Five new restaurants, best seats for Riverfire dining, a Sunday riverside rooftop brunch, and where to get gingerbread peanut butter before it runs out!  Find it all in Feast on Brisbane #34, a carefully curated collection of food news for those who love the best things in life.

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La Dolce Vita Brunch at Fiume Bar, Crystalbrook Vincent.


Here’s nine food finds for your eating pleasure in Feast on Brisbane #34.

TakashiYa, Emporium Hotel, South Bank

With a ceiling dripping with Sakura blooms, Hokkaido-born chef Takashi Nami’s new TakashiYa has opened, offering Brisbane a new omakase feast. Expect stunning mouthfuls of top Japanese cuisine and plenty of technical prowess in a restaurant and bar tucked into the base of Emporium Hotel.

Dos Manos, Newstead

Taking Pan-Pacific pairing to a whole new level, Dos Manos has opened in Newstead. With its Mexican flavours fused with Japanese techniques, Dos Manos [meaning Two Hands] was created for just that, to be made and eaten in precisely that way. It has a Sushi Train, Robatayaki and Pan Pacific Counter and serves dishes made from only the most authentic Mexican and Japanese ingredients. Find it at 26 Reddacliff Street, Newstead, open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.

Sette Pizza, Caxton Street

The latest addition to the Gambaro Group, Sette Pizza, offers hand-made, authentic Italian pizzas in the heart of Caxton Street.  Expect a menu with tomato and white-based pizzas ($18 to $25), calzone and sides including arancini and mini deep-fried calzone.

Rings A Bell, Fortitude Valley

Opening on September 17 is Rings A Bell, siblings Jaz and Jonathon’s new venture in a 1920s heritage building at 57 Brunswick Street.  Expect speciality tea and coffee (Tim Adams) served with style in the old Bell Brothers building from Tuesday to Saturday, breakfast and lunch.

Ichiban Sushi, West Village

Expect a sushi train with karaage chicken volcano rolls, chicken katsu curry, prawn tempura udon noodle soup and bento boxes at the new Ichiban Sushi at West Village, West End.

Essa Restaurant & Wine Bar, Fortitude Valley

Recently opened Essa is now taking bookings for Friday lunch in addition to their evening openings. Find Essa in Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley

French cooking classes

Learn the basics of Beef Tartare, impress your friends with a Roquefort Tart and learn the secrets to the Montrachet classic, Bouillabaisse with Rouille and Croutons at Lumiere’s French Cooking at Home classes. You can also discover how to prepare a whole duck or master one of Montrachet’s most popular dishes, the twice-cooked crab souffle. Lumierie is based at Newstead above MICA. Classes run for three hours and cost $180 per person.

Gingerbread Peanut Butter

Yes! It exists! Made by Two Busy Bees this is a natural peanut butter crafted with Australian Peanuts, golden roasted and ground with some crunch, a swirl of Buderim Ginger infused honey, real ginger pieces, sprinkle of cinnamon, grate of nutmeg and a dash of natural pristine solar-dried sea salt. Get in quick  for this Christmas themed treat for $20 and postal delivery.

Brisbane dining dollar savers

La Dolce Vita Brunch

Available at Fiume Rooftop Bar located in Crystalbrook Vincent,  La Dolce Vita Brunch runs every Sunday from September 12 until November 28. It’s $99 per person with a three-course brunch and two-hour beverage package. Bookings are essential and sessions are available from 10am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 2.30 pm.  Team it with an overnight stay at Crystalbrook Vincent.

Riverfire dining – September 25

Claim your spot quickly for a riverside sport for Brisbane Riverfire dining on September 25.

  • Naga Thai at Eagle Street Pier has premium seats for Riverfire dining. They have a seven-course shared banquet with a two and a half hour beverage package. Cost $195 per person. Bookings from 5 pm.
  • On arrival for Riverfire dining at Stanley, at Howard Smith Wharves, you’ll be served a Beluga ‘Transatlantic’ vodka and caviar bump to your table. Then you can savour the flavours of a premium Cantonese banquet curated by Head Chef Louis Tikaram. Bookings from 5 pm for a two hour and 45-minute package for $149 per person.
  • Ciao Papi at Howard Smith Wharves has a shared Italian dinner featuring a selection of antipasti, pasta, pizza and sides. Sit back and enjoy the inclusive Italian beverage package with an Aperol spritz on arrival. It’s a 2.5-hour package for $159 per person. Children dine from the A la carte menu.
  • Just want drinks and canapes? Fiume Bar atop Crystalbrook Vincent at Howard Smith Wharves has a three-hour package with Chef’s spuntino canapes plus a live DJ spinning the hottest tunes.
  • At Yoko, Howard Smith Wharves, there is a $180 p/person Riverfire dining feast with emphasis on classics and memorable new dishes served alongside a 3-hour beverage package.
  • W Brisbane’s WET Deck is setting the scene for Riverfire dining with the terrace decked out in super colourful décor. Live chef stations will be plating up Asian street food and charcuterie, gourmet canapes, and desserts like rainbow popcorn and choc-covered strawberries dipped in pop rocks. It will be easy to dance the night away to music by Brisbane’s hottest resident DJ’s alongside Sax and Reggae vibes served up by Cassie Whitehead and Paua, and then Luis Basulto on Bongos to amp up the energy as the night kicks on. From 6 pm to 9 pm at W Brisbane. 81 North Quay, Brisbane. Price: $229pp (includes 3-hour canapes and flowing beverages package) + booking fee.
  • Three Blue Ducks will be serving up a four-course feast and two-hour drinks package. Start with Wood roasted Harvey Bay scallops or Beef tartare with Marky’s special sauce. Mains include well-loved favourites like wood-roasted half lamb rack with smoked potato, spring greens and dutch carrots, Crisp skin coral trout with celeriac, peas, broad beans, clams and ham broth. Round off the evening with Salted chocolate delice and Rhubarb and strawberry gum frangipani tarts. Staggered seating from 5pm with $250 pp + booking fee for adults 18+


Queensland getaways

Port Douglas

After a four-year hiatus, Taste Port Douglas returns from October 7 to 10 to kick off Sheraton’s series of unforgettable national culinary experiences. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort will become the epicentre of a foodie heaven with a Long Lunch in the heart of the seaside town of Port Douglas and cooking demonstrations at the Sheraton Festival Village. Guests can then head to the Harry Hawker Street Food Party in town.

The highly anticipated national food festival will bring together some of Australia’s most inspiring chefs. Expect to see Ben Williamson, Alanna Sapwell, Laura Sharrad, and Massimo Mele deliver appetising events at four unique locations, starting in Port Douglas.



Now is the time to book your visit to Mon Repos turtle centre in Bundaberg, Queensland. This is a great place to see tiny hatchlings during the turtle hatching season. It’s home to the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles and turtle hatchlings on the eastern Australian mainland and has the biggest concentration of loggerhead turtles in the whole South Pacific region.
Whether it is nesting or turtle hatching time, or perhaps a lucky combination of both, there is plenty to see here. It is incredible to see these creatures tracking their way up the beach. They are searching for a safe spot to dig a nest in the sand and lay their hundreds of eggs. I’ve got all the details you need to know here.


Bookmark this list for your next Noosa and like a local. You’ll discover the best restaurants in dreamy waterfront locations, hidden spots and the latest goss on new openings. These restaurants, bars and coffee shops will earn a place on your favourites list every time. They are the places I like to eat when I am visiting the region – Eat Noosa like a local

Gold Coast

The iconic and much-loved Atrium Bar at The Star Gold Coast has reopened in a brand new location after an epic makeover. Atrium has been a Gold Coast institution for over three decades. It is now back with a reinvigorated décor, an innovative new cocktail list and a shared grazing menu filled with seasonal produce. The reimagined bar boasts an impressive dance floor with a state of the art sound ceiling that keeps the music centralised above the action, a DJ booth and a retro disco ball.  Think organic curve forms, pops of bright pink and blue and an original disco cat sculpture!

Sweet Potato Pancakes recipe, Arcade Restaurant Memphis


Sweet Potato pancakes have a healthy image, but it all depends on how much maple syrup you pile on top! Pair them with crispy bacon for a chart-topper dish.

Sweet Potato pancakes

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