Ben Devlin – eat & drink insider Knowledge

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Ben Devlin, one of our Australian young chef national finalists in 2008 is now Chef de Cuisine at Esquire Restaurant. After he completed his apprenticeship in Brisbane at Lat 27, he has worked at Urbane Restaurant and for 2 years at Noma. He returned home a few years ago to join the Esquire team. Here, Ben shares his recommendations on top spots to dine and wine in Queensland.

favourite coffee spots

John Mills Himself, Brisbane and Bunker Coffee (also John Mills) – great use of space and awesome coffee

Death before Decafe, New Farm – open 24hrs, a great place to escape

Reverends Fine Coffee – great service, my local

favourite casual eateries

Chouquette – the best French pastries we have, they do an awesome canelé

The Bakers Arms – a great selection of baked goods, and great coffee

Taros Ramen & Cafe – he makes the best noodles, and his stocks are always full of flavour

favourite restaurants

Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley – interesting food that’s always full of flavour, and really well made. Great atmosphere and service as well

Trang Restaurant, West End – awesome Vietnamese food.

Sorrelina Pizzeria, Great pizza, and they wood fire cookies to order for dessert

favourite bars

The Scratch Bar, Milton – fantastic place to be, great ever changing list of beer

The Gresham – hidden in the city, good selection of whisky

Tippler’s Tap – good food, good beers

favourite markets

Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane – it’s a bit hit and miss, but there are some real gems there sometimes.

Sourced Grocer, Teneriffe – an awesome nursery. They stock some great local produce, and make a great breakfast

Raddacliff Place Market, Brisbane – in the middle of the city in the middle of the week, but there is always some amazing produce to be found here

favourite interstate restaurants

Sixpenny, Sydney – the chefs here always put so much thought, effort and love into everything they make. It’s been one of my best ever meals

Bar Lourinha, Melbourne – great Spanish food, an awesome bar, I’ve only ever had amazing meals here

Finally Brae, Victoria – haven’t been but it’s the top of my wish list, the gardens, the dining room and the food all look stunning


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