From pop-up bars to new arrivals on the dining scene, this is the Brisbane food & drink news you need to know now.

BYO SATURDAYS ARE UPPING OUR WEEKENDS

If you’ve been craving BYO with a difference, OTTO Ristorante is here to shake things up. For the entire month of December OTTO will be hosting their very own BYO Saturdays, whereby diners can share a mouth-watering lunch overlooking the picturesque Story Bridge while indulging in a BYO drink of their choice. The $75 three-course Italian menu (including corkage) features stunning dishes such as burrata with San Daniele prosciutto, schiacciata and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, butterflied spatchcock, and tiramisu. Rosé? Chardonnay? Pinot noir? Whatever your drink of choice, OTTO’s exclusive BYO Saturday’s are the perfect time to catch up with friends and celebrate another brilliant year – but make sure you book ahead to secure your seat! BYO Saturdays will take place every Saturday until December 30, between 12pm and 2:30pm.

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BETTER THAN SUSHI

GC residents, get your chopsticks ready, because you’re about to be blessed with a delicious new poke bowl and burrito bar. You heard me. Suki Poke Bowls, one of the pioneers of the poke-bowl craze in Brisbane, is opening its first Gold Coast eatery at The Promenade at Robina Town Centre this week. Get ready to dine on karaage chicken and seared salmon all summer long. The concept with Suki is simple – you either roll or bowl – choosing from a colourful spread of different rices, greens, proteins and sauces. To celebrate, the guys at Suki are giving away 100 free bowls on their opening day this Thursday, November 30. Run, don’t walk people!

THINGS ARE HEATING UP

Casuarina’s popular Spice Den restaurant has confirmed that it will open a second location at Brisbane CBD’s Spire Residences in January 2018. Featuring Spice Den’s signature dishes that have patrons in Casuarina and surrounds raving, the restaurant will seat 100 people and be open six days a week for lunch and dinner. Fans of the Casuarina venue can expect the same smart Asian décor, dimmed lighting and floating sheer curtains, with an urban edge.

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E’CCO BISTRO

Since 1995, Philip Johnson has been serving up high-quality, delicious food at e’cco bistro. After standing strong against the test of time, e’cco is closing its doors this month and will re-emerge in February 2018.  Moving to a new location in Newstead, with the familiar, contemporary and sophisticated bistro setting that e’cco diners know and love with the same knowledgeable, friendly service, delivered in a more relaxed setting.

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WATT’S UP

Consider your next Sunday sesh sorted! All summer long, head to WATT to get in on the action of the pop-up Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden. Positioned on the edge of the Brisbane River, enjoy a G & T or speciality cocktail every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from midday to late. There’ll also be live music and delicious eats. Long live the weekend!

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FELLIN’ FESTIVE

Get into the festive spirit all month long at Spicers Peak Lodge. Every Thursday through Monday in December, you can dine on their festive lunch menu. Featuring delicious, fresh ingredients, all served with a glass of bubbles and chocolate dessert, the festive menu is perfect for the office Christmas party or early family get together.

MID-WEEK DINNER, SORTED

Take the hassle out of choosing what’s for dinner by taking advantage of the Wednesday and Thursday Night Set Menu at the iconic Waterloo Hotel. Enjoy two courses for $29.95 or three courses for just $34.95. While you’re at it, add a glass (or bottle) of wine, or a refreshing beer.

IN THE HOUSE

Just in time for summer, Little Big House will bring a fresh, tropical vibe to South Bank when it arrives this month, with their fun cocktails, local beers, rotisserie chickens and comfortable and relaxed digs. The menu is described as simple yet fresh with an emphasis on quality local, Queensland ingredients mirroring the fun nature of the space.

BEAT THE DRUM

Nick Pinn is certainly not one to rest on his laurels. As if the restaurateur didn’t have enough happening – he’s the man responsible for Malt Dining, Malt Pier and Malt Traders – he’s now partnering with long-time friend Paul Hoffmann of Sixes and Sevens, to open Drum in Newstead. With the idea that locals can pop in for anything from a cheeky cheese and wine to a long lunch or dinner, the kitchen and bar will be open from Tuesday to Sunday.

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