Much like our waistlines at an all you can eat buffet, Brisbane’s restaurant repertoire is expanding. This (not so) little city is making a splash in the foodie scene, and we couldn’t be more here for it. From the ‘burbs to the CBD, there’s been a crazy amount of new eateries and venues making themselves heard, and of course we’re all ears (mouths).
If you’re always on the hunt for new spots to brunch, lunch, or dine ‘til you drop, we’ve got you covered. Here are the new Brisbane restaurants and bars you should have on your radar.
SALON DE CO | CBD
Not just a pretty face, Salon de Co’s unique art deco interior and quirky furnishings add to a dining experience like no other. Waltz past the bar filled with eclectic curiosities – where David Bowie dining sets are just the beginning – through to the 1920’s inspired restaurant. Enjoy tasting bites and Martini pairings, or if you’re after something more filling, indulge in share style plates that focus on unique flavours with multiple vegetarian options.
ISLES LANE | CBD
It’s ok to pig out at Isles Lane, and when we say it’s fine we mean it – if you consider ordering a whole suckling pig to be gluttonous. But then again, it’ll be shared… right? Inside the leafy space of this garden-inspired micro-pub it’s unlikely that you’ll be noticed downing a fourth serving of BBQ beer can chicken or lobster rolls. They also serve up breakfast and lunch, so Isles see you there!
MALECÓN | MILTON
If 2017 was gincredible, 2018 is the year of rum – and we’re shooketh, not stirred, by Malecón’s exciting cocktails. This new Milton Cuban rum bar is focusing on bringing rare rums to Brissie, as well as carefully selected South American and Australian wines and beers – and their onsite distillery means they’ll be serving rums of their own someday soon. While Malecon doesn’t serve meals, it’s a BYOF deal (bring your own food) so you can order and enjoy Uber Eats in the dimlit leather interior of their bar.
WALTERS STEAKHOUSE | CBD
Experience the Big Apple at Walters Steakhouse, where old-school restaurant glam is the go. Journey to their set-alone bar where you’ll enjoy a few cocktails without the judgement of grandma’s birthday party, and indulge on pierogi, bugs and *shocker* great steak from the comfort of one of the private dining rooms. Pro tip: you’ll have to ask one of their friendly staff for the cheesecake, because man, it’s good. Trust us.
SPICE DEN | CBD
Having ventured up from Casuarina, Spice Den is heating up Ann St with all-day dining. Love Thai eat? You’ll be pining for more of their pan-Asian menu as soon as you leave, with a menu ranging from vegan san choy bau to beef ribs, royal red duck curry and Sichuan salted soft shell crab. Dining with mates? For $34 per head, enjoy a four-course lunch banquet, available six days a week.
MACHO MACHO |ASHGROVE
Macho Macho, man – what can we even say? If you love great food in an intimate setting, you’ll dine for this cosy eatery. Created by the minds behind Artie & Mai, Macho Macho is a café by day, bar by night – and has the food Brisbane deserves and definitely needs right now. Snack on honeycomb, ricotta and lavender hotcakes for brunch, or end your day with BBQ beef back ribs and one of their rotating selection of brews.
E’CCO | NEWSTEAD
Iconic Brisbane fave E’cco has reopened in the Haven Complex, and we’re loving it, it, it. Simplicity done to perfection, head chef Philip Johnson has mastered comfort food with a dining experience that’s all about share plates. Boasting an impressive selection of entrées, an incredible wine list and delectable mains like dry aged wagyu and porchetta, the menu alone will keep you coming back for more.
Already drooling? Brisbane’s capacity of restaurants isn’t even close to full (and neither are we), but we’re making a good start – so we’ll keep you updated whenever something new pops up.
Words by Sophia Lunn, the Gourmand who is scraping together couch change to buy nuggets.