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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Photography: Emotive Light Photo

Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Indian with a twist of Mexican | Indimex

Location: Stones Corner Village, Greenslopes

Meal: Dinner

Cost: $2.95 – $34.95

When you are craving Mexican, but you also want Indian. Porque no los dos? Indian and Mexican, both very different kinds of cuisine; Both are quite distinct and bold in their own right. You know what? I like it. As interesting as it sounds, it’s a fusion of flavours; bold, exciting flavours. As the name suggests, Indimex  offers a culinary mix of North Indian and Mexican dishes. Don’t fret though, if you aren’t up for something adventurous, you can still order traditional Indian or Mexican Cuisine.  Their entire menu is priced under $35 which is perfect for family dinners. Order a few main dishes and some naan to share.

What we ordered: 

To start – The Three Amigos ($12.95)

To ignite our taste buds, we started off with a married friendship of dips and corn chips. As the name suggests, a combination of the two cuisines offering Mexican Salsa, Seasoned Guacamole and Daal Makhani (lentils). It was a perfect way to start the night whilst we waited for our main meals. The serving size was generous, and would be best for 2 to 3 people.


Mains – Tikka Masala with Paneer (Cottage Cheese) ($15.95)

The first main dish we ordered was the Tikka Masala with Paneer. Served with Sauteed capsicum, onions and paneer in a creamy tomato sauce, this dish makes for the perfect vegetarian dinner. It was substantial, delicious, flavoursome, colourful and reasonably priced too. The best way to eat Indian/Mexican food is to order a few dishes and share them.

Saagwala ($16.95)

The second dish to share, was saagwala, a curry made from spinach and cooked on slow heat to retain the flavours. We ordered it with chicken which was perfectly cooked.

Sides – Cheese & Spinach Naan ($4.50) and Coconut Rice


Alot of people seem to play it safe when it comes to the side dishes. I would recommend adding a serious of dose extra flavour which is why we chose the cheese and spinach naan. Everyone knows we love cheese, but this cheesy filled naan was the real deal. It was amazing. A huge serving for naan which could have easily been shared between 3 people, and only $4.50. Don’t mind if I do.

View their full menu here 





Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Arigato Harajuku Gyoza!!

Location: South Bank Harajuku Gyoza 

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Cost: $8- $14


Arigato (Thank you) Harajuku Gyoza for all the goodness that you provide us with! They like fun and yum and so do we; nothing like a food party with gyoza and some Kirin beers. Even though they are famous for their gyoza (dumplings) Harajuku has a range of small dishes which are perfect for sharing amongst friends over a relaxed dinner; oh, and if you really like to party, why not throw out all the stops and add some sake to the mix.

We were invited to a special blogger preview at the Tokyo inspired restaurant and left with full bellies and smiles all round (The sake and Kirin might have had something to do with the endless smiles, but that’s a different story for another day).

Here are some of the options we got to try out:

EDAMAME ($4.20)


You know it is time to commence a Japanese feast when they roll out the edamame. Gluten free, dairy free, vegan and effing healthy as, the soy beans are health freaks dream; for me personally, being the fatty that I am, edamame is not my fave but nonetheless it is quite interesting watching rookies trying to eat the bean (guilty); always remember, bite and then spit out ya edamame.



Harumaki is definitely not a word that I will remember off the top of my head, but simplified it is a chilli filled with cheese, encased in a spring roll wrap and deep fried. Essentially the Japanese version of a Jalapeno Popper, and ya’ll know how much I love those right. Not going to lie, it was my daily dose of obeseness but seriously where the protein at? It’s probably not traditional, but i think harumaki would work alot better with a salty meat component to it. This option is a special on the Harajuku menu and will be served up once a month.



Once again, this option is a special item that is offered once a month, but damn, it is amazeballs! Crunchy croquettes with oozy goodness in the middle (mashed potato and cram cream). I think they should seriously consider adding this dish to the regular menu. 10/10 would recommend.



Chicken Gyoza poached and served in a Chicken soup flavoured with Yuzukosho. “Yuzukosho” is a spice paste with yuzu zest, green chilli and salt. I would recommend adding extra chilli and soy sauce to the soup for extra taste, if you like some additional oomph (gimme all the extra spice). Leading up to Winter, this will be a great starter to choose.



We have reviewed this dish in a previous post (off the regular menu), and imma stick with my original story; this jiggly pork goodness is life. It’s the one fatty pork dish that I actually love; however I have noticed a change in the consistency of their sauce, previously a caramelized gaze, it was now almost a broth. I do prefer the stickyness. But seriously though, $13 for 4 little pieces of pork, hmmm I could probably feed a family in Africa for that price.



This dish knows how to speak my language and is to date one of the very few veg dishes I will order off a menu. That crispy outer tempura with buttery eggplant and that sauce, hot dang! Gimme more please!



The name of this Japanese Lager reminds me of a kids drink, but hell it’s legit! With a pear aroma and a muted taste, it’s officially my second favourite Japanese beer (after Kirin of course). Oh yeah, and it’s brewed right here in our back yard (Nundah; well not my back yard, but it could be yours), and is exclusive to Harajuku Gyoza.

