Is there anything more fabulous than a long lunch? When you’ve got good food, cold drinks, great company and the whole afternoon to knock yourself into a food coma the world is your oyster.
Our friends over at Somersby happen to agree, which is why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you 10 of the best spots to take your mates for a long lunch—with plenty of ciders—in Brisbane.
South Bank and Bulimba
We think The Jetty was made with long lunches in mind. Why? Because their combination of delectable seafood dishes, brimming bar menu and lavish resort like set-up means that you’re pretty much guaranteed to stick around until the sun sets. Promise us you’ll try the crusty bread with confit garlic butter, please? You won’t regret it. Oh, and the seafood capellini will (we say this without the slightest hint of exaggeration) change your darn life.
The Defiant Duck
Remember the fancy free days of your youth where you’d spend literal hours (instead of minutes) chowing down on a long, lazy lunch? Bliss. The Defiant Duck evokes those long-lunch vibes, and we love it. Stock up on ribs, burgers, tacos, fried chicken—all of the foods that send you in a food coma.
West End and Fortitude Valley
If you’ve ever sampled yakitori on the crowded and cramped laneways of Tokyo, you’ll probably be one of those people who says, “honestly, Japanese food in Brisbane just doesn’t compare—it’s just so unauthentic!”. We think Bird’s Nest will make you (literally) eat your words. Sit back with a sake and watch the plates stack up as you order bulk yakitori. Plus, they have unlimited fries, so there’s that too.
Gerard’s Bistro doesn’t need an explanation, really. This place is good. Damn good. The Bekaa wings (decorated with actual rose petals) will ruin all other chicken wings for you, while the fried cauliflower will have you contemplating whether you can actually spend the rest of your life just living off cauliflower. The menu is made to share, too, so gather your buds and get ready to feast.
Lokal + Co
Lokal + Co have the perfect set up for long, long lunches. Think sun-dappled, grassy courtyard with umbrellas and tables made for huge groups. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re also Nordic so they strongly encourage practicing Fika. With gravlax and venison burger on the menu, you’ll have a hard time ordering just one thing.
Riverbar & Kitchen
If Riverbar isn’t your go-to long lunch spot, we don’t know where is. Seriously, they’ve got it all: epic panoramic river views, sunshine aplenty, food perfect for sharing and a killer drinks menu. We really can’t think of anywhere we’d rather spend our lunch than lazing around with our pals at Riverbar.
The Brass Barrel
The Brass Barrel is all about the classics, but with a twist. Think oriental tacos sitting on the menu next to a fried chicken burger. Plus, the space is open and totally light-filled, so you’ll never want to leave—especially with the Queensland sun shining on you and a cider in hand!
Elixir Rooftop Bar
Rooftop views? Check. Lush, leafy greenery? Check. Cold, crisp, cider on tap? Check, and check. Elixir Rooftop Bar has got all of your bases covered when it comes to the perfect (boozy) long lunch. To find the place, keep an eye out for a nondescript doorway on Ann Street, blink and you'll miss it.
Ahh, pizza and alcohol. Could this be the ultimate long lunch combo? Signs point to yes. Julius Pizzeria is potentially the best pizza in Brisbane. Big call, but true. You’ll be hard pressed to find something on the menu that won’t send you into a serious foodgasm. The calamari is too tasty for words, while the Number 1 pizza’s name says it all: it’s freaking delicious.
Oysters, cider, and a plethora of fresh seafood… Sounds pretty good, huh? We haven’t even mentioned the parmesan sticks with kimchi salt, or the fish and chips, or even the cured pork belly with stone fruits. You get the picture: this place has serious culinary chops. Just add cider and you’ve got perfection at Stokehouse.
The Defiant Duck | Image credit: Hayley Williamson
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