All the Best Pho Places in Brisbane (Peoples Choice)

Pho is my absolute go to when I want something filling but I don’t want anything too solid. I am extremely spoilt for choice living close to Sunnybank, with so many great options at my disposal. Here is a very comprehensive list of all the places around Brisbane that you will be able to get your hands on delicious Pho. The majority of the recommendations have been suggested by all of you on our Instagram page. I have thrown in a few of my own suggestions too.

CBD & Inner Brisbane

North Brisbane

South Brisbane

Eastern Suburbs

Western Suburbs

  • Kim Khanh, (highly recommend), 67 Cardiff Road, Darra
  • Tan Thanh, 16/57 Corsair Avenue, Inala
  • Blue Fire Grill, 156 Inala Avenue, Inala
  • Pho An, 9/45-57 Skylark Street, Inala

Published by: Aliyah Ravat

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New Spring Menu at Brisbane Marriott’s Motion Dining

In conjunction with the 20 million dollar renovation at Brisbane Marriott , Motion Bar and Grill has had name change to Motion Dining. 

Chef Sumit also introduces his debut Spring menu which celebrates local Queensland produce, delivering the highest quality of food.

He trained in India, with his passion for food leading him to Sri Lanka early on his career. He later worked at Michelin Star Restaurant, NoMad in New York and has now joined the Marriott family.

“My role at Motion Dining is incredibly rewarding and motivating. I have just returned from a Chef’s
masterclass in Fiji where we learnt the raw talents of cooking from the land. I was so excited to share this knowledge with the kitchen team.”

View the new menu here.

Information supplied by Brisbane Marriott

Published by: Aliyah Ravat


A heart warming post of appreciation | Organic Happy Kitchen

I know there’s a lot of posts that I have put up on here which are filled with colourful language, they promote partying and all things unhealthy; This post however, comes from a place that is deep within my heart and I know that there are so many other people who will be able to relate to this. Only a few months ago, I was told that I need to change my diet entirely as I had affected my heath in the worst way possible from guzzling everything that came into view. Since, I have stayed pretty low key (which is why you you have all seen Lewis and Chris attend most of our bookings), and have avoided most food places as I can’t eat any of the things I used to love eating.

When Happy Organic Kitchen sent us an invite, I naturally assigned it to Lewis, “I am not going to be able to eat anything anyway”, I told myself. Lewis took his lovely girlfriend Krystle along with him; She has very similar intolerance’s to myself and reading her thoughts on the venue created a stir within my heart. I have embedded the thread from her Instagram post below:

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a pie. I eat very clean and most pies are basically full of nasties ?(to put it nicely), even vegan and gluten free ones ? Today was SUCH a treat for me! @lewislovestoeat ? + I went and saw the lovely Sammy and Laurent from @organichappykitchen for breakfast at @northeystorganicmarket ? Vibrant and gracious chef Laurent (having worked no less than 25 years in restaurants and hotels ?), decided to dial in people’s smiles by delighting them with organic food ? The stall has been at Northey Street about a year now and each time I’ve had the chance to visit the markets since, they’ve had a considerable lineup (600+ pies sold just this WEEK). It really never crossed my mind that they would have something for me, but Laurent certainly took care of us! I was spoiled with a lovingly made vegetable pie that was completely organic, vegan, and gluten-free! ? The crust, made simply from chickpea flour, olive oil, salt and water (by means of a quite involved process, as I was to understand) was perfectly crumbly, but moist, and the veggie-medley filling was fresh, wholesome and tender. Nothing greasy, no cheap or questionable ingredients ✔ Laurent related to me that he gets real joy from delighting people with his food, especially those who are gluten-free, and was determined to make gluten-free options that were special and of a high quality ? @organichappykitchen have over 50 different pies on offer, many gluten-free options (plus sausage rolls and coming soon – pizza ?), also offer seriously delicious organic homemade tomato sauces, and do online orders you can get delivered or pick up direct from the stall. It sounds dramatic, but I truly didn’t think I’d really eat a pie again, knowing how terribly overprocessed so many can be, so this was both a heart and tummy-warming treat. Simple things can really make one happy ? Thank you so much, guys ?