*No sake was consumed whilst writing this post, I swear!

Written by: Aliyah Ravat



El Khabia Spices | Now available in Australia

The flavours of food, an unspoken language that tells a story of time; It takes us on a journey to countries we have never been to. El Khabia, a taste of authentic North African spices originating from the colourful lands of Tunisia. Unlike other brands, their spice range is 100% natural and can be used in both traditional and modern dishes.


Their range includes:

Ras el Hanout ($4.99) 

The best spice, a merchant can offer; a must have aromatic spice that is an essential in every kitchen. It has accents of cinnamon, which has some great health benefits and can be used as a marinate or a sprinkle.

Chicken Tagine Spice Mix ($4.99)

If chicken is your main protein, then this is the spice for you. A blend of ginger, pepper, tumeric, rosemary, thyme & salt. Turning your everyday chicken into a whirlwind of flavour

Fish Spice ($4.99)

Transform your humble fish dish into something amazing; if you prefer a more enhanced flavour, marinate your protein over night or simply use it is a seasoning. With fennel, pepper, salt and cumin seeds it will add flavour without over powering the dish.

Kofta Spice Mix ($4.99)

An essential spice that an be found in every Middle-Eastern/North African household. Koftas are usually made from beef or lamb and cooked on an open fire but the spice itself can be used in everything from shish to burger patties and everything in between.

Moroccan BBQ Spice Mix ($4.99)

Perfect for roast chickens, and vegetables the unique zesty spice will take your taste buds on a trip to Morocco.

The El Khabia range can be purchased at Woolworth’s Supermarkets in Australia


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Valentines Day | Romance In Style At Delfina’s Bistro

Location: Delfina’s Bistro | 50/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Date: 12th to 14th February

Time: 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm sittings available

Cost: $67 per person

Celebrate Valentines Day all weekend long at Delfina’s Bistro with a reasonably priced dinner for only $67 per person. The impressive menu includes:

  • A glass of Spanish Cava each on arrival
  • Chef selection canapés
  • Entree:  Choices of Peppered yellow fin tuna, tomato consommé, tea smoked lane with capsicum and sesame tuille or Beetroot salad with compressed orange, endive, walnuts and a blackberry dressing.
  • Main: Choices of Duck breast with cherry glaze, confit fennel and onion tart or Pork loin with saffron poached peach, pumpkin puree and goats cheese.
  • Dessert: Choices of Spiced chocolate tart with warm chestnut foam, brown butter and malt ice cream or Frozen strawberry parfait, summer fruits, thyme and lychee sorbet. 

Make a booking here or call 07 3252 0214.

Written by: Aliyah Ravat

Apricot icecream with caramelised white chocolate & honeycomb

Valentines Day at Aria Restaurant

Location: Aria Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier

Date: Sunday 14th February 2016

Time: From 5:30 pm

Cost: $170


Treat your loved one to a dinner along the River at Aria Brisbane. Chef Ben Russell has created a special menu for the evening; here is a little taste of what to expect.


Smoked kingfish with fennel, yogurt and toasted grains

Goats curd pickled cauliflower with toasted sesame and lemon


Duck breast with beetroot, rhubarb and gingerbread

Roast beef fillet with glazed shallots, pommes purée, sautéed mushrooms and red wine jus


Raspberry parfait with coconut sorbet

Apricot ice cream with caramelised white chocolate and honeycomb


View the full menu here 

To make a reservation, please call ARIA on 07 3233 2555 or visit


Written by: Aliyah Ravat

Apricot icecream with caramelised white chocolate & honeycomb



Sandgate’s hidden gem | Il Forno Pizzeria

Meal: Dinner

Price: $8 – $25

Location: 3 Third Ave, Sandgate QLD 4017

Open from 5pm – 7 nights a week

Serves Alcohol


It’s no secret that some of the best restaurants can be found tucked away down backstreets in small suburbs and this is no lie with hidden gem Il Forno Pizzeria in Sandgate. We headed along to this busy pizzeria on a Saturday night and were very impressed with their extensive menu and friendly staff. We ordered one entree between us (in order to save space for dessert) which was the pizza bread which we added feta and chorizo to – the result was a light and tasty entree to get our tastebuds ready for the main event – Pizza!


Ilforno offer many topping combinations for their woodfired pizzas but we settled for the L’Anatra – duck, hoisin sauce, cucumber and fresh spring onion (unusual, right?) and we must say it was one of the best pizzas we have ever had! 


We ended the night with a dessert pizza – nutella of course, topped with vanilla bean gelato and crushed hazelnuts and the Panna cotta which was delicious and creamy and was complemented perfectly by a mixed berry and mint compote. The panna cotta was to date the best we have ever had in Brisbane! Not a bad effort from the humble suburban pizzeria.

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We cannot fault this place one bit! We will definitely be back!

View their full menu here

Add them on Facebook here.

