When people think of Queensland they think of sun, surf, reef, beach, outback and rainforest. But another interesting element, something that really makes us sing, is our culture. And on a deeper level, our multi-culturalism. We are many people, from many nations. Say hello to Halal Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Curry Hit Indian Takeaway
This Indian restaurant in the Brisbane southside restaurant of Sunnybank only uses Halal meat and products from local suppliers. Their boneless curries, which start from mild and go to very hot are made to order and are gluten-free as well as MSG free.
An unassuming yet exotic shop tucked away in Kuraby on Brisbane's southside, Ala-Din is a virtual Aladdin's Cave of Halal treats. Among the home-made Lebanese sweets and baked goods, you'll find baklava, kataifi, namoura and mamoul. The Middle Eastern-themed restaurant here specialises in traditional oven-baked Halal lamb.
Top in Town
This small chain of Indian restaurants specialising in Halal cooking has three locations in Brisbane – two on the southside at Upper Mount Gravatt and one in the inner city suburb of West End. It serves authentic Hyderabadi Indian Cuisine among its extensive menu list.
Shalom Indonesian Restaurant
Authentic Indonesian cuisine is served at this Halal-friendly restaurant in the Brisbane southside suburb of Sunnybank Hills. There's hundreds of dishes from which to choose including noodles, soup, satays and curries. The exotic fruit Durian makes it on to the desert menu.
Malaysian-born Michael Nee launched this Brisbane southside restaurant at Eight Mile Plains in 1989 and hasn't looked back. The Halal-friendly menu is inspired by the full-bodied flavours of southeast Asia, primarily Malaysia. But you will also find Chinese, Indian, Melakan, Portugese and Thai on the menu.
Goa Indian Fusion
Situated along elegant Tedder Avenue in the Gold Coast's Main Beach, sits the award-winning Goa Indian Fusion restaurant. This massive menu boasts six different types of rice alone among a range of Halal-friendly foods.
You'll find an interesting blend of Italian and Turkish dishes this restaurant and pizzeria in the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Traditional Turkish dishes are prepared with Halal meats, scented pilaf and exotic herbs and spices.
This Lebanese restaurant at Main Beach, on the northern tip of the Gold Coast, serves waterfront views with its Halal-friendly menu. There's traditional Medi and Shallot bread on the menu here.
Taj Palace Indian Restaurant
Also situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, the Taj Palace prides itself on its Halal dishes. There's a range of creamy curries and spices and house specials such as Phari Fish, Saffron Tandoori Prawns and Murg Navrattan.
The Curry Muncher Café
Touting itself as the Gold Coast's most affordable and authentic cuisine, there's also Halal food on the menu here at this Chevron Island establishment. Entrees start from $5 and takeaway curries from $10.
Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld offers Halal-dining at its Billabong Restaurant. Guests have the option of being greeted by wildlife staff who offer the chance for an up close and personal experience with koalas, crocodiles, wombats and snakes.
Continental Halal Meats
For those looking to enjoy a typical Aussie barbecue and cook their own food, Continental Halal Meats in Southport on the Gold Coast and Runcorn in Brisbane is the place to shop. All small goods are made on the premises and there's a wide variety of fresh meat products here.
Bollywood Ishtyle Indian Restaurant
With a name like this, how can you refuse? Located in inner Brisbane's Stones Corner, this loads of fun and feisty menu items, many of which are Halal-friendly, to be had here.
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Author: Tourism and Events Queensland
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