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St Baxter, New Farm

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now.

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: St Baxter, New Farm.

Fifty bucks buys you the "feed me" option at this Californian-inspired newcomer. The sunset mural, table cacti and colourful beachy vibe might have you thinking this is just another member of the Tex-Mex bandwagon. The fat little suckling pig on the kitchen pass, all golden skin and succulent flesh, though, says otherwise. The food at St Baxter is a cut above. They roast pigs on site, and the serve arrives with a tamarind-tart caramel sauce, fine shards of crackling and a jicama slaw peppered with fresh blood orange slices. Then there's the mole, made with beef cheek, nicely messy over celeriac purée with a rustic pico de gallo salsa. The (notionally four-course) feed-me format changes daily, but you might also score spicy chorizo con papas - tiny spuds sautéed with rounds of hot sausage - or a kingfish ceviche and juicy charred corn with chipotle and parmesan. And to finish? Dulce de leche ice-cream sandwiched between brittle brandy snaps. Consider yourself fed.

St Baxter, 693 Brunswick St, New Farm, Qld, (07) 3254 0277

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