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LICENCED • Dinner Monday to Sunday from 5.30 • Open Public Holidays • Lunch by appointment Situated in Bowen Street, Springhill off Turbot Street, first after Wharf Street Telephone for Reservations on: Restaurant 3831 7751 Mobile 0419 911 811 Teppanyaki

Sukiyaki Room

Party Room 6-70 people


~ heritage meets contemporary edge ~

Fix Restaurant, is an exciting and unique dining location in which the heritage of the Port Office Hotel, combined with the modern and polished classic decor, make it a must visit venue. Fix is the signature restaurant of the Port Office Hotel and exemplifies quality cuisine, style, sophistication, value for money and excellence in service.


Savour Awards

Best Restaurant in a Pub | Club | Tavern 2010, 2011, 2012


Best Restaurant - General Division 2009, 2011

Fix Restaurant & Wine Bar

Port Office Hotel

Open lunch & dinner Mon-Fri from 11.30am Open dinner Sat from 5.30pm

Open lunch & dinner Mon- Fri from 11.30am Open lunch & dinner Sat from 12pm

Phone: (07) 3210 6016 Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets, Brisbane

Phone: (07) 3003 4700 Cnr Edward & Margaret Streets, Brisbane




Cha Cha Char

Groove Train

At Jellyfish we aim to source and serve daily a school of 8 to 14 species of fish, to learn about and understand the textures and specific qualities of each species so we can then recommend the best way to cook and serve it. Our chefs create sauces, batters and crumbs as well as an extensive range of side dishes that perfectly compliment the meal.

Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill is a stylish, contemporary restaurant specialising in high quality, cooked-toperfection steaks.

At The Groove Train we take great pride and pleasure in providing you with a fresh, relaxed atmosphere facilitated by our friendly and gracious staff. Our venues are unique in their attraction for any diner, and that’s just the way we like it. Our menu has a wide choice to cater for any mood and we are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week! Choose from our woodfire oven the pizzas are superb, like the Lamb Pizza with tender lamb and deliciously fresh tzatziki, choose one of our pastas that taste as homemade as can be, or order from our extensive Breakfast menu. Fully licensed, with experienced mixologists you won’t be disappointed when you try one of our 3 Brisbane venues – King George Square, Riverside or Chermside.

Absolute riverfront, this is arguably the best located restaurant in Brisbane enjoying striking views of the river and the Story Bridge. The décor is fresh and bright with the lines between indoors and out delightfully blurred. We offer a superior wine list of boutique, eclectic and lesser known vineyards as well as firm favourites from the new and old world. Service in the restaurant, the 35-seat Private Dining Room and in our newly expanded bar is always gracious, friendly and relaxed.


On our menu you’ll find plenty of information - the breed, paddock address, age, size, accompaniments and diet as well as snapshots of our steaks to help diners with their preferences. Restaurateur John Kilroy is a nationally recognised beef judge and is constantly showcasing products to the hospitality industry where discussions range from the breed of cattle, feed type and age of the carcass. His wide recognition throughout the beef industry means that we receive first class products on a consistent basis, year round. John sources the beef direct from producers and suppliers and ages it for five weeks, giving diners a chance to taste different breeds, brands and regions. That’s why it’s Brisbane’s signature steak restaurant!

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CHOOsE yOUr OWN DINING OUT EXPErIENCE features... Restaurants in Focus ......................................................................................... 6 & 46 Brisbane Map .................................................................................................. 10 & 11 Pony Dining ..............................................................................................................14 Cookings Schools .....................................................................................................52 October 2013 - March 2014 Dining Out & Entertainment Guide Brisbane Pty Ltd ABN: 49459606050 PO Box 2086 Woorim 4507 QLD Phone: 0418581222 e. Publishers Paul Cox T. 0418 581 798 E.

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Vintaged Bar + Grill - More than just a premium steakhouse and wine bar at The Hilton Hotel.

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Breakfast Creek Hotel ........... 13

George’s Paragon ................. 34

Enjoy Inn .............................. 57

Fix ........................................ 04

The Caxton ........................... 02

Jelly Fish .............................. 67

Jujuba Asia ........................... 53

Pony ..................................... 31

Fridays ................................. 44

The Lure ............................... 27

Bamboo Basket .................... 33

Summit ................................ 28

Groove Train ......................... 39

Beijing House ....................... 07

Iceworks............................... 20 Jade Buddah ........................ 24

Japanese Ginga.................................... 43 Hanaichi ............................... 21

The Regatta .......................... 23



Little Tokyo ........................... 03 Oyama.................................. 66


Sono ..................................... 12

Thai Chilli & Spice ........................ 25

Italian Ill Centro ............................... 15

Kookaburra ........................... 63 Bravo BBQ ............................ 49 Cha Cha Char ....................... 68 Moo Moo .............................. 16 SSS BBQ............................... 60

Sunny Bank .......................... 40

The Plough Inn ..................... 47

Eagle St Pier ......................... 18

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One amazing experience... Two great venues



Sono’s Portside Restaurant is the ultimate modern Japanese dining experience. Located in the fashionable Portside complex in Hamilton, we surround our modern Japanese dining and Teppanyaki bar with stunning river views and modern Japanese-styled decor.

Sono’s City Restaurant takes you on the ultimate traditional Japanese dining experience. Whether enjoying lunch or dinner, savour our authentic Japanese cuisine in a relaxing, tranquil and calm haven.

We are particularly proud of our extensive wine cellar and we also have private dining rooms for up to 12 guests - to cater for every occasion.

Located in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall, Sono is the perfect start or finish to a day of inner city shopping, pampering, theatre and art gallery visits or business. Private dining rooms available.

