The Brisbane dining scene is ever-expanding and full of surprises around every corner. We’ve rounded up the new crop of bars, restaurants and cafes that have recently opened to add to your must-try list.
Migration seasons have undoubtedly changed as Brisbane welcomes the arrival of Singapore's signature fried chicken with open arms. Only weeks after opening in Chermside, 4Fingers Crispy Chicken has opened an Albert St store with all the finger cluckin' goodness one would expect from a fried chicken expert - so head on down and grab your chicken fix.
The northerners continue to get lucky in the cafe scene with the opening of a new coffee joint in Albion. The modern and minimalist setting creates the perfect place for the community to replenish and recharge with some of the best coffee in the area and some interesting twists on classic menu items.
Another new venue has popped up on Fish Lane and is definitely not one to skip by. Offering Asian cuisine in a modern urban setting, you can get traditional menu items including steamed pork or duck buns, chicken and mushroom dumplings and barramundi which all have an added Chu The Phat twist. We'll save you a spot in the line.
Dovetails Restaurant, Ipswich
Fitting perfectly into the historical precinct of Ipswich, Dovetails has created its space around the building's unique history as the woodworking room in the Old Technical College. Breakfast and coffee is served daily while the menu becomes more refined at dinner allowing for a French/Australian fusion flare to show throughout the menu options. Fine dining with a hint of the good old days, Dovetails, we take our hat off to you.
Hummingbird Bar & Restaurant, Rosalie
With a focus on seasonal local produce and the combination of unique and different flavours, Hummingbird Bar & Restaurant is bringing forth a menu designed to excite your taste buds. Located in one of Brisbane's most buzzing dining precincts, this fine dining experience is just waiting for you to enjoy it.
Hunter & Scout, Graceville
Graceville seems to be Brisbane's new hub for coffee with yet another amazing cafe opening in the western suburbs. Coffee addicts are stampeding for their early-morning hit while the ladies who lunch are loving the chic outdoor setting, perfect for the weekly catch-up. Whichever you are, get there fast before everyone learns of this new spot.
Johnny Rockets, Fortitude Valley
Just like 1941, America has taken over Brisbane but this time they are very welcome as Johnny Rockets opens its first Australian flagship store in Emporium. With 30 years of experience in the US, Johnny has finally made the trip to let Australians indulge themselves in that all-American taste we've all heard about. With a classic menu of burgers, shakes and fries, what else can we expect from the Americans?
King Tea, Paddington
FREE TAPAS, yes we said it and yes we mean it, this new tapas bar serves free tapas from 5-6pm on Fridays making it the perfect place for those much-needed after-work drinks. Don't be fooled by the name though, there is no tea on the menu but there certainly is alcohol - sorry for the inconvenience.
West Enders no longer have to travel out of their comfort zone to get their Lucky Egg fix, with a new location now open in the Good Time Bar on Boundary St. The iconic fried chicken is as crunchy as ever and will shortly be followed by the classic chicken burgers, fries and mozzarella sticks that you can't live without. Now if only they'd move into the burbs, the suburban dwellers are starting to get jealous.
Martha Street Kitchen, Camp Hill
You guys asked and Martha Street Kitchen has certainly delivered - your favourite Italian dishes have been given a slight twist to give you all something a little different from the regular. Think gnocchi with cauliflower, fried aritchoke and truffle, pizza with prosciutto, bocconcini, fig, rocket and a sticky grape glaze and even a breakfast pizza to defy all odds - now you can enjoy pizza anytime of the day!
Miss Jones Cafe, New Farm
Picturesque to a T and with quality to follow, Miss Jones has certainly brought an edge of competition to the already bustling New Farm cafe scene. Enjoy a delectable breakfast or lunch in a sleek and modern setting. With menu options including Blueberry and Vanilla Waffles, Roast Pumpkin Bruschetta and Corn & Chorizo Tacos, Miss Jones is bound to become your new local.
A cosy but artfully decorated pizza bar in the heart of suburban Kenmore is exactly what the doctor ordered. You can't go past the mushroom pizza with truffle oil or speck pizza with red onion and Gorgonzola ... in fact you can't go past the whole menu. We promise you'll be raving about this place for weeks.
Suki, South Bank
Sushi in a burrito or bowl – try and choose. Suki is opening its doors on Grey St and serving a variety of poke bowls and sushi burritos. Poke is a raw fish salad of Hawaiian descent and is the newest craze in healthy eating. Choose one of the carefully crafted poke bowls or create your own from the long list of menu items – hurry though, the line will only get longer.
The Cheese Pleaser, CBD
Cheese, glorious cheese ... Oh how I'm willing to try it ... five servings a day... definitely our favourite diet. It's a shame that Oliver Twist didn't have cheese toasties readily available but luckily for us, The Cheese Pleaser can make a toastie like no other. Get stuck into the famous Croque-Monsieur, Three Cheese Mix or indulge in a takeaway cheese platter and wash down with a freshly brewed coffee - please Sir, can I have some more?
The Flying Cock's casual bar area has been transformed into Brisbane's finest chicken pub and the menu involves everything chicken, in whichever way you like it most. The chicken schnitty will continue to be famous for the location, however the buttermilk fried chicken is a close contender for this top spot - judge for yourself on which one should reign supreme.
After creating an excellent reputation in the Kenmore cafe scene, The Single Guys have decided to expand to the CBD to let everyone enjoy the pleasures that come with excellent coffee and breakfast. With coffee skills like this, I don't think these guys will be single for long.
With menu items including morcilla arancini, leek and ricotta-filled pasta and coal-fired octopus, Vaquero Dining is your new Italian made in heaven. Combine the fantastic food with the rustic and romantic courtyard and you have yourself the perfect date night.