Ribs & Burgers | Rib Degustation

Location: Ribs & Burgers, James Street, Fortitude Valley

Meal: Lunch, Dinner

Ribs & Burgers are a brand that pride themselves on quality, tasty, honest and wholesome food to their customers. I was lucky enough to head along to their Fortitude Valley store to experience an almighty feast – a rib degustation!

The night was kicked off with Beef ribs – the ribs were cooked perfectly, the meat was tender could be pulled off the bone easily and the smokey flavour left my tastebuds eager for more.


My favourite ribs of the night were the lamb, there were two lots – in a chilli marinade and a lemon marinade. These ribs are cooked to perfection over 8 hours. The chilli gave the meat a nice kick but if spice isn’t your thing the lemon marinade was equally as delightful.

ribs7 ribs6

After pigging out on the above I was pretty full – but I am not a quitter! Trying the pork ribs, baby back ribs, and riblets was a must. I loved every dish that I tried – Ribs & Burgers are definitely strong contenders for the best ribs in the city!

ribs1 ribs2



Ribs & Burgers aren’t just all about the meat – they offer a number of refreshing side salads. My favourite was the red and white cabbage salad with chopped apples and roasting pine nuts – amazing!


The staff at Ribs & Burgers are passionate about what they do and this shows in the dishes that they serve and the service they provide. I look forward to going back and trying out some  of the other dishes on offer.

Written by Charlotte Perrigo



Chilled vibes at The Brunswick Hotel

The Brunswick Hotel has changed things up a bit with the upgrade of their Beer Garden and a greater focus on the food. And don’t we all just love food. They have also moved away from the focus on larger beer brands and have embraced craft beers which are trending in Brisbane at the moment. Could this be the next ‘it’ spot for your Sunday sessions? We were invited to a Garden Party at the historic site and were left with nothing short of good compliments for the place. The vibe was chilled, the brews were on point and the food, oh the food.. They have definitely come along way from the traditional pub grub image with canapes like onion tart, seared scallops topped with chorizo and arancini.

Here are some snaps of the delicious share plates on offer:

20160311373158051 20160312-497267016 2016031211221061 20160312373158051 201603121914791550


View their full menu here 

Written by Aliyah Ravat


Valentines Day | Couples that eat ribs together stay together | Ribs & Burgers

Ribs & Burgers

Location: James Street, Fortitude Valley (Outside Palace Cinemas)

Date: Sunday 14th February

You know it’s true love when you are comfortable enough to sink your teeth into juicy sauce covered rack of ribs in front of each other. The messiness, that satisfying look on your face (That orgasmic look)…ah it must be love.

Ribs & Burgers has put together a list of Rib realities for all of you. Eat ya hearts out:

  1. The Couple That Eats Ribs Together, Stays Together – eating ribs together is the true test of a relationship! If you can get through a plate and look up at your partner, covered in sauce and meat bits and still have love in your eyes (and theirs), it’s a match made in culinary heaven!


  1. Hot Chili Lamb Ribs – this takes a classic Aussie flavour and smashes it with chili and is the perfect Valentine’s Day choice for the daredevil couple, or the couple that does Cross Fit together.


  1. Pork Baby Rack is not the name of a new female rapper from East LA; it’s a much loved offering at Ribs & Burgers, and is the preferred option by those in “new” relationships (read: minimal sauce face coverage!).


  1. Lamb Ribs – these are for Valentine’s Day couples who are still celebrating Australia Day, and just can’t put the Aussie Flag on their car dashboard away just yet!


  1. Pork Spare Ribs with sticky soy chili peanut – the ribs for the couple with FOMO. This dish has everything, and deserves to be Instagrammed, Tweeted and even put up on Tumblr!!


  1. BBQ Beef Ribs – the rib feast for couples who have kids; they have seen their fair share of mess and gore, and are not afraid to attack the BBQ Beef Rib with ferocity. For this couple, dining at Ribs & Burgers on Valentine’s Day is an excuse to eat uninterrupted, and without having to clean up the mess. Even on their own faces (over 1000 towelettes are used to mop up the glaze sauce covering fingers and faces daily at Ribs & Burgers, and the staff are happy to wipe faces if needs be!).