Lunch from 12pm Wednesday – Sunday Dinner from 6pm Tuesday - Sunday

Lunch from 12pm Monday - Friday Dinner from 6pm Monday - Saturday

Winner of “Best Asian Restaurant” (Savour Australia Awards 2010) Awarded Two Prestigious Glasses (Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine awards 2010, 2011) and Voted “Top Ten Restaurant” (Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards 2010).

Level 1 | Building 7 | Portside Wharf 39 Hercules Street | Hamilton | Brisbane QLD 4007 T: 07 3268 6655 |


Winner of “Best Japanese Restaurant” (Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence 2011)

Queen Street Mall | Level 1, Tattersalls Building Corner Queen & Edward Streets | Brisbane QLD 4000 (Opposite Queens Plaza, above Bank West) | T: 07 3220 1888


elebrating 124 years of faithful service, the Breakfast Creek Hotel is arguably the most renowned watering hole in Queensland. Built in the French Renaissance style in 1889, the “Brekky Creek” upholds the tradition of good old fashion hospitality and is famous for its premium quality steaks and ‘Beer off the Wood’, 7 days a week. The Substation no.41 RUM BAR, refurbished in October 2012 is the biggest Rum Bar in the southern Hemisphere and features 400 varieties of Rum from all over the world. Journey through the regions and styles of Rum and explore the complexities of each flavour served neat or in a delicious cocktail.

Spanish Garden Steakhouse Substation no.41 RUMBAR Staghorn Beer Garden Private Bar, Public Bar, Gaming Lounge, Coffee Cart





The Brekky Creek is now proud to serve premium DRY AGED steaks, aged on premise in a specially designed cabinet at the entrance to the Spanish Garden Steakhouse. Aged for a minimum of 60 days, the enzymes break down the muscle fibre to resulting in an intense flavour and buttery textureit’s simply delicious!

Stroll through the Museum and treat yourself to a Beer Off the Wood as you marvel at the depth of history that is The Breakfast Creek Hotel. Featuring six individual bars, each boasting their own style and character, its little wonder that this iconic institution is known as “Brisbane’s Best Loved Pub”.

Open 7 Days BOOkings aDvisaBle 2 kingsford smith Drive albion p 07 3262 5988 13

Pony rides down a new track Pony Eagle Street Pier has announced the launch of a new dining experience, following the appointment of head chef Damien Draper which will see a new creative engagement between the diner, food offering and venue, aimed at putting the excitement back into dining out in Brisbane. The new menu was a collaboration with Damian Draper and the entire Pony management team looking for new and exciting ways to engage their customers, making them feel a part of the Pony family. “We want Pony to be the place everyone feels at home while having a fun night out with friends that you will remember.”

“Some of the ways we hope to achieve this is through our new head chef creating dishes which will come to life on the table and plate” explains the owners. The new menu has added features such as the ‘Butcher’s Block’ which focuses authenticity, assurance and rigorous attention to obtain the finest quality ingredients at source and the ‘On The Table’ section, a new take on sides which encourages the diners to share and indulge in a full spread of dishes across the table. Head chef Damien Draper, previously of Moo Moo and Bistro111, describes the new menu as rustic, home-style with a modern twist using quality produce, handpicked by Draper from local

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suppliers, to create a dining experience you won’t forget. Our kitchen team are careful to ensure every bite is bursting with flavour, incredibly tender and naturally juicy. Having worked as a trained butcher at O’Connor’s Abattoir in Pakenham Melbourne, Draper has a fine appreciation for quality meat and passionately supports local suppliers for his produce. “I’ve been working with local butcher Billy’s meats in Ashgrove to source quality produce from around Australia. I like to work with local boutique suppliers because they have the ability to access quality local produce and can provide premium products which enhance our dishes.”

T 3181 3400 Upper Level Eagle Street Pier, 18/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane




New York Style in Brisbane CBD This sleek carpet floor, lounge furnished, long marble bar with separate balcony areas and private rooms, incorporated by an international back bar and wine list hosting over 55 plus wines by the glass. Is fast becoming the place to be… At 250 plus capacity with entertainment and specials during the weekend. Moobar has the ability to cater to everyone’s needs, from corporate coffee and tea meetings during the day to after work office parties at night. Function areas are plentiful with the ability to hold every occasion from Christmas do’s to bucks shows + hens nights. Food packages always available from our award winning kitchen. With a food menu designed by executive chef Trent Robson available from 11:30 till late 7 days a week and an array of cocktails from modern to classic. There is little question that Moobar is the destination of choice any day or night of the week.

Located at Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill 39 Edward Street Brisbane MOO BA R . . . T H E P LAC E T O BE I N B R I S B A N E


We’re serving up all your favourites at Brisbane’s ARIA

07 3233 2555

Bavarian Bier Café

07 3339 0900

Cha Cha Char

07 3211 9944

George’s Paragon

07 3211 8111

Grill’d Healthy Burgers

07 3221 2907

Guzman Y Gomez

07 3188 1709

Il Centro

07 3221 6090

Jade Buddha

07 3221 2888 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City 18

famous dining and entertainment destination. Jude Urban Kitchen

07 3220 2201

Kookaburra River Queens 07 3221 1300 Mr & Mrs G Riverbar

07 3221 7001


07 3229 6886


07 3181 3400

SakĂŠ Restaurant and Bar

07 3339 0999


07 3229 8949

The Coffee Club

07 3221 0990


European inspired modern Australian cuisine Reservations & function enquiries

07 3367 9800

Open 7 days from 10am

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Cnr Given Tce & Dowse Street Paddington Q 4064 find us on


3 minutes from the CBD Undercover parking available






Iceworks Restaurant is a sleek, fully serviced and licensed รก la carte restaurant in the heart of Paddington



Located on the riverside, you can enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine. If you would like to experience the traditional culture of Japanese cuisine, make a reservation today.

