Where to scoff seafood rolls this summer
Bugs, prawns and lobster in bread? That’s livin’.
The perfect summer snack to cradle in one hand with a cold bev in the other, bug, prawn and lobster rolls are a decadent-yet-simple nibble that we find absolutely irresistible.
From bougie iterations on pillowy brioche to DIY waterside experiences, here’s the low-down on where to shell out for Brisbane’s (and a surrounding beach’s…) best seafood rolls.
The Boundary Hotel | West End
This funky suburban pub punches up with its menu, which features a mod prawn roll with iceberg lettuce, tobiko spice, sriracha and puffed grains on top for crunch. Settle in under a candy pink umbrella in the backyard, and you could almost believe you’re in the Hamptons (almost…).
Motto Motto | Various
They might only be available for a few weeks, so the bargain $15 Moreton Bay bug rolls from Motto Motto are well worth trying! Filled with local bug, Japanese-style yuzu dressing, fresh avocado, shallots and black roe, this twist on the summer staple is a creamy, dreamy must-try (while it lasts)! Grab it from any of their four Brissie locations.
Rick Shores | Burleigh Heads
It would be remiss not to mention the iconic bug rolls at this seaside hotspot! Well worth the trip from Brissie, Rick’s version is loaded with Moreton Bay bug, sriracha, bug mayo and gem lettuce for crunch.
Rico | CBD
The signature item on Rico’s tapas menu, their bug brioche gets by with a little help from its friends, including a lime and chilli aioli and crispy lettuce. Pair it with a fresh cocktail or sangria and you’re swimming through summer days!
Felons Barrel Hall | CBD
This newly opened addition to the Felons family has a banging menu to suit their brews, with not one, but two seafood rolls worth sinking this season! The Moreton Bay bug baby also features spicy mayo and cos, while the bougie lobster roll is doused in punchy XO sauce—treat!
King Crab Co | Bulimba
Of course, this cute suburban crab shack serves up the goods! Grab their KCCo lobster and crab slider for a roll loaded with seafood with Kewpie mayo, celery and Old Bay seasoning, topped with potato crisps and a side of shoestring fries with truffle oil and grana Padano cheese—a tasty mouthful. Looking to go a little more refined? Their soft-shell crab roll has your name written all over it (in wasabi mayo, no less).
The Prawnster | Kangaroo Point
Ok, they might not serve a prawn roll per se, but they do serve some of the freshest and plumpest prawns in town, and invite you to bring the rolls, salads, and sauces of your dreams to make your perfect sando!
Ready to rock lobster and roll your way through summer?
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