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The New Black

3.5
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20 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Your number one choice for mouth-watering meals, delicious coffee and stellar service in Fortitude Valley.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 20 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.5based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.3
Service
3.6
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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e03B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

Terrible service. Seated at a dirty table, no water brought to the table, no explanation that the menu was online only, coffee arrived only moments before food. Coffee was great food was extremely average. The "black sticky rice" was crunchy and undercooked and inedible, the strawberries had clearly been pre cut and stored for an extended time as they had gone white and tasted like fridge. Extremely disappointing. What was worse is that they staff never cleared the plates before we left... we sat for an extended time. Overall one of the worse cafe experiences in a long time.

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AnnaW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

I ordered the build it yourself breakfast which was great, bacon was amazing. My friend however ordered the waffles, and commented they were pm the dry side.

Service could have been better and more attentive- there were at least 3 wait staff for 10 tables or so and it was a struggle to get anyone's attention to refill our water or get any further coffee orders.

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FernM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

I was very disappointed to visit with cafe. I'd read the reviews on Google and was excited to give it a try. The menu sounded really nice but most of the food was quite dry and we had felt like each dish need one or two more components to balance out the flavours. The waffles especially were really dry and the accompaniments that were served with it didn't work. Would have been nice if they had a couple of lunch items available as well considering they were open till 2.

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Kcbean
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Really excellent menu & definitely well priced. It is a little awkward/confusing to get into, but certainly worth it once you find it. Most of the staff were very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The cafe isn’t open Monday’s yet we were able to book on open table.. we arrived at the restaurant after a 15 min walk on my birthday to find it closed. Very poor

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OpenTable Diner
Brisbane / QLD
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Venue is really nice. Food was amazing. Only let down was the service. No host so it’s confusing when you arrive and most of the staff did not acknowledge anyone at the door. Once seated, the staff seemed poorly trained in basic waiter skills. So many missed opportunities so upsell more drinks. Tables left uncleared. It’s a shame because you have potential to be so good. Just invest in training your front of house staff to be as good as your kitchen staff and you will do well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Beautiful food but the noise and waiters staring into their iPads instead of giving eye contact means we won’t be coming back, but would do takeaway.

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BenK
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, intimate atmosphere, friendly staff, and the meals were fantastic. Will definitely be coming here again.

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yummm
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food and coffee. One of the best brunches I've had in Brisbane, if not THE BEST. Service was a bit haphazardly, with outdoor seating in a wind tunnel, making it very hard to enjoy the exceptional food.

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NikkiK
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

I came back with my boyfriend to give this place a go after poor service delivery when it first opened.
We reserved and met our booking, were seated, then asked to have coffees and breakfast along the wall seats to, "prioritise and influencer for the lighting".

Food was presented beautifully but lacked taste and the coffees were really nice. A shame.

MJ
MadJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Waited 39
Minutes for an order to be taken then an hour and a half for meals . Had a coffee made on cows milk when asked for an alternative due to food allergies . Good came out cold . Got a coffee free of charge didn’t really
Make up for it .

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DeniseS
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful staff, delicious food, great atmosphere. Loved it!

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pettinas
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great coffee. Truly interesting and different menu that delivers on flavour every time.

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thank you Pettinas for choosing to dine with us.

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Panchoj
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and delicious food
Nice environment

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thank you Panchoj, please visit us again some time.

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vipWarnes
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fab cafe tucked into cute little laneway.

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thanks Warnes, please visit us again some time.

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BruceM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Birthday breakfast...exciting menu, great location and perfect!

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thanks BruceM. Visit us again sometime.

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MB
MattBee
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great cafe in the heart of Fortitude Valley. You must try the Fried Chicken Benedict dish. Amazing! Great coffee and friendly staff too! I've been a couple of times now and was impressed on both occasions. Make sure you reserve a spot inside though. It gets a bit breezy in the laneway seating section.

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LouiseW
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Very polite and helpful staff. So friendly. Waited 35 mins for avo on toast. Wasn’t anything special. Great vibe and atmosphere but food is average. Amazing coffee however - go for coffee !!

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thanks for your candor LousieW, we're always looking for ways to improve. Hopefully we perform better next time you visit (even if it's only for the coffee).

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Jane
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, always just that little bit different, very tasty and very pleasing to the eye. Great service, very friendly and attentive staff, would highly recommend this place.
Looking forward to trying the evening session, keep up the good work.

The New Black
Responded on 31 July 2020

Thanks for your kind words JaneE, we're looking forward to seeing you again soon. The next dinner will be advertised soon.

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BevanW
Brisbane / QLD
10 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Edgy and different but not outlandish. Great food I can’t wait to share again.

FAQs

The New Black offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0404 348 954.

The New Black is rated 3.5 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.