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Word on the street: foodie news

Back to life, back to reality.

After a long weekend full of bevvies, lamingtons and cob loaves, it’s time press pause on the treats and yeet yourself back into line.

This week’s news is hot and fresh out the kitchen with new markets, a relaxed European eatery and Vietnamese cuisine just around the corner (but also brownies… we guess the health-kick can start next week).



Out with the old, in with the Nota. Paddington’s ex-Montrachet space has been claimed by faces from Moda and The Cheese Pleaser, with the aim to create a relaxed European eatery in its place. Nota will be a fun, affordable restaurant with everything from sandwiches to a Sunday roast, and we’ll (hopefully) see its doors open on March 8!

The king of cooking has his sights set on Queen’s Wharf. Celebrity Chef Luke Nguyen has a brand new Brisbane-based concept in the works, and while a name is yet to be determined, his vision is clear – a modern take on classic Vietnamese cuisine. Stay tuned for more delicious info.

Brisbane’s market game has changed forever after fresh-face Mercado moved in, and now, it’s the Gold Coast’s turn. Set to make every household whip out their entire green bag collection and Usain bolt down to the opening, Mercado’s second store will be home to even more fresh produce, booze, seafood, baked goods and restaurants at its Marina Mirage location. This one’s going to take about 12 months to sprout, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait.

See you soon, please. Fish Lane’s fiery Viet eatery, Hello Please, is on the move! With plans to move just down the street, you shouldn’t have to wait long ‘til you’re back at it with crispy chicken bao and pork belly pancakes, but please, keep an eye out for a proper address once everything’s finalised.

Hello Dello Mano. These guys are about to earn serious brownie points, with a pop-up store setting up at Sunnybank Plaza this Thursday to Sunday. To celebrate Lunar New Year, brownies packaged in red and gold foil will be an irresistible way to ring in the Year of the Pig, and pretty damn appropriate if you tuck into the whole box yourself.

Outta nowhere, Vegan Cornetto’s have snuck into Woolies freezers and taken over ours, being a gorg plant-based alternative to the family favourite ice cream. Rip into a cone and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.  

Pincadia is back and more baller than ever! Having re-opened on January 24 after what looked like a permanent close last year, Woolloongabba’s ‘80s inspired bar, restaurant and arcade lives again! Get the squad together for a few laughs, drinks, eats and friendly competition at ya local reborn bub.

If you love sinking your teeth into live outdoor music, The Star’s latest project will have you grooving through another year’s worth of festivals. Without a clear launch date, solid plans to develop an area that is currently vacant canal-front land which could accommodate a stage, portable food and beverage outlets and a crowd of 1000-1500 people are in place to encourage new music festivals and gigs to flock to the GC.