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.by
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.by
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.by
The best coffee is available seven days at Roost Coffee which operates out of Room 60 at the Kelvin Grove Urban Village. The affable team members know good coffee and deliver perfection every time. Such consistency is a rare quality and highly valued, especially amongst coffee lovers.by
Next up in the Meet the Ushers series is Brisbane Usher Janine:
City you’d live in other than Brisbane? “I’d live in Tel Aviv or more realistically, Sydney.”
Most bizarre job? “It’s not a bizarre job, but I did a few shifts of soul-destroying telemarketing and still have an immature antipathy towards phones.”
Most recent book? “I just finished reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent and I’m mid-way through The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Both are completely excellent in as different ways as possible.”
Brisbane must-dos? “The bustling restaurant and entertainment districts are constantly evolving and excelling but it’s the quiet, out of the way gems that really excite me. To this end, check out The Bun Mobile, Gelateria Cremona, Crust and Co and Depo to see the less obvious but equally brilliant things happening in Brisbane.”
Your Ushering style? “You are very likely to find me settled into a quiet corner at any of the places I have written about.”
My Happy Place
West End is Brisbane’s bustling alternative hub inhabited by yuppies, hipsters, hippies, students and artists of all kinds. Away from the central Boundary Street there are little wonders just waiting to be discovered: amazing coffee, cool bars, cheap and delicious food and excellent shopping. Despite the relaxed nature of the locals, each venture projects an air of working hard to achieve excellence. [Read more…]by
Crowd pleasing fun
Monday nights can be a miserable affair in even the most fashionable of dining hubs and you could be forgiven for expecting Rosalie to be the quietest of all. You’d be right until you turn the corner and see the crowd growing outside Gelateria Cremona. [Read more…]by
Consistently Excellent by Janine!
The Lark Food and Drink in Paddington serves seriously fine cocktails and excellent share plates and after several years of excellence, their high standard of quality has not waned one bit. They even boast that most wondrous of things: a truly exciting dessert menu.
I recently returned after a long break between visits and find myself wondering what on earth kept me too busy to visit the best cocktail and food venue in Brisbane. After all, they cater to all one’s social needs: had a bad day? Get an artfully designed cocktail to numb the pain. Catching up with an old friend? Celebratory drinks and moules e’ frites all round please. Romantic date? You can’t beat the chocolate fondant with amaretto liqueur cream (although you might not want to share it). Friday night festivities with the work girls before a long weekend? Why, how about you try some chips with gorgonzola, baked camembert with sourdough soldiers, a chicken karaage shareplate and keep the cocktails coming please? Well, why wouldn’t you?
I’ve spent some time on the naughty step thinking about what I’ve done and thoroughly recognise the error of my ways. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away from Lark again.
View: http://thelark.com.au; Visit: 1/267 Given Terrace, Paddington 4064; Call: +617 3369 1299; Open: Wednesday – Friday 4pm til midnight, Saturday 1pm til midnight, Sunday 1pm til 10pm; Wallet: Average.