From the archive: This post was published on our original site, MyCityLife back on 16 April 2014
The number of restaurants popping up around Brisbane is going foodie crazy. If there was any doubt that the Sunshine State is a happening place, the bistros, noodle and dumpling bars, eateries and dining rooms opening their doors wipe that slate clean. In this article alone, we have listed 28 new places have opened or are opening. You go Brisbane!
Prepare yourself: whet your whistle and tempt that palate. There’s no excuse for boring eats, mornings, days or nights, anywhere in Brisbane.
From Adelaide Street, Kiss The Berry brings superfoods, acai berrys, and smoothies so our citizens get a top kickstart to the busy day. Just around the corner in George Street, Augustine’s On George is extending the restaurant with a brand new and shiny café bar on their patio. Simple rustic and wholesome, The Naked Chef will be bringing Jamie’s Italian to the basement of Edward Street in Rowes Arcade keeping to local tastes, customs and economy.
From the plushness of the Riverside, joining the powering edifice of Blackbird Bar & Grill, spick and span dining room The Imperial injects spice blends and modern Chinese onto our Queensland palates. This also joins the recently opened The George Bar & Bistro on Eagle Street, where Rugby star George Gregan brings his panache and know-how from Sydney to The City. Long breakfasts and lunches, bistro food, share plates and after 5 corporate are the winning runs here. Meanwhile, the grand occasion of barbequed meats served from swords will arrive Brazilian style at the Riverside Centre with Navala Churrasqueria.
Along Brunswick Street, Bread and Meat Company brings a touch of Canada to China Town, with slow-roasted meats in thick styled gourmet sandwiches and their own unique coffee blend. Featuring wonderful Tasmanian gum and some Canadian woods in the décor, this bread and meat shop is sure to curb those hunger pangs at any time of the day from early morning work to early morning partying. Johnny Brown’s Café & Bar has opened from Wickham Street. Reflecting the vibrant bohemian area of The Valley, this café is simple and rustic, serving up local talent, from music to stage performances, art and culture alongside easy food options that are tasty and comforting.
The Limes Group continues to expand, with Kwan Bros set to take over the old Kwan Wo Noodle Factory next to Alfredo’s Pizzeria on Alfred Street as an Asian street food inspired chowhouse and noodle bar. Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess will open up around the corner, as a bar inspired by the British colonies of the last 1800s, with cocktails, gin and share plates. That side of town really is taking off!
Meanwhile, from Brunswick Street, Fat Dumpling has opened its doors for delicious shiny parcels of goodness to make their way around the entertainment precinct. And speaking of entertainment, while not really eating oriented, The Bright Side opens on Warner Street with an overhauled beer garden and sound rig to promise an exceptional live music experience. Big names from Kisschasy to Morning Harvey and Mindsnare are already touted to be on the bill.
A hop, skip and a jump away, the monument that is M&A has already put out the “open for business” sign for a southern trip to Mighty Mighty Cue and Brew, Italy’s Locanda Osteria, Spain’s Gordita and Papa Jacks’ Creole classics. Now, The Flaming Olive has joined in on the foodie furore with a share plate styled Mediterranean menu. All that’s needed is a Japanese sushi and sake shrine to really round out this exploration of tastes around the world.
From James Street, the masterminds behind the Happy Little Dumplings dominion and Bulimba’s Coco Bliss Superfood Bar have bought their superfood genius to Press. Shortly, the beauty and the brains behind Hatch & Co, Gerard’s Bistro, Laruche and Lychee Lounge are paused to open a food and bar to join their ever-growing empire.
Care of the wizardry of Pablo Café, from the corner of James and Merthyr, Escobar Kitchen & Bar comes to New Farm as a tapas bar and restaurant with a focus on lunch, dinner and drinks and plenty of bathtub gin. A few doors up, ex-head chef of Deer Duck Bistro has ventured out on his own with The Foraging Quail. As the first PolyScience Anti-Griddle get unleashed in Queensland, trust that a few Heston Blumenthal techniques will meet organic produce and fine dining. The chef tasting fare or shared degustation styled menu is set to accompany the marble and Italian inspired décor.
From the Teneriffe corner, Samson & Sophie Cafe has opened its doors onto Macquarie Street. Following in the footsteps of Tarragindi’s Esher Street Café Deli, this café also has gourmet provisions galore, with cheeses and deli products on offer. Feast the eyes while devouring their breakfast menu in this upmarket gourmet café deli.
The brains behind Sling Lounge joins forces with Green Door Café and Gallery: The Timber Cabin and Coffee House on Logan Road offers a variety of spaces as a café, bar and pleasure venue. Uniting Green Door’s foodie strengths with Sling’s infamous guzzling prowess, this Canadian themed locale turns out an all-day breakfast menu, tapas and share plates alongside cocktails, craft beers and ciders.
From South Bank, the ultimate beer lover will be found at Tomahawk Bar, just opened on Grey Street. Bacchus Brewing and another 80 varieties of craft beers are on tap featuring a rustic menu of comfort foods to be enjoyed when paired with the in-house brews. Meanwhile, just down the road in West End, The Establishment has opened on Boundary Street as a café for breakfast and lunch and an Italian ristorante for dinner. Mangiare!
Across the river in Paddington, Shouk Café brings contemporary Middle Eastern hospitality to Collingwood Street. Down the road, Deer Duck Bistro on Milton Road in Auchenflower is expanding into the next-door flower shop with an a la carte menu and promise to continue with this suburban culinary journey. From Toowong, 85 Miskin Street brings fine dining to the suburbs with a refurbed two-storey sylvan space replete with herb garden and honeybees. Breakfasts from 8am on Saturday and Sunday will soon be coming or select from evening options of indulging in a share tasting menu and self-constructed degustation, all crafted from the freshest ingredients.
Mobile food trucks continue to wheel their way around our motorways with King of The Wings bringing their crispy chicken wings marinated in secret recipes to a road near you. Just as kingly though specialising in Indian Street Food rather than comfort food, Kings Fast Food is taking stock on Boundary Road in Coopers Plains. Enjoy and indulge, on the go.