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Word on the street: foodie news

September you easy, BREEZY, beautiful lady.

Even though winter has officially passed, September is absolutely refusing to chill on the new venues and fresh ways to deliver food directly to our gobs.


Filling a vast warehouse space on Newstead’s Masters Street, The Matriarch is a brand-spankin’ new cafe/restaurant/bar with stunning Parisian interiors. Featuring olive trees and luxe velvet finishes, we can’t wait to settle in with a Room for Two brekky share board, or lobster rolls and pulled pork pancakes for leisurely ladies lunches or dinners! A perfectly paired drinks list is also on offer with cheeky names and shared cocktails, including the Take mai tai off, sure to set you up for a good evening.

Love the fresh produce and great prices of farmers markets but can’t bear navigating the crowds every weekend? A new service, Farm2Market, is here to help, connecting local farmers and food suppliers with customers online. Currently available across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Northern Rivers regions, Farm2Market is all about supporting Australia’s primary producers, with those on board already including Freeman’s Organic Farm from Currumbin Valley, northern New South Wales’ Bio Organic Farm and Byron Bay Olive Company.

Coming in hot to the former site of Sonny’s House of Blues, Miss Demeanour (no, not you Missy Elliott—though we are living for this comeback) is bringing casual round-the-clock dining to the heart of the CBD from Wednesday, September 18. A nod to the Rowes Building’s history, Miss Demeanour will feature exposed brick and sandstone walls, boasting everything from morning coffees and pancakes to late-night dining backed by live music. With an extensive bar offering including revamped cocktails, like a lavender and peppered pisco fizz, Miss Demeanour is one new hotspot you don’t want to miss.

Aside from winning every hospitality award known to man (just about), the team at Hellenika has been busy getting the wheels in motion for yet another James Street icon to open towards the end of the year. SK Steak and Oysters will bring a classic bar and grill restaurant to the precinct, with an open-plan design due to include an exposed oyster-shucking station and kitchen, as well as classic booth seating. Diners can expect a range of steaks (different scores and weights of sirloin, eye fillet, and scotch fillet cuts) and locally-sourced seafood – grilled to meet you.

We’ve been awaiting its arrival for what feels like a while, but West Village’s new pop-up wine bar, Fredericks, is set to start pouring this Friday, September 13! With its wine list curated by Paul McGivern of La Lune Wine Co and a menu featuring Manchego croquettes, duck fat potatoes, and spaghetti Bolognese jaffles, we know where we’ll be sipping on many a spring afternoon.


As part of its sensational season of events, Eagle Street Pier’s Sea to the City is back for a second year on Sunday, October 13! Sixteen top retailers including Madame Wu, Patina, Riverbar and Kitchen, and Mr and Mrs G will be dishing up the oceanic delights at a sprawling riverfront celebration. Something something seafood diet… 


That’s spring cocktails, end of year drinks, and Christmas holiday dining sorted, yeah?