Play catch up every month, as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in the Brisbane food and drink scene.

MELBOURNE MARTINI

When Friday rolls around, there’s nothing we love more than making our way to the nearest bar and knocking back a few cocktails (we know we have a problem, we’re working on it). For all your Friday-knockoffs and picnic-in-the-park needs, the good people at Melbourne Martini are officially changing the game with their range of ready-to-serve cocktails in a jar! Their delicious range of flavours (including classics such as Espresso Martini, Salted Caramel Espresso Martini, and Tommy Tequila Margarita) are now joined by a sweet and sour favourite, the Amaretto Sour (which also just happens to be vegan!). These handy little treats come in packs of four and are the perfect size for sipping in the sunshine or as a side to dessert. If you were to crack open a few jars and serve them to your dinner party guests as your own creation, we guarantee they wouldn’t guess it came out of a jar. Score!

BURNT ENDS KITCHEN & BAR | THE BARRACKS, PETRIE TERRACE

Opening officially on Friday 1st September, Burnt Ends Kitchen & Bar is brought to us by the good people of the NKB Group. You may recognise them as the faces behind other popular venues such as Nickel Kitchen & Bar, Nativo Kitchen & Bar, and NKB Express. No biggie, just some of Brisbane’s coolest venues. Blending modern Australian fare with rich Asian fusion, Burnt Ends will be most renowned for their state of the art coal-fired kitchen. Expect perfectly cooked steaks, juicy lamb racks, slow roasted vegetables, and more. Diamonds come from coal, so we can only imagine what delicious eats will come out of this kitchen.

JESSIE’S GIRL | PETRIE TERRACE

New kid on the block and the newest addition to the Petrie Terrace bar-hub, Jessie’s Girl is the neighbourhood bar that dreams are made of. Whilst rumours have been swirling around the mill for a few months now, we are finally able to welcome this uber-cool fringe bar to the scene. Hey kid, welcome to the squad. From the good people that brought us Scout Caf é, Jessie’s Girl has a slick fit-out becoming of your new fave bar, a delish selection of cocktails and brews, and a variety of tasty share plates that you just know will go down easy with the aforementioned drinks. Located where Hop Scotch & Beans used to be and with a neon martini glass against a white-brick wall, you can’t miss them Get amongst it!

KING OF CAKES | NUNDAH

From Quiche and Pies to Borsch and Golubtsi, the new menu at Nundah’s King of Cakes sets the standard when it comes to traditional European food. A popular favourite on the Brisbane food and drink scene, King of Cakes offers a unique range of sweet and savoury European specialties and the new menu at their Nundah store must be tasted to be believed.

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THE RACING CAFÉ | CLAYFIELD

Spring has arrived and The Racing Café in Hendra is hosting the prettiest high tea events in town, for those ladies who love the finer things in life. From dainty sandwiches to sweet treats, for
$25 per person you and your besties can indulge in a sweet and savoury spread with the option of byo bubbles, too.

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GOAL TO GOAL | MORNINGSIDE

On Saturday 14th October, The Morningside Panthers’ Jack Esplen Oval will be transformed with a long table dinner spanning from one goal post to the other. You and your friends can enjoy live music while dining under the stars at the inaugural post-to-post long table charity dinner in support of Mummy’s Wish. Bookings essential.p 0400 334 463

THE DRAWING ROOM | CBD

In an ode to Queensland’s history, The Gresham have recently revamped their lounge and added a bar that strictly serves 10 bespoke cocktails all named after a pivotal moment in our state’s past. No cosmos or espresso martinis in sight. The Drawing Room is open Wednesday through to Saturday 5pm till late.

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JOHNNY ROCKETS | EMPORIUM

The newly opened Johnny Rockets in Fortitude Valley’s Emporium precinct is the newest go-to spot for an American-style feast. Think burgers, fries and all the sides that American burger joints are famous for. Johnny Rockets is stepping up the Brisbane food and drink scene. Make the most of your cheat day and don’t go past the hand breaded pickles and possibly the best milkshake you’ll ever sip.

POP-UP SPRING BOOTHS AT KING STREET | BOWEN HILLS

King Street is gearing up to host the soiree of the season, with their month long celebration of everything that makes spring wonderful! Mostly, food. Launching October 6th, King Street will become home to a flourishing pop-up garden of private booths, delicious eats, mouthwatering cocktails, and of course, fresh spring greenery. Did someone say “girl’s night”?! With banquet and drinks packages from the likes of The George Bar and Bistro, Fat Dumpling Bar, and Il Verde, this event is a feast for your stomach just as much as for the eyes. Head to their website ASAP to secure your seats.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE RHONE VALLEY AT MADAME ROUGE | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Our fave French restaurant, Madame Rouge, is delighting us once again with a one-off event that already has us drooling. To celebrate the rich tradition of European summer wine tours (and to commiserate that we aren’t on one), Madame Rouge is hosting a journey through the Rhône Valley wine region on Wednesday 13th September. During what will be their first event of a wine-luncheon series, Madame Rouge will celebrate everything that is delicious about the Rhône Valley, and you better believe that means wine! The 3-course menu, designed by head chef Gert Pretorius, will feature delicious meals of fresh produce, carefully paired with the perfect wine. Seats are limited (and are sure to sell out) so make sure you get in contact now to secure your seat.

MONTRACHET | KING STREET

The Montrachet, Brisbane’s favourite French food restaurant is moving from Paddington to King Street. Receiving a two-hat rating by the Good Food Guide in 2016, Montrachet is expected to flourish in its new location at the centre of Brisbane’s food and lifestyle precinct. On the corner of King Street and Machinery Street the reincarnation of this French favourite in Brisbane’s Showgrounds, is just 1.6 kilometres from the CBD. This new location is at the heart of the cities entertainment and events precinct. The launch date will be sometime in November, however, it’s worth the anticipation for double the seating capacity, sublime new dishes as well as old favourites and a walk-in cellar to enjoy.

CRIBB STREET SOCIAL | MILTON

From the team behind award winning Mr Edwards Alehouse, comes Cribb Street Social, taking up residence on the roadway in Milton that inspired its name. Set to open mid-September, expect Cribb Street Social to be your new go-to for a cheeky late lunch or Sunday session. Featuring a huge al fresco garden, a grassy area perfect for picnic rugs, amidst beautifully-styled décor, it’s the type of trendy, warm and inviting space you’re looking for when you clock off and need some social time. The bar will feature an impressive lineup of 10 craft beers and four artisan cocktails on tap, plus a sizeable list of wines, gins and whiskies.

Feature Image: The Gresham

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