It doesn’t take much to see that Brisbane’s bar scene is going great guns this year – the city’s major hubs are thriving with new arrivals. Although we will always have a soft spot for our local, when it comes to weekend drinks we like to try somewhere new. When we need a tip for a new spot to check out, we ask our pals – that’s you. We pitched it to our readers to tell us what new bars they thought were the best of the year in our last EAT/drink Awards, and you didn’t let us down. We’ve put together ten of the best new watering holes worth investigating, as decided by you!
Apologies in advance to all of our vegan and vegetarian friends, but this one is for the carnivores. Steak. To most meat eaters, it doesn’t get much better than a juicy, succulent steak. Rare, medium rare, medium, well done – it doesn’t matter how you like it, steak is a staple for good reason. While we love an old-fashioned backyard barbecue, sometimes we like to let the professionals handle the cooking every once in a while. When it comes to steak, we are flush with stellar spots to get our incisors into some fantastic flame-grilled beef, so bring out your inner Ron Swanson and start ticking off this list.
We owe a huge amount of thanks to Italy. Without their historic culinary influence we wouldn’t have pizza, gelati and pasta. If we didn’t have pasta, we’d have a massive gap in our diet. Spaghetti Bolognese, carbonara, even macaroni and cheese – these are dishes we take for granted but are fundamental pillars of our dietary roster. Brisbane is home to a plethora of Italian-inspired eateries that vie for the title of Brisbane’s Best Pasta. We couldn’t possibly crown a winner, but we can clue you in to some of the best.
Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax – we aren’t here to sway you to veganism. What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling.
Look, big cakes are great – amazing even. That being said, sometimes we want to devour more flavours than what can be typically packed into a single slice. This is why we love a cheeky mixed assortment of cupcakes – we get the same sweet hit but with just a bit more variety. Brisbane boasts a bunch of phenomenal cupcake parlours around town, some perfect for an impulsive snacking session, others ideal for custom catered packages. Is your sweet tooth trembling at the thought of fluffy cake topped with frosting? Read on, dear readers, and enjoy this round-up of the best cupcakes in Brisbane!
No meal is as versatile as pizza – it can cater to nearly any diet and taste and is easily made at home. Meat, cheese, sauce, vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, meat – if you can dream it, your pizza can have it. Everyone has an opinion of where the best pizza in Brisbane can be found, so instead of simply adding our two cents to the definitive conversation, we decided to compile a list of the spots that do pizza exceptionally well. Check out the list below and then have yourself a pizza party!
After the blockbuster year Brisbane's food scene experienced in 2018, you'd be forgiven for thinking that 2019 would be hard-pressed to to follow suit. Now that we sit on the precipice of a new decade, we've got the perfect vantage point to look back on the year that as. From our point of view, 2019 has not only matched 2018's gargantuan effort, but has even surpassed it! This year Brisbane was the beneficiary of several new restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries and live-music venues – with homegrown heroes and international names establishing must-try venues all over town. From Howard Smith Wharves consolidating its position as Brisbane's go-to dining precinct to the emergence of Fortitude Valley's Ada Lane as a hospitality juggernaut in its own right, 2019 has proven to be a landmark year in Brisbane's history. To celebrate this milestone stretch, we've cast our eye back over 2019 and handpicked some of our personal highlight openings. Here's to another decade of Brisbane excellence!
Apologies to any culinary aesthetes reading this, but we feel like a bit of clarification in order – there is so much more to Japanese cuisine than sushi and ramen noodles. The depth of Japanese cuisine is incredibly large, and sometimes it is hard to get a grasp on the diversity without jumping on a plane bound to Tokyo and beyond. It’s not a completely lost cause for Japanese cuisine in Brisbane, however. There are numerous eateries delivering delicious Japanese fare comparable to the real deal. We’ve assembled a list of some of the best.
We’ve ticked off breakfast, we sorted lunch, now we need to get our third square meal of the day with dinner. Whether you’ve got a hot date lined up for the weekend, or your friends and family are making you choose where you all eat next catch-up, it’s important to make the right choice when it comes to your evening meal. Many of you voted in our 2016 EAT/drink Awards last year, making it clear where you’d prefer to eat out in town. If you are stuck for a recommendation, you don’t need to simply take our word as gospel – you can listen to what everyone in Brisbane is saying, too!
Here at The Weekend Edition, we’re huge fans of the fun lunch. Sure, we have our fair share of desk-bound leftovers and toasted sandwiches, but we jump at the opportunity to explore our culinary horizons when the midday pangs hit. If your two-day-old salad is looking a little limp, we’ve got ten toothsome ideas to bring your lunchtime back to life. Presenting Brisbane’s ten best places for lunch as voted by you, our readers, in The Weekend Edition’s 11th annual EAT/drink Awards in 2018.