11 Brisbane Restaurants You’ve Probably Never Tried

By Desta Cullen
25th Jun 2014

Not there we are complaining, but the rate of new — and very cool — Brisbane restaurants opening is out of control!

I mean, give us a chance to digest, Brisbane!

(If you don't know what we're going on about, then you should read this and acquaint yourself with the Brisbane restaurants that are new this month. Because there are plenty of them.)

The list of amazing Brisbane restaurants to try is growing by the day — and there are only so many hours to play with — which makes it pretty darn hard to sample them all. 

To make your prioritizing easier (and because we love you), we've put together a list of the restaurants in Brisbane that you need to try.      


We think we're turning Japanese everytime we go to Mizu. And with good reason, it's darn delish. Favoured as a lunch spot here at TUL Towers, Mizu has locations in both West End and Teneriffe, and does lunch and dinner all week. Come Saturday and Sunday, they do a traditional Japanese breakfast at the Teneriffe restaurant only, which is a must eat if you live in Brisbane.

Fat Dumpling

Tucked into a hole-in-the-wall space on Brunswick Street it would be easy to miss Fat Dumpling, but you'd be doing your stomach a serious disservice by walking past this awesome dumpling bar. A minimal fit out and simple menus means these dumpling dynamos are focusing their attention on the important things — like making sure the food is delicious. One of our favourite new Brisbane restaurants, you need to check this little guy out!

Kwan Brothers

Asian-kitsch is hot right now, and we are loving new restaurant and bar Kwan Brothers for embracing this trend wholeheartedly. Cool tunes, playful cocktails, tasty and shareable street-food style dishes (the pork belly buns with pickled daikon are impossible to resist) and the so-garish-it's-cool décor make for a fun — with a capital F — night out.

Francie Mays

Underground dining is the coolest, and Francie Mays has the market cornered (like, literally, they're on the corner of Brunswick and Annie Street) . Their funky Asian-inflected menu is laden with deliciousness, and their Tuesday night yum cha offering is becoming a tradition with the locals.

Mondo Organics

Organic? Tick. Fresh and local? Tick. Flippin' out-of-this-world delicious? TICK! It's hard to put into words all the ways in which West End institution Mondo Organics is amazing, so we'll just say this is without doubt one restaurant in Brisbane that you need to try if you haven't already. The current winter menu is a beauty with dishes — like slow braised beef brisket with fondant potato and candied garlic — that will make you wonder where the Mondo team has been all your life. The casual, chilled bistro vibe is hard to beat for lunch or dinner five days a week.    

Mighty Mighty Cue & Brew

We are loving Mighty Mighty, an American 'cue house, which has quickly elevated itself to the major-league of Brisbane restaurants in the short time since it's opened. You can thank the southern states of the great US of A for inspiring this gem, before noshing on some of Brisbane's best ribs, among other southern delights. Delicious mountains of barbecued meat not your thing? Try the king prawn jambalaya or the very satisfying vego' option for a break from the meat feast.   

Toro Bravo

They may be out of the World Cup, but Spain is still competing when it comes to your tastebuds, and Fortitude Valley's Toro Bravo are one Brisbane restaurant who have harnessed the Latin powers to bring you some great chargrilled meats and Spanish tapas. Of course, it wouldn't be a genuine Spanish experience without a suitably convivial atmosphere, lubricated by a jug (or two) of sangria!   

Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse

Steak and crab: the two most important food groups in any diet, right? Well, Kingsleys has bucket loads of both, plus killer river views, and a bangin' wine list. This is surf and turf gone fancy, and we likey. Brisbane's biggest steak and seafood fans have been all over this one for a while now, so if you haven't been yet we highly recommend you get down there. 

Psst! Don't forget to try the Alaskan King Crab Legs so you can tick it off the list.

Little Brew

Sister to CBD's Brew, Little Brew in Paddington is a café/bar/restaurant serving up tapas and share plates from a cosy Queenslander perched high on a hill. It's a firm favourite among the local set, but if you're new to Paddington's dining scene you might not have tried this little beauty yet. You should. The orbs of delight disguised as fried goats cheese drizzled in honey are calling our names as we speak.  

Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse

We know you've heard of Story Bridge Hotel, but have you tried their epic steak restaurant, Deery's Restaurant & Smokehouse? We think Deery's is the perfect candidate to bring back the long Brisbane lunch, but it's a great restaurant for any occasion, really. Delectable cuts of chargrilled meat and a well-rounded menu catapult Deery's at Story Bridge Hotel to the top of our list for lunch or dinner with a bit of je ne sais quo. We doff our meat-obsessed hats to you, Deery's. 

Eve's On The River

Teneriffe stalwart Eve's has been one of Brisbane's favourite restaurants for years, and it's not hard to see why. Sitting pretty on the edge of the river at Teneriffe, Eve's put on a mean function, serve up great food and won't stop until you are smitten with everything they do. The duck fat kipflers are also to die for. If you haven't tried this Brisbane restaurant icon yet you need to get yourself into gear!

Image Credits: Daniel Maddock

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