Is there anything more indulgent than a long lunch? When you’ve got good food and drink, great company and the whole afternoon to knock yourself into a food coma it makes any other daytime activity seem pretty drab.
To ensure you get maximum enjoyment from your next long lunch location, we've wrapped up the best places in Brisbane to take a long lunch.
Housed on the rooftop, and overlooking the very classy open-air pool of boutique hotel, The Calile, Hellenika is peak summer hangs, giving off serious greek island vibes, which translates very simply as the perfect day-to-night, drinking and dining haunt James Street was hanging out for.
A game-changer for Paddington, Nota is the elegant, relaxed restaurant we've all been waiting for. Owners Sebastian de Kort and Kevin Docherty have always envisioned Nota as a place where customers would sit down to uncomplicated dishes with a focus on quality and seasonality.
Howard Smith Wharves, CBD
Part of the Apollo family that has laid roots in Sydney and Tokyo, Greca is a contemporary Greek taverna poised on Brisbane’s shores. Taking up prime waterfront real estate, Greca is the perfect setting for Greca’s Greek feasts, being both close to the water and an example of a modernised classic. Already, the notable standouts on the menu are the grilled octopus, baked lamb shoulder, and the grilled saganaki drizzled in local honey, but the Full Greek set menu is your best bet if you want the full gustatory tour.
Finally, how could any brunch hit list be even near complete without a shout out to the whimsical salon of wonders, Pearl Cafe. Undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s proudest institutions, Pearl’s refined delectable brunch offerings champion local produce with a snap and pizazz for which magic is the only explanation.
Gerard’s Bistro doesn’t need an introduction. 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.
Riverbar & Kitchen
If Riverbar isn’t your go-to long lunch spot, we don’t know where is. Seriously, it has 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.
Julius Pizzeria is easily one of the best pizza joints in Brisbane. Big call, but true. You’ll be hard pressed to find something on the menu that won’t hit the spot. 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; a long lunch is always done right at Stokehouse. An iconic restaurant that has some of the best views of the CBD from Southbank, there is nothing better than settling in for a (very) long and lazy lunch here. Hot tip: stop in for a cheeky cocktail in the adjoining bar before your booking for ultimate Brisbane lunching vibes.
Happy Boy offers a broad selection of rice, noodles, and side dishes all under $15. Need an example? How about roasted eggplant with roast pork belly, preserved vegetables, and a serve of steamed rice. You might have to be rolled back to the office.
Corbett & Claude
If you're catching up with the gang for a mid-week lunch but are looking for something slightlymore classy than the Queen St HJ's, then Corbett & Claude is ideal. Build your own cheese board (yes, really!), tuck in to incredible wood-fired pizzas or go their crazy-good gnocchi; trust us, this is a real lunchtime treat, minus the exxy price tag.
Greenglass is the definition of a hidden gem. Perched atop George Street, behind a hole-in-the-wall doorway, next to a topless bar, we’ll forgive you for walking past Greenglass a million times without realising it even existed. Don’t be discouraged by the entrance either, the anonymous stairs and eerie space leads to a seriously breath-taking, light-filled space, and an even better menu. Inspired by the tastes of France, the menu is affordable yet fancy. Think breakfast panna cotta for less than 20 bucks and locally sourced wine that won’t break the bank, but will wow your taste buds.
e’cco Bistro is the pinnacle of Brisbane dining. Headed up by legendary Brisbane chef, Philip Johnson, the ever-changing menu at e’cco Bistro needs to be eaten to be believed. Think bistro dining, with a serious dash of fanciness thrown in. Chicken liver parfait, confit lamb oyster blade, dark chocolate marquise…we’re drooling already.
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