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~ 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



Four Points By Sheraton Whenever you need a delicious meal or drink, satisfy your craving at The Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane. The Eatery, our lively all-day dining restaurant, serves great homestyle food in a relaxed, modern atmosphere. Enjoy a wide range of the freshest seafood from our weekend seafood buffet or from our full à la carte menu. Wrapped, our café deli located on the lobby level, provides many graband-go options throughout the day, including fresh coffee, grilled paninis, sandwiches, and yummy cakes and pastries. In the evening, the area transforms into a quaint wine bar, where you can enjoy an ice-cold beer from our Best Brews™, a refreshing cocktail, or a glass from our extensive international wine list.

Sunnybank Plaza


Food tours in the cultural heart of the Southside.

With that warm relaxed feel, our family restaurant is the place to visit for our famous melt in your mouth Pork Ribs and Sizzling Steaks. We practise in house butchering techniques for maximum quality. Feeling really hungry? Ask our friendly staff about our Monster Beef Shank Challenge. We have something for everyone, with the Daily specials featuring, straight from our Free Range New England Farms, Buffalo, Lamb, Pork, Goat and Dexter cattle, when available. Accompany that with our exclusive New England Vineyard wines, or one of our Craft Ales or our Grandma’s Ginger Beer from our own micro-brewery. Call us for a fantastic night out.

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

Open 7 nights from 5pm Takeaway available Bookings recommended

Afternoon Tour & Lunch 3.30pm until 7.00pm


Bookings please call 07 3164 4000

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Restaurants in Focus ......................................................................................... 6 & 46 Brisbane Map .................................................................................................. 10 & 11 Moo Moo ..................................................................................................................17 Dining Out QR Code ..................................................................................................26 Weddings & Functions ..............................................................................................30 Hotel Restaurants .....................................................................................................38 Dry Aged Beef ..........................................................................................................42 Breakfast Creek Hotel Celebrating 125 Years ............................................................48 River City Cats/Translink .................................................................................. 50 & 51 Cooking Schools .......................................................................................................52 Precincts in Focus ........................................................................................... 54 & 55 4BC Radio ................................................................................................................56 River City Restaurants ..................................................................................... 58 & 59 Dining Out Website ...................................................................................................62 Dining Out Facebook ................................................................................................64 Seafood in Focus ......................................................................................................65 COVER FEATURED RESTAURANTS Sono Japanese Restaurant - One amazing experience, two great venues. Modern and traditional Japanese dining. Cover image: Newspix Fix Restaurant & Wine Bar - The signature restaurant of the Port Office Hotel, where heritage meets contemporary edge.


the best dining options in Brisbane... INTERNATIONAL





Vintaged ............................... 32

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

George’s Paragon ................. 34

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four Points Sheraton ............ 14

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

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

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

Beijing House ....................... 27

The Kitty Treasury Casino ..... 03

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

Sunnybank & Sunny Park ..... 40

Walnut Restaurant ................ 22

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

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


Lock n Load Bistro ................ 07


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

Oyama.................................. 66 Sono ..................................... 12



Cooking Schools ................... 52

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

Kookaburra ........................... 63

Italian Il Centro................................ 15

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

Sunnybank Plaza .................. 40

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

Eagle Street Pier ................... 18

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One amazing experience... Two great venues

MODErn jaPanESE Dining

jaPan... in THE HEarT Of BriSBanE

Sono’s Portside Restaurant is the ultimate modern

Sono’s City Restaurant takes you on the ultimate

Japanese dining experience. Located in the fashionable

traditional Japanese dining experience. Whether

Portside complex in Hamilton, we surround our modern

enjoying lunch or dinner, savour our authentic

Japanese dining and Teppanyaki bar with stunning river

Japanese cuisine in a relaxing, tranquil and calm haven.

views and modern Japanese-styled decor.

perfect start or finish to a day of inner city shopping,

and we also have private dining rooms for up to

pampering, theatre and art gallery visits or business.

36 guests - to cater for every occasion.

Private dining rooms available.

