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Brisbane’s best CBD lunch spots
Got 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.
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… everyday). 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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
From the scrumptious stir fries and noodle bowls on the ‘East’ menu to the epic burgers and slow cooked feeds on offer at the ‘West’ side of this food hall, there’s plenty to choose from here. The best part? Everything on their a la carte menu is under $12, and ready to tuck into in the time it normally takes you to toast your homemade sanga, leaving you with plenty of time and dosh to head back after work and sample the bar menu.
When ‘quick bite’ is the understatement of the year and you only have a moment’s notice to run out for the flashest of flashes, LR sushi may very well be your lunchtime hero! Your deceptively measly $10 has the buying potential of four larger-than-average, scrumptious rolls. Their long display case boasts daily combinations of tempura prawn, chicken and basil, beef satay, and salmon with avocado to name a few.
Whichever way you look at it, Maru Korean BBQ is the dream team of a successful CBD lunch. With fast, polite service and a huge selection of wallet-friendly dishes, you’ll be grateful you left your leftovers in the office fridge. All of the lunch options are served with a delightful selection of banchan (traditional Korean appetizers). Try one of their hot stone bowls filled with sticky fried chicken teriyaki or a steaming skillet of chicken with black bean sauce.
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.
$10 happy hour design-your-own pizzas. Need we say more? How about the fact that they can be made gluten free, and even dairy free? Holy moly, we’ve even sold ourselves on them – excuse us while we duck out and grab a pizza the action for lunch.
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 it – talk about cheesy!
Got a resolution to eat nothing but leftovers and ancient muesli bars during your work day? 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.
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.