It’s a scientific fact that your mum is the best cook in the world, but your next best bet is closer than you think. That’s right, you don’t have to head out to the ‘burbs to experience authentic international cuisines. From ramen and laksa to wings and pasta, the best of the city’s food offerings are its many multicultural eats. Take a trip around the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner – here’s your insider’s guide.
Whether you’re into bibimbap, barbecue or bulgogi – the city’s Korean digs have you covered. Check out WaraWara, Maru and Madtongsan II on Elizabeth Street, and FunnyFunny on George Street for your spicy fix.
There’s no bigger crowd pleaser than a typical American spread. If you’re a burger fan, you’ll like Miss Kay’s on George Street, Red Hook in Gresham Lane and Miel Container on Mary Street. For the wing and brisket fans there’s the aforementioned Miss Kay’s and Red Hook plus Buffalo Bar on Edward Street.
Taro’s Ramen, with stores on Queen Street and Edward Street, is an institution in Brisbane. Known for its super hot and spicy noodle soups in pork broth, it attracts a serious city crowd for lunch every day of the week. If you’re more of a sushi type or chasing some karaage or katsu chicken curry check out Izakaya Kotobuki on Albert Street, Sushi Edo on Elizabeth Street, Kadoya on Mary Street and Karaage on Adelaide Street (in our building!). And for gyoza, Harajuku Gyoza in Queen Street Mall has you covered.
If you like you pizzas traditional, you’ll love Coppa in Gresham Lane, Corbett and Claude on Elizabeth Street and Verve on Edward Street. Coppa is also great for pastas and Corbett and Claude for gnocchi. There’s also Vappiano in Queen Street Mall for a bit of everything at a good price and of course Domino’s on Queen Street for a big cheezy pizza.
Longing for a spicy laksa? Or a sweet and sour stir-fry? Check out Little Singapore in Queen Street, Pappa Rich in Queen Street Mall, and Jackpot on Albert Street and Elizabeth Street. These are all student-friendly on the wallet and have all the good Asian Fusion favourites as well. If you’re more of a dumplings person, New Shanghai in Queens Plaza is the locals’ favourite.
The Mexican eateries in Brisbane will give you something to taco ‘bout. For classic tacos and associated Mexican eats don’t go past Coyotito in Eagle Lane and Comuna Cantina in Queen Street Mall. On the fast food front there’s also Guzman Y Gomez in Queen Street Mall, Adelaide Street and Eagle Street, and Mad Mex in Queens Plaza.
For the very best thai food in the city check out Phat Elephant on Queen Street (Post Office Square), and Kimm Inn in Queens Plaza. Both do spectacular curries and all the favourites like pad thai, fried rice and delicious satay.
Whether you’re a pho fan or just like the odd rice paper roll Little Saigon Grill off Elizabeth Street, Roll’d in Queens Plaza and on Queen Street, and Saigon Salad Roll on Adelaide Street have you covered.
The best food-on-the-run is to be found at Kebapp kebab store on Adelaide Street and the Turkish Bakery at Jan Powers Farmers Market – popping up every Wednesday in Reddacliff Place from 8am.