Best Rooftop Bars in Brisbane: Up On Constance | Fortitude Valley

Rooftop bars seem to be popping up everywhere around Brisbane. I mean what's not to like about rooftop bars?! 

Stunning views....nice breezes...the perfect setting to enjoy a martini or two as you welcome the weekend!

Up On Constance is located on the rooftop of the Tryp Hotel which is also home to the incredibly popular Chur Burger Brisbane. Take a short ride on the Willy Wonka -esq glass elevator and prepare to be transported to a magical place...

Up on Constance is the epitome of style and sophistication. It features a very clean, open layout with plenty pops of colour to liven it up! When the sun sets it transforms into a mesmerizing place, with the glittery lights of the suburb that never sleeps surrounding it...

We could instantly imagine ourselves toasting to the weekend with a glass of champers, and a group of close friends. It's no surprise Up On Constance has made a name for itself as a popular watering hole in Brisbane. But for these two foodies....the menu at Up On Constance is the real star.

The dishes at Up are truly inspired. The skilled head chef utilizes the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering works of art on a plate, full of color and beautiful textures!

We knew the cocktails were brilliant but we weren't expecting the exceptional dining experience we had on our first visit to Up On Constance. Next time you stop by for a drink do your tummy a favour and indulge in the incredible menu at Up On Constance!

*AmeriAus was the guest of Up On Constance.

10 Burgers You Should Have Eaten If You Live In Brisbane

This is the most INSANELY CHEESY (in a good way), DIRTY, BACON-Y, FILTHY, GREASY list you will EVER read in your life. Also, if you're on a diet...leave this site... like yesterday.

This is our Top 10 Burgers in Brisbane List 2015. NO BIAS- just good burgers. Burger lovers, this is the hit list you've been waiting for. Every one of these beasts is guaranteed to make you the envy of your friends & send you into the most blissful food coma you've ever experienced. So...are you ready?

*In no particular order

1. The Getta Pig Out from Getta Burger

FRIES ON A BURGER. I really don't know what we did before Getta Burger...North siders who haven't had the opportunity to venture over to Carina to try these bad ass burgers now have a reason to rejoice...Getta Burger is opening a NEW shop in Bridgeman Downs on March 26th. Mark your calendar!! We definitely recommend trying the Getta Pig Out on your first visit. The Getta Pig Out is made up of Pulled Pork, Crispy Bacon, Double Cheese, That BBQ Sauce, topped off with Crispy Fries. OH YEAH!

2. The Resolution Breaker by Red Hook

Red Hook knows the secret to a perfect burger! They are serving up some of the sexiest burgers in town. Just look at the way that cheese glides down that juicy meat pattie....FLIRT. This burger was crafted as a special to ring in the New Year. Very fittingly named "The Resolution Breaker" it became so popular that Red Hook added it to their permanent menu.  The Red Hook Resolution Breaker burger features Double Beef, Double Bacon, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Tomato Sauce, and the Red Hook special sauce. 

3. Eat Me If You Can with a few extras by Burgers Up

Here's a challenge for you...  Burgers Up in Springfield are serving up droolworthy, classic Aussie burgers done right. All of their beef patties are minced from fresh beef cuts and made fresh in store. The thing we love most about Burger's Up is that you can create the burger of your dreams. Don't be afraid to add your own twist on their menu items. For example, check out the beast burger above. This is the 'Eat Me If You Can' burger with a few special touches: Double Beef, Double Cheese, Double Bacon, and Egg. And guess what?! This can be yours for the low price of $13.20!

Burger's Up turns 1 this Saturday and to celebrate they are inviting burger lovers to roll the dice and win a FREE meal. Check out @burgersup on Instagram for details.

4. Getta Beef on Beef by Getta Burger

If there was an olympics for burgers this one would take gold. It's all your burger wet dreams come true but we will let the ingredients speak for themselves. So epic it ranked as one of the TOP 5 burgers in an international burger battle. The Getta Beef on Beef is made up of: 12 Hour Smoked Beef Brisket, Double Beef, Double Bacon, Double Cheese, Pickles, Jalapenos, and That BBQ...

Life changing.

5. The Big Phat Greek by Chur Burger

We HAD to put a lamb burger on the list. This one comes highly recommended by Brisbane burger connoisseur Foodie Adam. Looking at this burger is like looking directly at the sun.... its too much to take!!! The Big Phat Greek Burger features beautifully prepared lamb, tomato sauce, pesto sauce, and two MOUTHWATERING pieces of Fried Goat's Cheese!

