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Ryan Squires at Esquire in Brisbane.

Brisbane's best restaurants

Callan Boys Gerard's Bistro has taken home the top prize at this year's Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards.

brisbane

Suckling pig poached in buttermilk, parsnip bark, aleppo kimchi and spiced walnuts Gerard's Bistro.

Top hats: the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards 2014

Callan Boys Gerard's Bistro has taken home the top prize at this year's Brisbane Times Good Food Guide awards.

melbourne

Belgian-style waffle with vanilla ice-cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Le Jolie Cafe

Matt Holden This little French cafe serves up Belgian waffles, beef casserole and plenty of Gallic charm.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (8)

cafe

Go-to dish: Buttered arabian eggs.

Anvil Coffee Co.

Georgia Waters Built right onto Kirribilli Wharf, Anvil Coffee Co has been serving lucky commuters and locals since opening in October.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (2)

bar

Rockpool

Rockpool (bar menu)

Callan Boys The three-hatted restaurant has launched a bar menu, and it's fantastic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (2)

best brekkie

Apple and almond pikelets with blueberry jam and yoghurt foam.

Jerry Joy

Kylie Northover Jerry Joy joins the increasingly foodie-oriented pocket of Thornbury.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (2)

resurrected

Stokehouse signature: The Bombe.
15.5/20

Stokehouse City

Larissa Dubecki While the scar on St Kilda's foreshore is rebuilt, Stokehouse sojourns in the city.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (67)

yakitori

Karaage

Bird's Nest Yakitori

Natascha Mirosch Eat your way from beak to tail at this unusual contemporary yakitori bar.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (25)

three hats

Esquire, restaurant, Brisbane.
18/20

Esquire

Ryan Squires proves fine dining can still be fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (13)

mediterranean

Cheesecake with berries and granola crumble.
14.5/20

Pomegranate

Natasha Rudra The European at Kingston has transformed into Pomegranate, which has a Mediterranean-style menu influenced by Erkin Esen of Ottoman.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (8)

hotel restaurant

Cape Grim T-Bone steak at Capitol Bar and Grill.
14.5/20

Capitol Bar and Grill

Kirsten Lawson Kirsten Lawson tries to blend in at the glitzy Capitol Bar and Grill at the QT Canberra hotel.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (15)

canberra

Quail dolmathes, currants, pine nuts and cauliflower.

Vitis Eatery

12.5/20

Catriona Jackson This new Lonsdale Street restaurant is full of goodwill, but it needs a little spicing up.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (14)

sydney

Kafta Tagine Eggs: clay pot-baked eggs with spiced lamb kafta tagine served with pita and labna.

Grounds Keeper Cafe

Lenny Ann Low This Ryde venue has the feel of an inner-west food canteen at a Balinese resort.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader rating (1)

melbourne

The brioche bun breakfast burger.

Hello Sailor

Dani Valent There be delicious breakfast treasure in this nautical cafe.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (12)

restaurant

Henrietta

Henrietta Supper Club

12/20

Terry Durack This new supper club is an agreeable place to be, with nice-as-pie staff and well-intentioned food.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (10)

cafe

Zucchini, corn and ricotta fritters.

Bootsdarling

Megan Johnston The coffee is punchy and the serves are hearty at this small but accommodating corner spot.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (10)

speedy

Go-to dish: Wagyu sukiyaki teishoku.

Yayoi

12/20

Terry Durack Australia's first Yayoi, a concept restaurant specialising in teishoku, or set-menu dining, has arrived on Bridge Street.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (18)

family business

Dukkah scrambled eggs at The Fat Penguin.

The Fat Penguin

Kylie Northover Top notch brekkies and old-school service.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (7)

personalised pizza

Roasted pumpkin pizza at Melt.

Melt

Simone Egger Feel put-out by the no variations constraints of gourmet pizzerias? Melt lets you personalise your pizza.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader rating (1)

out of town

Charcuterie plate with boiled egg.

Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches

Simone Egger Shannon Bennett's new cafe in the Dandenongs has food-watchers heading for the hills.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (23)

americana

Crab cakes with fennel slaw.

Nantucket Kitchen & Bar

14/20

Natascha Mirosch This Cape Cod conservatory-styled bar and eatery brings a slice of sophisticated Americana to Brisbane's western 'burbs.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (40)

pan-asian

A pair of pork belly bao.

Kwan Brothers

Natascha Mirosch Casual, late night, kooky and kitsch, the newest kid on the Alfred block is a clever mix.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (28)

civilised

'Malt chocolate brownie' with salted caramel and peanut brittle.

Malt Dining

15/20

Natascha Mirosch Malt is eminently civilised and perfect for a first date, hallmark occasion or leisurely lunch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (25)

cambodian

Spicy chicken larb is well balanced.

Phnom Penh

12.5/20

Bryan Martin Diners will be pleasantly surprised by a cheery, bustling Cambodian restaurant in Belconnen.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (19)

bar snacks

Barbecue beef sliders are juiced up with a crunchy coleslaw.

The Rum Bar

14/20

Catriona Jackson The Rum Bar on the Kingston Foreshore is a great nightspot but what's the food like?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (28)

thai

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Chong Co

12/20

Natasha Rudra Chong Co is a little pricier than your usual suburban Thai restaurant but it does what it says on the tin, and tries to experiment a little more than the usual.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (10)

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