As we head towards winter, it’s time to dust off our coats and curl our hands around a mug of hot tea. This autumn, Brisbane has been brimming with plenty of new eateries, cafes, restaurants and bars. And there’s still more to come! You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the new and upcoming dining venues, from Italian to Spanish and everything in between. It can be hard keeping up with all the new restaurants popping up, so here’s all the current happenings you need to know about.

Mr. Luxford’s

The legendary Luxford’s is getting a revamp with the opening of Mr. Luxford’s Bar and Kitchen. Located on Roma Street, the original Mr. Luxford’s was a hub of fresh and local produce, one of the offerings of the iconic Roma Street Markets. The team behind the new restaurant will see them restore the building to its former glory and will be offering a place that combines socialising with a good meal to create a good time. And with an impressive, Asian-inspired menu boasting takeaway options for the busy Brisbanite, multi-course dining for the foodies out there and casual drinks and cocktails for an evening after work, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Mr. Luxford’s official grand opening is taking place this weekend on Saturday 16 May.

 

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Alba Bar and Deli

The newest addition to Burnett Lane, Alba Bar and Deli is the latest bar to hit the streets of Brisbane. Owned and formed by former MasterChef contestant Jaime Fleming, the bar serves up sherry, wine and cocktails with delicious bites, crafted by chef Tyler Crust, and is accompanied with 90’s New York hip hop music in the background. Taking inspiration from Pintxos Bars of San Sebastian, the bar’s speciality is jamon, which is served all day. Also on the menu are bocadillos, Spanish-style sandwiches made with baguette loaf, and conservas.

 

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IKU Noodle Bar

There’re oodles of noodles to go around at the newest addition at Post Office Square. Launched in the Brisbane CBD, chef Shigeki Uno has introduced a Subway-style dining experience, where customers can create their own customised noodle bowl. The bowl starts off with selecting your noodle base, then deciding on the style of the soup (thick, thin and low-carb) and then choosing your preferred protein such as chicken, wagyu beef or salmon. The menu is inspired by the chef’s family recipes, enthused with traditional Japanese cuisine featuring kelp noodles, dashi, curry and miso.

 

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El Matador

Burnett Lane is taking life by the horns with its new tapas bar, El Matador. And while having some authentic bullfighting would have made for an unforgettable dinner, the main event at this eatery is undeniably its Spanish cuisine.

The new bar will combine the flair of Spanish food with the Aussie laneway vibe, creating a hotspot of drinking and dining. With an open kitchen featuring a humidor overloaded with cured meats and a Pira oven fresh-off-the-boat from Barcelona, El Matador keeps its focus-on-food promise from the moment you walk through its doors. Chef Leo Castelluccio is serving up the sizzles with both hot and cold tapas on the menu, with a selection of seafood, meats, charcuterie and cheeses to choose from.

 

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Betty’s Burgers

Betty’s Burgers is hopping on a boat and floating its way to the Howard Smith Wharves! Our favourite burger joint will be opening up a new location in the precinct, so you can access their range of belly-busting burgers, including beef, fried chicken, pork, and mushroom burgers as well as their delish shakes and fries.

 

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Trash Taco

It’s Taco Tuesday at the Barbara bar in Fortitude Valley. The Warner Street hangout has recently added a Mexican siesta to its space, featuring a curated Mexican menu created by Jacob Knauth, of The Lucky Egg. The menu is bursting with mouth-watering Mexican cuisine, from corn chips to chilaquiles, similar to nachos but much saucier as well as your choice of pork, beef, lamb, vegi and bean tacos. Along with drinks from Barbara, you can also indulge in some tostadas and quesadillas. It’s super affordable too, with dishes starting from $6+.

 

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Milky Lane

Milky Lane is headed to the Gasworks in Newstead, with the classic burger joint slated to open in June. Enthusiasts of the hub have long moaned the drive to the Gold Coast to access its older sister, the Milky Lane of Surfer’s Paradise. But now, the restaurant is headed our way and will be serving its iconic hip hop and rap inspired menu, from the Lil Weezy to the Limp Brisket. The famous mac and cheese croquettes and loaded fries will also be on offer, along with their funky and unique cocktails, such as the Reece’s Peanut Butter Martini and the Bubblegum Sour.

 

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Jugar

Say it with me now: hwey-ghar. The Spanish word for ‘play’, brother and sister duo Corsino and Jenny wanted to create a space for young families to enjoy a night out, where both parents and children could enjoy and feel welcome. Located in a beautiful and big open space in West End, Jugar’s focus is to eat, play and drink and was born to be a place of zen for parents and children, with pram spaces, change facilities and entertainment for both kids and adults. The menu is just as family-friendly, with a Kids Breakfast and Kids Lunch section, and charcuterie boards and cheese plates along with small and large tapas for Mum and Dad. There’s also an extensive drinks list with cocktails, bubbles, wines, spirits and beers to choose from.

 

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Salt Meats Cheese

Italy meets South Bank with Salt Meats Cheese newest addition to their family. The brand-new location opened in Mantra, with a 100+ seater restaurant set against European vibes, with a gorgeous al fresco dining area. With a bar that serves a drinks list specially curated for the South Bank venue and antipasti platters to nibble on, the restaurant is also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving up scrumptious Italian-inspired dishes from gnocchi to pizza.

 

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