The Best Places to Eat in Brisbane

LifeStyle FOOD experts Sammy and Bella discover the best places to grab a bite to eat in Brisbane.

Top 3 Bars / Pubs

1. Maker
Jerome Batten, owner of Gauge and Sourced Grocer brings us hall-in-wall bar, Maker, and we mean it, its tiny. You can comfortably nestle in for a few drinks made by the passionate and experienced bar tenders and even enjoy some of their delicious bar food offerings which include house cured meats and honey straight off the comb. Their focus is on locally sourced ingredients with a native Australian edge. If youre looking to wrap your lips around some deliciously different cocktails this is your place!



Expect: Narrow cozy bar, perfect setting for good conversations and great cocktails.
Favourite: Australian Native Negroni, and any of the local beers or ciders
Location: Fish Lane, South Brisbane 4101

2. London Fields
London Fields is one of the first big establishments to grace the Montague Road precinct which will soon be hustling and bustling as the new culinary hub of West End. This 3 part establishment boasts a gastro pub, bottle shop and a underground bar. As it is quiet a large establishment its perfect for large groups. The menu is heavily meat based with an emphasis on nose to tail eating, similar to London gastropubs.



Expect: Large establishment. Plenty of fun to be had or a good dinner and drinks
Favourite: Bone marrow all the way!
Location: Corner of Montague and Raven Street. West end 4101

3. Riverbar and Kitchen
Nestled in the heart of Brisbane CBD, Riverbar and Kitchen boasts one of Brisbane’s best views on the water. Operated by Chef Matt Moran and the Aria group, Riverbar has brought over some signature dishes from Sydney and added them to the menu, like the famous Moran family lamb with salsa verde. The interiors make you feel like your on a large sail boat, with heavy rope lighting and wooden detail, you’ll feel like you’re sailing the seven seas! The cocktail list is very reasonably priced, and the wood fired pizzas are a great bar snack.



Blueberry Mojito anyone? #refreshing #RBKCocktails #delicious #thisisliving #TGIF

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Expect: Large establishment with booths in the back and open bar high tables at the front. Perfect for any occasion.
Favourite: Aperitivo #2, as your in Queensland best enjoy a little tropical passion fruit in your cocktail!
Location: Riparian Plaza, Promenade level, 71 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Top 3 Fast Food joints

1. Red Hook Brisbane
Red Hook is a small diner/bar/take away eatery that celebrates Brisbane’s new laneway culture. Serving New York fast food trends up with some great local beers and lagers. Their burgers and lobster roll are a must try and are definitely worth the grease stains. The great thing about this bar is that not only does it service the busy CBD lunch crowd, its also open till midnight for you late night cravings and beer thirst.



Expect: Clever Bar/Diner, but not much seating.
Favourites: The burgers are some of the best we’ve had, but we also cant go past the lobster roll.
Location: Shop 3, 88 Creek Street, (Gresham Lane), Brisbane

2. Eat Street (as a collective)
Not many people outside of Brisbane know about Eat street, and if your one of those people, book your flights over there now because this place will blow your mind, and you’ll be wondering why every city in Australia doesn’t already have one of these. Its basically a shipping container yard, where the containers have been converted into take away eateries. Our picks are the Koma Sliders, Cronuts, and of course some booze.



Expect: Astro turf and lots of fairy lights, also beggars posing as “entry fee donation collectors”
Favourites: KOma Sliders, you get to try a few different types and share with mates which means you don’t fill up and can try other stalls too
Location: 99 Macarthur Ave, Hamilton QLD, only open Friday and Saturday 4pm-10pm

3. New Shanghai Dumplings

Themed like a Hong Kong Tea house, you can watch your dumplings being made by hand through a glass window. You’ve never seen so many dumlings being made and it will make appreciate the 50 youre about to shove down your throat. But be careful they are famous for their soup dumplings. Made with pork mince these dumplings have a hot soup that comes out when steamed and they can burn your mouth.