Written by: Charlotte Louise



Christmas at Nest Brisbane

Location: 159 Roma Street

Meal: Dinner (from 2 pm)

Cost: 2 course – $45 per person

3 course – $55 per person


Nest Brisbane’s Michelin rated chef, Kenneth Burton has created a Christmas menu with a twist. Its a take on your classic Christmas dishes entwined with an influence of the East. A fuss free Christmas is the way to go, sparing up time for what’s really important, family and friends. I was lucky enough to sample the Christmas menu on offer before hand and I will give you my assurance that it was perfection!


Moreton Bay bug, mango, avocado and a coriander tian, fresh chilli, micro salad. This dish is my description of a Queensland Christmas. Fresh, light and delicious. Prawn and mango work an absolute treat together. A perfect sized entree that will be the talk of the table.



No Christmas dinner is complete without Ham or Turkey. A combination of the two, is what makes the main so exciting. Every bite left me wanting more. Turkey, pistachio, chestnut and rooftop honey glazed ham crusted roulade with five spiced pumpkin mash, wok fried tamarind greens and beetroot essence. Nothing short of perfection; all the flavours of a traditional Christmas dinner entwined together to create a marvellous feast.



If you have a sweet tooth then I know you will love dessert. For me personally, I found the dessert way to sweet, but that’s just me. I have never been a fan of Christmas puddings. I would prefer a simple fruit platter to finish my meal. But it is Christmas and tis the season to indulge. Warm plum pudding served with cinnamon ice cream, brandy anglaise plus a summer berry and Thai basil salsa.


Make a reservation at or call 3238 2269

Hope you all have a lovely Festive Season!

xx Aliyah Ravat


*photo credits: Emotive Light Photography 

Pappa Rich Brisbane

Location: Wintergarden Brisbane CBD

Meal: Lunch/ Dinner

Overall Experience: 7.5/10

Food: 7/10

Service: 8/10


Papa Rich has opened their doors at Wintergarden Mall and has taken off with a bang. With queues out the front, the family oriented, Malaysian Restaurant, offers fragrant, wholesome dishes, right in the heart of the CBD.

Here are some of the dishes on the menu that we tried out:


Coming from an ethnic background,Tandoori Chicken is something we eat at home at least once a week. The wait time on this dish is 15 minutes longer than most dishes at Papa Rich as it is made from scratch. The chicken itself could have been marinated for a bit longer as the flavours were lacking. The Roti was absolutely perfect. Buttery, and crispy ahh! I love roti canai and theirs would definitely rate high up on my list.



This dish was absolutely amazing. The egg noodles made the dish a healthy, light option against the full flavoured curry. The serving was all very generous.



To break up our meal, we ordered the deep fried chicken skin, which were heavenly. They were so addictive, I could not stop eating them. These were the real deal, crispy chicken that had a delicious flavour to it. I think they would work really well with a cold beverage.


View Pappa Rich’s full menu here


Burrito Bar | Rosalie

Location: Rosalie

Meal: Dinner/ Lunch

Price: $2 to $50

Overall Experience: 7/10

Food: 6/10

Service: 8/10

The Burrito Bar has recently renovated their store in Rosalie Village. We have previously tried a few other stores, but were not impressed with the quality of food and service. So naturally at first, we were a bit hesitant to check out the  Rosalie Store. I must say, we were pleasantly surprised; the place looked amazing and they definitely redeemed themselves in our books.

Here are the options we tried out from the menu:


Delicious, 12 hour slow cooked pulled pork quesadillas with lots and lots of cheese. Melted cheese is always a good idea. The pulled pork was equally delicious and whole in flavour. This is definitely an option that I will be ordering in the future.



Okay so I am going to be 100% honest here. I have previously had the wings from Burrito Bar and was extremely disappointed (mind you I ordered the Chipotle ones). My previous experience delivered wings that were starved of meat and terrible chipotle flavouring. The Bbq Wings had a pleasant flavour and were definitely a step up, however, I did find that the actual wings themselves needed more meat on them.



I am a huge sucker for ribs, so naturally I was going to order them over a burrito or nachos. They were served up with delicious, cheesy Mexi Fries…yum! The flavour of the ribs was amazing and they were pleasant to eat. However, the meat was not as juicy as I would have liked it to be.



One of my favourite desserts of all time. Chocolatey nachos with a serving of ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. Need I say more? I love the crunchiness of this dessert, which left me wanting more.


Burger Urge

Location: Australia wide

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Price: $4 – $18

Service: 9/10

Food: 10/10


Starting from humble beginnings in Fortitude Valley, Burger Urge has since grown into a much loved burger place throughout Australia. By the end of this year they  will have their 20th store opened, what an achievement. Opened by 2 brothers, the brand now  invites all burger lovers by offering franchise opportunities.

As a self confessed burger addict, I will admit that these guys are one of my favourites. The staff are always happy, the portion sizing is generous, they taste delicious and not to forget they are also reasonably priced.

So what, is my favourite pick off the menu? Well the New Yorker of course. Featuring a prime beef patty  with American style cheese, crispy bacon, pickles, smoky bbq sauce, garlic mayo, lettuce and tomato. One cannot simply, avoid this baby. Oh, and that bbq sauce…It is absolutely mind blowing with the bacon.

Their fries are also on our radar as some of the best in Brisbane.


Check out their full menu here.