Call 07 3211 9788 Open 6 Days (Closed Sunday) | Fully Licensed Tenancy 1, Riverside Centre (behind 111 Eagle Street Brisbane)

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F r e s h , h e a lt h y , s u s h i b a r s Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine prepared right in front of you now at 2 great locations

At Hanaichi you can experience the making of exquisite Japanese fine foods right in front of you, produced by our professional Japanese chefs. We provide a wide range of sushi, sashimi & rich a‑la‑carte meals.

Call 07 3210 0032 Open 7 Days | Licensed Sushi Bar & A‑la‑carte Level 1 Wintergarden (take the escalator from Queen Street Mall) 21



For every edition of Dining Out Magazine we meet with some of our locals to share with us their favourite dining out restaurants in and around Brisbane. Explore, taste and discover some of the secrets only our locals would know.

the plough inn tavern

Nicola Briggs Where do you live? Wilston

What do you do? Functions Department Manager

What is your favourite Brisbane Restaurant? Montrachet for a special occasion but on a regular basis Fix at the Port Office Hotel

Where do you live? Brisbane, South - Bayside

Why do you love it?

What is your favourite Brisbane Restaurant?

Fix – good quality produce and great value for money

The Plough Inn Tavern - Casual Dining Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Special Occasion

A dish to die for…

Why do you love it? (Plough Inn Tavern)

What do you do? Hotel General Manager

Fix – Any of the Share Meals are great and the Natural Oysters are always amazing

The casual atmosphere, amazing city views and the great steaks with plenty of icy cold beers on tap.

Your favourite beverage to go with this dish...

A dish to die for...

the Pooley Riesling is a favourite

What’s your favourite foodie precinct in Brisbane? Either Oxford Street, Bulimba or the Valley Precinct ... and Chinatown

You will find the best coffee in town at... Tobys Estate on Albert Street

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Two come to mind; Monster full serve Pork ribs strait from the in-house smoker and the amazing Dry Aged OP “Rib On the Bone” ... Can’t beat this for taste!

Your favourite beverage to go with this dish... - Easy.. can’t go past an icy cold pint of Matilda Bay’s Fat Yak!

What’s your favourite foodie precinct in Brisbane? My favourite by far is Southbank , it’s developed into a diverse food precinct in recent years.

You will find the best coffee in town at... Rouge Boutique Coffee Roasters - Glenelg St South Brisbane

Join us. tHe Regatta Hotel est. 1874

Hav e yo u se e n t H e n e w R e g at ta Ho t e l ? Brisbane’s iconic Grand Lady of the Brisbane River is back, and with so many new and exciting spaces... you’ll have to make a whole day of it. Featuring the famous Boatshed Restaurant, cosy Street Cafe, beautiful Front Bar, glamourous Gaming Room, relaxed and stylish Courtyard Bar and dining and so much more ... there’s something for everyone.

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128 Charlotte St, Brisbane P 07 3012 9888 F 07 3012 9388 E Mon - Fri 11.30am - 2.30pm Mon - Sat 5.30pm - late

Take-away available Fully licensed Wheelchair access



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2012 Awards Diners Choice Gold Award, Brisbane Fine Dining Brisbane’s Best Seafood (formal dining) Runner Up 2010 & 2011 Awards Quest Best Pubs, Clubs & Entertainment Venue 2009 Awards Brisbane’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2009 Queensland Best Seafood Restaurant 2009 2007 Awards Brisbane’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2007 Queensland’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2007 2006 Awards Brisbane’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2006 Queensland’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2006 Australia’s Best Seafood Restaurant 2006 Lure Restaurant @ The Coro - 28 McDougall Street, Milton

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weddings and functions KooKaburra river Queens The Kookaburra River Queens have been a part of Brisbane’s identity for over 20 years. These beautiful and authentic Paddlewheelers continue to welcome locals and visitors on board for lunch, dinner, special events, functions and weddings. Cruising the inner reaches of the Brisbane River, you are ensured a unique and memorable experience, by day or by night. The Kookaburra River Queens and their highly experienced function coordinators can work with you to organise your event. The ideal venue for weddings, engagement parties, school and semi formals, corporate functions, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, Christmas parties, social events catering from 30 to 300 guests per boat, with extensive catering and beverage packages available.

Phone: 07 3221 1300

the summit restaurant & Kuta café Set your next event ‘higher’ than all the rest! The Summit Restaurant & Kuta Café offers event styles to suit all celebrations. Located only 7kms from the CBD, the Brisbane Lookout complex is an iconic aspect of the Brisbane landscape and a sure conversation starter at any event! Indulge in canapés at sunset and a dazzling city light show over dinner for your show stopping evening event! Birthday Brunches, High Tea spectaculars and luxurious lunches feature as unique options for those daylight functions. Catering to functions of all sizes, the Summit offers competitive packages to suit. The friendly Events team is always happy to offer assistance. Spectacular views coupled with divine cuisine and sensational service, the Summit Restaurant is a must for all your event enquiries.

Phone: 07 3369 9922 30

Pony Eagle Street Pier is a design to create a remarkable experience from the ground up. It’s about engaging the senses. A flowing and curious metal ribbon reminiscent of a horse shoe and the curved line of a lasso loop, defines the space by connecting a series of bar and dining experiences with both city and water aspects – connecting patrons instantly to the authentic wood fire grill dining experience – a trademark of the Pony brand. Honest food that embraces robust flavours and showcases the best of Australian produce. A selection of dishes from the wood fire grill, open coal pit and shared plates from the kitchen. Showcasing a modern Australian menu, at the heart of Pony is an open plan kitchen with a wood fire grill, open coal pit and a contemporary menu featuring the finest cuts of meat, freshest seafood and array of shared and larger plates.

