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Word on the street: foodie news

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If you’re trying to tap into a crisp winter bod, this week’s news won’t tarnish your hard work. With a new riverside Japanese restaurant, vegetarian degustation and make-your-own ramen joint right around the corner, your skinny jeans will love ya.



Howard Smith Wharves is turning Japanese with Toko! The Sydney-based izakaya-style restaurant is ready to say konnichiwa to its new Brisbane sister venue, which will join the booming riverside precinct of Howard Smith Wharves some time in October. The two-storey space will host a bar and restaurant, with a strong focus on sustainable seafood and equally strong fruit-based cocktails. With Greca’s Jonathan Barthemless at the helm of this exciting new eatery, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Brisbane’s newest slice of Tokyo life!

Signature by name and nature, Emporium Hotel’s newest elegant restaurant is opening May 21! A menu that’s promised to be innovative and contemporary will hero fresh Australian produce, with Abrolhos Islands scallops, Eugowra quail, Murray River cod and Flinders Island lamb putting Aussie protein on the map. If you love wine but are also indecisive, you’re definitely in the right place, as Signature’s cellar is set to be stocked with more than 6000 bottles collected over the past 10 years!

Brisbane CBD’s brand-new Japanese eatery is the foodie equivalent of the Choose Your Own Adventure books, with less danger and more noodles. With a make-your-own ramen style dining experience, Iku Noodle Bar is the latest restaurant from the family behind Reef at Gasworks, offering a selection of noodles, soups, and fillings including chicken, wagyu beef, or salmon. It opens today in Post Office Square, meaning lunch is officially sorted.



In collaboration with The Falls Farm on the Sunshine Coast, Executive Chef Andrew Gunn of Urbane is cooking up a five-course vegetarian degustation on May 29! Having offered vegetarian and even vegan degustations for years, Urbane knows their stuff, and this collaboration with fresh produce and stunning scenery on The Falls Farm will elevate everything you thought you knew about enjoying vegetarian cuisine. The must-attend dinner costs $90 per person, and you can email [email protected] to book and find out more.


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