Brisbane is not just about great beef and bars, although we have plenty of those too. Even the most fastidious of foodies will be asking for second helpings of this city. So what's our secret recipe? Think home-grown produce, freshly-caught seafood and world-class chefs. Here's ten of Brisbane's best restaurants (and believe us, there's plenty more).
Greenglass is Brisbane newest secret dining spot, a minimalist French cuisine restaurant nestled in a high-ceiling, heritage-listed loft in the heart of the CBD. Just like a simplistic art gallery, Greenglass keeps all furnishing to a minimum so guests focus purely on the artistic nature of the food delicately placed in front of them. Complete with a Michelin-starred chef from Paris in the kitchen, Greenglass is a local secret worth sharing. With very limited marketing this little gem is rather hard to find but worth the effort when you do, (just look for the plain black door next to The Grosvenor).
Co-owned by international award winning chef, Alejandro Cancino and Brisbane born hospitality guru Andrew Buchanan, Urbane Brisbane is a restaurant focused providing guests with two things, experience and quality. A 3 chef hat restaurant and winner of the 2017 Australian Gourmet Traveler top 100 restaurants award (No# 1 in Qld and No# 24 Australia), Urbane uses techniques from France and Japan to create their fresh European/Australian infused menu. Living up to all of its social hype, and becoming more popular with its ever growing blog coverage, this place is a must try for any serious foodie.
Named after legendary cattle herder, Vaquero is an authentic Spanish dining experience found in the heart of Albion. Inspired by its origin, the restaurant is designed as a social hub for family friends to come together and dine over the menus share plates. Serving only the freshest quality ingredients with a farm to plate concept guests can expect fresh, simply designed seasonal plates that look as good as they taste.
Contrary to its title, there's nothing pretentious about Brisbane's inner-city establishment Esquire. But that hasn't stopped this restaurant from winning a multitude of prestigious awards. Utilising simple ingredients prepared over charcoal to enhance the flavours, expect creative cuisine such as coal-roasted Australian Murray cod.
Sake Restaurant & Bar
A coveted Chef's Hat, an innovative menu and elegant surroundings are all trademarks of this inner-city Japanese restaurant at Eagle Street. Specialising in contemporary Japanese cuisine, there are a number of options, including a private dining room, in which to enjoy this experience. There's also plenty of varieties of Sake and other Japanese specialty drinks.
If you're looking for one of the best views of the city at night from a sophisticated restaurant, head to the southern end of South Bank Parklands and Stokehouse, right on the river. Fresh fish, lamb, pork and beef dominate the menu here and there's a fabulous outside deck over the mangroves.
Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar
Next door neighbours to the Stokehouse, Popolo is slightly more relaxed but still offers the same great views of the city, particularly when the sun goes down. Highlights of this menu include parmesan-crumbed anchovy-stuff green olives; the prawn pizza; and the Kingaroy suckling pig fresh from Southern Queensland country.
Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar
Aptly perched on the banks of the Brisbane River at Riverside, Jellyfish Restaurant delivers on its name, serving between 8 and 14 fresh species of fish daily. Much of the seafood here is sourced from Queensland waters, and there's even a steak or two for the landlubber, plus an extensive drinks' menu.
Gerard's is the type of place you'd take a first date you were really trying to impress or wine and dine those seen-it-all-before clients. The cool industrial design and menu of sharing plates (that won't feed a family but are undoubtedly gastronomical works of art) has had Brisbanites flocking to check out what all the fuss is about. Operating as a café by day and restaurant and bar by night, this award-winning slick new operation is from the guys behind popular Brisbane bars Laruche and Lychee Lounge. http://gerardsbistro.com.au/
Debate rages in this city about where you can find the best pizza, but a good place to start is at Teneriffe's Beccofino Pizzeria and Wine Bar. Once you've worked your way through the lengthy pizza menu, start on the wine list which boasts a large selection of drops from Italy, France and Spain as well as Australia.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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