Moorooka is killing it these days. No longer just a corner of Brisbane renowned for an abundance of cars selling for unbeatable prices, Moorooka is now getting a rep as one of Brisbane’s most delicious foodie areas. Originally a production hub during the Second World War, Moorooka has come a long way. Surrounded by the towering ironbark of Toohey Forest and filled with residents from all walks of life, Moorooka is the place to be it seems!
Cush Sudanese is hidden at the end of an arcade on Beaudesert Road in Moorooka down some stairs. It’s a slight mission to find, but it’s worth it. If you’ve never tried African cuisine before, you’re in for a real treat. If you’re one of the clever cookies who have tried it before, then you’ll know this place is good with a capital g. Try the zighni (spicy Sudanese curry), kessra (flat bread) and all kinds of delish stews. It’s homely food packed full of flavour – yum!
Billy Kart Kitchen
Moorooka is the OG home of Billy Kart Kitchen, so that has to count for something, right? We were all over it before West End had even heard of it. The Aussie Asian eggs are typical of Moorooka’s melting pot of culture, and they’re damn delicious too. The eggs bender is a nod to more traditional breakfast fare: smoked ocean trout, mustard greens, poached eggs and all of the hollandaise. These guys are only open for breakfast and lunch, except on Friday’s when they do an epic dinner service. The dinner menu changes on the reg but it’s all delicious.
Todd & Pup
Todd & Pup is one of Moorooka’s best kept secrets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served up to delicious perfection. Their breakfast menu is, in a word, epic. Covering all the bases with sweets, traditional and some more obscure offerings too. Plus, they do a mean burger come lunch time. The curried mac and cheese bites are a personal fave, but the option to have your coffee in not just a cup, but a bowl is what really won us over.
Side Street Kitchen
If Todd & Pup is Moorooka’s best kept secret, then Side Street Kitchen is an even better kept secret. With a display cabinet packed full of freshly baked treats, a menu full of home-style breakfasts and some pretty on point coffee, we’re spreading the word. The workman’s burger is our pick whether you’re hungover or hungry.
Yeshi Buna African
Yeshi Buna is probably one of the world’s cutest restaurants #fact. With brightly painted walls, quirky table ornaments and 10/10 food, it’s worth a trip to Moorooka to sample the fare. The Ethiopian coffee is definitely worth a try; it’s a little different to that almond milk frappuccino you’re always ordering, but so good! Order the Doro Wat (marinated chicken) or the Gomen Be Siga (slowly simmered lamb) and you can’t go wrong.
Hike Toohey Forest
Toohey Forest is the jewel in Moorooka’s crown. Perfect for taking the dogs for a walk, or working off all that African food, there’s plenty of walking tracks to get your steps up. The Nathan Ridge Track is an easy, all weather walk that will see you sauntering through open eucalypt forest, while the Sandstone Circuit is slightly shorter and will take you up along the sandstone where you’ll enjoy a splendid vista over Moorooka, Tarragindi and Salisbury.
Brekky Bowls at Moorooka Bowls Club
Once a month at Moorooka Bowls Club, you’ll find Brekky Bowls. That’s a full continental breakfast and a game of bowls for twenty bucks. Plus, the bar opens at 9am and there’s a DJ, so it’s kind of the best thing ever. If you’ve never played bowls before don’t freak out, there are a bevvy of in-the-know locals on hand to pair up and show you the ropes. Is there anything better than a 9am beer and some bowls? Most likely no.
The aptly named African Market has all the ingredients you need to inject a hit of spice into your life. Dried okra, powered yam and more spices than you can poke a stick at, a whole section of anti-frizz products for your hair and batik-dyed cloth. A shopping spree is in order, we think.
Made In Africa
Made In Africa is an Ethiopian restaurant slash shop. You can pick up injera (flat bread) and spices (paprika and African chilli powders perfect for recreating delicious stew at home), carvings, crockery, African coffee pots and more. You really can’t skip this place when you’re in Moorooka – it just wouldn’t be right. There’s also drinks from the motherland, and a pretty kick-ass restaurant.
Love the Southside? Check out the best of Salisbury!