Around the world in 10 Brisbane restaurants | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Around the world in 10 Brisbane restaurants

We’ve all fantasized about winning the lottery and booking an around the world trip, spending the next few years just eating our way through every country (without increasing our waist size because we’ll be busy climbing the Eiffel Tower and hiking Machu Pichu in between, obvs). But it’s never going to happen, and no matter how many hours you work, you’re never going to save up enough holiday pay to take a year or two off. But just because you can’t afford to travel around the world doesn’t mean your tastebuds can’t! We’ve found 10 Brisbane restaurants that will take you to exotic destinations without you even having to pack a bag. Japanese | Saké | Eagle Street Pier Whether you’re relaxing with a Yuzu Sour under the cherry blossom tree on the balcony or dining at a traditional sunken table, you’ll feel like you’ve jetset off to Tokyo at Saké – except for the stunning views of the Brisbane River in front of you. Order plate after plate of gyoza, tempura and sashimi or be adventurous and sample your way through miso eggplant, charred corn and beef cheek skewers from the Robata grill. German | Bavarian Bier Café | Eagle Street Pier Bavarian Bier Café can have you reliving Oktoberfest all year long with more kinds of German sausage on their menu than you even knew existed. Order the infamous crispy pork knuckle with a side of sauerkraut and mash but be sure to leave some room for house made apple strudel! And if you thought the list of sausages was long, wait until you see the bier menu. French | Montrachet | Paddington Walk into the elegant, Parisian styled interior of Montrachet and you won’t be able to help but say ooh la la! Oozing French decadence, the menu features classic dishes like seafood bouillabaisse and confit duck leg with lentil ragout. Even after such indulgence you’ll still be tempted into dessert though, and their dreamy crème brûlée is worth a little post-dinner guilt. Bon Appétit! thai restaurant brisbane longtime 2South East Asian | LONgTIME | Fortitude Valley LONgTIME’s laneway entrance, indoor vines and wooden shutters will transport you to a quiet South East Asian village before you can say ‘Thai red curry.’ If that doesn’t do the trick, try LONgTIME’s coconut and turmeric Moreton Bay bug curry with Asian celery and kaffir lime for a flavour combination that will make you forget you’re in the heart of Brisbane. Food isn’t all these guys do well, LONgTIME are so passionate about beer that they’ve brewed their own and with a name like Horny Elephant Ale, you know you want to try it. Turkish | Ahmet’s | South Bank With virbrant rugs, lanterns and curtains adorning every inch of Ahmet’s, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a magic carpet into another world! Ahmet’s menu is designed to share so you don’t have to um and ah over the charcoal lamb cutlets or spicy cheese and salami pide – just get it all! Make sure you end the night with a cocktail like the Ana Sutu, a concoction of dark rum, maple syrup, condensed milk and creamy milk with baklava on the side. Spanish | Peasant | Petrie Terrace If you’ve never found yourself in a bistro in Spain, a pile of tapas in front of you and sangria on hand, Peasant is the next best thing. Their tapas menu is the ultimate way to feast with friends, with spicy chorizo, empanada, crisp croquetas and paella nights every Monday. Top it off with some of their famous sangria and you’ll be salsa dancing your way home. greek restaurants brisbane 3Greek | Greek on Cav | Coorparoo You can almost smell the Mediterranean Sea air in this perfect recreation of a Greek Island scene, although you won’t be wanting to hit the beach after feasting on cheesy eggplant moussaka, grilled haloumi, flaky spanakopita and sweet honey puffs. Especially not if you get it banquet style. And while you can’t say cheers with some Ouzo, you can bring your own drinks! Italian | Tartufo | Fortitude Valley Take a look at the Italian family portraits lining Tartufo’s walls and you know you’re in good hands here. Whether you want a sophisticated night of tender beef carpaccio and pepper crusted spatchcock with your date or you just want to get cozy in a booth and chow down on a margherita pizza, Tartufo has all the bases covered. Best paired with an Italian wine from their extensive list. African | Mu’ooz | West End Mu’ooz means tasty and healthy in Eritrean and that’s exactly what you can expect from their menu. You may not be able to pronounce anything, but don’t let that stop you from trying the Zighini, a spicy curry with tomato and garlic, or the chillies stuffed with salsa. Best of all, the restaurant supports refugee women from all over Africa, so really, you’re eating for a cause. With all these authentic venues at your doorstep you can stop working overtime and start booking tables instead of fights! Words by Kate Streader Image (top) by Judit Losh