Big fan of Rick Shores, but not a fan of the lenghty drive to get the iconic Burleight spot? Well then you might want to check out Southside Restaurant, the brand new eatery from the team behind the Gold Coast venue that just landed in South Brisbane's Fish Lane. Not that you'll recognise Fish Lane when you get there—the upper end of the laneway has been transformed into a vibing, jungle-like dining precinct, with Southside's sister spot, Kiki, open for open air drinks and snacks just outside.
Inside the new restaurant, however, you'll find a sleek, two-level venue, with interiors that sit somewhere between ruined jungle temple and concrete industrial warehouse. There's two levels for diners, with the bottom level compeletely open to the greenery outside, as well as tables out in the laneway for busy nights, a private dining room and a small bar upstairs.
Wherever you get seated, you can expect to wine and dine on a mix of dishes and flavours from across Asia, starting with a list of classic dim sum bites and moving on to share dishes like siu yuk pork belly with native plum, beef short rib with black bean and chilli oil, xin jiang lamb ‘kebab’ with roti bread and smoked yoghurt and goolwa pippies in XO sauce. Add a few rice or noodle dishes like dan dan noodles with wagyu beef or egg fried rice with roast pork, plus a side of wok-tossed morning glory, and you've got yourself a drool-worthy feast. Can't decide? Just opt for the banquet menu and let the kitchen decide for you.
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