Brisbane’s four new dining stars

Feeling hungry? Here are some delicious Brisbane dining treats to keep you going from RACQ Gourmet on the Go food writer Kerry Heaney.


Brisbane chef Josue ‘Josh’ Lopez’s new signature restaurant Opal will open at Emporium Hotel South Bank in early August.

Lopez describes the food as modern Australian, celebrating native ingredients through innovative cooking. This is the artistic approach that saw Lopez lead GOMA Restaurant to a prestigious two-hat award-winner.

“I have watched Brisbane, it’s dining scene and food culture grow and develop significantly over the years, and I am really excited to be opening this style of restaurant now,” Lopez said.

“Australian chefs are cementing an internationally-recognised identity for exciting culinary creations using native ingredients, and I think a lot of people want our chefs to continue pushing the boundaries and offer something that has never been done before and is truly delicious.”

Offering business and leisure style lunches, Opal also will have an express degustation option or a full dining experience.


After 22 years in their heritage listed Brisbane CBD location, Philip Johnson’s e’cco bistro has up and moved stumps to a fresh new space just opposite the iconic Gasworks on Skyring Terrace at Newstead.

The décor is classic with curved leather seating, American oak joinery, splashes of marble and travertine and brick floors. The dining room is modern with fresh finishes and 10m high ceilings draped in greenery.

It’s a multi-space affair with the main dining room seating 65 and a secluded sunken dining area fit for 12 partially hidden behind sheer curtains. There’s also bar seating and an eight-seat chef’s bench giving diners a bird’s eye view into the kitchen happenings.


Brisbane’s iconic Greek Club welcomes a new restaurant, Nostimo Restaurant Bar, after $3 million refurbishment. Expect refined modern Greek cuisine with dishes that are sophisticated and modern in execution.

The new 180-seat restaurant features white rendered walls, over 15,000 cascading worry beads, thatched ceilings and terrazzo finishes. It’s the look and feel of the Greek Islands. Chef in Residence will be David Tsirekas, formerly Executive Chef of the famed 1821 in Sydney.

Munich Brauhaus

Bringing a year-round Oktoberfest experience to Brisbane’s South Bank, Munich Brauhaus has opened in the renovated heritage-listed Allgas Building in Stanley Street Place.

It’s a world of long communal tables, bench seating and traditional Bavarian charm. Expect wooden log feature walls, bier barrels and even an artificial tree. There’s a signature stein chandelier over the ground floor bar.

The menu includes crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly, schnitzels, gourmet German sausages and shared platters along with 36 taps and 17 draught biers.