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5 Restaurants To Try Out While In Brisbane

Brisbane is a melting pot of different cultures and that is evident in the amazing restaurants that are scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or an intimate dining experience, Brisbane has something to offer everyone.

From modern Asian cuisine to classic Italian dishes, you can never run out of new places to try.

Here are some restaurants that we recommend checking out:

1. Donna Chang

Pack your chopstick A-game for a skip down George Street, where the old heritage-listed bank has been completely transformed. In its place, you’ll find Donna Chang, a sprawling pink dining room lit with chandeliers, marble tables and perfectly symmetrical round booths for big groups—or just loosening your belt. They caught our attention with Seinfield-inspired fortune cookies, but they reeled us in with fresh rock lobsters, crispy duck, and passionfruit custard buns. Oof.

2. Greca

Celebrated Sydney chef Jonathan Barthelmess arrived in Brisbane in late 2018 to open Greca, a free-wheeling 210-seat taverna-inspired eatery that sets authentic Greek eats to winsome riverside views. The food here is fresh and flavoursome, with much of the meat and seafood cooked over charcoal and wood-fired grills.

However, it’s Barthelmess’s more decadent creations that you’ll often hear spoken about afterwards: a saganaki cheese fried with honey and oregano; and the “katoumari”, a smashed filo and semolina cream dessert inspired by Barthelmess’s ancestral home in Greece. This respect for history and tradition is felt keenly at Greca in their share-style menu, designed to feel like eating at home.

3. Joy Restaurant

Occupying a tiny corner tennancy in Bakery Lane, Joy Restaurant has just 10 seats, all of them overlooking the action being carried out in the kitchen by owner and chef, Sarah Scott, and bartender Maddie Smith . So how good can a restaurant that seats just 10 people be? Well they’re booked out three months in advance, so we’d say pretty damn good. There’s no menu to order off, instead diners choose either the short or long degustation then sit back and make friends with your neighbour while you await the exquisite feast. 

4. Detour

Chef Damon Amos originally made a name for himself at well-regarded CBD diner PUBLIC via the attention-grabbing Kentucky Fried Duck, or KFD as its commonly known. For his own restaurant, he’s gone in a different direction, presenting one of the city’s best plant-based menus in a beautiful, heritage-listed former antique store in Woolloongabba.

Theirs is a progressive and inclusive dining experience, offering an almost entirely gluten-free menu branched into two sections: herbivore and omnivore. For the herbivorous, Dishes such as coal-roasted broccoli with miso, seaweed and quinoa, a Hawaiian curry built on sweet potato, and fossilised carrots with smoked almond prove that vegetarian food is anything but boring. Then for omnivores, it’s saltbush lamb, emu tartare and, yes, the trusty old KFD.

5. Hellenika

If there’s one name that deserves a ranking, we can’t go past Queensland’s Restaurant of the Year. If we’re being honest, though, it’s not about the awards. Like the oh-so-addictive dolmades spilling from Hellenika’s kitchen, it’s the beauty inside that has us entranced. Within the gorgeous Calile Hotel, this poolside haven is dishing out spades of spanakopita, slow-cooked lamb and zucchini chips you won’t want to share.

Brisbane Is Home To A Great Selection Of Restaurants

If you’re in Brisbane for a while, it’s worth checking out the restaurants. There are lots of great ones in this city and there is always something going on at one of them.Something new, fresh and exciting is always going on in Brisbane, and the restaurants are no exception. Whether you’re a foodie, outdoors or love sports, Brisbane is a great place for everything.

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