Best Lunches In Brisbane's CBD | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best CBD lunch spots

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Best Lunch Brisbane CBD

Have a midday hanger so severe your grumbling gut and resting binch face are turning heads around the office?

Whether you’re making a run between meetings or meeting up with friends, sometimes you just need a couple of solid spots in your repertoire to avoid that time-consuming ‘I don’t know…where do YOU wanna go?’ conversation.

Leave your average leftovers in the communal fridge and head to one of our fave Brisbane city restaurants that’ll have you fed for well under $20.

Vintaged Bar + Grill

In its signature style, the Hilton’s Vintaged Bar + Grill offers a $29 express lunch menu, plating up diners’ choice from an Italian-influenced menu of seven dishes, as well as a glass of wine! Put down the Tip-Top sandwich and instead enjoy fresh pappardelle with oxtail ragu, green olives, spinach and ricotta, or grilled prawn linguine with capers, chilli, lemon and tomatoes with a nori pangrattato.

Specially conceived to help you enjoy a killer lunch without stretching out the lunch break toooooo much, Vintaged Bar + Grill’s $29 express lunch menu is available 12pm-2pm, Monday-Friday.

Malolo

Come for the poké, stay because they’re not a one-trick pony. Gresham Lane’s Malolo is the lord and saviour of CBD lunches, sharing high-quality ingredients across a menu of burgers, breakfast bircher and thick poké bowls. Being the star of the show, getting a poké should be at the top of your to-eat list, especially since you can build your own (meaning no surprise coriander, thank you and good day). And if you can’t finish your big boi of a bowl, that simply gives you the good kind of leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

Goldfinch

Escape the city without having to leave it. Goldfinch is your latest green oasis with a budding Mediterranean menu to match! With small plates falling well under $20 and heartier mains juuust over the mark (worth it), you’ll be sitting and eating pretty with the likes of blue cheese and caramelised onion arancini with herb aioli, parmesan and salsa verde, or lemon and thyme chicken breast schnitzel with house slaw and fries. There’ll be zero regrets, but there might be a handful of cheeky lunch cocktails thrown into the mix.

Comuna Cantina 

Can’t decide between eating something fresh and light, and stuffing your face with tacos? At Comuna Cantina you can do both, with their summery, bite-sized tacos totally in keeping with your summer diet. If eating with your hands doesn’t really fit with your white collared shirt, tuck into a goodness packed abundance bowl instead (adding halloumi wouldn’t hurt either).

Taro’s Ramen

It goes without saying that we are all truly lucky to be residing in a city that is home to a ramen joint as authentic and undeniably delicious as Taro’s. With house-made noodles and sweet Bangalow pork bone broth simmering for at least 16 hours, the tonkotsu ramen is hands-down the best in Brisbane. Garnished with sliced char siu pork, a soy sauce marinated egg and sheets of nori, your stomach will be feeling like it just a got a long, warm hug.

Brisbane City Market 

Hump day eh? Don’t waste another second thinking about where to go for lunch because you are sure to find something new and delicious in Brisbane’s very own CBD farmers market. German sausage/sautéed mushroom/giant-smoothie/Brazillian BBQ/kettle corn/bagel sandwich lovers unite! $10 can get you basically whatever your stomach desires. Plus you get to do a load of people-watching as you sit and enjoy your treasures in the sunshine.

Jade Buddha | Eagle Street Pier

Out of the office and straight into $10 lunch. For an absolute steal, you can head to Jade Buddha to land juicy beef or chicken burgs, and crisp tempura fish and chips any weekday that you just can’t face your leftovers (so… every day). Your new local lives above the Brisbane River, making for a short trip, a quick escape and the ideal people-watching spot. Perfect? Pretty much.

Melt Brothers 

Sure you could make a cheese toastie on the office sandwich press, but why would you when Melt Brothers do them so much better, and add potato gems to the toastie fillings… can you do that in the kitchenette? There’s even one with mac ‘n’ cheese on the toastie – talk about cheesy!

Red Hook 

Got a resolution to eat nothing but leftovers and ancient muesli bars during your workday? Red Hook will break that pretty quickly with their epic menu of burgers and American eats, including (fittingly) the Resolution Breaker burger, piled with double beef, double cheese, tomato, ketchup and special sauce.

Corbett & Claude 

Look, we’ll admit – there are days when all we want for lunch is cheese. Cheese, cheese and more cheese. On those days, we head for Corbett & Claude, where they’ll let us design our own cheese board, and won’t even judge us if all we follow it up with is some of their parmesan laden sweet potato fries. Next time you’re in a (ham and cheese on white) rut, consider some of the above.

With new and exciting Brisbane city restaurants opening every week, we hope your Rolodex of lunch spots are as exciting as ours. 

Words by Seyran Celik and Nicole Portacha
- the gourmands who just want lunch that tastes like real lunch