Goldfinch Restaurant Opens at Pullman Hotel

It takes about nine minutes to drive from Milton to the Pullman Hotel at the corner of Roma and Ann Streets, where a new restaurant, Goldfinch, opened on 2018 Boxing Day.

This roomy and bright new hangout at the heart of Brisbane CBD might remind patrons of the Hamptons, the favourite summer destination of affluent Americans in New York. With its sprawling windows, bi-fold doors and hanging plants, Goldfinch offers guests a relaxing place to wine and dine.

Goldfinch is both a cafe and a restaurant that serves Mediterranean comfort food with a dash of Pacific fusion. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., head chef Gary Howieson serves dishes with familiar home-cooked goodness using healthy and fresh ingredients, much to the indulgence of the guests.

Photo Credit: Instagram/goldfinch_brisbane  

Initial reviews of the newly-opened restaurant are largely positive, averaging a rating of 3.8 out of 4 stars on ResDiary. Diners evaluated Goldfinch for its food and drink, service, atmosphere, and value for money.

“The new renovation is bright n refreshing. Menu is similar to before with some new additions. We all have an enjoyable dinner.”

~ Paula, 4 ½ stars

“Food was of high quality and serves were extremely generous. We ordered too much…”

~ Gordon, 4 ½ stars.

The hotel used to be known as Crest International, the former stomping ground of VIPs in the ’70s. In those days, celebrities and dignitaries frequented the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Goldfish.

It’s no coincidence that Goldfinch sounds a lot like Goldfish. Hotel managing director Michael Daviss said that they chose a similar-sounding name so Brisbane locals, both young and old, can create new memories in this special venue.

Daviss wants Goldfinch to be the ultimate meeting place for the locals. Serving lunch and dinner for groups of families or friends, the restaurant is also an ideal business meeting place. Elixir, a Brisbane roastery, provides the coffee for Goldfinch.

BrisStyle Hits King George Square For Twilight Markets

If you’re looking for award-winning handmade goods from Queensland and Northern NSW, then BrisStyle Markets is the place to be. This year, they are having the Twilight Markets in King George Square, as part of the Brisbane City Council’s initiative.

Just last month, this year’s first Brisbane Twilight Market was held in the area. It gave locals the chance to meet the makers. Aside from the handmade market stalls, there were also plenty of local food vendors, entertainment, and even a free Craft workshop.

Beautiful handcrafted jewellery pieces by Two Plums. Photo Credit: BrisStyle / Facebook

The next schedules of the BrisStyle Twilight Markets will be on 7 September and 1 December from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

BrisStyle was established in 2008 by a small group of Etsy sellers. Over the years, they have grown, forming a bigger group of kindred spirits who have passion and love for creating local goods.

The Brisbane Twilight Markets is the only Brisbane-based marketplace that sells 100% locally handmade products.

If you are itching to get your hands on some locally-handmade goods, you can head on over to The Carseldine Markets for their Christmas In July Makers Market, in partnership with BrisStyle. It will on the 28th of July from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Entry to the event is free.

Time to Light Up Brisbane Christmas Tree

‘Tis the season to be jolly, so Brisbane is all set to light up the Brisbane City Christmas Tree.

The much-loved tradition is happening on Saturday 25 November 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at King George Square. Santa will join Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and special guests as the city welcomes the holiday season.

Event Details

What: Brisbane City Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Saturday 25 November 2017
6:30 p.m.
Where: King George Square

Christmas carols and festive mood will fill the air as Queensland’s biggest solar-powered Christmas tree is lit. There will also be special performances to spread holiday cheer to everyone. The Christmas tree will light up King George Square every night until Christmas Eve.

Brisbane City Council also has a line-up of programs for the festive Christmas season. These will be free fun events for all ages scheduled from 25 November up to 24 December, from Brisbane City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland.

Some of the Christmas season events perfect for the entire family are the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, which will feature a new magical light projection show this 2017. There will be Christmas fireworks, carols and movies in the park.

Check out the full Christmas events schedule at