the Queens Park precinct)
What’s it all about: A perfect place to satisfy your hunger while relaxing (or playing) in Ipswich’s fantastic Queens Park!
Tell me more: One of the best things about living in Queensland’s south east is the fantastic weather, and there’s no better way to take advantage of this than by visiting the wonderful public parks and gardens! One of our favourites is Queens Park in Ipswich – it has so much to offer, including an awesome café right within the park. Choose from a light snack or a hearty meal, fantastic cool drinks and wonderful coffees! It’s open everyday (except for some public holidays) so it’s a perfect option if you forget your picnic! It’s also great to visit the café just to enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the park and right next door there is an awesome little environmental centre where you can learn about the local environment.
Where is it: 1 Dornoch Terrace, West End QLD 4101. Ph: (07) 3217 2617
Why we love it: Super yummy Turkish cuisine in a lovely relaxed setting!
Tell me more: We love Turkish food! Turkey’s geographical location and seemingly endless history have created a wonderful and varied array of flavours – as such we love visiting Turkish restaurants whenever we get the chance, and Caravanserai didn’t disappoint! The restaurant has a lovely and welcoming atmosphere which immediately transports you from a leafy Brisbane suburb to the crossroads of civilisations. Their share plates are a magnificent sample of flavours and are gaining a reputation of their own – we couldn’t ignore the flavours on offer and tried a share plate for two which consisted of a mouth-watering combination of beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, rice, cheese and bread which was super tasty and the perfect way to both experience Turkish food and what this restaurant has on offer! Caravanserai is open for dinner on Tuesday to Sunday nights and for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays.
Where is it: 99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe
Why we love it: Relaxed vibe, wonderful food and fantastic views!
Tell me more: There’s nothing better here in Queensland to be relaxing by the beach. Combine that with a lovely meal and drink and you’ve got yourself a winning formula! And that’s just what you’ll get at Cabana Bar + Kitchen + Garden in Redcliffe with its fantastic relaxed and tropical vibe. Part of the Mon Komo Hotel, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a long lunch or an afternoon drink (or breakfast, if you like) while looking out over Moreton Bay. But it’s not just the atmosphere that makes Cabana Bar special – the meals are wonderful as well! From traditional and super tasty pub-style or perhaps something a little more fancy, or even a special plate to share, you’ll find the perfect meal for your mood here! They regularly host live music and DJs that complement the mood, and add to that a huge range of drinks - including a fantastic choice of cocktails that will definitely put you in holiday mode (be sure to try their Fairy Floss Martini – so good!), Cabana Bar is one hard place to leave! Check it out now!
Where is it: The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, West End
What's it all about: A fantastic and brand new restaurant serving only the best in contemporary Greek cuisine! Opens from 21 June 2018!
Tell me more: Acclaimed chef David Tsirekas is well known not only here in Australia but also around the world as the one of the premier Greek chefs! Now we here in Brisbane can experience the fantastic Hellenic flavours that only David Tsirekas can provide at Nostimo, part of Brisbane's wonderful Greek Club! And you can taste the flavours of the season with their new 2019 Summer Menu which has fantastic options perfectly suited to our climate!
We've been along to a special pre-opening sample of some of the offerings from Nostimo as well as a masterclass experience with the head chef and well, what can we say? The food (and atmosphere) here is definitely not as you would expect of Brisbane, tasting and feeling like you that wonderful part of southern Europe that is Greece! The meals are meticulously prepared and presented and each dish tells its own little story of its local origins and what it means to Greek culture. And the restaurant will be more than happy to suggest the perfect Greek wine to accompany your meal!
You really do need to get in and try for yourselves as I am sure that our words would not do this amazing restaurant justice! (Plus the desserts are spectacular)!!
New Summer Menu (Jan 2019)
Where is it: 3/855 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
Why we love it: Authentic Italian meals in a cosy and family friendly setting!
Tell me more: Already a fantastic choice for a yummy Italian dinner, Ristorante La Famiglia has now opened its doors for weekday lunches! They offer a fantastic range of lighter meals, perfect for lunch and truly authentic flavours of yummy breads, fresh ingredients, perfect pastas and irresistible pastries! The restaurant has a wonderful and welcoming vibe – neatly presented and cosy, and the owners are always friendly! They even stock a few Italian staples for sale! We can’t wait to visit again!
Where is it: 180 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Why we love it: Beautiful breakfasts in a lovely family-friendly setting and fantastic views!
Tell me more: If you like to enjoy your breakfast (and all day, if you like!) with a view, then Chapter IV Café might be the place for you! Situated in the leafy and hilly suburb of Paddington, this lovely café, housed in a traditional Queenslander-style store, is a fantastic place to dine! The street-level entry quickly disappears as you work your way to the back deck balcony which boasts fantastic views of the city inner city suburbs!
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Chapter IV is all about the view – the real reason that people love it here is the fantastic food and service. Choose from a range of all-day breakfasts – from a light starter to the very satisfying big breakfast – there’s something here for all tastes! A typical range and of coffee, teas and chai and more complements the breakfast and are superbly presented and taste great! The lunch and dessert menus again look fantastic and Chapter IV is licensed, too!
Chapter IV is a wonderful and welcoming café in a lovely part of Brisbane and it’s a great place for families – there’s even a children’s play area! Open every day from 7:00am to 2:30 pm.
Where is it: 39 James St, New Farm and 7/855 Stanley Street Wooloongabba, plus other stores across Australia!
What's it all about: Fantastically yummy burgers – what more needs to be said!
Tell me more: Burgers really do take some beating as a take-away option, and these days there are some awesome burger restaurants to choose from! Ribs & Burgers do amazing burgers – so fresh and filling and most importantly – yummy! Ribs & Burgers use premium ingredients for all their dishes and they are all meticulously prepared and full of flavour! And not just burgers either. As their name suggests, these guys do fantastic ribs as well and kids menu too! But as excited as we are when we get to dine on the burgers here, we sometimes look forward even more to their shakes which are simply scrumptious!
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