As restrictions begin to ease following the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants, bakeries and eateries alike are all slowly making a comeback: venues are no longer limited to takeaway, and we all can finally dine inside venues (it feels like it’s been forever, doesn’t it?).
Since we are once again allowed to grace the Brisbane streets and continue on our foodie adventures, now is the perfect time to catch up on all the new eateries that have been popped up across Brisbane over the past few months. The city never sleeps, and while we were in isolation, a few venues that refused to let a pandemic get in their way went ahead and opened their doors anyway.
So, in case you may have missed them, here are eight new openings around Brisbane to check out soon.
You can’t find a much more Instagram-worthy bakery than Superthing. The all-pink bakery opened its doors way back in March, but now, dining in their lush venue on Montague Road is on the cards too. The epic bakery features an entirely pastel pink ceiling and an abundance of plush pink booths, while behind the counter lies a delicious range of our fave baked goods (seriously, you have to try the almond croissant). But, if you think Superthing consists only of pretty pastries, you’d be pleasantly surprised—the trendy bakery also boasts an array of breakfast and lunch dishes, from bacon and egg breakfast buns to filled bagels.
Now that restrictions have lifted a little, catch up on all the Indian food you’ve been craving at Kulcha’d—West End’s latest Indian food must-have. Having opened its doors in mid-May to bring the fiery flavours of traditional Indian street food to Brisbane, they’ve been winning over tastebuds ever since. Feast your eyes on the vegan and vegetarian friendly menu of delicious flatbread creations—the mushroom and paneer kulcha is a must.
After months of having their ready to finish tacos delivered to your door, now, you can have the whole experience and finally dine in at El Planta, West End. This Wandering Cooks favourite have set up a permanent residence for the culinary cult classic on Hope St, bringing a 100% plant based Mexican menu to the busy food scene of Brisbane. Be sure to book ahead though—while restrictions are still being eased, seats are limited.
Nonna’s Nightmare is yet another tasty vegan spot that has gracefully faced the challenge of opening during a pandemic. The Italian eatery started up their comfort food empire through delivery and takeaway, with vegan dishes so delicious they would shock all Italian Nonna’s. On the menu, you’ll find plenty of familiar Italian feeds all with a vegan twist, such as the margherita pizza with ‘Notzarella’ cheese, and the beef-free burgers, with dining in soon to be on the menu. Keep an eye out for when those doors open, but in the meantime, order in.
It seems like forever since we last had our hands on a delicious Danish, so with that newfound freedom and all those savings from isolation, make your way to Newstead’s latest hotspot, MICA Brasserie. The extravagant eatery on Newstead’s waterfront promenade has been serving up an ever-changing menu of pastries for the last few months, but they’ve also just launched their dine in breakfast menu at last, so now you’ve got double the reason to visit.
Meat-lovers, this one’s for you. A new all-beef, American barbecue inspired restaurant has opened up at Newstead’s Gasworks, ready to serve all your slow-cooked favourites. The venue was initially supposed to open its doors in March, but now that we are on the other side of isolation, it’s finally time to dig into all that Smokey Moo has to offer. Feast on melt-in-your-mouth smoked beef, or drool over the tender brisket and beef ribs in this wild west looking venue for an out-of-this-world eating experience.
East Brisbane, get ready. It may have been a rocky road for all eateries trying to open their doors in 2020, but what you are waiting for is finally here: Hey Joe. This brand-new London-like eatery boasts a unique menu that blends classic dishes with Indian influences, appealing not only to the breakfast and brunch crowd, but the dinner goers too, in true London style. Next time you are in the area, be sure to stop a while and try out the ultimate brekky with eggs kerjiwal bhurji, or, go for a more afternoon-appropriate meal like the corn fritters or saffron-chicken supreme.
Get your post-iso coffee fix at Kangaroo Point’s newest addition to the main street: Moonshine Coffee. Opening its doors to the public in early May, Moonshine Coffee is a Byron Bay born and bred coffee roasting company, whose success in NSW allowed them to branch out into the coffee scene in Brisbane, much to our delight. Pushing beyond the takeaway barrier that’s been in place for so long, we’re keen as a coffee bean to grab a bite and our next caffeine fix at the much beloved Moonshine Coffee, at its new location tucked away under the stunning Storey Bridge.
In other news, this new rooftop bar is hitting town soon.
Image credit: Sophie Spencer