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The last paragraph of her post is enough to make you break down in tears (I’m sure a lot of vegans can relate). “I truly didn’t think I’d really eat a pie again”, I know exactly what she means because I felt that way, hence my disappearance from the social scene. It is so good to see Laurent and Sammy from Organic Happy Kitchen, change people’s lives through food. You have given me faith again, that food businesses can create a nourishing menu and still remain profitable. The love that you both have put into your venture is evident in the final product and it is absolutely beautiful. If anything, it is a huge honour having you guys right here in Brisbane.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with their story, Laurent spent over 30 years working in Michelin starred French Restaurants and Hotels. Now you will find him serving up organic pies and omelettes in a true labour of love. They create delicious, organic foods, using seasonal products for clients with various dietary requirements. With over 50 different pies to choose from, they have something for everyone and you have my guarantee that they will be worth every dollar.

View their menu here 

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Imagery by Brisbane Food Lovers Photographer, Lewis Lotherington

Written by: Aliyah Ravat




A dangerously good menu | Burger Urge

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Yes, I did that on purpose. Pictures tell a story that words cannot express; And I am sure you scrolled through that slideshow, your eyes lit up, your heart sang, you found something you wanted to try. One could say it was love, a love affair with food. For me, Burger Urge did just that. They made my heart sing with their dangerously good, new menu. I wasn’t even there but I saw the pictures come through that night, “I need to pop by and try it”, I told myself. And I did just that.

Alongside old classics like the New Yorker, and their Thick Cut Fries, Burger Urge has added some seriously scrumptious dishes that need to be mentioned (Yes, they need to be). Let’s take a minute to recognise the mother of all goodness, The Big Momma’s Kentucky Fried Waffle; House made buttermilk chicken (Just the way momma made it), crispy maple bacon, melted American style cheddar, pickles, sriracha mayo & lettuce all served up some seriously tasty Belgian Waffles made by Big Momma herself. Sounds good huh? To me it sounds like happiness on a Sunday.

If the whole chicken and waffle remix isn’t your thing (Mind you, I have heard of a lot of people who cringe at the idea of having a sweet and savoury dish combined), there’s always the Boston Cheese. This American inspired burger still boasts Aussie goodness, made with prime ground Australian beef, with melted American style cheddar, pickles, Burger Urge special sauce, aioli and salad. It’s a bit more low key, but still packs a punch when it comes to flavour. Oh, yeah and before I forget, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Burger Urge for changing their buns in the American Style range to a glazed milk bun. It seriously makes a world of a difference having the sweetness of a milk bun contrast with good quality protein.

If you are a person with intolerance’s like myself, do not fear, they have something for you too. Burger Urge DOES have the option of a gluten free bun they are happy to omit certain ingredients to make for a vegan burger. All you have to do is ask, and they will be happy to cater to your needs.

<3 Vegetarian

<3 Vegan

<3 Gluten Free

Invitation by P4 Group 

Photography by Brisbane Food Lovers Photographer, Lewis Lotherington 

Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Gelato Messina opens in Brisbane

Name’s Aliyah and I’m delayed AF. But rather late than never right? So, Gelato Messina has finally arrived in Brisbane, Yipee! Ya’ll alreay knew that though, cos I am about 4 weeks late with this post (soz, been napping). Given that I had known this was going to open a year  before it actually opened, one would think, I would have planned my posts a bit more efficiently. I’m sorry, I really am (not).

Enough waffling, Australia’s best Gelato shop now calls South Brisbane Precinct home. Located below the Melbourne Residences, Messina is only a stones throw away from the Cultural Centre and South Bank Dining Precinct. I am so damn glad that they have finally opened up here, no more driving all the way to Coolangatta for a scoop of coconut & lychee goodness.

*warning – Images look sexual AF

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Find them at : 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Images supplied by Brisbane Food Lovers photographer, Lewis Lotherington

Written by: Aliyah Ravat



Miss Bliss Pantry Opens in New Farm

Miss Bliss Pantry

Location: 76 James Street, New Farm

Opening Hours6.30am – 3pm on weekdays and 7am – 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

A new addition to the Miss Bliss Family, The Pantry is set out in a revamped shipping container offering on-the-go meals and quality coffee. It’s your little, humble escape away from the suited jungle only a few streets away. Alike, the food is wholesome and nutritious; Here you will find:

  • Homemade banana bread
  • Seeded spinach savoury loaf
  • Smashed avo on toast
  • Fresh soups and salads and more.

