The round-up: cuisines from around the world you need to try
When we say it’s time to step outside your comfort zone, we don’t mean bungee jumping. Our adventures revolve around food and as variety is the spice of life, we’ve branched out and compiled a list of places that you need to try to consider yourself hip on Brisbane’s cuisine scene. Ethiopian, Persian, Russian – it’s all here if you know the spots.
Mu’ooz: West End and Moorooka residents are treated to some of the finest Eritrean cuisine at both Mu’ooz not-for-profit locations. The business employs and gives experience to women arriving in Brisbane from parts of Africa.
Yeshi Buna Ethio-African Restaurant & Cafe: This hospitable restaurant offers a range of Ethiopean dishes that aren’t typically found in Western cultures, with appetisers, mains, vegetarian meals and combination dishes cooked in a wide range of aromatic spices.
Made in Africa: One of Moorooka’s many African eateries, this Ethiopian restaurant offering an extensive selection of traditional Ethiopian meat and vegetarian ‘Wats’ (stews) and ‘Tibs’ (Warm meat with salad) served with flat sourdough bread called ‘injera’.
Ethio-African Restaurant and Injera Bakery: With a humble interior and clandestine laneway location, this spot cooks a range of African dishes such as Lega Tibes (roasted lamb), Zil Zil Tibes (grilled meat) and Key Wot (beef stew).
Umdorman Sudanese Restaurant: The bain-marie at Umdorman in Moorooka is filled with varying kinds of meals, range from curries, baked fish stew, salads, soups and breads. Everything is well worth a try.
Cush Sudanese Restaurant: This hidden gem is a hub of Sudanese cuisine, with a blend of friendly service and tasty dishes. Also available is some Sudanese coffee that is worth a try.
Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant: Camp Hill diners can sample the finest in traditional Afghan food, such as boneless lamb curry, meatballs cooked with rice, beef dumplings, kebabs and flat breads.
Chopan Charcoal: Also serving Middle Eastern cuisine, Milton’s Chopan Charcoal offers a range of kebabs and curries and well as unique dishes such as karahi-cooked stews and pastries.
Soul & Sun: This bazaar and cafe hybrid serves a range of Persian dishes such as Moroccan chicken pie, spanakopita and butter chicken Parattah as well as baked goods like Persian nougat, Turkish delight, Persian honey puffs and cream puffs
The Persian Restaurant: Carpets and tapestries adorn the walls of this Bardon locale, complementing the menu of authentic Middle Eastern and Persian dishes such as kebab dishes, platters and electable sweets dipped in rosewater syrup.
Spin The Spoon: Milton’s haven of Turkish cuisine features a huge menu of delicacies such as platters, char-grilled dishes, clay pot meals, pide pizzas and desserts.
Caravanserai: Turkish cuisine is some f the most rich and hearty foods on the planet. This West End location serves dishes that are designed for sharing and grazing, with platters piled high with chorizo sausage, haloumi, almond-crusted goats cheese, baked polenta, chargrilled garlic prawn skewers served with dipped sauces and warm Turkish bread.
Kathmandu Newa Chh’en: Patrons of this long-standing eatery can sample traditional Nepalese dishes including such as momos (steamed dumplings), soups, samosas, pakoras, beef, chicken, lamb and goat mains, while vegetarians and vegans will be able to choose from a range of gluten and meat-free dishes.
Shanti Indo Lankan Restaurant: This Darra locale serves up some aromatic and delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, ranging from samosas, mango lassi, chappathi curry, dosa and string hoppers. Yum!
Himalayan Cafe: Once inside the bright exterior of Himalayan Cafe, you’ll feel immediately transported to a quaint Tibetan restaurant at the base of the vast mountain range. Snack on traditional handmade Himalayan bread with dipping sauce before tucking in to hearty goat curry.
Ruski Way Deli & Cafe: A long-time favourite in Woolloongabba, Ruski Way offers up a mix of homemade food and deli items traditional to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Poland, Croatia, Lithuania, Georgia, Hungary, Bulgaria and other Easter European countries. Your tastebuds are in for a treat with piroshki, borsht, cabbage rolls and more.
The Polish Club: In addition to being a community hub, The Polish Club in Milton also invites patrons to enjoy Polish cuisine at a very reasonable price, with dishes such as split pea soup, stuffed dumplings, Polish hunter stew, fried sausage and homemade beef lasagne available.
Torba Restaurant & Lounge: Decorated with luxurious furnishings and vibrant colours, Torba is reminiscent of a Persian palace, complete with meals fit for a king. The menu includes an eclectic mix of traditional dishes navigating Hungary, Poland, the Ukraine, Russia and Georgia.
Euro Delicious: Tucked inside Westfield Garden City, Euro Delicious has a wide selection of Eastern European deli goods, ranging from Russian caviar to traditional Latvian rye bread. If you’re ready to take the next step, the deli also offers meals to eat in or take away, such as Polish golabki, Balkan pilaf and Georgian chashushuli.
Des Alpes: Resembling a traditional Swiss chalet, Des Alpes specialises in Swiss, German and French cuisine. Des Alpes offers meals of crepes and swiss rosti potatoes as well as authentic Swiss cheese fondue.
Villa Maria: This long-standing Camp Hill restaurant specialises in Latin American delights, such as cassava chips, tostones, Colombian empanadas, El Salvadorian pupusa and Guatemalan enchiladas.
Arepa House: If you haven’t wrapped your mitts around a traditional Venezuelan arepa, you haven’t lived. Arepa House grills up these corn pockets, and stuffs them full of meat, beans cheese and vegetables. Find them at Boundary Street Markets every Friday and Saturday.
Navala Churrascaria: This riverside restaurant trans on traditional cooking techniques to offer an authentic Brazilian barbecue experience. Choose from a wide selection of meats cooked to perfection in the wood and charcoal fire pit.
Mundo Churrasco: The Brazilian barbecue goodness doesn’t stop there – Mundo Churrasco offers a set churrasco menu, where meats are delivered on long skewers directly from the barbecue to your table and carved individually for each diner.
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