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Word on the street: foodie news

We’re feeling sweatier than a superfan trying to avoid spoilers of yesterday’s GOT ep on the way home from work.

If you thought that 82-minute pearler was something to behold, wait till you see what you’ll be (white) walking to over the next few months. The only battle faced here will be trying to balance out visits between riverside igloos, a winter beach party, and Noosa’s newest vegan degustation restaurant (thank the lord, our emotions can only take so much).



Coffee, bubble tea, or Ari? Two new Asian-inspired venues have launched in Robina Town Centre’s culinary precinct, namely Ari Thai Kitchen & Bar and Bubble ‘n’ Sweets! Open for lunch and dinner, Ari is teeing up lovers of all things Thai with tom yum, tom kha, laksa, classic curries, and noodle dishes hot from the wok. After giving this gem a taste run, head to Bubble ‘n’ Sweets for Taiwanese bubble milk tea and creative Chinese desserts. Thai and stop me.

Ex-Urbane chef Alejandro Cancino is planting his roots in Noosa, with two new vegan eateries opening towards the end of the year (we’ll keep you posted as dates are set in stone). Starting with a purely plant-based degustation restaurant, Phyto will be dressed for intimate dining experiences, complete with organic wines from the vegan bar. As for Phyto’s sister venue in Noosa, Lola’s will mirror her existing Kuluin-based twin café, serving everything from salads to French toast with homemade ice cream. That’s how you put the oo in Noosa.

Gimme, gimme, motto. Everyone’s fave Japanese fast food restaurant Motto Motto is branching out with two new locations! If you’re frequently flying to Maroochydore’s Sunshine Plaza or Garden City shopping centre in Mt Gravatt, keep an eye out around May and June to land yourself some ridiculously good ramen and filled Hokkaido-style milk buns.

What came first – the bin chicken or the Trash Taco? Contradictory to its name, Trash Taco will be bringing a fresh, delicious take on Mexi eats to Brisbane from May 1! The eatery will be tackling your taco obsession one bite at a time in existing Valley bar Barbara, with tostadas, tortas, quesadillas and chilaquiles joining the menu. The bar has plenty of booze to match, with seasonal margaritas being our pick of the bunch.



Don’t tell me you haven’t been hanging out to hear what Customs House’s next pop-up has in store. Dubbed Veuve Clicquot Chalet, Customs House will be slinging cocktails, citrus-poached Moreton Bay bug croissants and whole baked brie from the comfort of your very own riverside igloo (they’re back my dudes). It’ll be up and stunning from May 10, helping you settle into the cooler months in style (and sips).

Thought you just wrapped up your last beach trip for the season? Think again, sweaty. On June 1, Hamilton Reach’s Winter Beach Party will transform Northshore Beach into a vibrant free party of sand and on-water activities, food trucks, live music, BBQ masterclasses and more.

Saddle up, boys, because Little Big House’s Parmy & Paddle Degustation offer has been extended for the month of May! Due to popular demand, this epic feast will be available every Sunday, consisting of four delicious parmy and 4 Pines beer pairings. How about that chicken parmy spring roll with Brookvale Union ginger beer though? Bookings aren’t required, so bring your cash ($48), your best appetite, and head in anytime between 11am-10pm. (Y)eat haw.

Jazz hands, meet jazz bands. To celebrate International Jazz Day, Regatta Hotel’s Walrus Club will be hosting a jamboree on May 2! Expect a line-up of four jazz bands, rum tastings, and an interactive delicatessen food stall in the Walrus Club – think salamis and cured meats hanging from the ceiling, and a variety of cheeses. Find out more here!