There is no greater joy in life than unearthing a secret talent and we all live for the heady pleasure of discovering a hidden gem. Cue an expedition to unmask the after-dark alter egos of the Brisbane food scene and the unexpected delights therein.
Some of our favourite haunts have extended their hours, released a new menu and fired up their grills and we suspect it’s all just an elaborate excuse to spend more time with us. They’re so sweet and we’re so grateful to stave off having to go home we thought we’d blow the whistle on these covert muncheries.
With a hot skillet anything is possible, here are some of Brisbane’s best kept dining spots.
Renowned throughout the city for their superior command of mixology, Maker’s mavens of cool have been hard at it crafting late night bites to keep their cocktails company. The newly minted menu is the work of the minds behind sister venue Gauge and naturally resembles a microcosmic raid of their kitchen (and available until midnight, fittingly). Exquisite cheeses, sardines, and cured meats are all on offer severally, or jointly in toasted sandwich form, and designed to work alongside the wine list.
When team behind Shouk expanded they also rebranded and now we’ve got Naïm’s doorstep to lay our thanks at. The famous all-day brunch remains with a fresh new revamping, but come evening the bar menu takes the wheel. To complement the tipples Naïm offers a fresh take on nocturnal snackage including falafel pitas and Israeli-style chicken schnitzels. Naïm is also opening a second location soon on Melbourne Street for all you West Enders chomping to get your snack on.
Located right next door to The Grosvenor and accessed via an almost clandestine flight of stairs, this cheeky little tuckaway runs of a vibe that it is up to no good. And yeah, ascending feels like you’re about to do something indecent but that’s not too far off what Greenglass has in store. The French-style breakfast menu has been delighting George Streeters for weeks and now Greenglass’s extended hours are bringing dinner offerings into the mix. The menu is a modest collection of just a few things done really well to set off the boutique Australian wines that play first fiddle at Greenglass, and make it that much easier to while away the evening.
Todd & Pup
Having established themselves as a cracking brunch operation, Todd & Pup started looking for new frontiers. It’s surely the pinnacle of human accomplishment to satisfy punters first thing in the morning, so where do you go after mastering the morning meal? Todd & Pup have taken aim at the competitive game of burgering. From their neighbourhood digs they’ve plumbed the valleys and scaled the peaks of a teriyaki double crunch chicken burger, a chicken parmy burger (that’s a long overdue mash-up if ever there was one) and more pork belly than is probably decent. Only on Friday and Saturday nights, and only at Todd & Pup.
Reverends Fine Coffee
Rather than getting caught up in the raucous hell of a Valley in chaos, we prefer to make the most of Reverend’s. They make some of the best coffee in the hood and enable our affection for spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but Reverend’s also sticks around on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings so you can sink a different kind of brew and stock up on feastings. Their espresso martinis are also pretty charming, which is to be expected from their name, and ideal for setting up the rest of your night.
Luigi's Italian By Holloway
You won’t know it by name because the actual name of the restaurant is Luigi’s Italian (but it operates out of Holloway, which is a local eyewear brand) and it’s as authentic as they come. This restaurant, bar and pizzeria hums within a cosy nook just beyond the cluster of West End’s best Vietnamese, offering a menu of pizzas, pastas and other traditional Italian dishes (the parmigiana and the meatballs are especially choice). Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am until late.
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Shouk | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie