5 of the best eater­ies in BRIS­BANE

Writer Amy Nelmes Bis­sett munches her way through the Aussie city

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Travel -

Move over, Mel­bourne – Aus­tralia has a new foodie epi­cen­tre, with Bris­bane wel­com­ing a string of in­cred­i­ble restau­rants. From sim­ple burger bars to high-end din­ing venues, here are the hottest places to chow down in the Queens­land cap­i­tal.

1Feast­ing at E’cco Bistro

It’s not quite new, but the E’cco Bistro is in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion with a fresher menu and it’s all that it was be­fore – think posh din­ing in swanky sur­round­ings – but more. Hav­ing opened be­neath Haven apart­ments in New­stead, it of­fers a modern ap­proach to the eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with a fab­u­lous new grill shipped in from South Amer­ica. It’s this that’s driv­ing the fresh tastes on the menu by New Zealand-born chef Philip John­son. Highlights are the braised short rib and the porchetta with chimichurri – a truly epi­curean meat feast.

2A flat white at Q Roast­ers

Twenty min­utes out of the CBD in leafy sub­urb Stafford is Q Roast­ers, the only café and roast­ing house in Bris­bane that of­fers just Fair­trade cof­fee. There are blends from Ti­mor, In­done­sia and Ethiopia. Each is eth­i­cal for the en­vi­ron­ment, and of­fers sus­tain­able liv­ing for the grow­ers and work­ers. The beans are roasted on site, so the smell hit me as soon I walked into the ware­hous­es­tyle con­ver­sion. The flat white was per­fect and I hand-picked a gooey dark-cho­co­late brownie. This place is a di­a­mond find for bean afi­ciona­dos want­ing to learn more about their cof­fee’s jour­ney.

3 Al fresco at Davies Park Mar­ket

There are plenty of farm­ers’ mar­kets dot­ted around the city, but those in the know go to Davies Park Mar­ket in the trendy West End. Held ev­ery Satur­day, the fresh fare is aimed at lo­cals rather than tourists so prices are rea­son­able and there are lots of ar­ti­san of­fer­ings, like bou­tique cof­fee stalls and freshly baked potato bread. I ar­rived with an empty stom­ach to en­sure I could fit in all the flavours as I me­an­dered through the kilo­me­tre-long mar­ket. A favourite was the crumbly falafel a few stalls in. Top tip: Ar­rive early and en­joy the live mu­sic – there’s plenty of green space to re­lax and feast.

4Sim­plic­ity at Ben’s Burg­ers

When it comes to the per­fect burger, some­times a no-frills ap­proach is best and Ben’s Burg­ers is a sim­ple but de­li­cious burger bar in the buzzy hub of For­ti­tude Val­ley. Lo­cated on Wynn Lane, the Amer­i­can-style burg­ers are served at lunch and din­ner. Daunt­ingly, they of­fer a triple stack, which is re­ally only for the bravest of us. But their sim­ple cheese­burger, with ex­tra pick­les and ba­con, is an amaz­ing an­ti­dote to a few too many wines the night be­fore. Hair of the dog is also avail­able, with Sailor Jerry cock­tails a spe­cial­ity.

5 Sun­down­ers at Six­teen Antlers

De­spite its new­ness, this is al­ready the most buzzing rooftop bar in Bris­bane, which is un­der­stand­able as it boasts the best views of the city. Tak­ing over the top level of the Pull­man and Mer­cure ho­tels in King Ge­orge Square, it’s the go-to for sun­downer ses­sions dur­ing most nights of the week. And it’s not only the view that’s pulling in the pun­ters, but also its ex­ten­sive cock­tail list, with cre­ations such as The Pas­sion­ate Ginge and Tears of the Sun. On our visit, I opted for a pros­ecco that was de­li­ciously cool­ing on a 38°C day, along­side mini brioche slid­ers, and moz­zarella and jalapeño cro­quettes. De­li­cious!

Big-ups to Brissie! Amy raises a glass to fab­u­lous foodie get­aways.

A de­lec­ta­ble tow­er­ing that’s cheese­burger? Now what a girl wants!

The city views from hotspot Six­teen Antlers are as gor­geous as its menu.

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