So a Friday night date is out thanks to dinner plans with the folks, and the weekend’s booked solid with social catchups and that load of washing you’ve been meaning to do.
In fact, something can be said for nights on the town where you don’t need to share a restaurant with the rest of Brisbane’s populace. Mid-week dining is a great way to squeeze in a restaurant meal without literally squeezing into a chair, so we’ve written up a list of restaurants in Brisbane that make for a great weekday night out.
In the city
| Fortitude Valley
Looking for somewhere a little bit more stylish than your usual Wednesday night spot on the couch that will still let you chow down on favourite pan-Asian feeds like spicy black bean chilli beef and garlic prawns? Madame Hedges is the place to go – not only are their scrumptious share plates worth staying out on a weeknight for, you’ll be able to pay much more attention to the quirky décor without the weekend crowd to contend with.
Who says date night has to be Friday night? Chuck your fancy duds on for a Monday night at Libertine. For $35pp, you’ll receive a sumptuous five-course Asian inspired banquet to share, as well as a ticket each to the Palace Cinemas next door. Who wants to do the washing up on a Monday, anyway?
Exclusive dining events aren’t restricted to the weekends! Not just a spot for a business lunch, Public hosts a private chefs menu event every Wednesday, featuring four original dishes that change each week. All four courses will only run you $59, which sounds like a great excuse for a midweek to us!
Tapas bar Peasant totally gets that you need to ease in to the week. Paella Mondays will spice up that slow start with $30 batches of paella and $20 carafes of sangria. Sounds like a peasant party worth attending!
In the ‘burbs
Sichuan Bang Bang
& Pizzeria Violetta
| Kenmore & Paddington
Leave the long journeys for the weekend. After work, it’s a nice treat to find a tasty spot close to home. West siders can enjoy this dynamic duo without the hassle of commuting cityside for dinner. Set up in the same building, you’re welcome to choose from the selection of Sichuan’s traditional Chinese flavours and Pizzeria Violetta’s pizza-packed menu.
Wooden Horse Restaurant & Bar
Don’t whinny about eating in the ‘burbs – this fusion restaurant can hold its own against the most central of spots. Combining modern Australian food with Mediterranean elements, Wooden Horse is bringing top-quality, stress-free dining to the north side. Enjoy tastes like harissa BBQ spatchcock and potato croquettes with chilli salsa without wasting half your night driving.
Let’s officially change cheat day from Saturday to Wednesday, ‘kay guys? Because that’s when the gourmet chefs at Pearl Café serve up plates of whole-roasted, free-range suckling pig for only $25. It’s a great chance to impress without dragging your date to a packed weekend venue and spending a small fortune.
Nantucket Kitchen and Bar
Wine not save some extra cash for another night? At Nantucket Kitchen & Bar, Wednesdays are BYO wine night, so you’re not corking out for pricey bottles. Keep your food bill nice and trim by bringing your own drinks. Or, y’know, splash that extra cash on an extra serve of poutine.
Dodge the hustle and bustle of Chinatown – you can grab your midweek food fix at Sunnybank for a fraction of the price, a quieter crowd, and (woohoo!) free parking. Weeknights at Southside Bistro mean those tasty plates of coconut prawn beignets and teriyaki pork burgers can get in your belly, pronto. Plus, dessert tastes so much sweeter on a Tuesday.
The Palms Bar & Grill
| Upper Mount Gravatt
The dining precinct at Garden City is a trendy spot in the ‘burbs that brings brilliant foodie delights like The Palms to your waiting mouths. With a massive car park with free parking for under 3 hours, and plenty of shops to walk off those calories in (no regrets), you’ll find The Palms sedately abuzz with young couples dining on grilled meats and assortments of small share plates.
Feel free to share this with any friends who are still waiting in line for their Friday night reservation!
Words by Samantha Chariton
Image (top) by Judit Losh