Brisbane as the locals know it (where to find great food)

The hidden Brisbane is my favourite part of Brisbane. To say that Brisbane is not interesting can mean one of two things – either you haven’t really looked, or you are so new you don’t know some of the local gems yet. And since, if you are on this website, you may be visiting in a campervan and just staying for a while, you are excused! Allow me to enlighten you.

Who doesn’t love food? I love it, and when I say I ‘love’ food, I mean I love decadent, sweet, delicious food that shortens your life span. If you are looking for healthy food, you are reading the wrong blog. But I will try to provide a well-balanced article.

There are a few fab joints for breakfast around town. Some of the most well-known ones are The Gun Shop, Lock and Load (both in West End), French Twist, Pearl Cafe, Crosstown Eating House (Woolloongabba). With the first two you might wonder where I am trying to send you. But it’s OK. The Gun Shop was once a Gun Shop … Lock and Load, well … I have no answer for that. It’s just a name.  Some people may question why French Twist is on the list…well, they make a spectacular french toast with banana, Nutella, maple syrup and ice cream which I love.

Georges Seafood Paragon at Eagle Street Pier is on my list for two reasons. It’s cheap (hello half price lunches) and they seem to cook everything.  I hate seafood, so the fact I can eat here is noteworthy.  Taragindi Thai – I have never tasted better coconut rice. Always delicious, I would eat there every night if I could.

My new favourite dinner eatery is Fat Noodles in the historic Treasury Casino building. You may be unimpressed with the Casino idea but the food is delicious, reasonable and the decor is funky. Something new catches my eye every time I visit (even though I always order the same dish).

Apparently people share food now … Well, that’s the impression when I visited Public. I feel that there is a ‘lady and the tramp’ push happening in Brisbane. Did I miss something? Is this the new speed dating? Anyway, it’s all about sharing at Public and their lack of tables means more intimacy with your dinner date.

West End Garden in West End is where I take friends visiting Brisbane. The chilli squid is amazing.

My favourite meal of the day is dessert. Personally, I believe Brisbane should have more dessert restaurants. Milano at Ascot serves ice cream desserts similar to the ones you remember from your childhood when you visited the Big Pineapple. Passione Gelateria at Tenneriffe is a small establishment which offers some yummy Italian desserts. I am never less than impressed when I visit. Freestyler at Emporium is well known and open till late. Sometimes you’ll find it difficult to get a table. Poppie Cakes at Emporium rate a mention, as does CakeStar at Albion. Both sell  delicious cupcakes but Poppie Cakes serves rainbow cake. Google that – you will be impressed.

Meals at any time
Brisbane is limited when it comes to dining after 10pm. If you don’t want to visit the Casino I would head to the Villager, Brisbane CBD. Failing that, the Pancake Manor, Brisbane CBD is open 24 hours and provides meals other than pancakes. As the clubs close and the kebab lines are too long, you’ll see weary clubbers with shoes in hand making their way up the hill to the old church where the pancake manor is hidden.