Where is it: Tenancy 2, Seven Eleven- Rothwell Village, Cnr Deception Bay & Morris Road, Rothwell plus heaps of locations all across Australia!
Why we love it: An Aussie twist on mouth-watering Portuguese flavours!
Tell me more: Just over 30 years ago, Oporto’s founder was missing the flavours of his native Portugal and ended up creating a wonderful and successful Australia-wide franchise sharing the amazing flavours Portuguese grilled chicken! One menu item stands out in this story - the iconic 'Bondi Burger' with its super tasty grilled chicken and special sauce - it's a perfect statement for Australia as it was derived from a fusion of cultures but it is uniquely Aussie! But it’s not just burgers here, they sell a wide range of products including chicken pieces, their very own special sauces, salads, brekky and coffee and also scrumptious desserts.
The Oporto Restaurant in Rothwell, just to the north of Brisbane, is a little bit younger, celebrating their first birthday in 2019! We joined them for their celebrations as they gave away free burgers to everyone! Oporto Restaurants are a fantastic Australian success story and no doubt this location here in Rothwell will be celebrating many more birthdays in the years to come.
Where is it: 46 James Street AM5, Ada Lane, Fortitude Valley
What’s it all about: A stand-out restaurant in one of Brisbane’s premiere boutique shopping and dining districts!
Tell me more: James Street is a very impressive are here in Brisbane, with an eclectic mix of classy and boutique shopping and dining options. So it could be seen to be difficult to stamp your mark here - but it’s something that Beaux Rumble has managed to do in an impressive fashion! Beaux Rumble combines a chef in Alan Wise who boasts experience in some of the finest michelin-starred restaurants with a fantastically designed and presented location and created something wonderful. This restaurant just oozes class, and even though this is an upscale establishment, it still remains a place where you can casually relax.
The dishes here at Beaux Rumble replicate the fantastic fusion of the restaurant - perfectly presented dishes that taste absolutely wonderful, and extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff can explain the dishes, recommend options and perfectly pair your dish with one of the fantastic range of drinks. Portion size is well arranged and again the staff are happy to suggest the perfect combination of appetisers, entrees and mains (as well as desserts!). Adding to the amazing layers of flavours contained within the dishes themselves, the cooking here is done over wood-fire, with different, carefully selected timbers providing not only the fuel, but also imparting their flavour touch to the dishes through their smokes and aromas.
We feasted upon a fantastic combination and the dishes were all so impressive - it was hard to choose a standout. A lovely bread (shaped like a kernel of wheat) called Pain D’ Epi and made from spent beer grain got us going before moving onto entrees of a roast quail and grilled scallops which we couldn’t get enough of, but equally (as a good entree should) they made the thought of the main course even more enticing! The mains we had were both cooked to perfection over the wood - scampi and sirloin and oh so yummy! We finished off with a rhubarb and vanilla custard for dessert!
Dining at Beaux Rumble was a fantastic experience - a wonderful setting, atmosphere, service and above all, amazing food. Open for lunch Fridays and Saturdays and for dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Where is it: 10/1 Eagle St, Brisbane City - right by the river!
What’s it all about: Not just fantastic coffee, but a wonderful menu and atmosphere makes this the perfect place to meet!
Tell me more: The Coffee Club is a stand-out Brisbane success story! Since its conception here in 1989, The Coffee Club has grown into Australia’s largest cafe group and has even spread internationally. Its philosophy of ‘Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee’ sums it up quite well, but fails to mention The Coffee Club’s wonderful and relaxed atmosphere, which is well known throughout its cafes.
We were very fortunate to attend the 30th birthday celebrations of Brisbane’s very first The Coffee Club, which is right on the river at Eagle St Pier, and it’s sporting a brand new look and feel. The new look does nothing to upset The Coffee Club’s perfect balance between casual and classy, and no doubt it’s still going to be the standard answer to the question “Where will I meet you” for many more years to come!
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: 61 Limestone Street, Ipswich
What’s it all about: A lovely and intimate café which champions local produce and is proud of its local community!
Tell me more: With its name coming from a Greek word which roughly translates to a family or community group, Oikos is immensely proud to be supporting its local community by providing healthy and homely meals, a fantastic, friendly atmosphere and by using produce from the local regions!
Oikos’ coffees are just wonderful, but you can also choose from a lovely menu of healthy and tasty meal options, or a range fantastically colourful fresh juices which are hard to pass up! We tried out a couple of the bowls that they have on offer which are packed full of healthy fruit, grains and yoghurt – super tasty and the little guys loved them! And to complement the lovely atmosphere and tasty food, the service was fantastic too! Oikos is a lovely little café in the heart of Ipswich and it’s well worth stopping by!
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: 6 Yoga Way, Springfield Central
What’s it all about: A wonderful and casual family café with fantastic healthy food and a relaxing and friendly atmosphere!
Tell me more: Have you ever struggled to find a café that serves yummy food that the kids will tuck into, but is also healthy to boot? Well, we’re sure that Raw Energy will satisfy both requirements! Offering a wonderful array of meals with a focus on healthy and full of energy foods, Raw Energy in Springfield is a fantastic choice for the kids as well! It has a casual and friendly vibe, super yummy food and heaps of activities for the kids (and adults) while you are waiting and dining – card games, books toys and even a little blackboard will certainly keep the little guys occupied while you relax and enjoy the food! Add to that the wonderful, relaxing views of the Orion Lagoon and it’s no wonder that this is one very popular spot for those in the Springfield area!
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: 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: All over Australia!
What's it all about: Healthy (and very yummy!) Mexican fast food!
Tell me more: We love Mexican food and here in Brisbane we have some great choices for yummy and fresh Mexican flavours! And it's an exciting time for lovers of Mexican food lovers at the moment as Zambrero has just released a yummy new flavour! Their existing beef has been switched for a new Barbacoa Beef - slow cooked with Chipotle for 18 hours and it just melts in your mouth. So yummy! You can get this and many more flavours in burritos, tacos, nachos or even just a plate, combined with some fresh salad. They also have a fantastic program of 'Plate for Plate' where for every burrito or bowl sold, a meal is donated to someone in need. Such a great idea! Like Zambrero states, it's great food and a great cause all rolled into one!
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