The round-up: the best all-you-can-eat restaurants in Brisbane
It’s time to ditch the tight denim, figure-hugging frocks and muscle tees – this list is for those wearing loose-fitting clothing only. Does hearing the word ‘buffet’ give you butterflies? Do you fantasise about all-you-can-eat feasts on the regular? If you like to push the limits of your belt (and stomach lining), you need to put these eateries on your hit list. Presenting Brisbane’s best all-you-can-eat restaurants – stretchy pants only!
Seoul Bistro, Sunnybank: Any buffet journey should start here, at Sunnybank’s premier fried-chicken buffet spot. Seoul Bistro’s all-you-can-eat offering gives diners plenty to chew on – we’re talking unlimited chicken wings (lathered in honey soy, buffalo, peri peri and smoky barbecue sauce), thin-cut fries, garlic bread and ice-cold lemon iced tea. Want more? Add on a serve of chicken skins, K-slaw or chicken-cheese fries and then kick back in satisfied contentment.
KaiKai Chicken, St. Lucia: Tucked away in the heart of leafy St. Lucia is a spot that helped pioneer the full-on fried-chicken feast. KaiKai Chicken is not for the faint of heart or full of belly – here you can devour limitless chicken wings, saucy pork ribs, loaded fries, beer-battered onion rings, chicken nuggets, nachos, wedges and more. It’s enough to leave you breathless – just remember to take a break between mouthfuls!
Navala Churrascaria, Brisbane City: If you haven’t tried Brazilian barbecue, you haven’t lived. At Eagle Street’s much-loved Navala Churrascaria, diners can select the Churrasco degustation experience, where the staff will carve skewers of barbecued meat (everything from pork neck and lamb rump to chicken heart and traditional sausage) for you to sample. The carvers will keep doing their thing until you tell them to stop – so how much you devour is entirely up to you!
Gianni’s Kitchen, Newstead: Pizza slices – how many can you do? Gianni’s Kitchen’s all-you-can-eat Mondays is the place to find out. For $20 per person with a drink purchase (a bargain, to be honest), you can chow down on unlimited pizza and pasta. That’s a lot of margherita pizzas!
Mucho Mexicano, South Bank and Hawthorne: It’s taco time! Mucho Mexicano is upping the ante for taco Tuesdays with its all-you-can-eat taco night. From 5:00 pm, you can enjoy two hours of unlimited tacos, including crispy pork belly, battered snapper, chorizo and sticky wagyu beef. Curious? It gets busy – bookings are strongly recommended.
Hanwoori Korean Buffet, Brisbane City: Like getting hands-on with your food? Hanwoori on Mary Street lets you handle the cooking and eating. Every table is equipped with a gas-fired grill, and the buffet is stocked with a wide array of meaty cuts (rump steak, marinated pork, calamari, prawns and more), alongside a salad bar and hot-food selection.
Chook Wings and Beer, Hendra: Another fried-chicken specialist, Chook’s offering includes basket after basket of wings and unlimited sides. Select from eight kinds of sauce wings (buffalo, smoky barbecue, Japanese curry, teriyaki, ranch, sweet and sour, satay peanut and original chicken salt), and fill in any gaps with creamy slaw, shoestring fries and fried rice.
Thyme 2, Brisbane City: Over at the Sofitel on Turbot Street, Thyme 2 serves a bonze buffet service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, do a circuit and check out the omelette station, patisserie spread and selection of international dishes, then come back in the afternoon or evening to savour locally sourced seafood, fresh gourmet salads, cured meats, antipasto, slow-cooked roast meats, pasta dishes and mouth-watering dessert station.
Ariala Restaurant, Kippa Ring: This family-friendly all-you-can-eat restaurant is packed with variety, meaning you you can come back often and try something different each time! The buffet boasts a worldly array of dishes, including Asian, Mediterranean and Western dishes, salads, fresh seafood, juicy steak, sizzling stir-fry dishes, curries and desserts.
Shabuhouse, Brisbane City: We’d like to submit a petition to rename Mary Street to Buffet Boulevard, because it seems to be the spot to find the best all-you-can-eat in The City. Shabuhouse is a Japanese buffet that offers a ton of selections for authentic shabu shabu (hot pot), as well as limitless sushi and nigiri, and hot dishes such as tempura fish, takoyaki, chicken wings and more.
Shinbashi Yakiniku, Underwood: If you’re a big fan of Japanese barbecue and large portions of said barbecue, head south to Shinbashi Yakiniku. Here, you can nibble on various Japanese-style barbecued morsels as well as numerous Korean and Chinese-inspired sides – think bibimbap, takoyaki, deep-fried calamari, lotus chips and salmon porridge.
Govinda’s, Brisbane City: Vegetarians needn’t be left out in the cold while carnivores eat up a buffet storm. Govinda’s boasts a great value all-you-can-eat experience that is a must for herbivores. Sample helpings of Jasmine rice, mixed vegetable curries, split mung dahl (lentil soup), savoury vegetable koftas, tomato-and-herb chutney, lentil tortillas, garden salad, semolina fruit pudding with custard, and home made ginger-and-mint lemonade.
Salt Meats Cheese, Newstead and South Bank: Those seeking a hearty Italian feed should make tracks to Salt Meats Cheese for its $20 all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta deal on Monday nights. Vegan eaters should also keep their eye out for Salt Meats Cheese’s monthly all-you-can-eat vegan pizza and pasta nights, too!
Southside Bistro, Sunnybank: This Asian-fusion tapas bar has long been a go-to location for inventive fare, though if you’re looking to make a real go of things, then head along on Tuesday nights for Southside’s all-you-can-eat pasta night. For just $20 you can slurp up helpings of spaghetti and frantically feast upon fettuccine until you’re positively stuffed!
Sizzling Mongolian BBQ, Taringa: Want add a bit of sizzle into your next dinner outing? We suggest trying out this Taringa staple for an all-encompassing culinary experience. Here, diners participate in a four-step process – first, create your own stir-fry by selecting preferred meat, vegetables and sauce. Hand your bowl to the chef and watch as they cook it all right in front of you. Third, add some more sauce, chilli and spices. Four, dig in! You can repeat this process as many times as your stomach will allow, while also supplementing your order with extras from the entree hot-food bar.
The Brasserie on the River, Brisbane City: Nothing beats a seafood buffet and river views, and The Brasserie on the River at Stamford Plaza has got both! On weekends, enjoy oodles of fresh seafood plus an array of international dishes and decadent desserts.
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