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7 CBD lunches better than your sandwich

Admit it, you’ve been eagerly watching the clock since 9am, watching it slowly creep towards 12.30pm and now your stomach is rumbling.

You know there’s a tin of tuna in your bag and there’s probably a few cheeky sandwiches left in the boardroom but you’re craving something a bit more extravagant. Here’s our six best CBD picks.


Proof that the best things come in small packages, Miel Container dishes up some of Brisbane’s top burgers, all from a bright red shipping container. We guarantee that the miso smoked pork belly burger, with marinated pork belly, lettuce, tomato, gherkin, red onion and garlic aioli will have you coming back again and again.


When is a sandwich not a sandwich? When it’s a bagel of course! The Bagel Boys have all the bae-goals you need for your lunch time hanger, with their freshly made rounds of goodness stuffed with all manner of fillings. Put down the ham and cheese sandwich and pick up one of their bacon and blue cheese, turkey and brie or pastrami, Swiss cheese and pickle numbers instead.


Tucked away in a three-story historic building, Botero House is gaining a name for more than just their expertly made coffee. With a new lunch menu, you can snap up pan fried house made chilli gnocchi, butter chicken burgers and open steak sandwiches if you’re looking for a leisurely lunch.


Say hola to lunchtime indulgence, without the carbs. The perfect stop when you take your break with a side of shopping (we’re always “just looking”) SpudBAR warms us from the inside out with their loaded potatoes. Our pick? Try the new Spanish Spud


Looking to hide from your co-workers for an afternoon? Climb the stairs to Felix for Goodness and leave food courts and corporate suits behind as the super hip layout transports you away from Brisbane. Keep it healthy with one of their ever-changing abundant salads, or splurge on a moreish bowl of organic Kialla meatballs with tomato, basil and pappardelle.


It’s always busy but the wait is ALWAYS worth it. Devour plates of dumplings, weep over wontons, slurp hot and sour soup and enjoy the chaotic atmosphere that accompanies lunch at New Shanghai. Hot tip? If you’re going to go all out and order xiao long bao – stay safe and heed the menu’s warning – these soupy wonders can cause some damage.


The best way to dine at Corbette & Claude is with a gang, cocktail in hand and an assortment of share plates stretched out before you. Grab the whole marketing department and feast on halloumi chips with aioli, Mrs C’s chicken bites, crisp salads and a couple of C&C’s specialties – pizza. Heat up lunchtime with The Fireman – a chilli chorizo pizza – or keep things classic with margherita. And because a meal without booze is breakfast, Aperol Spritz all around!

That sandwich might not be jam packed, but your options sure are.


Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who knows you can’t make friends with tuna salad.

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