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Eight things you need to know about Brisbane food this week

Plenty to eat, drink and see this week around Brisbane - check out Queensland Wine Week, jaffles at Spring, partridge at Pony, high tea at Stamford Plaza, harajuku at Saké , new looks for Ortiga and Urbane/The Euro and a tour of Sicily.

This week it's got to be Queensland Wine!
It’s Queensland Wine Week (31 March to 6 April) with a series of events designed to showcase wonderful Queensland wines that don’t always get the attention they deserve.




Now in its second year, the week has grown with a series of events. Here’s two worth checking out.

Azafran owners Marc and Sarah Bocquee have a Chef’s table event with five plates and five wine styles offering a slice of their new autumn menu. Taste maestro Peter Scudamore-Smith, Master of Wine from his firm Uncorked and Cultivated has selected the wines. Peter has chosen chardonnay from Ballandean (Mason), viognier marsanne from Broadwater (Cypress Post), shiraz from Moffatdale (Barambah), merlot and cabernet merlot from Ballandean (Balla…

Artie & Mai brings new life to Albion, Brisbane

I don't want to cause traffic chaos, but you really need to look around when you are driving through the busy Albion strip of Sandgate Road in Brisbane.

Virtually opposite boutique bread shop Brewbakers, Artie & Mai is casual cafe with a range of offerings running through the day all week, with night dining from Wednesday to Saturday. 






It's got the 'I've been here forever' coupled with 'pared back industrial' look which is wildly popular at the moment.  While a few soft furnishings would go a long way to dampening the high noise levels, it's a comfortable atmosphere helped along by efficient and friendly staff.

The dinner menu has lots of choices including small plates with apple cider pork belly bites which I was unable to resist.   There's also garlic prawns, grilled haloumi, spanish meatballs, spiced lamb skewers - plenty for everyone.

Pizza options (available after 3pm)  extend beyond the ordinary with butter chicken, pineapple, red apple…

It's all real and local at Julia's Pantry, Kenmore

Remember what cream used to taste like?

Real cream, not that fluffy white stuff that disappears before you can even look at it?

You'll find real cream, homemade jam and freshly baked scones ($5) are just some of the delights on offer at Julia's Pantry, recently opened in the heartlands of Kenmore in Brisbane's Western Suburbs.





If you are a coffee lover, you'll know this strip of Moggill Road, almost on the corner of Brookfield Road, which is also home to The Single Guys.  The name doesn't come from their marital status but rather their singular fascination with good coffee.  It's a treat to visit.

Julia's Pantry is the new baby of Julia Matusik (pictured above), who established Brisbane's first tea shop.  The focus is on real food prepared from ingredients sourced locally or within Australia.  You'll find spaghetti squash from Gatton, preserves made with Granite Belt produce, olive oil from Inglewood,  pasta from Redcliffe and locally crocheted kit…

Bury yourself in books at Berrima - Bendooley Estate & Book Barn Cottage

If you are the type who's often found curled up in a comfy chair with a good book, Berkelouw Books, Bendooley Estate and Book Barn Cottage in New South Wales' Southern Highlands are your sort of heaven.




Located on the Old Hume Highway about an hour and a half drive drive from Sydney, Berkelouw Book Barn is a local institution. Recently renovated, the barn contains thousands of new, secondhand, rare and antiquarian books set amongst exposed timber beams, cathedral ceilings and rustic iron pendants, it's a book lover's paradise. There's even a log fireplace, a chair and a spot for a coffee or a glass of wine.









Wrapping around the perimeter of the building Bendooley Bar & Grill is the spot for lunch either before or after a book browse.  Chef Jason Hughes loves the areas fresh seasonal produces and takes full advantage of it on the menu.  You can expect to find olive oil from Sutton Forest, blue cheese from Roberston, organic vegetables from Fitzroy Falls, chicken…

Top Five Brewsvegas Events

So you know Brewsvegas starts on Sunday?

You can't miss this one! It's a week dedicated to sharing craft beer love with 35 different venues around Brisbane putting on an event.

Making it simple for you, Ed+bK bar expert Alexander Stone has made his top five picks for the week.  Check them out and you might just see him there.  Make sure you tell him to be good to his mother.



Pony Rides at Statler & Waldorf All week

Not an actually pony ride (although I have convinced a friend of mine there will be said ponies to ride) but rather a flight of beer from the taps at Caxton Street's only Gastronomy Pub. Grab a beer and a t-shirt to honour the occasion for only $20. There's always amazing food on offer too so I would suggest making an afternoon / evening of it.



Blues Burgers Boilermakers at Papa Jack's Mon 24 March, 6pm, FREE

Is Monday is making you blue after the first Sunday of pony rides and general misbehaving for Brewvegas? Head in to Papa Jack's for so…

Hello Black Bird – the new kid on Brisbane’s Eagle Street.

Situated in the old Queensland Rugby Club behind the Pig and Whistle in Eagle Street's Riverside Centre, stands Black Bird Bar and Restaurant, the newest addition to the Brisbane fine dining scene.

Ed+bK Bar Reporter Alexander Stone puts it to the test.

Red carpet, champagne on arrival, amazing oysters, fantastic staff, tasty Old Fashioned drinks on tap - these are the things that stick in my head after the opening of the Ghanem Group’s (Fifth Element, Byblos) new offering.




Opulent could be used to describe the main dining area with its large 12- seater center table on a raised platform illuminated by an upturned bathtub filled with vintage crystal scotch decanters.  The spectacular chandelier has a rug designed by Katherine Martin and used in the film The Great Gatsby just to finish it off.

This does not over shadow the food produced by Executive Chef Jake Nicolson and Head Chef Anthony Donalds, both Michelin-stared chefs. Jake describes his menu at Black Bird as “Heritage Austr…