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  • Street Art celebrated street artists allowed to do their best their work has become a key Brisbane attraction
  • Brisbane waterwaysbeautiful bridges span the Brsibane river and are beautifully viewed from the CityCat
  • Avid Reader Bookshop and CafeAlways something happening in Brisbane's West End
  • Vintage and newthe warm Brisbane climate gives a different edge to vintage in other Australian cities
  • more Brisbane street artso many styles, so many well known street artists
  • CityCatthe best way to get aorund Brisbane and just marvellous views at all hours of the day and night
  • see what we meanspectacular Brisbane sunset
  • Yayoi Kusama At The GOMAThe GOMA is a must always something exciting happening there
  • The Egg Man, the late Noel TurnerDavies Park Market the business is now run by his son
  • Brisbane's eerie lightthat lifts away to brilliant blue skies and sunshine
  • Davies Park Marketnot to be missed especially if you have never enjoyed a picked ripe pineapple
  • Pennisi Cuisine food and passion go together and there's plenty here
  • Jane Street Community Gardenthe kind cimate means an abundance of produce and the city boasts several very old community gardens
  • Kusama - the obliteration rooma recent exhibition by Yayoi Kusama at The GOMA
  • Sugar Cane Juicewell of course Queensland is one of the worlds largest sugar producers available at Davies Park Market
  • Luscious Honeycombesold by the piece great for a walk where you can just spit out the wax
  • Sichuan Bang BangBrisbane's hottest new addition spicalicious! Photographer Paul Limpus, Paxton Vineyards
  • Beautiful Bananasmore Davies Park Mark
  • Samios Fine Foods where all sorts of delicious Mediteranean foods are found
  • State Library of Queenslandexceptional design and functionality this precinct is not to be missed
  • 2012 Santos GLNG City of Lights Brisbanesort of a pop-up light show...absolutely spectacular 2013 dates to be announced
  • Dramatic Brisbane Skylinesjust accentuate the historic and the new of the city
  • Cloudlanda very cool place to drink Champagne in Brisbane
  • Great Walksfor all levels of fitness (even some on level ground) are in abundance in and around the city
  • more street artpolitical statements
  • Isis Brasserieexcellent service, intelligent cooking and a wine list that is a seductive tome - photographer Ann Oliver
  • Noel Tucker Obituarypassionate to the end the Brisbane markets are full of people who share this passion
  • Cru Bar and Restaurantexcellent wine list, okay casual food, great bottle shop - photographer Ann Oliver
  • Startling skylinespunctuate the old and the new
  • Arts, arts and more artsanyone for opera?
images unless otherwise stated copyright © Jan Bowman — to see more of Jan’s wonderful photography and insightful and quirky Brisbane visit her facebook page Cake N Jam

our pick of Brisbane’s dining and drinking
in alphabetical order

Anise Wine and Food
697 Brunswick Street New Farm 4005
t +61 7 3358 1558
read our review ANISE–WINE, FOOD, PASTIS

Our colleagues chef Rebecca Stubbs and her partner, winemaker Duane Coates (Coates Wines) and great friend of Galaxy Guides ate recently at Anise and reported greatly improved food and wine offerings still as exciting as ever!

Alchemy Restaurant and Bar
175 Eagle Street Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3229 3175
Swish with a fabulous river view it was the specials at Alchemy that most took our fancy and delivered their promise. A lot of work on the plate the food was fresh and delicious and they have an excellent wine list.

Aria Brisbane
1 Eagle Street,
Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3233 2555

Aria’ s wine list is probably one of the finest and most comprehensive in Brisbane, boasting more than 500 wines and receiving many accolades. A well matched pairing of wines is also offered with the Seasonal Tasting Menu, comprising of seven courses. The menu is not at the pointy end of creativity but does offer a well-balanced fresh and contemporary selection of seafood, poultry and meat – including a specialized steak section in ’ From the Grill’ , priced upwards from $48. Aria’ s views are exceptional, probably the pick of the bunch when it comes to the Brisbane River.

Author Olivia Stratton
new entry December, 2012

Cru Bar and Cellar
22 James St Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006
t +61 7 3252 2400
Good casual environment, great wine list, simple food suburban posh environment thye have a fab wine shop next door and there is some okay food shopping in the centre.

E’cco Bistro
100 Boundary Street (cnr Adelaide Street) Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3831 8344
read our review E’cco Bistro

Above Philip Johnson, chef owner E’cco Bistro has been around for a long time, but the fact remains his restaurant has consistently delivered the ’real’ goods!!