Lunch from 12pm Wednesday – Sunday

Lunch from 11:30am Monday - Sunday

Dinner from 6pm Tuesday - Sunday

Dinner from 6pm Monday - Saturday

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


Located in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall, Sono is the

We are particularly proud of our extensive wine cellar

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 125 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, is the biggest Rum Bar in the southern Hemisphere and features 500 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. 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”.



Spanish Garden Steakhouse Substation no.41 RUMBAR Staghorn Beer Garden


Private Bar, Public Bar, Gaming Lounge, Coffee Cart




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Seafood buffet only $75 SUNDAY

Seafood brunch only $55

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New York Style in Brisbane CBD Located at Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill 39 Edward Street Brisbane. This stunning lounge bar featuring designer furniture, architectural lighting, separate balcony areas, private rooms + award winning wine list hosting over 55 plus wines by the glass. Evolving cocktail list featuring all genres + a spirit selection for the most discerning Moobar is the place to be…lazy afternoon, pre lunch or dinner drinks or to enjoy the busy weekend atmosphere of this buzzing venue. At 250 plus capacity with DJ’s playing funky lounge music during the weekend accompanied by stunning DMX lighting. Moobar caters to everyone’s needs. Function areas are plentiful with the ability to hold all occasions from wedding receptions, birthdays, Corporate Product launch’s, wine tastings and more . Our executive chef Trent Robson will cater a menu that exceeds your clients or guests expectations and meets your budgetary needs. Open from 11:30am till late 7 days a week. Please do consider Moobar Brisbane for your next occasion. 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

- late

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




THE TASTE OF FRESHNESS At Hanachi 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. LEVEL 1 WINTERGARDEN, BRISBANE T. 07 3210 0032


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Breakfast and Dinner daily Lunch Monday to Friday A la carte and degustation menus Intimate private dining rooms for special events 45 years of service - one of Brisbane’s longest established dining venues • Adjacent the Brisbane Botanic Gardens

The Walnut Restaurant & Lounge Bar 22

Cnr Alice & Albert Street Brisbane 4000 | (07) 3112 1650 |


JoIN us. tHE REgatta HotEl Est. 1874

140 years

WItH tHE “gRaNd old ladY” of tHE BRIsBaNE RIvER.

W I N N E R 2 0 1 3 Ho t E l of t H E Y E a R For 140 years Brisbane has met, mingled and created memories beyond the iron-laced verandahs of the iconic Regatta Hotel. Home to the Boatshed restaurant, cosy Street Café, beautiful Front Bar, glamorous Gaming Room, relaxing and stylish Courtyard Bar, and Functions department, there’s something for everyone at Regatta Hotel.

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The only Thai in Brisbane CBD

Lunch specials ilable are ava t with fas service

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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北京楼 Beijing House Chinese Restaurant & Bar

The traditional chinese experience Dine in | Yum Cha | Banquets | FunCtions

Located in queen street, Beijing house lets you taste real traditional Beijing food, Chinese delicacies, seafood and Yum Cha. We also host group dinners, weddings, tour groups and special events on arrangement. Level 1, 45 queen street Brisbane | P. 07 3210 0688 | F. 07 3210 6822 27



weddings & functions


KooKaburra river Queens

the summit restaurant & Kuta café

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.

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 3221 1300

Phone: 07 3369 9922

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






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Wine, dine and savour Carve a classic cut, appreciate a classic drop and savour a classic dish.

one course + glass of wine or beer $25 for Lunch Mon – fri

$35 for Dinner Mon – Sat

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

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NOW OPEN 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

39 Hercules St, Hamilton Phone: 3268 3886 Shops 1002-1004 199 Grey Street, South Brisbane Phone: 3844 0088 33





dine-in delights Brisbane’s best hotel restaurants More than just sublime food, hotel dining offers a great sense of place while offering excellent value and great savings on regular menu prices. Hotel dining is among the finest and often deliver a higher level of service and hospitality. In most cases, these superior properties feature stylish decor with upscaled amenities and facilities, while focussing on comfort and ambience. You’ll find delicious diversity of cuisines at a variety of Brisbane’s leading Hotels, usually within a short distance from the CBD.