  1. While Shared Plates are de rigueur today for any dining establishment, ribs actually kick-started the ‘trend’ way back, oh about 35,000 years ago when a loved-up, cave-dwelling couple dined together. Ribs & Burgers is simply carrying on the tradition, albeit in a more organised, hygienic and flavour-filled manner.


Written by: Kath Rose & Associates 

Curated by: Aliyah Ravat

FullSizeRender 2

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

Chinese New Year at Nest 2015

A guide to Chinese New Year Celebrations in Brisbane

Lion Dance at the Nest Media Preview 2016

Immerse yourself in China’s rich cultural heritage and welcome the Year of the Monkey with fun, laughter and of course copious amounts of flavoursome food.

Here’s a list of Brisbane’s best Chinese New Year Celebrations:

Chinese Gourmet Festival

Location: Nest Brisbane 

Date: January 26-31

Nest has teamed up with Griffith University to deliver a cultural festival with 3 of China’s world renown chefs. The festival includes:

  • Cooking Class and Banquet – 27th January
  • New Year Luncheon – 29th January
  • Mah Jong Championship – 31st January

More Information here


Moreton Bay Lunar New Year

Location: Caboolture Town Square

Date: February 6th

A FREE event filled with traditional music, dance, delicious food and fireworks.

More Information here 


Inala Chinese New Year

Location: Corner Wirraway Parade, and Corsair Avenue, Inala

Date: February 5-6

Trying to avoid the busy crowds at celebrations in the city? Welcome the New Year with the local community in the cultural heart of Inala.

More Information here 


BrisAsia Festival 

Location: Across Brisbane

Date: February 7 until February 28th

Head to the streets of Brisbane for a cultural display of the Lion Dance or indulge in traditional Chinese food. Activities will be hosted across Brisbane.

View the full schedule here


2016 Valley Chinese New Year

Location: China Town, Fortitude Valley

Date: February 12-14

Brisbane’s China Town Mall plays host to one of the best New Year celebrations on offer, with firecrackers, traditional music and more.

More Information here 


Written by: Aliyah Ravat 

chur burger

Burger Eating Challenge | Chur Burger

We have previously expressed our love relationship with Chur Burger; but this takes love to a whole new level. Who is up for the challenge?

I know everyone is all about the whole, ‘new year, new me’ slogan at this time of year, but why not set yourself a challenge that is worthy of greatness?

Participants must eat their way through 16 patties of monstrous goodness in 30 minutes. Oh, and if you make it through, the burger is free your name goes up on the wall you get a T-shirt to prove how hungry you are….

T&C’s: Pop by any day after 11am to devour this marvelous creation

chur burger

Image Credits: Chur Burger Instagram 

Written by: Aliyah Ravat


Fortitude Valley Mall | Green Tea Restaurant

Location: Fortitude Valley

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Cost: $7.90 – $35

Overall Experience : 10/10

Food: 10/10

Service 10/10


There are a few restaurants in Brisbane that I wish I could eat at everyday. Green Tea is one of them. Located in the heart of China Town Mall, only a stones throw from the Valley Station, Green Tea offers healthy, fresh, Vietnamese dishes at an affordable price. Out of the total 8 dishes that I sampled, I have zero recommendations. There was nothing at all that I could find fault with.

Yes, the food was amazing, but the service was even better. Welcomed, with warm smiles, and genuine care from staff, a rare trait to find in restaurants in these days.

Now to the menu; here are the dishes I got to sample:


Usually designed to share, this is the ideal way to indulge without packing on the calories. Fresh, and healthy with textures and flavours that are out of this world. This dish is usually priced at $13.90 and I would definitely recommend it as an entree to kick off your meal.

san chot.JPG


That quail though. Spicy, but not too over bearing. Just the perfect size. It was cooked to perfection and worked really well with the crispy bed of lettuce below.This is amazing dish as well as most options on their menu is gluten free and dairy free. $14.90 for 2.



