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Ten news nibbles from Brisbane's food Top Cuts

This week on Top Cuts for Brisbane's food scene - new street truck, paleo cafe, food and farmers markets; new pan-Asian New Farm cafe, James Street pizza, CBD fringe bar; organic cheese and cute chocolate.

Market update Watch out for a new Farmers Market with over 60 stalls on Brisbane's south side to be launched by Shane Stanley of Noosa Farmers Market Fame. It will be weekly at Cannon Hill's new East Village development with no wholesalers or retailers according to Shane.

It's hip to be paleo Paleo is fast becoming the new food black with the opening of Paleo Cafe on Paddington's Given Terrace- Nandos is no more. It's a big city version of the cafe of the same name in Cairns with owner/manager Jackie-Lou Astill in charge. Enjoy their Elixir coffee 

Street cruiser There's another new food truck on the streets. Pasta Cruiser offers four sauces – Olive oil and chilli. Bolognese, Tomato, chorizo and chilli and Roasted pumpkin, feta and sundried tomato - whi…

See the Good Food & Wine Show in style for free!

How would you like to take your best friend to the Good Food & Wine Show on Sunday November 10 with a Platinum Pass valued at $75 per person? 

Ed+bK has four double Platinum passes ($600 total prize pool) to give away – see below for details.

These tickets include:

* Entry to the Good Food and Wine Show valued at $25
* Access to the VIP Room including complimentary beverages and canapés

* Reserved seat in the 10am celebrity theatre session on Sunday with local legend Matt Golinski.  This entertaining and inspiring session will get you up close and personal to Matt as he prepares some mouth-watering new recipes and shares some expert tricks and new techniques to try at home. This is the only solo session Matt will hold during this year's show.
* Gourmet Gift bag
* Complimentary Tasting glass

This is the ninth year for the Good Food & Wine in Brisbane which runs at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November.  It’s a haven f…

Top cuts - 8 food news nibbles for Brisbane

News nibbles x 8 - Qld’s Gourmet Traveller Awards, cook’s heaven, champagne room, winning chocolate, new venues and cheat’s dinner.

Winners are grinners
The good folk at Urbane  must be feeling pretty damn fine.  Not only have they earned a position at No. 12 on the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants list, but they've also beaten Esquire  (no. 19) fairly handsomely and seen their twin venue The Euro come in at No.66. Congratulations owners Andrew Buchanan and Drew Patten (pictured above) and chef Alejandro Cancino (pictured below).

It's a shame that Ortiga, No. 28, is no more, but also good to see Aria, No. 39 and newcomer Gerard's Bistro at No. 64.

Gold Coast's The Fish House made No.74 and the Sunshine Coast's Long Apron at No 79.  Finishing off the Queensland contingent in these national awards are Stokehouse No 92 and Wasabi No 92, Nu Nu from beautiful Palm Cove in North Queensland at No. 99 and 1889 Enoteca at No 99.

That's 12 out of 100 which is no to…

Chop Chop Chang, West End

A chimp in a spacesuit is a quirky namesake for an Asian restaurant that specialises in street food but it’s probably a good fit with the eclectic atmosphere of Brisbane’s funkiest suburb, West End.

Chop Chop Chang opened mid-2013 in busy Boundary Street in a building which originally housed a bank but more recently was the Music Kafe.

The website calls their menu pan-Asian with influences from honest street food found in temples and hawker markets throughout Asia. My partner calls is Fasian (fusion Asian) and yes, you heard or read it here first folks.

Basically they have pulled together a menu of some of the yummiest simple Asian fare that includes something for just about everyone. Think caramelised chilli lime cashews, green papaya salad, twice cooked sticky beef ribs and karaage chicken. It’s a collection designed by Paul Blain (ex Noosa Chilli Jam Café and Spicers Tamarind at Maleny) who is well known for his Asian cred.

In keeping with the street food theme, the décor is basi…

Billykart Kitchen, Annerley

Cute as button, Billykart Kitchen in Brisbane's suburban Annerley is just what I would expect from a food professional like chef Ben O’Donoghue.

It’s like walking into your corner store only the food is a lot, a lot better.  That’s no surprise because the premises actually housed the local corner store for many years.

Owner/operators Ben and Dee O’Donoghue say they’ve been pleased by the popularity of the restaurant/café which is a great mix of light but extremely well flavoured food with dine in and takeaway options.  They are also keeping the corner store tradition alive with fresh bread from nearby Banneton bakery, milk and papers available for sale.

The fitout is deceptively simple but typically Queensland casual which makes you feel right at home from the moment you walk it.  Of course it wasn’t without pain and don’t ask Ben about the stumps.  I particularly like their concrete floor treatment and the green wall at the rear.  There also are concertina windows which fold bac…