P 3181 3400 | | uPPer level eagle street Pier - 18/45 eagle street, BrisBane


Chef’s hatted restaurant Vintaged Bar + Grill at Hilton Brisbane, brings a long-awaited return to the days of sophisticated socialising. Enjoy modern-Australian cuisine ranging from the freshest produce, steaks and seafood that is simply uncomplicated.

Wine and dine with Vintaged Bar + Grill’s $25 lunch and $35 dinner* One course + glass of wine selected from the wine room Quote ‘Dining Out’ when making your reservation *$25 lunch available Monday – Friday. $35 dinner available Monday – Thursday. Image is for representation purposes only.

Vintaged Bar + Grill Level Six, Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane T 07 3231 3265


Big display kitchen with chef making fresh noodles and dumplings daily. Signature dish “Xiao Long Bao� is a must try as well as many great quality Northern and Southern Chinese Dim Sims.

Fully Licensed, Functions welcome

Shops 1002-1004 199 Grey Street South Brisbane

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POP IN By now you may have heard of or even experienced a pop up Restaurant. For those not in the know, a pop up restaurant is a when a temporary restaurant is set up in a temporary space. It can be for a few hours or even for a few months...usually taking advantage of unique and different spaces or venues. STORY BY MELISSA HOEDEL | PICS BY RENEE


Popular in Europe for years, Australians now can’t get enough of the concept. What was once cool and underground is now embracing a newfound mainstream culture. It is also quickly becoming part of many new Restaurant’s launch strategy or simply a strategy to further promote already exiting (and often well-known) restaurants and restaurateurs, providing a platform to promote their product in a different setting to a potentially different audience. Not to be left behind in the fashionable dining stakes, Brisbane has been host to a variety of different pop-up Restaurants over the past few years. To highlight two fantastic events held in Brisbane, Dining Out had a closer look at Dîner en Blanc and Alfred & Constance’s – Pork, Cork & Fork. Dîner en Blanc was started in 1988 by Frenchman Francois Pasquier, when he wanted to organise a catch-up picnic under the stars with friends. With too many takers to dine in his own garden, he suggested that they convene at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. Brisbane was the first city in Australia to host the event, and 1000 people clad in white, toting their own tables, chairs, cutlery and picnic basket, convened on the Cultural Forecourt of South Bank in September 2012.



The planning for the 2013 Brisbane Dîner en Blanc is already well

underway with over 6,000 people on the waiting list. If you are keen to participate, register your interest at: Wood-cooked food, home-made sweets, beer, cider, jam jar tiki cocktails and music; sounds like the perfect street party! Well it was ‘Pork, Cork & Fork’, as part of the Teneriffe Festival in July last year. It proved to be such a success that they followed up with ‘Pork, Cork & Fork 2’ in October last year. Both of these fabulous, delicious and colourful events were the precursor to the opening of the Alfred & Constance venue in Fortitude Valley. What a success! The timber character homes that comprise the venue, coupled with the ‘clean food’ ethos laid down by Patron Chef Jocelyn Hancock and Head Chef David Lindsey, echo beautifully their introduction via the pop-up restaurant. Clearly established now on the casual lunch and dinner dining circuit for Brisbane, we also have to make mention to the Vanguard Beer Garden and the fabulous White Lightning Tiki Bar, definitely worth checking out.

Alfred & Constance 07 3251 6500 Dîner en Blanc, Brisbane


Sunnybank Plaza

Food Discovery Tours We invite you to experience the unique cultural precinct of Sunnybank, and discover a world of culinary delights with our new Food Tours! Sunnybank is a food precinct full of character and variety, with a strong Asian influence. Tour guide and experienced chef Tony, will take you on a three hour journey of discovery, showing you the best places to eat and shop for fresh Asian food at Sunnybank Plaza.

Berry Me Buffet Garden Café Di Luna Cafe Mi Coco Jungle Chocolate Lounge Coffee Club Guroome Sushi Bar Hakataya Noodle Shop Happy Bowl Himawari Home Town Asian Delight Joyous Garden Landmark Restaurant Mappen Japanese Noodles Meet Fresh Mokka Café & Espresso Bar MOS Burger Suncrop Chinese Restaurant Sunnybank Oriental Restaurant The Cube Hot Pot The Little Cube Vietnam Corner

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Along the way he’ll give you loads of hints and tips about choosing the best produce, advice about the key ingredients needed in your favourite dishes and some insight into Asian culture. Each tour will conclude with an authentic Asian meal. The lunch time tour will conclude with Yum Cha at our famous Landmark restaurant, while the afternoon tour includes a progressive dinner at several of our vibrant restaurants. Each tour is limited to 10 people, ensuring a personable, fun-filled experience for all involved. For more information or to register a place, please call Sunnybank Plaza on 3345 7500.

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Cucina of Italy Fortune Well Glamorous Wok Jiu Wan Ban Restaurant KMusic Lan Zhou Noodles Lok Fok Newway Karaoke Parkland Qubick Korean Restaurant Spice Gurus Indian Restaurant Sunny Breeze Tasty - Taste of Asian Food Top Hot Pot Viet Food

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A unique dining experience in the suburbs. Brisbane diners are in for a surprise in the Southside suburb of Sunnybank. Be a tourist in your own home town and treat yourself to an authentic Asian dining experience.You can find all the flavours of the East just 15 minutes from the City. Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park are more than just shopping centres, they are a cultural encounter offering an extensive choice of dining options including Chinese, Hong Kong style, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Japanese.

The area also boasts two of Brisbane’s biggest Yum Cha Restaurants, Landmark and Parkland; as well as some more casual favourites including Australia’s first MOS Burger and more.

OVER 50 DINE-IN & TAKEAWAY options within a 5 minute walking distance corner mains road and mccullough street sunnybank telephone 3345 7500


drY-aged beef in focus You maY have heard of drY-aged beef, but You maY not know what the hYpe is all about. You may have heard of Dry-Aged beef, but you may not know what the hype is all about. Several restaurants throughout Brisbane now offer Dry-Aged beef on their menu and customers are loving it! The general consensus is that the premium that you pay for your meal is well worth the delectable delight, and your taste buds will be thanking you! The age old process of Dry-Aged beef is in fact the traditional way in which meat has been prepared throughout the ages. Paul Cox from Dining Out sat down with Jo Lacey from the iconic Breakfast Creek Hotel Brisbane to discuss the process and popularity of this old tradition. The Spanish Garden Steakhouse is the Brekky Creek’s signature full service steakhouse and where the tradition of premium quality steaks began in 1968. In line with offering only the best cuts, the Spanish Garden Steakhouse upheld this tradition in 2012 and expanded their range to include the installation of their very own specially designed Dry Aging Meat cabinet at the entrance to the restaurant. Over 40 years ago most of our beef was dry aged, as this was the natural way to enhance the flavour and the 42

tenderness of beef. The Spanish Steakhouse proudly brought this back to forefront of the dining experience with the development of the aging cabinet, aging on premise for a minimum of 60 days. Dry ageing begins with premium quality meat with a good fat cover in the sterile cabinet with carefully controlled air flow, humidity and temperature. During the ageing process, enzymes break down the muscle fibres, improving tenderness, intensifying flavour and resulting in a positively buttery texture and flavour. Patrons of the Spanish have enjoyed the robust flavour of the Dry aging so successfully that the Dry aged products now features as a permanent inclusion to both the Spanish and the Brekky Creek’s Beer Gardens’ menus. Cut and processed on premise, the Dry aged flavour is best described as rich, nutty and beefy. Moo Moo’s Wine Bar and Grill in Brisbane is known for its Dry Aged Beef. Steven Adams from Moo Moo’s explained that beef connoisseurs can enjoy the in-house dry ageing process done in our display cabinets. A strong flavour and beefy taste is some of the best beef you can eat. The Boatshed in the newly fully refurbished Regatta, also prides

itself on serving extraordinary meat, sourced from a range of first class beef producers as either dry aged or wet aged; as Shane Keighley, Executive chef of The Regatta Hotel explains, “This is a big difference for The Boatshed because as meat purists, we offer the more complex, timeconsuming Dry Aged range, because it tastes so good!” Following a very careful $10million restoration program following the devastating January 2011 Floods, this hotel, the site of 138 years of history, has just recently thrown open her historic doors and welcome Brisbane to celebrate on her cast iron-laced verandas and amid her famous brick-worked walls, and Brisbaneites couldn’t be happier! The Dining Out team, would like to offer an official welcome back to The Regatta. So, back to the beef... the passion for this age old process of Dry-Aged beef is evident in these three Brisbane Restaurants, we have the feeling that it is contagious and that more and more restaurants will look at the benefits as more and more of their customers demand this exceptional quality beef. Two, four, six, eight... you know the rest.

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sushi bar & dining

Phone: 3852 4288

Conveyor Sushi, Fresh Sashimi, A-la-Carte Menu, Dim Sims. Drop in for a quick snack or dine-in for a unique dining experience. Southbank 167 Grey St South Bank P 3846 2313

Westfield - Carindale Cleveland & Creek Rd Carindale P 3398 9880

Emporium - Valley 1000 Ann Street Fortitude Valley P 3852 4288

Portside Wharf 37 Hercules St Hamilton P 3868 1121 43

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Hanachi Sushi Bar Hanami Sushi Bar + Dining, sister restaurant to Hanaichi Sushi Bar + Dining (Wintergarden, Queen St Mall), is the newest spot for fresh, healthy, fine dining. Located on the riverside, you can enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine prepared right in front of you, a taste of Japanese sake, accompanied by the breathless view of Brisbane city and the Story Bridge. We are open 6 days a week (closed Sunday), during lunch and dinner hours. We are a fully licensed restaurant. If you would like to experience the traditional culture of Japanese cuisine, make a reservation today, on (07) 3211 9788.


Sunnybank Plaza Food tours in the cultural heart of the Southside. Experience the unique cultural precinct of Sunnybank, and discover a world of culinary delights with Sunnybank Plaza’s Food Discovery Tours. The three hour, information-packed tours show participants the best places to eat and shop for fresh Asian food. Along the way, tour guide and accomplished chef Tony Ching provides loads of hints and tips about choosing the best produce, advice on key ingredients needed in your favourite dishes and some insight into Asian culture. Each tour concludes with an authentic Asian meal. Offering something for food lovers of all ages, these tours promise to introduce you to a world of delicious new flavours. Cost: $68 per person. Morning Tour & Lunch 10.00am until 1.30pm

Vintaged The Hilton A showcase for the very best of fresh local produce, the chefs hatted Vintaged Bar + Grill prepares the majority of dishes on the grill, including entrees, mains and desserts. Meats are a key feature on the menu and have been carefully selected from around Australia and Queensland. Diners can take advantage of the unique and interactive spaces ranging from the chef’s table, wine table, private dining room and restaurant and bar. Bringing together the very best of Australian architecture, design, produce and service, Vintaged Bar + Grill is a celebration of home-grown excellence on every conceivable level. Wine and dine with Vintaged Bar + Grill’s $25 lunch and $35 dinner*

Afternoon Tour & Lunch 3.30pm until 7.00pm

One course + glass of wine selected from the wine room

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Iconic Pub - City views - Steakhouse menu - Relaxed environment - Beer Garden/Lounge/Deck - Open 7 Days (lunch & dinner) - Function rooms (complimentary room hire)

Why go anywhere else! In the heart of South Bank Parklands, Stanley Street Plaza.

For bookings phone: 3844 7777 F 3846 5788 | E | 47

“I pIty them greatly but I must be mum, for how could we do wIthout sugar and rum?” William CoWper, english poet. It’s the new SUBSTATION NO.41 RUM BAR that everyone is talking about – One of the biggest Rum Bars in the World! Featuring over 460 varieties sourced from all over the world, the Substation no.41 Rum Bar provides a unique bar experience in one of Queensland’s best loved Icons, the Breakfast Creek Hotel. Housed in a renovated electrical substation building, the Substation no.41 RUM BAR features an 11.9 metre long Iron Bark timber bar top, which once supported the overnight storage bin at the old CSR Sugar

Refinery at nearby Teneriffe. It is quite the talking point with visitors and locals and a lovely link with the new Rum Bar collection. Six beautiful chesterfield leather backed shelves house some of the most rare and exclusive products from all over the world. The history of Rum in the Breakfast Creek Hotel dates back to 1943 when during her tenure as Publican, Joyce (Cavill) Chandler repackaged barrels of rum into coffee essence bottles and sold “Newstead Rum” to the public. As a nod to history, the Rum Bar has commissioned a 10L replica of the original bottle, now proudly housing their own “Newstead Rum” creations. Each batch of “Newstead Rum” is individually spiced on premise, with no two batches being the same. To date patrons have enjoyed an Australian inspired infusion, a Christmas concoction and even an autumn blend. Patrons are returning to taste each batch and offer their own flavour suggestions. The Newstead Rum complements the vast selection available. The Substation no.41 Rum Bar explores both region and styles of Rum, but also a more premium offering with the inclusion of the oldest Rum in world - the Appleton’s 50yo. A very special 50 year old rum from Appleton Estate, the limited edition release was bottled to commemorate 50years of Jamaica’s Independence and only 800 bottles are available worldwide. The Appleton’s 50yo sits aside the Havana Club Maximo Extra Anejo, considered


by many connoisseurs to be the finest rum ever made. There are only 6 bottles available in Australia and the Substation no.41 proudly holds both feature bottles in a locked glass cabinet on the back of the bar. From old and heritage to new and interesting the Substation No.41 RUM BAR now serves “Rum off the Wood”. It has long been tradition at the Brekky Creek that a Beer off the Wood is a ‘must do’ when visiting the Hotel. Now guests can continue the experience with a Rum off the Wood from the Bundaberg Rum Barrel. Want to know a little more? All team members of the Rum Bar are trained with comprehensive knowledge of Rum and are regularly updating their resources and refining their techniques. It’s all about integrity the integrity of the product, the integrity of the customer service and the integrity of the Bar is at the forefront of the Rum Bar’s presentation. The Substation no.41 RUM BAR is a Rum Bar built for the people. There are no airs and graces, it’s about sourcing the finest products from all over the globe, and allowing everyone an opportunity to try them. Journey through the regions of the world and see for yourself the variety of flavours that make up this magical spirit of Rum. Open from midday until late 7 days a week at the Breakfast Creek Hotel, 2 Kingsford Smith Drive, Albion.



Take a CityCat, CityFerry or CityHopper to explore some of the city’s best dining and entertainment precincts along the Brisbane River. Tickets can be purchased onboard, or just touch on and off with your go card. The CityHopper is a free service. To plan your trip, visit or go to for more information.

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Regatta - Coronation Drive, Toowong • Boatshed, Regatta Hotel North Quay 1 & 2 - Queens Wharf Road, North Quay • Groove Train, Kind George Square • Sono, City • Hanaichi South Bank 1 & 2 - South Bank Parklands • Sitar, West End South Bank 3 - South Bank Parklands • Plough Inn • The Stokehouse Maritine Museum - Dock Street South Brisbane • Sunnybank Plaza/Sunny Park • Norman Hotel Thornton Street - Thornton Street, Kangaroo Point • Mitoki Eagle Street Pier - Eagle Street, City • Il Centro • Mr & Mrs G • Cha Cha Char • Organic Char • Pony Dining • George’s Paragon • Moo Moo • Kookaburra River Queens • Fix Restaurant, Port Office Hotel • Aria Riverside - Riverside Centre, Eagle Street • Jelly Fish • Friday’s • Groove Train • Jade Buddha • Customs House • Venice Teneriffe - Commercial Road, Teneriffe • Breakfast Creek Hotel Bulimba - Ocford Street, Bulimba • Sitar Bretts Wharf - Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton • Sono • Belvedere


Cooking up aN URBAN storm


How did you first learn to cook and where do you now find your food inspiration and learn new things? As our palates develop we often aspire to expand our culinary repertoire, as we employ collaborative efforts in the kitchen with friends and family. Not forgetting to mention whatever influence your favourite cooking celebrity has, or the endless designer-esque recipe books or magazines that you may indulge in. Despite all the various resources out there, I believe that there is no better learning than doing! This is why I have craved for so long, to ‘go back to school’, well cooking school that is. The urban cooking school is becoming more commonplace and this ‘adventure’ seems to be within reach. Brisbane is fast becoming a hub for some fabulous new cooking schools in and around the city. Some are standalone and others are in conjunction with restaurants. Dining Out sat down with one from either camp, The Golden Pig Food & Wine School in Newstead and Spring Food + Wine in Felix St, Brisbane City. Katrina and Mark Ryan opened The Golden Pig Food & Wine School in October 2012. What a success! Perhaps it has something to do with their culinary experience, expertise and their 52

love of (in their own words) “the laid back style of the city of Brisvegas”. The School is set in a large inner city, light filled and funky warehouse space. It holds a variety of cooking classes, wine and beer workshops and food and wine events including corporate team building events. The kitchen and warehouse space can accommodate up to 150 people. So, to head inner-city now, to where restaurant meets cooking school. However in this case it offers so much more, including a wine store and retail. Introducing Spring Food + Wine, a fabulous venue in Fleix Street in the heart of the Financial District in Brisbane. The cooking school is a very special space, light filled, contemporary and

clearly demonstrates the school’s passion for the art of food and cooking. Using state of the art appliances and quality ingredients, they offer a broad range of informative classes, as well as catering for corporate or team building events. Just glance at their website to see the range and depth of different classes that they offer. From Fondue Fun, to Chocolate Masterclass, from Dude Food (love the sound of this one) to Nose to Tail Butchery Workshops. There is such a variety and sure to be something for everyone. I’m excited to sign up, I am sure that you are too!

THERE IS NO BETTER LEARNING THAN DOING Whether you are looking at developing your technique, wanting to introduce more dishes to the table at home or after a unique way to gather a group (of friends or colleagues) to have fun and learn something new, make sure to check out Spring Food + Wine.

The Golden Pig Food & Wine School 07 3666 0884 Spring Food + Wine 07 3229 0460

Authentic South East Asian Cuisine FULLY LICENSED Full size drinks bar with tap beer and cocktails Modern Restaurant Decor Functions welcome - alfresco or airconditioned indoor seating 200+ Free parking available after 6pm Monday-Friday & Saturday all day Shop NG1, HQ North Tower, 540 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley T. 3257 0808


PRECINCTS IN FOCUS You will often hear Brisbane described as ‘a big country town’, and yes, it still has the warm fuzzy of going to your local {insert bar/dining/shopping precinct here}, and knowing the locals by the first name, but it has a bustling busy city heart beating away. It offers a cultural diversity and relaxed approach that appeals to a wide cross-section of people. Al-fresco dining is how we love roll, but we are not defined by this dining experience. Our restaurants are as diverse as the people that live here. So look inside and enjoy some of Brisbane’s best!

Brisbane offers a cultural diversity and a relaxed approach The City

Bulimba / Hawthorne

Ascot / Hamilton

Caxton St / The Barracks

Brisbane City has a broad cross-section of eating precincts, styles and flavours. With numerous parks and outdoor areas, its Al-fresco lifestyle is a direct influence on many of these restaurants, however you will find that there are precincts within the City precinct. Eagle Street Pier and Riverside are a given, laneways are popping up with the funkiest of venues, not to mention some hidden gems throughout the city limits. Eat, drink and enjoy the diversity!

Lined with Poinciana trees, Ascot and Hamilton offers an old-world elegance, in true Queenslander style. Racecourse Road is the hub of this precinct, with both Eagle Farm and Doombden Racecourses on its boundary. Racecourse Road offers fantastic dining, and with only a few minutes walk you will find Bretts Wharf and Portside Wharf, with a diverse selection of dining choices, as well as cafes and boutiques. 54

Experiencing a resurgence over the past few years, Bulimba and Hawthorne offer a village charm mixed with contemporary elegance, it is a foodies haven, coupled with a real laidback lifestyle. Stretching along Oxford Street there are a variety of different bars, cafes, restaurants and boutiques, but don’t forget Riding and Hawthorne Roads, with some new additions, this entire precinct is the place to be, any day of the week!

Only a stones throw from Suncorp Stadium, these closeknit precincts offer a diversity in nightlife, bars, cafe, dining and lifestyle offerings. Caxton St has been synonymous for years with great food and great nightlife! In one of Brisbane’s oldest historically settled areas, Caxton Street is a vibrant foodie and lifestyle haven.


New Farm/Teneriffe

Kangaroo Pt Wooloongabba

Paddington / Rosalie

Commonly know as ‘The Valley’, it is a hub for culture, music and shopping. The Valley stretches in several different directions, including The Mall, China Town, Brunswick St, Ann St Emporium and James Street. They all offer their own ‘flavour’ of The Valley. Take your time and explore what it has to offer.

Kangaroo Point, stands on the peninsular opposing the city of Brisbane. The Story Bridge pierces it’s way through this suburb and defines one of Brisbane’s legendary pubs, The Story Bridge Hotel. Just a few k’s down the road is home of the Gabba (Brisbane’s official Cricket and AFL ground), it’s namesake Wooloongabba offers a mix of pubs, great dining and cafes, mixed with a smattering of eclectic boutiques and stores.

Kelvin Grove / Spring Hill

Surrounding QUT (Queensland University of Technology), Kelvin Grove is a hub of creative and cultural activity. Victoria Park & Golf Complex is just near-by offering golf, restaurant and function facilities. Spring Hill completes this triangle of dining, entertainment and cultural offerings. With a variety of pubs and hotel dining, Spring Hill also offers some of Brisbane’s first history with it being one of the oldest residential neighbourhoods.