<3 Vegan Friendly

<3 Gluten Free

<3 Refined Sugar Free

<3 Dairy Free

Information supplied by Miss Bliss Treats

Narrated by: Aliyah Ravat


Les Bubbles Introduces Their New Bar Menu

Ola! Some news for ya’ll. Underground bar, the Bath House at Les Bubbles  has launched their new menu. Aligned with their Parisian theme, the menu features select French favourites including whole-baked Camembert as well as a charcuterie board  for those amongst us who like to share (not me).

**The images you are about to see may cause a state of hangry-ness

Information Supplied By: Doughnut Time Group Marketing

Narrated by: Aliyah Ravat (who should have never decided to write this whilst hungry)


The Croft House Brisbane

The Croft House is located at the Sebel Hotel on Charlotte Street and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The restaurant is dedicated to bringing you the best local produce, focusing on authentic Modern Australian, share platters, specialty drinks, and a large selection of craft beers.  We recently visited the restaurant to try out their dinner menu – after hearing some rave reviews we were looking forward to trying the menu for ourselves.



Pulled pork and potato croquettes – before visiting the croft house I had seen these delicious looking things pop up on various foodie social media accounts and heard nothing but good things about them so I was excited to give them a try. They did not disappoint! The coating was crunchy and golden and the filling of pulled pork and potato was amazing – to put it simply! These are quite large and because I am greedy I ate all of them. If you plan on having 3 courses it may be a good idea to share these so you can save space at the end for the textures of chocolate dessert – you don’t want to miss out on that!



Marinated Binnorie goats cheese – this starter was simple but delicious. The cheese was fresh and tangy and tasted delicious spread over the bread sticks. This is a nice, light option to start with.




Darling Downs 150 day grain fed bavette steak – sweet potato, cafe de paris butter, lemon and watercress – The steak, where do I even begin with this succulent piece of meaty goodness? Perfectly cooked (medium rare) with the buttery-ness and sweet. Every bite left me wanting more.



Ricotta gnocchi – assorted mushrooms, wild mushroom cream, sage and brown butter. This has to be the best gnocchi dish I have ever tasted! I am a huge fan of mushrooms so naturally this dish stood out for me. The flavour combination was perfect and not once did the dish get boring (sometimes I find that gnocchi can be quite bland after a few mouthfuls). The gnocchi itself was light and fluffy and deceivingly filling.





Textures of chocolate – bittersweet mousse, chic fudge brownie, peanut butter malto and espresso ice cream. This is The Croft House signature dessert and we can certainly see why, each mouthful of this dessert was a surprise with many flavours and textures throughout. The mousse was rich and creamy and was accompanied perfectly by the malto, ice cream and brownie. We would definitely recommend that you save space so that you can try this masterpiece!




For more info on The Croft House click here

Address: 95 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, 4000

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday 6:30am– Late
Saturday – Sunday 7:00am–Late


Written by: Charlotte Perrigo


Il Verde Opening | King Street

Word on the block is that King Street is the new ‘IT’ place to be! I can confirm that may be correct. Month by month, new venues seem to be popping up at the Bowen Hills location, this week, Il Verde officially opened their doors. The family owned, Italian (as if the name didn’t give it away) business is perfect for weekday corporate lunches or weekend casual dining. The menu offers traditional dishes with a slight twist boasting sustainably sourced, seasonal produce.

The 90 seat venue, offers diners a full 360 view of the chefs at work, adding an element of entertainment towards their dining experience.

We sent our photographer, Emotive Light to their grand opening to capture a few shots of the mouth watering food that will be on offer.



View their full menu below:

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Media Information supplied by: Liquidity Marketing

Photography: Emotive Light Photo

Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Festitalia | An authentic Italian experience right here in Brisbane!

Location: Spencer Park, 42 Newbery St, Newmarket

When: Sunday October 9 – 11m to 5pm

Festitalia is a one-day festival of all things Italian! The festival includes a line-up of artists, entertainers, dancers, singers, performers and food experiences.  There will be a number of delicious food stalls that will pay tribute to the famous flavours of Italy featuring everything from authentic espresso, pizza, calamari, cannoli, gnocchi, Nutella doughnuts, granita, Italian sausages, and more!

Festitalia promotes the richness of the Italian cultural heritage by passionately applauding the contributions made by the strong Italian community in Queensland and is a celebration of life, love and family. Also a perfect excuse to indulge on some seriously good pizza!

Click here for tickets and more info.




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