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Canvas - 4/5
Canvas is one of the bars that popped up in Brisbane with the implementation of the small bar licence. Cosy and dimly lit, it's a great venue for a cocktail or two before (or after!) dinner in the Logan Road, Woolloongabba strip.
We received table service on our visit which was great. The bartenders were happy to mix up drinks to our tastes also. They have recently opened up a small back courtyard - we're keen to pop back to try it out. (Don't forget to check out our friends at @perthscout
for more reviews of great eats.)
The Servery - 5/5
I love the Roast Room at The Servery. The food is amazing, the service top notch, the room is beautiful and for our group of twelve, all ours for my recent birthday celebration.
We were spoilt with an amazing family-style roast dinner. Bread and olives to start, ricotta-filled zucchini flowers, pressed pork belly and a delicious charcuterie board in between and delicious wood-roasted chicken with peas and potatoes for mains. Full to the brim, we were also served pistachio financiers with dark chocolate ice cream and honeycomb for dessert.
All of this was just $65 a head. Ask for the wine to compliment your meal also - everything we tried was great.
I'm looking for another reason to book in for another dinner. My favourite restaurant, hands down.
Brew - 4/5
Brew is a cosy oasis in the CBD. Located down the lower end of Burnett Lane, they serve up breakfast, lunch and drinks making it the perfect place for a catch up at any time. Our coffee was smooth and delicious and our avocado on toast generous and oh so filling!
Lovely and friendly service. We'll be back soon.
My Pho Bar - 4/5
My Pho Bar serves up a range of noodle soups - traditional and spicy with plenty of meat options, so you can choose exactly what you are after; all in the heart of Jindalee.
The pho is served with the traditional accompaniments of sprouts, mint, lemon and sauces and are hearty and generous. Service is friendly and restaurant is bright and clean. Try my favourite, the three colour bean drink also!
Scout - 4/5
Scout is a cute little cafe filling the void on the surprisingly cafe-less Petrie Terrace. Taking its home in an old little corner building, Scout is casual and homely. I popped by for a mid-week coffee and was met with a crowd and was lucky to grab the last spare table.
My berry friand was moist and moreish. My iced long black was strong and flavourful. I love that the the wait staff didn't blink an eye when I asked for it too! I find I have to explain my hot weather coffee choice often. :)
Bare Bones Society - 3/5
Bare Bones opened with a bit of fanfare - award winning chef, a mention on Media Watch... But I was keen to try it as it is located in my old stomping ground of Jindalee. You can find it in the middle of the carpark in the homemaker centre.
I'm always concerned when I can't work out if a cafe is table or counter service. After lining up at the counter behind people who I later found out were just paying and spying other people who were greeted and seated after me, I ordered and took a seat outside. The service I received during my visit was unfortunately fairly lacking.
My coffee wasn't bad. And I made the mistake of ordering the raw brownie instead of the real brownie - they are very different! It wasn't to my taste but I'm sure those health-conscious people would love it. It was moist and fresh.
Sichuan Bang Bang - 4/5
I'm always keen to try a restaurant in the suburbs. And I'm a sucker for great Chinese so I had high hopes for Sichuan Bang Bang. We visited on a Monday night, with a booking thankfully, as the restaurant was full. It is dimly lit, the music loud and the tables are packed in.
Our table of five ordered the Peking duck pancakes (Monday night is $10 duck night! We got two serves), the shredded jelly fish, the sizzling seafood plate, Kung Bao chicken, Hui Guo Rau (twice cooked pork belly), the bok choy and the pan fried crispy Sichuan beef. Whilst the dishes weren't as spicy as the Sichuan I tried in Hong Kong (thankfully, I might add!) the dishes had a nice kick.
My pick was definitely the shredded beef. I'd be keen to visit again to try some of the other dishes.
Merriweather Cafe - 3.5/5
Merriweather is a new-ish cafe in South Brisbane opposite the park. Located underneath the Vine apartments it is a bright little spot for breakfast or lunch. When I visited it was a little rainy so almost all the tables inside were full. The outdoor area looked like the perfect spot for a sunny day!
They are currently running a simple breakfast menu with a very short 'specials' menu for lunch daily. Luckily I was happy to choose from just three options available after breakfast - I did notice a few customers left when they found so little available.
The smashed avocado was tasty and generous with loads of tomato, red onion and a great serve of avocado. My @cupcoffeeroasters
coffee was smooth. Service wasn't bad.
The Bun Mobile - 4/5
The Bun Mobile is the original food truck in Brisbane and has been so popular that they have recently expanded their fleet to two vans. They serve up delicious soft buns filled with gourmet fillings. Pictured is a pork and berry special that we tried. Amazing. Their regular buns include a twice cooked pork, slow cooked wagyu beef and char-grilled teriyaki chicken.
Keep an eye out on their website for their !
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