Milton / Park Road

Milton is home to some of Queensland’s most iconic, with Suncorp Stadium and the Fourex Brewery (XXXX) within it’s boundaries. The Park Road strip offers an European flavour, with venues such as La Dolce Vita, a Brisbane institution. Whilst Coronation Drive (aka Coro Drive) divvies up some quintessentially Queensland architecture, with The Regatta Hotel a prime example.

This peninsular offers a fantastic diversity of bars, cafes, restaurants and of course the beautiful New Farm Park & Powerhouse dining and entertainment precinct. New Farm stretches much of the length of Brunswick St down to the park on the water, Teneriffe extends along the waterfront.

Paddo, as the locals know it, is edgy without being ostentatious, offering a mix of trendy boutiques, bars and dining. Rosalie ‘Village’ is an attractive hidden pocket of Brisbane, and the locals would love to keep this secret, however... the word is out!

Soutbank / West End

Southbank speaks for itself with a wide variety of boutiques, dining and bars, mixed with family-friendly outdoor spaces. With Boundary Street as it’s spine, West End offers a diverse ethnic mix, and this throws up some delectable gems when it comes to cuisine. But don’t forget the varied vintage shops and eclectic mix of characters.

Toowong / St Lucia

These two suburbs are a little further from the inner-city heart of Brisbane, but still worth the look in for dining, as there are gems popping up in these suburbs all the time. Perhaps driven by it’s proximity to UQ (University of Queensland), there is a real diversity and quality of cuisine.

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Just 7km west of the city you’ll discover one of Brisbane’s most loved attractions...The panoramic views over the city and beyond from the Brisbane Lookout. While there you can enjoy elegant dining in the award winning Summit Restaurant & Bar or take a more relaxed approach at the adjacent Kuta Café & Gift Shop. 55


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Restaurant & Caterers Queensland - Award for Excellence Best Chinese Restaurant Finalist 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Winner 2009 BrisBane region and Queensland state

167 Wickham St Fortitude Valley P 3252 3838 F 3252 2828

Dine in | Takeaway | Catering for functions new restaurant: Shop 28 - Harbour One Building, Hamilton Harbour, 6 Harbour Road Hamilton


RIVER CITY RESTAURANTS The restaurants, wine bars, cafes and markets of this popular location are all easily accessible by bus, ferry or on foot along the scenic walkways ... ample parking is also available. Nestling along the banks of the serpentine Brisbane River are many fine restaurants and cafes. Choose from a variety of cuisines which are a culinary delight to satisfy even the most demanding of gourmets.


Any connoisseur will find the wine bars a pleasure. For lunch or dinner alongside the impressive Brisbane River, with great hospitality and spectacular views of the Story Bridge, look no further than this River City Restaurant Guide where you will find details of the best restaurants and cafes in this atmospheric riverside location.

The popular Riverside Markets operate every Sunday on Eagle Street Pier and offer a fabulous array of clothing, accessories, gifts, home ware, arts, crafts and fresh foods, plus riverside entertainment and eateries. The stunning Riparian Plaza with its fine restaurants and multi‑storey architecture is a welcome addition to the river city’s dining scene.

Kookuburra Queen Eagle St Pier T. 3221 1300

Nagomi 7 Eagle St Pier T. 3229 6886

George’s Paragon L1,Eagle St Pier T. 3211 8111

Il Centro Eagle St Pier T. 3221 6090

Jade Buddha Eagle St Pier T. 3221 2888

Friday’s Bookings T. 3832 2122



The Groove Train Riverside Ctre T. 3220 0420

Venice 501 Queen St T. 3831 1400

Organic Char 1 Eagle St Pier T. 3211 9944

Customs House 399 Queen St T. 3365 8999

Cha Cha Char 1 Eagle St Pier T. 3211 9944

Jelly Fish Boardwalk Eagle St T. 3220 2202 59



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QueensLand Is sYnonYMous wITH seafood Every second restaurant is sure to have an amazing signature seafood dish on their menu, such as Il Centro’s Sand crab Lasagne. It makes sense, being seafood fanatics and all, that Queensland’s’ East Coast is the home of the largest fleet of fishing boats in Australia. One of the most rewarding things about being a local, is the range of seafood that we have access to. It makes some our Southern counterparts somewhat green with envy. With access to the fisherman’s freshest catch at your local, we can see the fish coming in off the trawlers and straight to the restaurant.

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Dining Out sat down with Executive Chef, Sunil Savur, of Gambaro’s, a Seafood institution in Brisbane since the early 70’s. Savur explains that Gambaro’s stocks between 5-6 varieties of fresh fish daily, and ensures they come from the local trawlers between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. The Gambaro Family places great importance on sourcing the freshest produce in Brisbane and local areas, and uses local produce as much as possible. An example is a popular dish from the a la carte menu - the famous Gambaro Seafood Platter, including Ocean King Prawns from Mooloolaba, Bugs from Moreton Bay, Oysters from Tasmanian or Coffin Bay, Sand Crab from Brisbane River mouth, Mud Crab from Brisbane River Mouth or Stanage Bay and Lobster from Tasmania. Salivating yet? So whether it is following what is so entrenched in the essence of what it is to be a Queenslander, throw a shrimp on the Barbie or indulge in a fine seafood dining experience in one of the many excellent restaurants throughout Brisbane, I am sure that this has whet your appetite. So go forth and eat meat, the white one that is! 65

, Brisbane s favourite destination for fine Japanese dining The restaurant is spacious, comfortable and relaxing. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide a warm and friendly service to enhance your dining experience.

Customers tell us this is the best Japanese food in Brisbane Teppanyaki is a house speciality and our sushi bar is fabulous.

We are famed for our excellent hand rolls We are fully licensed and open for lunch and dinner every day apart from Monday.

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