In the mid-1990s, chef Philip Johnson opened a bistro at the grungy end of the CBD and turned the town that cuisine forgot into a chef’s special. These days the area is no longer grungy, e’cco is noisy and the tables are packed tight because it’s still one of the very best restaurants in a town that owes a lot to Johnson. In fact, his enthusiasm has affected the entire dining scene and made Brisbane a great place for great food. He describes his style as ‘real honest food that hasn’t been played with or fussed over’, but you’d need to be a genius to produce anything as good as this at home.

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100 Boundary St; (07) 3831 8344; open Tues–Fri for lunch and Tues–Sat for dinner


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