6. The Dirty Elvis by Red Hook

How many of us haven't fantasized about peanut butter on a burger. I mean #letsbehonest peanut butter is a good idea on most (if not all) food. The Dirty Elvis, off the menu, burger from Red Hook is made up of juicy, thick Waygu Beef Patties, Melted Cheese, Creamy Peanut Butter, Battered Pickles, Crispy Bacon, and Red Hook Special Sauce. 

7. The Dirty South Burger by Chur Burger

This one goes out to all my chicken burger lovers! Southern Fried Chicken, Jalapeno May, Avocado Salsa, and Deep Fried McClures Pickles on a toasted Brioche bun....those are the sinful ingredients that make up one of Chur Burgers most bangin' burger specials. There is no doubt that Chur Burger is setting the bar for burgers in Brisbane. Each week they feature a new, ridiculous creation on their Instagram page. We can't get enough!

9. The BB Double Extra Special by Ben's Burgers

Now THIS is a burger. Say hello to the BB Double Extra Special from Ben's Burgers. Can we get a moment of silence for that melted cheese?! #Cheeseporn This beauty features Double Beef Patties, Double Cheese, Candied Bacon, Pickles, BB Special Sauce, Jalapenos, and Onion!

10. The Mega Burger by Bella BBQ

And last but not least....The Mega Burger. We thought this was a very fitting end to our Top Ten list! I mean just look at it... This burger DEFINITELY lives up to it's name. Bella BBQ is Brisbane's newest food van but they are quickly making waves in the foodie scene. The Mega Burger is made up of Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Bacon Jam, Potato Salad, Fries, BBQ Sauce, Cheese, Cheese Sauce, Pickles, Onion, Tomato and Lettuce. I can practically feel the food coma coming on. You can catch Bella BBQ and their awesome burgers at the Rocklea markets this Sunday!

Know of a burger that deserves a spot on our list? Tell us in the comments below.

*This list was compiled with the expert burger advice of Brisbane's resident burger king Foodie Adam

We Want "More More" Motto Motto | Westfield Garden City

It's no secret that we are infatuated with new Garden City restaurant Motto Motto.

In fact! We recently featured their delicious Teri Teri Chicken Roll in our #GardenCityDego menu! After being invited to the official launch a month ago we anxiously awaited our next opportunity to visit. Lucky for us it didn't take long! A group of food blogger friends were looking for a new, affordable restaurant for a casual catch up and we were quick to suggest Motto Motto.

Motto Motto is William Liu's, owner of Sono and Nagomi, newest project. After mastering the world of Japanese fine dining Liu became inspired to use his experience to cater to a new market - takeaway food!

And so, Motto Motto was born! An incredibly innovative restaurant offering guests quality Japanese cuisine in a relaxed, casual setting. Think of Motto Motto as Sono's baby brother. The menu is diverse and packed full of flavour. It features traditional Japanese rice bowls, noodles, rolls, and mouthwatering side dishes. There is something for everyone at Motto Motto. After our two visits we have managed to try pretty much everything on the menu and it was all delicious and expertly prepared.

Some highlights from the menu would be the: Chicken Karage, Chips with Seaweed & Salt, Waygu Roll, and the Seared Salmon and Avocado bowl.

Motto Motto has been a HIT with Garden City shoppers and.... Liu divulged to us that he has plans to open more Motto Motto's around Brisbane! Brisbanite's rejoice!

For more info on Motto Motto check out their website Here.

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Good Vibes and a Killer Menu: Red Hook | Brisbane CBD

Every now and then we come across a menu that completely stops us in our tracks....

A menu so epic that we have NO CLUE what to order. This is exactly how we felt when we paid Red Hook a visit a few weeks ago. When the waiter came around to our table we were tempted to say, "I'll have 1 of everything".

This New York street food inspired hole in the wall has created quite the stir around town since it's opening last year. Every foodie in Brisbane was desperate to get their hands on the coveted lobster roll. Although we unfortunately missed out on their mouthwatering lobster roll by a few weeks... the rest of the Red Hook menu didn't disappoint!

Red Hook is brought to you by, Bonnie Shearston and Tom Sanceau, the duo behind Public and Coppa Spuntino. Some of the highlights of the Red Hook menu are: buffalo wings, hand cut fries, duck tacos, mac n cheese square, fried pickles, and the best cheeseburgers you've ever had in your life! Oh man, all we can say is thank God for this place...

If that wasn't enough to tempt you Red Hook also has a very cool special running on Wednesdays...

ONE KILO OF WINGS (with blue cheese sauce) FOR $12 !!! 


Yeah, you heard us. Get your but down to Red Hook ASAP.

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French Martini's in The Moonlight | Sofitel Brisbane Turns 10!

Any excuse to party right? But we actually have a legitimate reason this time...Sofitel Brisbane has turned the BIG 1 0 !

