It's the dish that, once spotted on the menu, makes every other possible option pale in comparison. Crunchy on top, meltingly slow-cooked below, pork belly, when done well, is the meal you never regret (and the dish most likely to be snatched from your plate by the cheeky forks of your dining companions).
Due to pork belly's enduring appeal, you can find it on many a menu around Brisbane, but to help you cut through the masses, we've put together a list of our very favourite pork belly dishes. Here's our guide to Brisbane's best pork belly.
Pork belly doesn't come softer or more tender than the buta kakuni from Sono. It's slow simmered, not once but twice, and served with a sweet soy sauce—the pork is so broken down by the time it's placed in front of you, you could literally eat it with a spoon. This is some of the best pork belly in Brisbane, no doubt about it!
Libertine's exciting French/Vietnamese menu is hard to fault, and the pork belly is one of their stand-out dishes. Served on a carrot puree with spiced honey sauce, this succulent free-range pork is cooked to perfection, and sure to please the most discerning pork belly fans. Libertine's Pork Belly is best washed down with the Cloudy Apple Lobo Cider.
Woolloongabba's pan-Asian haven, Birdcage does an authentic, yet deliciously modern, iteration of this dish, infusing their Berkshire pork belly with star anise and cinnamon and braising it in Chinese sherry for 10 hours, then serving it up with a coconut and snake bean salad and chilli tamarind glaze.
Hatch & Co
The sticky BBQ pork belly at Hatch & Co, listed under the 'snack' section of the menu, is as good as its name suggests. Hardly a snack serve, the pork belly is rich, smokey, and yes, very sticky, and, when paired with one or two of Hatch's other tempting small tasting plate options (the spiced cauliflower is to-die-for), the perfect meal to share.
The Rogue Rennard
Rogue Rennard's new dinner offering is resolutely French, and the menu quite petite, and changes often, so you'll need to call ahead to find out if they'll be serving their delicious crispy pork belly when you come in.
Alfred & Constance
Alfred & Constance's new menu features a cracking slow-cooked pork belly, served with sautéed apples and fennel, which would go particularly well with their cauliflower side dish, which is served with pine nuts and a mustard dressing.
Fix Restaurant & Bar
Billy Kart Kitchen
Ok. So it's not technically pork belly. But we are nuts about the tender pulled pork shoulder from Billy Kart's lunch menu. Served with a sugarloaf slaw, Baja sauce and chips, this is well worth the trip to the 'burbs, and one of our favourite Brisbane pork dishes.
Crosstown Eating House
Served with roasted baby carrots, peppers, and salsa verde, Cross Town's pork belly is just one the many tasty morsels to be savoured at this relaxed and friendly Woolloongabba spot. And because they've now got Upstairs To The Left, their new drinks lounge and live music venue, right upstairs, you can savour your pork belly then kick on with a drink or two. Perfect night out? We think so.
The Survey Co.
Pork belly on its own is one thing. Pork belly tacos are another, and The Survey Co.'s take on this dish is a winner. Their pork belly tacos come accompanied by a fresh apple kim chi, and perfect for accompanying post-work drinks.