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Country comes to the city at The Croft House

Country comes to the city in The Croft House, a bar-centric, bistro-style eatery that brings new dining style to Brisbane's CBD.

Located on the corner of Albert and Charlotte Streets, its central position makes it an easy pick for a city lunch or dinner.  The food is shared plate style and the look is styled country elegance.

What I like about this venue is the heavy presence of local produce.  It starts with the first sip of coffee from local supplier, Wolff Coffee Roasters.

The slow cooked Darling Downs beef brisket was fall-apart tender with a memorable flavour.

Signature dishes include the TCH breakfast – quattro stelle smokehouse streaky bacon, grilled tomato, field mushrooms, fried eggs and organic sourdough.

Also on the breakfast menu is house cured salmon with toasted rye, avocado, Binnorie (Hunter Valley) goat cheese and a soft poached egg.

For lunch, try the slow beef brisket on a soft milk bun with aged cheddar, spicy sauce, and fries and don't go past the ricotta …

Take a walk on the wild side through a tropical pantry - podcast

When chef Spencer Patrick says he uses local ingredients in his cooking he's talking about the  tropical pantry where he does his weekly shop, Mossman Markets in North Queensland, just south of the Daintree River.

Spencer and his wife Reina have two restaurants in Port Douglas which is about an hours' drive north of Cairns along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Highway.

They stumbled across this little bit of heaven while travelling around Australia and put down roots. You can hear Spencer's story and how he sources produce for his hatted restaurant Harrison's at the weekly Mossman Markets below.

Spencer and Reina also organise Taste Port Douglas, a food festival that's grown into an annual event showcasing the bounty of this region.  It's worth a visit.

What's your favourite tropical fruit?  Have you visited Mossman Markets? Which food markets do you recommend to your friends?  Please leave a comment below.

Kerry Heaney is a food sherpa, travelling the world …

50 Queensland restaurants that the critics love

Want to sit down to a meal that would put a smile on a food critics face?

The critics have spoken and Queensland's dining scene has been rated from top to toe. The Good Food Guide, The Australian, Delicious Magazine and Gourmet Traveller all have different opinions, their own rating systems and their favourites.

So how do you choose where to go? Here's a list of Queensland's top 50 restaurants, that combines all the hats, stars, awards and top 10 lists into my own rating system.


Stokehouse Q

Gerard's Bistro
Goma Restaurant

The Wolf

1889 Enotecca
Restaurant Two
The Euro

Blackbird Bar & Gill
Black Hide Steakhouse
Il Centro
Nickel Kitchen & Bar
Sake Restaurant
The Balfour Kitchen
The Survey Co.
Thomson's Reserve

Wasabi, Noosa

Nu Nu, Palm Cove

Harrisons, Port Douglas
Kyomi, Broadbeach
The Long Apron, Maleny

Spirit House, Yandina

Rick Shores, Broadbe…

How to find the best food on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Want to know where to find the best producers, markets, restaurants, cooking schools, events, wineries and brewers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast?

It’s all it the new interactive Sunshine Coast Food Trail where you can turn your food dreams into reality.

The Sunshine Coast Food Trail will play detective and highlight food finds from the Glass House Mountains in the south to the Hinterland and Mary Valley in the west, and north to Noosa and the Gympie region. That’s one big food bowl!

"Since moving to the Sunshine Coast three years ago and recently filming the region for SBS Coastal Kitchen, I have been amazed at how the area has expanded both its food scene and variety of produce over recent years,” said award-winning chef, Peter Kuruvita from Noosa Beach House.

“We have incredible and abundant seafood, a huge variety of ethical organic produce being farmed covering everything from nomadic chickens, macadamia’s and indigenous bush tucker to camel milk. The producers are …

10 things you need to know about The Kitchens

Take a big appetite and plenty of car space when you visit The Kitchens at Robina Town Centre, because if you are not tempted you don’t deserve to call yourself a food lover.

They say this food playground is globally inspired but locally focussed, and this certainly rang true to me. It’s a melting pot of artisans, chefs, providores and purveyors which is sure to start any foodies’ blood pumping.

Expect 55 retailers over two floors with an industrial theme in indoor and outdoor spaces. You can get everything food related here from premium meat and vegetables to flowers for the table. It's not your standard shopping centre. There's a butcher’s window filled with hanging meat and sometimes a butcher carving it up, sushi made with whelks and surf clams, dumplings hand made in front of your eyes and I'm only just getting started.

Along with plenty of places to spend your money, there also are tastings, workshops and master classes in the open kitchens and pop-ups.

Here’s what y…

How to lunch on a budget with French flair