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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The Rare Pear (Brisbane)

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Ripe for the food aficionado

by Haley 

Known as one of Brisbane’s breakfast hotspots, this unassuming little café in the heart of suburban Holland Park West delivers an exceptional fine food offering. They do a fresh and flavoursome lunch with plentiful salads, Turkish-style sandwiches, wraps and gourmet pastries. They also have a full Li’l Taste Buds Menu for the kids – too cute! But for me it’s the fresh muffins made daily.    [Read more…]

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Shady Palms Café & Bar (Brisbane)

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Nothing shady about this southern fare

by Haley

What looks like a tiny, converted worker’s cottage from the street is actually a café, a restaurant and two bars all rolled into one. Shady Palms is a fairly large establishment, with indoor and outdoor seating, but you only need walk in the door to discover its warmth. The service is personal, the interior is cosy and the meals are southern comfort.   [Read more…]

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Matthew Thomas (Brisbane)

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High charm by the bay

by Haley 

Sitting high on a cliff in the beautiful, bay side town of Shorncliffe, this charming cafe is refined and refreshing all at once. It’s home is the iconic Masonic Hall building, which offers majestic views out to Moreton Bay.

The impressive historic exterior is just the icing on the cake though, because indoors you’ll discover a delicious mix of French and European styling. And they manage to make contemporary feel cosy.   [Read more…]

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Divine coffee served with a freckle (Brisbane)

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Swich 1Swich Espresso – by Haley!

I feel blessed to have this little suburban café within walking distance to my daughter’s kindergarten. It’s a great morning pick-me-up always served with a smile and a couple of chocolate freckles, making it the only coffee shop my daughter looks forward to visiting. I’m in love with the intimate dining room, tiny back deck overlooking a grassy make-shift car park and the old-fashioned outdoor dunny.

What’s really impressive is their range of tasty sweet and savoury loaves – homemade goodness that keeps locals coming back for more. My favourite is the pistachio & almond bread – it puts banana bread to shame! Their homemade croissants are also amazing in the morning with your caffeine fix.

Coffee can be addictive but this local café has made it even more irresistible. They use Elixir beans and Maleny milk – a winning combination. Best of all they get to know their customers and offer a reward card, so the more regular you are the more you save!

View: Facebook site; Visit: 954 Logan Road, Holland Park; Open; Mon – Fri 6am to 2pm; Sat/Sun  – 8:00am – 12 midday; Wallet: Medium latte: $4.50; Organic fruit toast $5.50; Ham & cheese croissant $8; Gourmet sandwiches $9; Sweet breads from $5. 

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Chocolate of the Gods! – Theobroma (Brisbane)

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by Haley!

Max Brenner has competition – and it’s fierce! This chocolate shop has it all, including the infamous chocolate lick (love it or loathe it) and the quality is out of this world. Melted chocolate in a small cup, for those still in the dark about this naughty but very nice treat. Their menu rivals Max Brenner’s for price and variety, offering an array of temping desserts and drinks plus a full breakfast and lunch menu. The French toast is amazing with berry compote that’s so tasty it hurts, if you’re into a sweet start to the day. For something more savoury try the French Omelette on Sourdough. Yum! I’ll be honest, the coffee’s not the best you’ll find in town – what is it with chocolate shops and coffee anyway? But it’s worth it for the food – their slogan ‘food of the Gods’ is not far wrong. And the name? Well, at first I thought this sounded like a chocolate God, but by definition (thanks Wikipedia) …

Theobroma cacao also cacao tree and cocoa tree, is a small evergreen tree in the family Malvaceae, native to the deep tropical region of South America.

A fitting name for a chocolate shop with all the trimmings, including take-home chocolate bars and gifts for those unlucky enough to miss out on the visit.

View: theobroma.com.au Visit Little Stanley Street, South Bank Qld Call: (+61) 7 3846 7097 Open; Mon-Thur 11am-2:30pm; Fri-Sun 11am-9pm. Wallet: French toast $10.90; French Omelette on Sourdough $14.50; Hazelnut Hot Chocolate $5.50. 

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