Brisbane is somewhere we’d been meaning to get to forever but hadn’t had the chance to until now. We stayed at the excellent TRYP Fortitude Valley and spent a lot of our time exploring this area which, around Ann, James and Constance streets, has a lot to offer. We also explored Southbank and the West End, and discovered plenty of Brisbane gems, many of which we didn’t get to try. One thing is certain, our weekend in Brisbane convinced us that we need to get back here again sometime. If you find yourself in Brisbane sometime, we can easily recommend any of the below to you.
Ben’s Burgers is one of the names that comes up when you ask people where to go for the best burger in Brisbane. There’s been some backlash online for Ben’s steadfast refusal to alter any of the burgers on the menu but this hasn’t hurt their popularity. We visited for breakfast so can’t comment on the burgers personally but as far as the muffins we had are concerned, we couldn’t fault them. Lauren had the sausage muffin and I had the bacon muffin – think Sausage McMuffin and Bacon & Egg McMuffins but made using the highest quality ingredients.
Coffee, shakes and green smoothies are also offered but be warned, ordereing a tasty, healhty green smoothie with your meal won’t balance out the calories!
5 Winn Lane
Mon: 7:00am to 2:00pm
Tue – Thu: 7:00am to 10:00pm
Fri: 7:00am to 11:00pm
Sat: 8:00am to 11:00pm
Sun: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Brew is located in a basement down a laneway and along with great coffee, offers a range or breakfast, lunch and bar food options. It operates as a cafe during the day, taking on more of a bar vibe during the night. Even though we just went for a coffee, we were impressed with the look of some of the food we saw coming out and were particularly surprised to see a very decent range of craft beer on tap.
One downside which we read about before visiting which was confirmed when we visited was that service was quite inattentive. When you get the attention of the wait-staff they are very pleasant, friendly and helpful, however getting their attention can be a challenge.
Lower Burnett Lane
Mon: 7:00am to 5:00pm
Tue – Wed: 7:00am to 10:00pm
Thu – Fri: 7:00am to 11:30pm
Sat: 9:00am to 11:30pm
Sun: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Brisbane Brewing Co
Brisbane Brewing Co is the newest venue from Michelle and Grant Clark, the team behind Woolongabba’s Brisbane Brewhouse. Hidden down a laneway off Boundary Street, behind a car park it took us a few minutes to find after reaching the address but when we did find it, we were glad we sought it out.
Diners can either eat in the alfresco area outside or in the cooler indoor area. Food is a surprisingly solid offering of roasts and smoked meats, with a focus on charcuterie boards and salads. We were pleased with all of the food that we ordered – the only complaint was that the kumara chips were lacking in crunch. The meats were especially tasty, with the slow roasted smokiness coming through nicely.
Beer wise, there are 10 taps – 8 brewed on site and 2 guest taps. The taps rotate on a regular basis and a range of bottled beers are also offered, showcasing the best that Queensland has to offer along with favourites from elsewhere. The tasting paddle which we chose was a good way to sample what was on offer. Service was a bit slow however we’d definitely visit again – it’s a really chilled out space.
Brisbane Brewing Co
124 Boundary Street
Mon – Thu: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 12:00am
Gerard’s Bistro provided us with our best food experience in Brisbane. From the food to the service, everything was flawless. Chef Ben Williamson’s food is very much influenced by the Middle East but it’s unlike any food from those regions that we’ve eaten before. Why? Because in effect it’s fine dining in a casual space – the closest we have in Melbourne is Rumi however that is a strictly Lebanese affair. The ingredients and flavours of the dishes that we ate were undeniably Middle Eastern but the technique and attention to detail was very much fine dining.
The food is designed for sharing and all of the dishes pictured were easily split between 4 people. Everything we ate was great, however highlights included the pork belly, basturma and fried chicken.
This place gets very busy so if you want to visit, a booking is essential to avoid a long wait for a table. Oh and Gerard’s is also open for breakfast on weekends.
14 James Street
Telephone: (07) 3852 3822
Mon: 6:00pm to late
Tue – Fri: 12:00pm to late
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 11:00am; 12:00pm to late
Jahh Tiger is one of the best examples of Jamaican food in Australia. Indeed, we’ve not seen a place like this anywhere else in Australia. Inspired by their trip to Jamaica for their honeymoon (and a pre-existing love of Jamaican food and culture) owners Lucy and Michael Forsyth decided to open up a “rum and jerk shack” serving up proper Jamaican food and drinks. I’ll be the first to admit that we’re not experts when it comes to Jamaican food, with the best we’ve eaten being in Brixton in London, where there’s a strong Jamaican community. In fact Lucy was first introduced to Jamaican food when she lived in Brixton.
We were really impressed with the jerk chicken and snacks that we ate and the cocktails were delicious, so delicious in fact that what was meant to be a cocktail and snack turned into a meal with several cocktails and beer. The space is really chilled out and relaxing and the tunes theme appropriate. Highly recommended, especially on a lazy weekend.
3/1 Park Road
Tue – Thu: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Fri: 11:30am to 12:00am
Sat: 3:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 3:00pm to 10:00am
Lost Boys is a Peter Pan inspired cafe bar that, when you walk inside, immediately evokes flashes of childhood. A tree with fairy lights stands to one side while games and Golden books of fairytales are available to play with and read. The food and drinks at Lost Boys however, is anything but child’s play. Everything at this vegetarian eatery, is prepared onsite daily using the highest quality locally sourced organic (where possible) ingredients.
We visited for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed the muesli and poached eggs on toast. What impressed us most however were the drinks – the coconut iced chocolate was delicious and tasted just like a golden rough. In the evenings the cafe switches to bar mode with a menu more suited to the evenings and a range of organic beers, ciders and spirits. A really nice space with a focus on the good things.
694 Ann Street
Mon – Sat: 7:00am to late
Sun: 8:00am to late
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