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Forks at the ready: Dine BNE is back with city’s best bars and restaurants

The Weekend Edition

Despite two tumultuous  years, Brisbane’s dining scene has continued to leap from strength to strength. Our city is saturated with curious epicurean delights, boasting a delightful palette of bars, restaurants and cafes that can, quite frankly, rival our southern counterparts (we’re coming for you, Melbourne). 

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What better way to celebrate our cracking culinary offerings than with a month-long festival dedicated to highlighting the delectable offerings of our foodie scene? After incredible success last year, Dine BNE City is back with more than 100 exclusive offers and dining experiences scattered across the heart of our humble river city.

This May 1–29, leave your leftovers at home, forget about the groceries and dive into delicious splendour as you indulge in the very best Brisbane City has on offer.

You won’t go hungry in May, with an impressive line-up of The City’s most loved venues putting on a culinary show. Think Walter’s SteakhouseRicoCity WinerySaké and COPPA Spuntino, along with some delicious newcomers like Rothwell’s Bar & GrillBanc BrasserieLeonard’s Bar & Bistro and Toscano Bar + Kitchen.
There will be something to sate every appetite, with three jam-packed food collections serving up exclusive deals and menus to suit all budgets and culinary desires.

Inject some excitement back into your weekday with Let’s Do Lunch and grab a cheeky lunchtime delight for only $25 or $35. Stick your fork into a 12-hour South Burnett pork belly served with confit potatoes, peas, salsa verde, sugar-snap peas, radish and a glass of cabernet sauvignon at Patina Customs House, indulge in a fresh prawn and bug roll with dill on a brioche bun served with a glass of Veuve Clicquot at Mr & Mrs G, or chow down on a signature taco, lunch bowl and drink at Cheeky Poke.

For the more discerning foodies that prefer to dine at twilight, look no further than Supper Club. Take your pick from degustations and curated dining experiences dotted across The City, like the Wine & Whisky Dinner at Grape Therapy that allows you to choose your preferred pairing, or the special 12-course banquet at Madame Wu that features the likes of stir-fried Moreton Bay squid and tea-spiced pork collar served with handmade miso and macadamia.

If Japanese is more your style, be sure to slide into Saké and delight over the seven-course Osaka Omakase degustation, specially curated by Osaka-born head chef Daisuke Sakai. Last, but certainly not least, gastronomers can explore the metropolis with Bar Safari – the perfect way to sip and snack your way through some of Brisbane’s best watering holes.

Take your after-work drinks to the next level with this self-guided trail through The City’s most iconic bars and hidden laneway gems offering up some mouth-watering food and beverage pairings. Get your crew ready for fresh rock oysters and a glass of champagne at Rothwell’s Bar & Grill, a tapas flight packed with crumbed duck katsu and chicken thigh yakitori at The Boom Boom Room, or your favourite share plate and cocktail creation from Santa Monica.

As if this moreish menu wasn’t enough, the Dine BNE City program also features a line-up of bespoke events worthy of a spot on your social calendar. If gin is your love language, then be sure to secure a ticket to the Four Pillars Gin Dinner at Banc Brasserie and Wine Bar, where you will feast on a carefully curated four-course menu and sip on Four Pillars cocktails that have been paired to perfection.

Pasta lovers rejoice, the time has FINALLY come for Pasta Mama to grace our river city with her famous carb-loaded love affair. If the name doesn’t give it away, Pasta Club is a private dining experience that will treat you to a long, progressive Italian feast packed with locally sourced produce, all set to a curated disco playlist.

Oenophiles can traverse through a treasure chest of Brisbane City venues (think Super WhatnotThe GreshamCity Winery and more) on Urban Wine Walk, the ultimate self-guided wine-tasting experience where drops from 11 Australian winemakers will be available to sample.

If you’re craving a taste of European summer, you can save yourself a flight and be transported to Italy with a ten-course degustation at Olive & Angelo, packed full of Nonna-approved Italian delights.

Once you’re done in Italy, it’s just a hop, skip and jump across to Asia with Naga Thai, where head chef Suwisa Phoonsang is hosting an exclusive eight-course degustation bursting with the freshest spice and flavours from Bangkok and Northern Thailand. Finally, wine and dine in delight at the Walter’s Chef’s Table experience, where you’ll be treated to amuse-bouche and four delicious courses in the warmth of Walter’s Steakhouse’s rich interior.

It should be no surprise that these events are expected to sell out, so grab your tickets and make a reservation (or five) over at the Dine BNE City website.

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