Where to eat in Brisbane

Time to break out and find some new favourites? 4BC Radio host Karni Liddel certainly thinks so. "I want to find some new places to go," she says. So I made a little list of restaurants, cafes and bars that won't disappoint.

Chur burger

Cheap and cheerful

Cheap shouldn't mean a drop in flavour so hunt out places that don’t sacrifice good quality ingredients to cut costs.

•    Chur Burger, Fortitude Valley -  $10 gourmet burgers – no need to say more

•    The Bun Mobile -  Asian style steam buns filled with three different fillings each day for $9 and sometimes they throw in a salted caramel banana bun. YUM! Check their website for the current location.

•    Statler & Waldorf, Caxton Street  - Gastronomy pub with simple food done very well, plus you can add bacon to any meal for $3.

Salted caramel banana bun at The Bun Mobile

Best tip: Be on the lookout for meal deals at your favourite places, often available early in the week or evening.

GOMA's dessert is a work of art.

Special occasion dining

You need a sense of occasion, a good atmosphere and great food for a memorable experience. My picks here are all in Brisbane's CBD.

•    Restaurant Two  - Elegant décor and mid-week degustation is a bargain.
•    Prive 249 – Sophisticated atmosphere with exquisite food.
•    Esquire  - Brisbane’s only Three Hat restaurant
•    Goma Restaurant  - Award winning chef creating delicious and thoughtful food.
•    Urbane – Award winning chef  offering  5 or 8 course degustation and caters for vegetarians

Best tip: Check out the restaurant for your favourite table and request it when booking.

Vintaged, Hilton Hotel.

Best steak

When only a steak will do head out to a venue that specialises. Look for a restaurant that has a dry aged meat cabinet and a menu that talks about the origin of the beef and breed, as this shows they take their steak seriously.

•    Black Hide, Caxton Street - Awarded Australia’s Best Steak Restaurant it also has a Chefs Hat.
•    Black Bird Bar & Grill, Eagle Street, CBD
•    Vintaged Bar + Grill, Hilton Brisbane, Queen Street, CBD
•    Norman Hotel, Wooloongabba

Norman Hotel

Best tip:  Ask for the chef’s recommendation on how to have your steak (blue/medium rare/medium etc)


Best cocktail list

Most bars make cocktails but if it’s going to be an occasion pick somewhere with great décor or a view.

•    Emporium Hotel , Fortitude Valley – eclectic décor matched with an innovative cocktail list
•    Bar Pacino, Eagle Street  - very new with great views.
•    Bacchus, South Bank – drinks by the pool plus an award winning wine list.

Best tip  - Stop at one espresso martini or you'll have regrets the next day.

Where to meet a man/woman in Brisbane?

Karin also asked for some tips on meeting that special person.  Try starting by meeting your neighbours with your neighbourhood restaurant which also has a great bar and at least you’ll have something in common. 

•    Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
•    Bungalow Bar, Rosalie
•    Habitat, West End
•    Longtime, Fortitude Valley

Best tip: Hunt in a pack of two as it’s less intimidating for your prey.

Kerry Heaney