At The Urban List we, live for uncovering Brisbane’s best dining spots so when Westfield Garden City unveiled Town Square last year, and then 8 Street, we let out a collective hip-hooray, and got down to business eating our way through the many new (and old faves) dining and cafe offerings.
And now that spring has officially sprung to life, we are just champing at the bit to work our way through this list of Brisbane’s best restaurants, already doing their thing in serious style for the hungry south side crowd.
So if you want to eat and drink like an Urban Lister this season then here are our favourite picks from Westfield Garden City’s many great dining options to add to your must-eat list.
The crew at Coffee Hit take their coffee seriously and know their beans like no one’s business. This café and roastery serves up coffee, cake and a tidy menu to help wash down your brew.
Hatch & Co.
Oh, Hatch & Co. You just get us. Small plates, filled with scrummy delights, and seasonal mains with an emphasis on fresh simple ingredients—what’s not to love? Lunch and dinner is a thing to behold here, but we’re also particularly rapt with the brekky menu. Also, the pretty-in-pink beetroot hummus with dukkah and feta, is what dreams are made of.
Grill n Bao
We’ve been bowing to bao for a while now because, well… steamed buns with grilled meat! What’s not to love? Tuck in to a gua bao burger or ramen to really enjoy the fruits of this Asian fave.
As you may have guessed, 8 Street market stall Noodle 8 is all about the noodle—of the Malaysian and Singaporean variety. We’re loving the special Singaporean fried rice noodles but the rest of the menu is tasty and authentic.
The Palms Mediterranean Bar & Grill
The Palms is a new venture by the crew that graced Brisbane with the gem that is Alchemy, but this Mediterranean restaurant and bar is standing firmly on its own two feet thanks to an exceptional menu, alfresco outlook, and a wine selection that will have you begging for a top up.
If you’ve ever been to Japanese restaurant, Sono, then you’ll love Motto Motto, the eccentric but outgoing younger sister of the CBD and Portside establishments. Motto Motto is serving traditional Japanese with a serious dose of fun, and home to a menu of casual izakaya eats (essentially it’s Japanese tapas) for a casual night out with the gang.
Vapiano still has the market cornered for fun, easy Italian with a focus on simple and fresh ingredients. The pizza, the pasta…it’s all good! And no matter how many epic pizzas we meet, Vapiano’s margherita pizza remains a favourite. When you meet the one, you just know it.
Kinn Thai Restaurant
When we find a good go-to Thai restaurant that nails the fresh, authentic flavours of Thailand, we say hold on to it and never let it go. Kinn Thai is that beacon of hope for many a Thai lover and it’s a fun little spot for a special occasion or just a laid-back evening with friends.
Ph by Pho Hung Vietnamese Restaurant
However you pronounce it, pho is one of the most delicious soups out—and healthy to boot. Ph by Pho Hung are masters at this Vietnamese broth-based dish and we can’t get enough of their perfectly sliced rare beef bowl.
Another city stalwart that’s spread its wings south to bring its cool-kid Korean dishes to the adoring southern fans, Madtongsan’s Bi bim bap is being lapped up by the bowl full, and we’re always in love with the kim-chi pancake.
Check out Westfield Garden City's Seasonal Flavours guide in centre, or on the events page of their website!
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