Sofitel Brisbane is without question one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in Brisbane. One only needs to walk through the glass sliding doors into the immaculate, glossy lobby of this French hotel to see that... 

It's no wonder its the hotel of choice for celebrities, athletes, and world leaders. In fact, during the G20, the experienced Sofitel team catered to the needs of SIX world leaders at once. No small feat! 

We were delighted to be invited to the 10th birthday celebration for this iconic luxury hotel a few nights ago... and as you would expect it was a spectacular evening. French martini's...beautiful frocks...shimmering lights...plenty of bubbly... fresh seafood....and the view! On the night, Sofitel Brisbane officially opened their new rooftop terrace function space which offers guests a unique and mesmerizing view of Brisbane. 

The cherry on top would have to be the Brisbane Astronomical team who were on site with their impressive gear offering guests a glimpse into space. The moon never looked so stunning... 

Sofitel Brisbane sure know how to throw a party! If you haven't stayed or dined with Sofitel put it on your to do list. It's an experience you don't want to miss out on!

For more information on Sofitel Brisbane and booking, click Here.

Breakfast Classics Never Go Out of Style: Denim Co | South Bank

A new cafe has opened in South Bank and it's combines two our favourite things...

Fashion + Food

Denim Co is one of the newer editions to the South Bank dining precinct which is currently undergoing a huge makeover. For more info click HERE.

So many new restaurants to add to your foodie hit list and Denim Co deserves a spot at the top!

Denim Co located on Little Stanley Street is a very Queensland-esq cafe with an open/outdoors layout so you can enjoy the fresh air while you sip your latte.

The breakfast menu at Denim Co utilizes fresh, seasonal produce and features all your beloved breakfast classics like Smoked Salmon, Waffles, Pancakes, and beautiful Dark Rye. The cafe doubles as a clothing store featuring many popular fashion labels. So after you've indulged in a bit of retail therapy refuel at the cafe.

One thing that's sure to give any coffee lover heart palpitations is the French bowl coffee mug.

That's right, I said B-O-W-L. I'm sure you'll be ready for a shopping marathon of epic proportions after you down this mammoth sized drink.

The next time you embark on a shopping day with your ladies pop into Denim Co for breakfast and a bowl of coffee. It's guaranteed to get your through day.

*AmeriAus was the guest of Denim Co.

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Doughnuts Are The New Black! Doughnut Time | Fortitude Valley

If you've been tuned into social media lately then you know Brisbane has gone absolutely MAD for doughnuts!

Doughnut Time to be more specific...

Doughnut Time is the newest venture for Damian Griffith, the foodie extradinair who brought us Alfred & Constance, Kwan Bros, and Chester Street Bakery. This new doughnut shop may be a 'hole in the wall' but it's certainly making a BIG impact on the food scene here in Brisbane. Doughnuts are IN and cronuts are so last season...

The menu at Doughnut Time is truly inspired...boasting flavours like Creme Brulee, Oreo, Nutella, Salted Caramel, and Maple Bacon. It's enough to make any foodie's heart skip a beat.

We were lucky enough to be taken on a behind the scenes tour of Doughnut Time HQ aka Chester Street Bakery where they are made fresh daily.

The Doughnut Time team can crank out around 30 of the giant doughnuts at one time so you can imagine how hectic the kitchen gets with the demand these doughnuts have created around town.

When their doors opened in February the lines were incredible. You would be forgiven for thinking 1D tickets were on sale...

Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? There's no need to fight it. These doughnuts have earned every bit of the hype they have created.

*AmeriAus was the guest of Doughnut Time.

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Fresh & Always Changing: Sassafras Canteen | Paddington

Sassafras Canteen in Paddington has just launched a new lunch menu and you are doing your stomach a serious injustice if you don't check it out... immediately.

Sassafras Canteen is a unique, rustic cafe serving up good wholesome food! The canteen lunches at Sassafras are unlike anything we've tried in Brisbane.

One BIG standout is that the menu changes DAILY. Each day customers can head to the Sassafras Canteen Facebook page to see the new menu. Everything is prepared (perfect if you are on the go!) and made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The lunch menu features delectable things like homemade salads, roast meats, pizza, fish, tartine, and savoury tart! The new, ever changing menu at Sassafras definitely adds a level of excitement to the lunch experience. When you turn up you never no what wonderful treats the team has in store for you.

It's the perfect opportunity to get out of your food comfort zone and try something new. Sassafras Canteen's new lunch menu is available from noon Monday - Friday and Saturday - Sunday.

For more info on Sassafras Canteen check out their new website here.

*AmeriAus was the guest of Sassafras Canteen.

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