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Ole Fuego, Indooroopilly

There's plenty to be excited about at Ole Fuego. It's a sister to Ole at Southbank and another addition to what's fast becoming Brisbane's newest dining hot spot, Station Road, Indooroopilly.

The list of restaurants on the outer face of the huge Indooroopilly Shopping Centre includes American-inspired Nantucket,  dumpling darling Harajuku Gyoza and ice cream king Nitrogenie.  Next to open is another venue from the Moubment Group who recently opened the very slick Gerard's Bar in James Street, just behind Gerard's Bar.

While the offering at Ole Fuego is very similar to Ole at Southbank, there's also significant differences that will delight your taste buds.  I'm talking about dishes of slow cooked crispy lamb belly with roast grapes and another of confit duck with sauteed mushrooms, Fino sherry, shallot puree and kale.  Both were very impressive with their range of flavours and presentation. It was 'lick-the-plate' stuff.




With just enough room I…

Fabulous food in Canberra - breakfast, lunch, dinner and exclusive drinks

Imagine having a breakfast spread like this at your disposal?

If you've only got a day to spend in Australia's national capital Canberra here are three places you won't want to miss for a slice of local life and excellent flavours.

Breakfast Start the day with a hearty breakfast and you'll be firing on all cylinders! QT Canberra does one of the best breakfasts I've seen with freshly sliced meats available for your selection.  There's everything you'd expect to find on a breakfast buffet but it's all done a little better than normal.

And the choice is amazing.  Just look at the line up of sauces available to go with your cooked breakfast.  And yes, there's a chef standing by to do your eggs just the way you like them.






Here's a peek inside the QT Hotel and the rooms.







Lunch Head out to Kingston for lunch and explore the newly developed area around the lake foreshore.  It's chocka with great looking restaurants but my tip is to head right down …

Paddington Deli & Epicerie, Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

With the opening of her antique-inspired deli, Paddington Deli & Epicerie, Antoinette Pease is living the dream and escaping from the corporate world.

Taking over from much-loved Monty's Chocolates, Paddington Deli fills two shop fronts in the Paddington Antique Centre building with a collection of highly sought after deli items and a light meals offering. 

Being positioned so close to the antique centre was a blessing for Antoinette who is a serious antique lover. She scoured the shops herself to outfit the deli.



It's only been opened three days but the smashed avocado on sour dough with persian fetta and sweet corn was better than I've had anywhere, and the salad of cauliflower, spinach, goats cheese, walnut and pomegranate was lightly dressed with an exquisite aged balsamic. Prices ranged between $9 and $11 for lunch items.




There's fresh bread and milk, just like the old days when I used to walk down the Latrobe Terrace to pick up daily supplies when I lived n…

Capital Region Farmers Market, Canberra

There's no better way to get to know an area than by visiting a local farmers' market.  You'll meet real locals, both farmers and shoppers, and see the bounty of the region.

Capital Region Farmers Market is a must on your Canberra itinerary.  It's a real farmers' market. No resellers here unless they are family or neighbours of the producers.

It's run by the Rotary Club of Hall and they actually go out an inspect the producer's farms to see the kale growing in the ground, hear the cluck of the chickens laying their eggs and pat the cattle.  Prices are competitive to local supermarkets but in best market fashion, the produce is so much fresher and we are talking days, not weeks, between the farm and you.

This is a big market with over 100 stall holders in a series of sheds that buzz with people busy buying their produce.  There's plenty of regulars and friends catching up creating lots of happy banter.

I sampled black rice pudding and traditional sticky…

Gerard's Bar, James Street, Fortitude Valley

It doesn't feel like Brisbane is what the opening night crowd was saying about the new Gerard’s Bistro in Brisbane's burgeoning James Street food precinct.

It's tucked away at the rear of Gerard’s restaurant with street frontage that opens to the access lane and carpark.  A little bit hidden but with an open air courtyard sure to be filled with the buzz of voices that will lead the curious to the land of plenty.






The decor is ultra modern with polished concrete everywhere from the walls to the benches, and a long bar that morphs into a kitchen at the rear.  You are going to love it.

Gerard's head chef  Ben Williamson has developed a menu based around the star of the bar - the giant charcuterie cabinet come window that is the bar's shop front. While it's a feast for lovers of fine jamon, pancetta and proscuitto, vegans and vegetarians have not been overlooked.





Ben describes the salted, roasted, dried cellariac that hangs sausage-style in the window as 'ha…

Nine new Brisbane bar/dining options – just opened in May!

Brisbane’s dining choice explosion continues with a bumper list of May openings.

Here’s just some of your new options -


Gerard’s Bar, Fortitude Valley Tucked behind Gerard’s Bistro, Gerard’s Bar is the new escape on James Street designed to make you lose track of time. With the sort of food and drink on offer that shouldn’t be too hard. Ben Williamson’s new bar menu includes artisan meats, house made salumi, and vegan and vegetarian charcuterie with fermented and baked vegetables. There’s a long bar with room for you.


Paddington Deli & Epicerie
With the opening of her antique-inspired deli, Paddington Deli & Epicerie, Antoinette Pease is living the dream and escaping from the corporate world.



Taking over from much-loved Monty's Chocolates, Paddington Deli fills two shop fronts in the Paddington Antique Centre building with a collection of highly sought after deli items and a light meals offering. 
Cowch, South Bank Claiming to be the first in Australia, Cowch is…