We love a good wine list as much as the next person, but you know what we also love? Holding on to our hard earned dollars for more than a nano second after we get paid. But good food is
life also pretty important to us, so when we find an awesome BYO restaurant we get a bit excited!
And no, we’re not talking about the local Chinese restaurant you started frequenting as a uni student so you could BYO four bottles of wine and order one serve of satay sticks to share because your parents told you that your friends couldn’t come over for mid-week drinks again. We’re talking places with rad food and a killer atmosphere, places you wouldn’t expect to let you bring your own wine to.
It turns out Brisbane is full of these gems, so we teamed up with MadFish Wines to bring you 8 of the best BYO restaurants in Brisbane.
Infamous for its ‘KFD’ (Kentucky Fried Duck to you and I) and their salt and vinegar French fries—oh, the fries!—, Public is more than just a pretty face with quirky dishes. This award-winning restaurant in the heart of the CBD is big on creativity, and should be top of your list if you’re wanting more from your mains. Public dips its toe in BYO every Tuesday, but is pre-bookings only, so get your name on that list!
A true local love, Anouk is probably best known for its incredible breakfast offering, but dinner here is a total secret gem and really something else. With an ever-changing menu, cooked up by the kitchen depending on what is in season, Anouk may be small, but it is mighty, mixing modern Australian with Middle Eastern, Asian and Mexican influences in a big way.
Sichuan Bang Bang
As the name not-so-subtly suggests, Sichuan Bang Bang has been churning out seriously good Sichuan Province-style Chinese eats for the hungry hordes of Kenmore for a while now. Lovers of spicy food will get a ‘kick’ out of matching their BYO vino to delicacies like the jellyfish salad, crispy eggplant chips and Hunan chilli squid. World domination of SBB is a given, with Paddington and Wilston locations popping up as we speak, giving Northsiders a taste of what they’ve been missing all this time. This spicy venue definitely gets our vote for one of the best BYO restaurants in Brisbane. Huzza!
Deer Duck Bistro
Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, Deer Duck Bistro is a discreet spot upping the Brisbane fine-dining ante, proving award-winning, beautiful fare is not just reserved for the CBD. Gorgeous décor aside (its eclectic French-style space and shamelessly romantic lighting is way cute), Deer Duck’s menu is a what’s what of local produce and ethically sourced ingredients. When in Rome, match your BYO bottle with the duck, accompanied with treviso and mandarin. Delish!
Mons Ban Sabai
If you’re after something a little more causal (they BYO 7-days a week!) but still packs a culinary punch, Mons Ban Sabai does not disappoint—this is award-winning Thai, after all! Whether you’re a gabble of girls or on a date, Mons’ menu is up for the challenge. Choose from their Bangkok platter or at liberty from the authentic Thai menu. Whichever way you go at it, there’ll be zero leftovers from this Brisbane BYO fave.
The Balfour Kitchen
A little bit of luxury in New Farm, Spicers Balfour Kitchen is known by locals for their incredible menu and touch of luxury. Housed in a beautiful converted Queenslander and surrounded by Frangipani trees in its enviable city-fringe location, Balfour is perfect for a long, lazy lunch on the veranda, or a decadent dinner with your besties by candlelight. Their infamous BYO Mondays (wine with brunch or lunch, they won’t judge!) are the perfect way to adios a chronic case of Monday-itis!
Chop Chop Changs
If it’s the culinary delights of Asia that butter your bread, Chop Chop Changs is all of your foodie hopes and dreams in one handy spot. BYO Monday means your fave tipple lined up next to Hervey Bay scallops, beef panang, crispy pork belly and, our personal sugary fave, the sago and coconut ice cream with jaggery popcorn. Red, Rosé, or white, it’s all good!
Cranking out divine modern Australian fare, The Wolfe’s small-but-mighty menu is a welcome return to fine dining in Brisbane. Indulging in BYO every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, The Wolfe is your go-to if you’re looking for something just that little bit special; hearty dishes of rabbit saddle, cape grim beef cheek, and flathead will impress even the fussiest diners.
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