These bad boys come as a set of 4. If there is one thing you take away from this post, let it be this; next time you are in the valley order a few servings of this and have it with beer. Life is made. This is all I need to make me a happy woman! $7.90 to keep me happy, what a bargain!


My favourite dish on the entire menu, served traditionally. This interactive dish is best eaten in cos lettuce with your choice of condiments. The sauce accompanied with the dish is heavenly. Price $14.50.



All of the 3 mains served were perfect. As you can tell from the pictures, they were all accompanied with fresh vegetables as well a serve of tomato fried rice (not featured). The rice was absolutely delicious ans has been altered specifically for Green Tea.

View their full menu here.

Brisbane’s Top Events this Melbourne Cup

melb 1

Location: Flying Cock

What: All-inclusive food and drinks package as well as cup day coverage on their 4M high definition screen. Also included are sweeps and fashions as well as entertainment from live bands and DJs throughout the day and night.

When: Tuesday 3 November: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Price: $60.00

More information here


Location: Woolly Mammoth        
What: Watch the race on several screens while enjoying a 3 hour feasting lunch and beverage package. The afternoon will be filled with entertainment, sweeps and prizes for best dressed.
When: Tuesday 3 November

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Price: $79.00
More Information here


Location: Elixir Rooftop Bar
What: The package includes 4 hours of flowing sparkling, wine, beer, cider, basic spirits and roaming canapés. There is also the chance to win return flights, accommodation and tickets for two to the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.
When: Tuesday 3 November 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $99.00
More Information here


Location: Cloudland
What: Madame Hedges Cocktail Party: Hosted by Channel 9 Sport Presenter Tom Mitchell, this event includes a selection of deluxe canapés and a drink package including French bubbles, wine and their very own Cloudland Cocktail. There are also fashion parades, fashions on the field, great prizes and raffles as well as entertainment by The Naked Magician.
When: Tuesday 3 November 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Price: $99.00
More Information here


Location: Alfred and Constance
What: Alfred and Constance offers a 3 hour drinks package and 3 course meal while watching live coverage of the race. Roving entertainment, live music and DJs and sweep tickets are also on offer.
When: Tuesday 3 November 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Price: $130.00
More Information here

melb6Location: Up on Constance
Up on Constance provides a famous share style menu including mouth-watering treats such as pork croquette with apple caramel purée and wild mushroom and tallegio arancini with truffle aioli. Enjoy drinks, live music and DJs on the Rooftop all while watching the Melbourne Cup on the projector screen.
Tuesday 3 November 12:00pm – 4:00pm
More Information here 


Location: Limes Hotel
What: The Rooftop Garden Party will boast a three hour canapé and beverage package including craft beers, premium house spirits and Moet and Chandon Champagne. Also on offer are sweeps, awards for best dressed, roving entertainment and of course live coverage from Flemington Race Course.
When: Tuesday 3 November 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Price: $149.00
More Information here


Location: LONgTIME
What: LONgTIME Restaurant and Bar will transform the dining area and alleyway for an intimate sit-down banquet to watch and toast the race. The four-hour food and beverage package includes the Seafood & Oyster Bar, Perrier Jouet Champagn, specialty Thai banquet, dessert degustation, assorted cocktails, tailored wine buffer and premium taps beers.
When: Tuesday 3 November  12:00pm – 4:00pm
Price: $170.00
More Information here

Brisbane’s Best Steak House | Les Bubbles

Location: 144 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

Meal: Dinner

Food: 10/10

The wait is finally over and Les Bubbles is officially open for business. Owner, Damian Griffiths has had much success with the rest of his ventures (Alfred & Constance, Kwan Brothers, Doughnut Time, Chester Street Bakery) and I can see Les Bubbles heading in the same track. Opened in what was an old an old brothel, the iconic building has helped set the atmosphere for the Parisian inspired steak house.


They offer one main meal on the menu, Steak Frites, the national French dish. This one dish, is cooked to absolute perfection, so much so that I have been dreaming about their mouth watering steak all week. I would claim this to be Brisbane’s best steak. They also offer bottomless frites with every dish, definitely a winner. The steak comes with the option of three sauces, Sauce Cafe De Paris, Bearnaise Sauce or Green Peppercorn & Cognac Sauce. I opted for the Bearnaise which was rich and wholesome.