° Royal on the Park - Walnut Restaurant ° Four Points by The Sheraton - The Eatery, Wrapped ° The Sofitel - Prive249 and Thyme2 ° The Hilton - Vintaged ° The Marriot - Motion Bar and Grill ° Treasury Casino and Hotel - The Kitty - LiveWire - Ryan’s on the Park - Fat Noodle - Lab bar and restaurant - Kitchen at Treasury ° Emporium - In-Suite Dining - High Teas - Cocktail Bar - Belle Epoque Patisserie


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 Hakataya Noodle Shop Happy Bowl Himawari Home Town Asian Delight Landmark Restaurant Lan Zhou Noodles Mappen Japanese Noodles Meet Fresh Mokka Café & Espresso Bar MOS Burger Qubick Korean Restaurant Spice Gurus Indian Restaurant 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.

Sunny Park


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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Sunnybank You’ll love

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. 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 tenderness of beef. The Spanish Steakhouse proudly brought this 42

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.

You maY have heard of drY-aged beef, but You maY not know what the hYpe is all about. 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.

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.

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.

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,

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




Lock ‘n’ Load From food to fashion and community appeal, West End has always done things a little differently. West End is home to a culturally diverse population and the Kurilpa Peninsula creates a melting pot of bohemian style second to none in our wonderful city. Lock‘n’Load strives to embellish this eclectic culture and create a neighbourhood eatery for our locals and visitors alike. Step through the front doors and into a bustling atmosphere, sit in our dining room and remember yesteryear, or traverse to our courtyard and get lost in the ambience of our tranquil garden. We aim to offer you and your friends an occasion to remember. Our menus aresourced using fresh seasonal produce and our boutique range of drinks will have you fall off your seat!


Treasury Casino & Hotel Whether it’s enjoying the live entertainment, delicious dining, vibrant bars or the thrill and excitement of one of the world’s most stylish casinos, Treasury Casino & Hotel offers a playground of possibilities with the best in non-stop activity and quality service. Set within the grandeur of two of Brisbane’s most iconic heritage buildings in the heart of the CBD, Treasury Casino & Hotel houses 5 bars, 6 restaurants, 130 5 star hotel rooms, live music, 80 gaming tables and over 1,300 gaming machines. Treasury Casino & Hotel is truly Brisbane’s 24/7 ultimate entertainment destination.

Groove Train 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.

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IconIc Pub - Brisbane’s best beer garden - Live music 5 days a week - Steakhouse open everyday for lunch and dinner - Newly refurbished upstairs Arbour Bar open Wed–Sun - Icy cold beer with amazing views

In the heart of Southbank Parklands, overlooking the beach, the river and across to the City Skyline, The Plough Inn remains a Brisbane Icon. With a large open air deck, Brisbane’s Best Beer Garden and the new 18+ Arbour Bar, it is perfectly suited for a casual lunch, dinner for two or a function for up to 700 of your closest friends.

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

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

CElEbrating 125 yEars!

thE brEakFast CrEEk hotEl is morE than just a vEnuE – it’s an australian iCon! If only these walls could talk – one can only imagine the stories she would tell. The Breakfast Creek Hotel is a true testament of time honoured ‘old fashioned’ hospitality. Each wall is lined with historical memorabilia and local legends - from Collies Corner to Lula Wilson’s memorial – each hold their own secrets. Generations of patrons have enjoyed a premium quality steak and a beer “off the wood” in the world famous Breakfast Creek Hotel. Surviving three major floods, a wharfie boycott and unionist battles the “Brekky Creek” has seen it all. Built in the French Renaissance style in 1889, the “Brekky Creek” offers 6 unique bars, each boasting it own personality and patronage that is as individual as its decor. Proudly celebrating 125 years of service in May 2014 the Breakfast Creek Hotel is certainly QLD’s best loved pub. Staghorn Beer Garden - The first casual open-air dining venue of its kind it has an unrivalled reputation for its steaks since 1967. Patrons can select their steak from the chilled cabinet and have it char-grilled in front of them, cooked to perfection and served in a traditional 48

