Brisbane’s Best Express Lunches | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's Best Express Lunches

Turn on your computer, check your emails, dodge the water cooler conversation (can’t get caught up), finalise that document, make that phone call, then to the staff meeting – oh look, it’s lunch time.  Life is busy, and you don’t have time to pace the streets to find somewhere to eat, let alone browse a huge menu AND wait for the food to arrive. We’ve compiled a list of Brisbane’s best express lunches – reliable quality, conveniently narrowed menus and great prices.  You don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll keep it snappy.  Cloudland | Fortitude Valley  Trade your white walls, cubicles and soggy sandwiches for waterfalls, glass ceilings and Italian cuisine. Wednesday to Friday, any drink purchase will give you access to seven lunch options for just $15, ranging from authentic pizza to tender gnocchi. Aria | Eagle Street Pier Whether an important meeting or a much-needed pick-me-up, sometimes only the best will do. Cue ARIA: their stress-free two-course lunch features a set entrée, and for mains a simple (or is it?) choice of confit duck or seared trout. Add a coffee and petit fours, all for just $35. The Eatery at Four Points by Sheraton | Mary Street One of Brisbane’s newer offerings, conveniently located in the CBD. Starting at $24.95 for two courses, the ‘Market Express Lunch’ is an ideal choice for business lunches; with options such as a half dozen oysters or a cheeseboard, it’s easy to impress without blowing the budget. Bar Alto | New Farm Take a break from the drudgery and try something new with Bar Alto’s regional lunches. Every month the set menu takes influence from a different region of Italy – this month is inspired by Valle D’Aosta, famous for veal and apples. $37 will get you an entrée and main. Bucci | Fortitude Valley Some of Brisbane’s most innovative Italian is now available in a flash with a two-course express lunch starting at $29.50. Also very local-worthy: the menus change every week so you’ll never get bored. Malt Dining | Brisbane Like things classic with just a bit of a twist? For your next lunch, try their ‘prix fixe’ menu: two courses for $47, three for $59. The duck tart tatin with cherries has caught our interest, or keep things fresh with fish of the day.  Words by Jessimin Horder