There are also 8 signature desserts on offer, priced at around $16. I will admit, the dessert servings are very generous, so I would opt to share one between two people. I chose the Bombe Alaska which was perfection on a plate. Vanilla Cake with Coconut Ice-cream, Mango Sorbet and Italian Meringue, what more could a girl ask for.


If you haven’t already tried out the controversial steak house, I would suggest making a booking ASAP! They are open 7 days a week from 5 pm.

Brisbane’s underground bar | Greaser Bar

Location: Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Price: $8 -$28

Meal: Dinner

Overall Experience : 7/10

Food: 6/10

Service: 10/10

A bar beneath the streets, located off a lane-way in Fortitude Valley. With a menu boasted comfort food, we were lucky enough to try out some Greaser’s best offerings.

Starting off with their cocktails, we got to try out the New Yorker made with Gin, Breakfast Tea, Lemon, Oleo, Saccharum, Egg White & Pimento Bitters. I personally loved the flavours of this cocktail, it was light and fun and the tea worked an absolute treat.


The second cocktail on offering was the ‘Honey Make Money’. Made with Rhum Blanc, Elderflower Liqueur, Coconut Falernum, Honeydew Melon & Lime. This was the most refreshing drink on the menu with the added bonus of some cocktail theatre.


All of their cocktails are priced between $18 and $20.

Now, to the food! We started off with the Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Gravy & Chipotle. I must say, this was probably the first time I have ever had wings with gravy and I loved it. I would go back for those perfectly crispy wings.


For main course we got to try one of their Cheese Burgers with Crinkle Cut Chips. The Cheese Burger for me was quite average, there was nothing special about it. However, the chips were divine. Got to wash that all down with one of their Boozey Milkshakes.


The best brownies you will ever have | I Heart Brownies

Location: My Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley; Jan Powers Farmers Markets; Merlo Coffee

Price : $4.50

Taste: 10/10


If you live in Brisbane and love food, you have probably tried out these little gems at least once. If you haven’t, well then you need to. I was first introduced to I Heart Brownies a few years ago at The Jan Powers Farmers Markets. With only 2 flavours on offer at the time, the gluten free option was one I could not pass up.

Since then, the humble brownie has made its’ name around Brisbane and can now be found at the I Heart Brownies new store at Bakery Lane as well as Merlo Coffee. They are now also available in a range of flavours including: Raspberry, Jaffa, Salted Caramel & Turkish Delight to name a few.

So why do we believe that these are the best brownies? Well it is simple really. These delicious treats are crispy on the outside, but soft in the inside; they remain fresh for a long period of time (I know this cos I have taken them inter-state, yes, they are that good); they are simple but full in flavour; and they are probably the only brownie that I can eat a whole box of without feeling sick to my stomach.


Dairy Free <3

Gluten Free <3

district 1 2

District 1 Opens in Fortitude Valley | Bring on the 3 am Pho

Location: Fortitude Valley

Meal: Lunch/Dinner

Pricing: $5- $25

Food: 9.5/10

Service: 10/10

Inspired by Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 has chosen to set up shop in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

Owner Philip Pham has created a concept that is buzzing and alive, taking traditional Vietnamese dishes and adding a modern twist to the menu. The humble cafe has Banh Mi and traditional Pho but also offers sweet potato fries as a side (which were definitely my favorite).

We tried out the Lemongrass Beef Banh Mi and the Beef Pho for lunch. The Banh Mi was filled with full flavored, succulent meat and the Pho was warming with whole flavors. The dishes on offer are reasonably priced and satisfy those hunger cravings. The best part about their entire concept is that they are open until 3 am on weekends. Yes, 3 am! Say goodbye to greasy pizza and unappetizing fast food, post party Banh Mi and Pho is the new way to go. I must say, we definitely needed something like this in Brisbane.


district 1 2 district 13 district1

Gluten Free <3

Dairy Free <3

Sugar Free <3