Expect: To walk out looking like a dumpling, and possibly a burnt tounge
Favourites: Signature xiao long bao and pork and chive dumpling.
Location: LG23 Queens Plaza, 226 Queen Street Brisbane

Top 3 Restaurants

1. Gauge
Gauge has so far become the coolest place to go and eat in Brisbane, with its signature black garlic bread dish, which they serve for breakfast and as dessert during dinner, has fast become one of the most Instagram-able dishes. Owner Jerome Batten, also from bar Maker, and café Sourced Groucer, has opened this South Brisbane eatery with the intention to aim higher than their other establishments. The food is more refined, but still keeps in the theme of good quality food made from scratch, like the house made seeded bread and cured pork cheek.



Those SA Vongole. This Dish. South Australian Vongole. Roast Onion. Peas. Tasmanian Wakame

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Expect: Cool interiors that are very relaxed, yet food that will come close to blowing your mind.
Favourites: The Black garlic bread with burnt butter and vanilla
Location: 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane

2. Republic
New york loft style eatery, Public has long had one of the most exciting menus in Brisbane. I like to call the food, a sexy spin of classic new york style food, with a more delicate refined flavour. Essentially you’ll be eating things like Pumpkin pie but in soufflé form. The cocktails are a must as well with dinner, and you cant go past their robust wine list.



Expect: Fancy New york loft Interior, perfect for a hot date
Favourites: Pork Belly, kimchi crackling, KFD corn and lime.
Location: 1/400 George Street, Brisbane

3. Asana By Pete Evans
As we are all going Paleo these days its nice to know that there is now  dinner eatery that can cater to our caveman or womans needs. Asana has been opened in Brisbane by celebrity chef Pete Evans. Now not only is Pete known for his judging skills on MKR but he is genuinely a really good cook. The menu designed by Pete allows you to have your full cravings fulfilled with tasty roasted bone marrow and Pete’s famous pizza’s, pork belly, radicchio and caramelized onion.



Expect: Delicious food without the guilt, and you wont have the words paleo or any thing-free thrown in your face either.
Favourites: Macadamia crushed Schnitzel and Moroccan spiced carrot salad.
Location: 80 Albert Street, Brisbane

Top 3 Cafés

1. Sourced Grocer
This grocery store also boasts a relaxed style café with some great take away coffee and a cool room that’s  atreasure trove for foodies who are looksing to pick up great farmers markets tyle produce and day of the week.
The café menu is small and simple but you know that all the ingredients are of the best quality.  House rye crumpets with Byron Bay Butter Co butter and fresh honey comb are to die for especially with a hangover. You cant go past the Avodaco on toast.



Expect: Super relaxed but still buzzing with rocery shoppers and the coofee machine buzzing.
Favourites: Avocado on House sourdough, and hello smoked labneh.. Yum!
Location: 11 Florence street, Teneriffe

2. Gerard’s Bistro
As far as fancy cafes go, Gerard’s Bistro is a must visit. Australia has become famous for its café culture and its places like this that really give us that title. Breakfast dishes aren’t just a ‘seasonal porridge’, they are more like Rosewater rice pudding, fresh berries with plum and pistachios or House made spiced granola, caramelized yoghurt and grilled fig.  Any breakfast dish on the menu will likely be able to also satisfy you for lunch or dinner too.



Expect: Fancy New york loft Interior, perfect for a hot date
Favourites: Pork Belly, kimchi crackling, KFD corn and lime.
Location: Gerard’s Lane, 14/15 James TSreet, Fortitude Valley Brisbane

3. Gauge by day

We spoke about Gauge for dinner, but really it deserves another mention as a café for breakfast or lunch. Its understate sleek interiors work just as well by day as they do at night. The sexy dishes from the night menu get slightly more rebust a naughty by day. Think sexy waffles and house made pastries, and of course that famous Black Garlic bread. This Black bread goes down as one of the best things we have eaten this past year. So much so that we did have it for dinner and breakfast the next day.



Morning sourdough bake @gauge.brisbane Photo: @duncan_beard

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Expect: Cool interiors that are very relaxed, great coffee, and going back for more
Favourites: The Black garlic bread with burnt butter and vanilla and the waffles
Location: 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane

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