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Ryan Squires is chef and owner of Esquire, Brisbane's most-lauded restaurant. See esquire.net.au.

WHERE'S THE BEST TABLE IN BRISBANE?

Table 34 at Ortiga, where Pablo Tordesilla's tapas-style food transports me to Spain. See ortiga.com.au.

LOCAL FOOD DISCOVERY OF THE PAST YEAR?

Call me biased but at the moment I'm loving esq, my casual dining space at Esquire, where we cook over a charcoal fire pit. Otherwise, I don't mind the shiny red Bucci in Fortitude Valley for its simple Italian cuisine. See buccirestaurant.com.au.

WHAT IS BRISBANE'S BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET?

Mizu - it's a little Japanese izakaya-style place. I like to take friends there for a bento box at lunch and sashimi and good seafood to share. See mizurestaurant.com.au.

WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A BIG NIGHT OUT?

I'd go to the Regatta Hotel for great bar food in a historic setting. See regattahotel.com.au.

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PLACE TO HEAD ON A DAY OFF?

I stay home in my grandmother's old run-down apartment at Main Beach, Gold Coast, to spearfish, surf, sleep and walk - simple! Try The Fish House at Burleigh Heads for great seafood. See thefishhouse.com.au.

FAVOURITE INDULGENCE IN BRISBANE?

Chouquette, a French patisserie in New Farm. I go by myself, because it's a place to do absolutely nothing but read the paper with three croissants and two coffees. See chouquette.com.au.

WHAT'S HOT IN THE CITY?

I really enjoy picking up my herbs from Sourced Grocer. It's a great combination of health, indulgence, while having this bohemian feel to it where anything goes. See sourcedgrocer.com.au.

WHAT SHOULD A VISITOR AVOID, FOOD-WISE, IN BRISBANE?

A lot. If it looks horrible, it will be horrible, especially the bars selling manufactured dumplings.

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