145 Eagle Street
Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3220 2123

Chef Ryan Squires has set a new pace for Brisbane with his remarkable fusion of flavours and textures, best available daily ingredients and ’ wow’ factor extending well beyond your lips. It came as little surprise to see Esquire crowned Queensland’ s top restaurant in the 2013 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards, along with a bundle of other impressive awards including ’ Restaurant of the Year’ in the 2012 Queensland Good Food Guide and being Queensland’ s first and only three-hat restaurant. Also worth a mention, the ultra sleek and minimalistic style dining room with top-notch views of the river. Best to book…

Author Olivia Stratton
new entry December, 2012

Gianni Vintage Cellar Bar Restaurant
12 Edward Street Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3221 7655
Old fashioned Italian food but a really excellent wine list and a good place to have a drink and/or lunch

Isis Brasserie
446 Brunswick Street (cnr Robertson Street) Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006
t +61 7 3852 1155
Very good intelligent cooking, a la carte or degustation, serious wine list a good overall experience.

446 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley Brisbane Queensland 4006
t +61 7 3852 1155

Think tapas, simplicity and respect to tradition – this is a great choice and best enjoyed with friends so you can see and taste the many ’ designed to share’ dishes. Choose to snack at the trendy street level tapas bar or make a reservation to venture below to dine underground with front row seats to the open kitchen. The wine list speaks for itself, formerly winning the guernsey for Queensland’ s best wine list (and number one restaurant) in the 2012 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards…although there is one but, while the list is pretty remarkable our wine savvy group was disappointed with our initial wine recommendation for our dish selection.

Author Olivia Stratton
new entry December, 2012

Restaurant Two
Edward Street (cnr Alice Street) Brisbane Queensland 4000
t +61 7 3210 0600
This restaurant has a simple casual ambience and presents contemporary Australian cooking with ample wine choices.

Sichuan Bang Bang
8 Wongabel Street
Kenmore Queensland 4069
t +61 7 3378 8389
open 7 days, lunch 12.00 noon till 2.00 pm, dinner 5.00 pm until late

An instant hit this is a new suburban restaurant run by a mate of ours Renata Roberts, who formerly managed the Glamour Bar in Shanghai for Michelle Garnaut… CLICK HERE to read Jan Bowman’s review

Sichuan Bang Bang is embellished with lovely eclectic Chinese objects collected by Roberts while working in China

Stokehouse Brisbane
Sidon Street
South Bank Brisbane Queensland 4101
(Under the Goodwill Bridge)
t +61 7 3013 0333

Mmm Stokehouse, yes it is good…! The menu leans towards seafood, light and well-–balanced flavours and the service is pretty on the mark – it is worth a look but it is hard not to compare it to its radiant sibling in Melbourne, perched upstairs with a more intricate menu and better views reaching out along St Kilda Beach (Sunday lunch is my favourite). Back to Stokehouse Brisbane, following in good old Queensland tradition, there is a special steak ’ presence’ on the menu including the hero – a 350g Wagyu strip loin, which will set you back $58. The Stoke Bar, nestled in along side the restaurant is also a popular choice for a pre or post meal cocktail to kick back on the deck with mangrove fringed views over the river.

Author Olivia Stratton
new entry December, 2012

cooking schools
If you enjoy attaneding a cooking class both Black Pearl and James Street Cooking school are excellent choices

Black Pearl Epicure
36 Baxter St Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006
t +61 7 3257 2144 —
This is a shop in which it is possible to do some serious credit card damage, but undoubtedly the best shop of it’s kind in Brisbane. Check their web site for cooking class details

James Street Cooking School
22 James Street Fortitude Valley Queensland 4006
t +61 7 3252 8850 —
Casual ambience and always busy good place to while away a couple of hours and learn something at the same time. Check their web site for details


updated December 2012
newly added …31 December 2012
by Olivia Stratton… CLICK HERE to read more about Olivia

where to drink Champagne
in Brisbane
Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer… CLICK HERE

Cru restaurant and bar with a great bottle shop right next door
A real showgirl for Champagne by the bottle and the glass, Cloudland
image ©

cooking schools

Downtown Chengdu, no suburban Brisbane where Renata Robert’s Sichuan Bang Bang has created quite a stir… CLICK HERE to go to their full review


food editor and publisher
Ann Oliveremail

champagne editor
Kaaren Palmeremail

wine advisors
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melbourne, victoria

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Isis Brasserie at the high end a good total dining experience
James Street Cooking School
GOMA…Gallery of Modern Art and absolute must when visiting Brisbane…CLICK HERE