I'm not some rich chick who spends her time hanging out in upmarket restaurants.
I'm more your 'Where can I get a good feed for not too much money?' kind of girl.
But one of the nice things about writing for Weekend Notes is that you receive invitations to places and events outside of your normal world. And, in the spirit of adventure, I generally accept them.
Which is how I came to be at the launch of the Euro Garden, up the Riverside end of town, recently. An offshoot of Mary Street's swanky and much-awarded Urbane restaurant (which is also home to Euro Brasserie and Sub-Urbane cellar dining), the Euro Garden is an upmarket barbecue experience that takes over Spencer Laneway at the rear of the restaurant each Friday from noon.
The Spencer Laneway space has been simply but attractively fitted out, with recycled chairs and tables, and concrete walls featuring a hanging herb garden that creates a swathe of greenery.
To one side, a chef presides over the barbecue, preparing a range of gourmet finger food designed for sharing. The small but yummy menu includes Bangalow pork ($15), chicken skewers ($12), prawns ($30/500g), and barbecue corn ($8).
I enjoyed everything I tried, with the pork the standout for me.
Beer (think Heineken, Beck's, Kirin etc) and cider (apple or pear) start from $7 a glass, or you can choose from the extensive house wine list or softdrinks.
Brisbane's CBD laneways have been coming to life over the past few years, with the help of Brisbane City Council, but also the efforts of numerous hardworking and entrepreneurial restaurateurs.
Euro Garden is a great example of this trend, ideal for an end-of-week lunch or drinks, or a pre-show drink or meal on a Friday night (it's open till 8pm). It's a convivial mix of people, drinks, and good food, in an informal but interesting outdoor space.
And, despite its location up the big end of town, I felt both welcome and comfortable in its funky laneway surrounds, which had just enough grit about them to make me feel at home.