5 of the best eateries in BRISBANE
Writer Amy Nelmes Bissett munches her way through the Aussie city
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.