Jumbo Thai

Andrew Park and his Thai wife, Wasana, opened numerous Siam Sunset restaurants in the ‘burbs. They serve, like almost every Thai restaurant, the generic crowd-pleasers: spring rolls, prawn toasts, curry puffs and chicken satay. While admittedly tasty, this isn’t authentic Thai food. In fact, during a six-month stint in Bangkok, I found chicken satay once. It was on Khao San Road, the famous party street for foreigners (or farangs as the Thais like to say).

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Pheonix Chinese Restaurant

There’s certainly no shortage of Chinese restaurants in Brisbane; from the modern (Donna Chang, Little Valley, Happy Boy) to the traditional (King of Kings and Landmark) and everything in between (Sichuan Bang Bang, Bamboo Basket). So when Sydney restaurant chain Pheonix opened an outpost in the new Brisbane Quarter, I wondered where it would fit into the mix.  

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Hellenika at The Calile

I get asked for restaurant recommendations a lot. As the self-appointed ‘foodie’ among my peers and relatives there is a lot of pressure on me to suggest somewhere decent. But I have no hesitation recommending Hellenika at The Calile; it has an interesting wine-list, uncomplicated tasty food, and a space you will enjoy spending money in. Above all, it’s reliable. You know you’ll get a great meal.

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Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads

Superb pan-Asian cuisine with un-paralleled views.

It would be difficult to find a better view than Rick Shores’ panoramic beach outlook at Burleigh Heads. So close to the waves, you can feel the sea spray as it crashes against the rocks a few metres away from the open windows. It’s an impressive start.

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Best Food Trucks, Brisbane

Over the past few years, the number of food trucks has been growing rapidly throughout Australia. Now, many roam the streets of Brisbane appearing at different locations from day to day. My favourite thing about food trucks is their diversity. It is rare to find trucks in the same location serving similar food. I have tasted my way around many of Brisbane’s food trucks and want to share a handful of my favourites. Check out Brisbane Food Trucks to find out where these food trucks and others are popping up!

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Best Laneway Cafés, Brisbane CBD

Melbourne is renowned for it’s uber-cool laneway coffee culture, and while the scene in Brisbane isn’t as expansive, it has some awesome laneway cafés that would give Melbourne a run for their money. So get on your best hipster wear and check out my five favourites!

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Favourite Cheap Eats, Brisbane CBD

This year I have to adjust to two new things: attending University and dining on a student’s budget. This means as a student at Queensland University of Technology I have an opportunity to find cheap and quality breakfast or lunch options in the CBD. So far in my first semester I have discovered a few favourites that are worth sharing!

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Wasabi, Noosa

A few years have passed since my visit to Wasabi. Although there have been changes in the kitchen and the addition of the restaurant’s very own farm, not a lot is discernably different. Though not a lot had to; I considered my visit in 2012 to be almost perfect. However, this time Wasabi confirmed its status as my favourite Japanese restaurant and was even better!

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Mamaku Kitchen, Clayfield

A Mother’s cooking is a powerful thing. It can evoke feelings of comfort, safety and love knowing it has been made with care and especially for you. This is the kind of food I could eat every week. And that’s what I found in Mamaku: It’s a family Indonesian restaurant owned by a son, with his mother behind the stoves and his father joining him on the floor.

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