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Word on the street: foodie news

Sure, Area 51 sounds thrilling and all, but nothing gets our heart racing and hands clammy like a good ol’ dose of foodie news.

There might not be any extra-terrestrial action on the cards this week, but with new Thai joints, doughnut expansions, and flavoursome festivals coming up, get ready to taste some incredible out-of-this-world bites. 


Watch out Brisbane, there’s a new kid on the block. Guaranteed to make your palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, Phat Boy is Brisbane’s newest Thai eatery delivering a whole lotta face-stuffing fun. Slap on a bib to indulge in their signature Kung Tung dish, consisting of a mildly spiced seafood bucket served right on your table. God gave us hands baby, and that’s all you’ll be needing to devour this bad boy (plus your mouth, of course). You can embrace your inner Phat Boy for lunch and dinner seven days a week at Brisbane Quarters. *cue longest yeah (phat) boy ever* 

It’s looking to be a serious Thai-takeover this month (and hey, we ain’t complaining) as Jumbo Thai Restaurant and Bar arrives on the Brisbane city scene on July 23. Set above the iconic Embassy Hotel, this upscale eatery boasts everything your Thai-craving heart could desire,  from mouthwatering entrees to generous share plates. Think char-grilled local ox tongue, ethereally light butterfly pea flower crab-meat dumplings, and authentic southern yellow Thai curry with betel leaf and chunks of Western Australian sand crab. For the first time outside of Thailand, diners will be able to quench their thirst with Thailand’s signature Chao Siam pale ale on tap (plus, did we mention there will be over 75 wines on offer?!). Stay tuned for a peek inside next week. 

Needing to get down from your Thai high? Prepare your maracas – a new South American-themed espresso bar and tapas joint is about to sashay into New Farm. Serving up coffee, drinks and bites from Brazil and Peru, Caneca Espresso and Bar will be offering Spanish and Latin favourites, including huevos rancheros in the morning, croquettes in the evening, and sangria jugs to wash it all down. Start practising your salsa moves, Caneca is set to open at the end of the month. 

If your stomach hasn’t started growling with food anticipation yet, be prepared for some serious dribbling as our favourite doughnut hub, Nodo, makes plans to expand again (as will be our waistlines). With more Brisbane and Gold Coast locations on the horizon, ditch your six-pack dreams and replace them with a six-pack of their sweet treats. We still got time to prep our summer bod, right? 


Not making it to Splendour? Yeah, us neither. Leave your space buns and glittery gumboots at home this weekend–we have found a seriously good event that only requires your appetite. South Bank’s annual  Regional Flavours festival is taking over on Saturday and Sunday, transforming the leafy parklands into the ultimate foodie playground. With live cooking demonstrations, food and wine stalls galore, and more markets and live music acts than you can poke a Splendour ticket at, Regional Flavours is the only festival you’ll want to be at this weekend. Peep our full event guide here.  


That’s one small step for man, one giant bite to devour everything. 


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