Brisbane is a foodie paradise. From fantastic Asian street food to modern Australian dishes, this Brisbane food & drink guide shows you where to eat & drink

Outstanding regional produce dominates the menus in Brisbane, with many restaurants serving up fresh oysters and grass-fed steak which pair well with Australian wines. Asian street food is also popular in Brisbane. Read on to discover the top 10 things to eat and drink while in Brisbane and where to find them.

Fresh oysters

Australia has an abundance of delicious oysters freshly harvested from the water. In Queensland, the government regularly checks the water quality in commercial oyster-growing areas to ensure consumers like you have access to the best.

Where to try:

Visit Billy Kart (2 Edmondstone St) for its fresh oysters and also grilled oysters with rhubarb ketchup and crispy bacon. Alternatively, head to The APO (690 Ann St).

Fresh oysters on ice with lemon
Fresh oysters on ice with lemon

Steak

In Brisbane, you can get quality steaks that are given a marble score (from 0 to 9) which is a component of the AUS-MEAT beef quality grading system. From Eye Fillet to Rump Cap, grass-fed to organic-certified, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.

Where to try:

Black Hide Steakhouse (36 Caxton St) offers fine cuts of steak prepared to your liking.

Grilled Barramundi

Also known as Asian sea bass, Barramundi is a popular fish in Queensland. The fish is often prized for its sweet, buttery flavour and it’s delicious when grilled.

Where to try:

Served with pea puree and lemon butter, the grilled barramundi in Atalanta (905/47 Hercules St) is simply delicious.

Grilled barramundi
Grilled barramundi

Breakfast

If you’re a person who enjoys a hearty breakfast before sightseeing, Brisbane has plenty of excellent cafés available to serve you. From Banana French toast to artisan bread with vegemite, you have a wide range of choices when it comes to the most important meal of the day.

Where to try:

Artie & Mai (340 Sandgate Rd) serves excellent eggs benedict while The Gunshop café (53 Mollison St) offers excellent artisan bread and its Dutch gingerbread pancake is truly special.

Rice noodle salad

Known as ‘bun’, this Vietnamese street food is light and refreshing, with rice vermicelli noodles mixed with herbs and vegetables drenched in nuon mam dressing.

Where to try:

Visit Mrs Luu’s (40 Tank St) and order its insanely delicious sugar-cane prawn bun.

Rice nodle salad with chicken meat and carrots
Rice nodle salad with chicken meat and carrots

Laksa

Originated from Malaysia, this noodle dish is either served in spicy coconut milk curry or a tamarind-based soup. Laksa is highly popular among local Brisbanians and visitors alike.

Where to try:

Laksa Hut (27 Station Rd) and Ipoh Laksa (1/333 Gympie Rd) are neck and neck in regards to who serves the best Laksa in Brisbane.

Twix cake

Calling all Twix fans, this cake made with Twix bars and drenched in caramel sauce is a chocoholic’s delight.

Where to try:

Chester Street Bakery (32a Chester Street)

Gluten-free donuts

Forget about greasily fried donuts, you can get baked or even raw donuts that are also gluten-free in Brisbane. How awesome is that eh?

Where to try:

Nodo (1 Ella Street) has the best gluten-free donuts you’ll ever taste on this planet. The baked Valronha chocolate & beetroot donuts are to die-for and its raw donuts are equally delicious.

Vegan gluten free chocolate covered cake doughnuts with coconut sprinkles
Vegan gluten free chocolate covered cake doughnuts with coconut sprinkles

Wine

Australian wines have been winning gold medals in competitions around the globe, so in between sightseeing and activities, do leave some time to enjoy a glass of Shiraz or Sauvignon blanc.

Where to try:

ARIA (1 Eagle St) has an extensive wine list.

Pavlova Martini

Arguably Brisbane’s best-kept secret, Pavlova Martini is made with Vodka, fruit juice and topped with meringue.

Where to try:

The cocktail bar in Emporium Hotel (1000 Ann St) is the place to go.

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