By now you’re surely aware of just how much we love Brisbane. With lifestyle and dining precincts that rival those of Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is slowly (but surely) transforming into a thriving foodie destination. If you’ve been struggling to keep up with every new opening, we’ve put together a list of the new restaurants in Brisbane that you should hit up this week. We’ll see you there!

Donna Chang | Brisbane CBD

Located in the heart of Brisbane on George St, this grand two-storey Chinese restaurant is sure to impress. Donna Chang combines old-world and modern China with its menu and restaurant design. The Ghanem Group, responsible for other Brisbane hotspots such as Blackbird Bar and Grill, Byblos and Lord of the Wings, revived the heritage listed site that was a bank in 1914 and later a radio station. Seinfeld lovers may note the name Donna Chang sounds familiar. The restaurant’s name was inspired by the classic episode, ‘The Chinese Woman’ and even serves Donna Chang fortune cookies with Seinfeld quotes. You’ll also find Donna Chang serve unique dishes like Northern Style shredded lamb shoulder, Sichuan pickles and golden goose wontons.

 

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The Boom Boom Room | Brisbane CBD

This basement cocktail lounge can be found right below Donna Chang. So, why not enjoy a delicious Chinese feast then head on down to the sultry, luxurious lounge afterwards? Within moments you are guaranteed to feel like you are in a cool jazz bar in New York during the 1920s.

 

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Three Blue Ducks | Brisbane CBD

After plenty of teasers and weeks of waiting, Three Blue Ducks finally opened the doors of their new Brisbane home, on the third floor of the stunning W Hotel. Their wholesome and holistic approach to dining makes you feel good from the inside out. With an emphasis on fresh, local produce, they have taken the paddock-to-plate ethos and injected their own unique flavour into it. And we can’t help but go back for seconds. If you need a little bit of convincing, we’ve put together 7 reasons why you need to high-tail your way to Three Blue Ducks immediately.

 

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Persone | Brisbane CBD

If you are after an exquisite Italian meal with a waterfront view, then add Persone to your restaurant bucket list. The restaurant combines authentic Italian recipes with an Australian twist to cater to the modern diner.With a highlight on authentic Italian cuisine that inspires the good life, Persone celebrates everything we love about Italian and Australian fusion. Michael Gambaro, the patriarch of the family, explains, “This is about sharing our passion for quality Italian food and it’s a matter of family pride to ensure it’s authentic”. Think creative dishes like scampi crudi with orange dressing and pistachio, a rabbit ragu with herb crumb and grilled spatchcock with preserved lemons and green olives. Everything from the plush, modern décor to the regional-inspired dishes comes together to celebrate both traditional and modern Italian influences.

 

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Heritij | Brisbane CBD

Also located in Brisbane Quarter, this Indo-Asian restaurant promises to excite diners. Heritij utilises recipes from a variety of cultures to provide Brisbanites with an incredibly unique, flavourful dining experience overlooking the water. Heritij’s Executive and Michelin-starred Chef Manjunath Mural will take your taste buds on a journey and let you experience food prepared in a traditional Indian way with flavours from other cultures. With a unique approach to Asian-Indian cuisine, Heritij fuses traditional Indian techniques and contemporary Asian flavours to create a dining experience that is unlike any other. Working alongside Malt Dining’s Nick Pinn and Saffron’s Sridhar Penumechu, Manjunath has created a bar and dining experience that is entirely unlike any other in Brisbane.

 

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King Crab Co. | Bulimba

Embracing fresh, locally-sourced seafood, King Crab Co. is a seafood-lovers haven. Your experience begins by selecting a crab (choose from Alaskan king crab, Alaskan snow crab, Australian blue swimmer crab and Jonah crab) before then adding a sauce (how about Singapore chilli or Old Bay butter? Or a Japanese-inspired miso butter with lime?). From here, your crab and sauce are mixed in a bag (à la The Boiling Crab in America) before being served to you with a bib, mallet and gloves. Owner Rory Smit and head chef Michael Conlon have taken the traditional fish & chippery model and revamped it for a modern Brisbane crowd. And we have to say, we love it.

 

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Little Valley | Fortitude Valley

Little Valley is the newest neo-Chinese restaurant to be added to Fortitude Valley’s food scene. The restaurant is the latest brain-child of the duo behind the Gold Coast’s popular beach-side venue, Rick Shores. Drawing inspiration from the rich diversity of Chinese cuisine, Little Valley is a culinary exploration of the various Chinese provinces and their traditional dishes and is a celebration of everything we love about Chinese food (no takeout box insight). With dishes such as truffle and potato spring roll, half twice-cooked duck with fermented plum and kung pao mushrooms, it is evident the restaurant is inspired by a variety of flavours across Asia.

 

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Hôntô | Fortitude Valley

This new minimalistic Japanese restaurant is the sibling to the beloved Thai restaurant, LONgTIME. The restaurant is hidden in a backstreet in The Valley, giving it an element of mystery. The restaurant’s dark walls and surfaces are a result of a traditional wood-burning technique known as shou sugi ban – pretty cool. The moody restaurant also has two kitchens; the main kitchen and a raw bar. As well as serving the latest modern Japanese culinary delights, Hôntô has an extensive drink list. Sashimi and whiskey anyone?

 

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Restaurant Dan Arnold | Fortitude Valley

Chef Dan Arnold spent seven years in France working in Michelin star restaurants before deciding to return home to open his own restaurant in Fortitude Valley. Arnold aims to ‘challenge and enrich guest’s senses’ and offers either a three or five-course menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves dishes like amuse-bouches, Shark Bay scampi and charcoal duck breast, so if you consider yourself a foodie you’ll want to head to Restaurant Dan Arnold ASAP.

 

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Hellenika | Fortitude Valley

The Gold Coast has had the luxury of experiencing this authentic Greek restaurant and bar since 2010, and in October Brisbanites will finally get their turn. Hellenika at The Calile in Fortitude Valley will offer guests alfresco dining on the pool deck level. The Mediterranean style venue will serve traditional dishes like meatballs, scallops, baked lamb and baklava to satisfy all your Greek breakfast, lunch and dinner cravings.

 

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