14 Nov 2016
Dining out should be an adventure – finding the biggest burger, indulging in the ultimate thickshake and salivating over perfectly prepared desserts. That’s exactly what Brisbane’s up-and-coming food scene is all about. Rather than ordering the same old tired takeaway, enjoy fabulous feasts in the new restaurants and cafés that are popping up all over the city. But where should you go first? Check out our picks for the best food districts in Brisbane, where you’ll find some of the most exciting venues in town.
Culinary Smorgasbord: Fortitude Valley
As Brisbane’s premier entertainment district, it’s no surprise that a selection of the city’s most popular restaurants can be found in Fortitude Valley. If you’re a fan of Japanese food, you absolutely must pay a visit to Bird’s Nest.Established in mid-2013, this restaurant is a newcomer to the Valley, serving up rich Japanese cuisine in a friendly and warm atmosphere. For a fun night out on the town, the APO is a great restaurant and bar that serves up all kinds of alcoholic ‘medicine’, including beer, wine and spirits. Enjoy a cocktail poured from apothecary glasses, or sit back and take in the unique features of this heritage-listed old medicine dispensary, built in 1862. While you’re in the neighbourhood, also be sure to check out James Street, an area in the Valley that simply has too many fabulous restaurants and cafés to list individually.
Diverse Delights: West End
Considering it’s home to Brisbane’s Greek community, West End is an ideal destination if you’re craving a tasty gyro or a slice of baklava. With its quintessentially Mediterranean décor and traditional menu options, Lefka’s Taverna is a great place to start when it comes to dining out in this district. As you tuck into a delicious dish of tzatziki or souvlaki, the enthusiastic staff will ensure you’re well looked after, demonstrating that generous hospitality for which Greece is renowned. For a change of scenery, the Vietnamese Garden can be found on the other side of West End. Famous for its pho, this Asian fusion restaurant serves up an array of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine in an elegant indoor/outdoor setting. If you don’t have enough time to sit down and enjoy your meal, grab a takeaway coffee and a bite to eat from the West End Coffee House.
Waterfront Venues: Eagle Street Pier
Featuring a combination of laidback bars, fancy restaurants and charming cafés, the Eagle Street Pier is one of Brisbane’s most dynamic food districts. Try an assortment of authentic German beers at the Bavarian Beer Café, or indulge in a drink at Jade Buddha, which offers a unique east-meets-west menu along with stunning views of the Brisbane River. You can also treat yourself to a decadent dining experience at ARIA, arguably one of Brisbane’s finest restaurants. Created by celebrity chef Matt Moran, you won’t believe the range of culinary delights included on ARIA’s menu. There are also plenty of venues where you can enjoy a relaxed breakfast or brunch along Eagle Street Pier.
If you thought Queensland’s capital was devoid of any kind of food culture, visiting these districts is sure to convince you otherwise. Don’t waste another moment and start discovering Brisbane’s food scene today.