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top hats

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.

sydney

Din Tai Fung, Central Park.

Din Tai Fung

Sally Webb Coloured dumplings are divisive at the latest outlet of this Taiwanese chain's empire.

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

melbourne

Alice Wright's pastries.

Millstone Patisserie

Kylie Northover Paris-trained pastry chef Alice Wright's cake display case should be your focus here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (17)

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)

country charm

Roasted eye fillet on wilted cavolo nero at Du Fermier.
15/20

Du Fermier

Larissa Dubecki This little restaurant glows with the warmth of genuine hospitality and honest-to-god cooking.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (91)

nautical but nice

The brioche bun breakfast burger.

Hello Sailor

Dani Valent There be delicious breakfasts in these bright and welcoming waters.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (13)

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 (16)

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

Meadow

Meadow Cafe

Jacqui Taffel This pool-side cafe is the perfect place to warm up after a bracing dip.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (8)

melbourne

Extremely luxurious: Truffle risotto.

Town Hall Hotel

Dani Valent It's hard to describe the taste of truffles but when they're good there's a potent swooniness to them.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (7)

barhop

Chester White

Chester White Cured Diner

Rachel Olding There is something about Chester White Cured Diner that makes you feel as though you're cosying up in your own living room.

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

italian

Via Napoli

Via Napoli

Angie Schiavone Sydney's second Via Napoli is just as boisterous as the original, with phenomenal pizza.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (26)

family friendly

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 modern Balinese resort.

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

waffles

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

Le Jolie Cafe

Matt Holden This little French cafe prompts the question: where are you from, and how did you end up here?

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

bar hop

Moon Dog's Love Tap beer.

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Michael Harden The living, breathing microbrewery adds authenticity to this hodge-podge warehouse bar.

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

resurrected

Stokehouse signature: The Bombe.

Stokehouse City

15.5/20

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

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

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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