manner with Idaho potato, bacon sauce, coleslaw, a slice of tomato and a bread roll. The “BBQ” now also houses a specialty Seafood range filled with the freshest Australian Seafood, the perfect crab, oyster, prawn and lobster accompaniment to any of the famous steaks. Step inside the Private Bar for a signature ‘Beer off the Wood” and enjoy the “Spiking of the Keg” at twelve noon each day. Just across the hall you’ll find the Public Bar filled with regulars. The ‘peoples bar’ is flush with Heritage listed fittings. Enjoy a flutter in the Gaming Room, a coffee from the Coffee Cart or if you are looking for something a little more modern, the Substation no.41 RUM BAR features over 500 varieties of Rums sourced from all over the world. The worlds biggest Rum Bar, it houses rare and limited products ensuring even the most discerning patron will find a rum to excite their palate. Evolving with the times but honouring the integrity of the steak saw the Spanish Garden Steakhouse install a specially designed Dry Aging Meat cabinet in 2012.

Years ago most of our beef was dry aged, as was the natural way to enhance flavour and tenderness of beef. The Spanish Steakhouse has proudly brought back the forefront of dining experience, aging on premise for a minimum of 60 days. The Breakfast Creek Hotel will host a range of Birthday week events throughout May 10-17, all launched in style by the 125th Anniversary Ball on Saturday May 10. Held on the Front Lawn, this special celebratory Ball includes live music from corporate Bands HOT SAUCE and FULL HOUSE, special guest appearances, a comprehensive Food and Beverage Package and more! Guests are invited to dress in 1890’s styled costuming or standard formal attire. Other Birthday Week celebrations include a Family Fun Day on Mother’s Day May 11 and the widely coveted Annual 70’s Luncheon on May 15 in the Spanish Garden Steakhouse. For all details about the Ball and Birthday Week Activities please check out for more information.

Enjoy thE Flavour oF history – CElEbrating 125 yEars.



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, King 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 • The Marriott - Motion Bar and Grill • 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 52


experience, expertise and their 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.

THERE IS NO BETTER LEARNING THAN DOING 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! 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



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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.

Sunnybank Plaza

Sunnybank Plaza is a sub-regional shopping centre located in the busy hub of Sunnybank, just 12km from Brisbane City. We offer an extensive international dining and entertainment precinct. Boasting over 25 authentic Asian restaurants, we’re the Chinatown of the Southside, offering a unique cultural experience; plus a 350 seat food court and a wide range of takeaway and fresh food outlets.

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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 & Queensland state

enjoy inn Hamilton Shop 28 / 8 Harbour Rd, Hamilton t 07 32527878 enjoy inn Fortitude Valley 167 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley t 07 32523838 F 07 32522828

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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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seafood in focus 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. 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!

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Learn the Japanese tradition and enjoy the quality of Japanese food at Oyama 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.

30 Cathedral Pl aCe 115 WiCkham St Fortitude Valley T. 3257 0738 66

Specialising in high end, cooked to perfection steaks, Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill is an established institution among Brisbane’s dining fraternity. The owner is a nationally recognised beef judge and sources the restaurant’s prime cuts direct from Australia’s premium beef breeders. Through a series of quality control mechanisms, Cha Cha Char eliminates inconsistencies and through specialised cooking methods, showcases the distinct identities of each individual product. The result is a menu that delivers information about the cattle breeds, feeding regime, age and ageing processes of the animal and where the cattle is from.

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For first class beef, it’s got to be Cha Cha Char, “2013 Queensland’s Best Steak Restaurant.” P +61 07 3211 9944 I

Beautiful fresh fish served simply “2013 Queensland’s Best Seafood Restaurant.” At Jellyfish we aim to source and serve 8 –14 species of fresh fish daily. The Head Chef has daily recommendations of the perfect way to prepare, cook, and serve each species on the menu, be it steamed, fried, battered, crumbed, grilled or oven roasted. There is an array of side dishes and sauces that perfectly compliment each meal. The striking views of the river and story bridge, Jellyfish is the ultimate dining experience. P +61 7 3220 2202

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