Escape the Brissie heat- Sardine Tin

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Southbank, Brisbane Cafes and restaurants situated in Brisbane’s Southbank Parklands have generally been a disappointing affair: over-priced, sluggish service and average food. A few years ago, that started to change and new breed of restaurants, bars and cafes have emerged. Sardine Tin is one of these.

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Coffee with a view – Bistro C (Noosa)

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With possibly the most perfect location of any café, Bistro C is a popular place. Situated on the beach at Noosa Heads you can quite literally step from your table onto the sand and into the clear blue water. And we did. Three days in a row in fact.

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Ruby Ruby Ruby – Ruby Cafe (Brisbane)

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Paddington, Brisbane – Our first visit to Ruby Cafe in Paddington (towards the Suncorp Stadium end) consisted in muffled sighs of pleasure while reading the menu, exaggerated eating noises to indicate pleasure at one’s food and every now and then someone chanting “ruby ruby ruby ruby ruby ruby” a la the chorus of the Kaiser Chiefs song Ruby.

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Sunny Sanctuary – Depo (Brisbane)

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West End, Brisbane – When I want comfy couches, dappled sunlight, gentle music, quiet service and curiosities galore to go with my breakfast, Depo at West End is the place for me.  Depo can’t be typecast as the introvert’s paradise though, as with its fully stocked bar, gold glittery wall and late hours, it easily transforms into whatever I need it to be.

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Japanese dining at its finest – Moga Izakaya & Sushi (Brisbane)

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Rosalie, Brisbane – If you love a sushi train but aren’t keen on the fast food environment of most restaurants, you’ll be in your element at Moga Izakaya & Sushi. Yes, there’s sushi paraded around on a conveyor belt for your viewing and dining pleasure but this place is a cut above. It’s a fusion of Japanese-Asian cuisine, fine dining and striking oriental interior design.  [Read more…]

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Experience the divine – Shouk Cafe (Brisbane)

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Paddington, Brisbane – If you’re a human in Brisbane you’ve no doubt come across the fanfare welcoming Shouk Cafe to Paddington (behind the Antique Centre). Despite opening just earlier this year, I can firmly say the ravings are valid and Shouk Cafe is already one of  my favourites.  Named for the Hebrew “marketplace”, the menu has a distinct Israeli flavour and I, like the rest of Brisbane apparently, am overjoyed.

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