Brisbane’s best new openings of 2015 | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s best new openings of 2015

It’s been a wild ride in the Brisbane food scene this year. The number of new openings is well into three figures since January 1, and while we’ve had to say goodbye to a few of our favourite haunts, there’s been no shortage of delicious venues racing to take their place. From hole-in-the-wall takeaway spots to suburban cafes dishing up breakfasts we thought only existed in our dreams, there’s a few places that have captured our tastebuds so thoroughly we feel like they’ve been around forever. Nodo Donuts | Newstead Anyone who makes it ok to have doughnuts for breakfast is a winner in our books! Finally making it from the markets to their very own cute and quirky café, Nodo serves up supershakes alongside their irresistible baked doughnuts. You will become addicted. You have been warned. The Jam Pantry | Greenslopes From the moment The Jam Pantry paired bacon ice cream with cheddar and marmalade filled French toast, we were hooked. Since then, it’s been a brunch adventure, fuelled along by many, many cups of chocolate shaving topped cappuccinos. District 1 | Fortitude Valley Who would have thought this cosy, hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese café was dishing up some of the best banh mi, pho, rice paper rolls and curries in town? When you find yourself going back for lunch every single week to order that dish you’ve been daydreaming about all morning, you’ll know it’s good. Queen of Pops | Clayfield Coffee isn’t usually something that gets a shake up – cold press was the most exciting thing to happen in the coffee scene in yonks. Until Queen of Pops came along. Introducing frozen coffee pops and refreshing, bubbly nitro brew to our morning routine, with totes adorable branding to boot, it’s no wonder we go out of our way to get a fix. Heya | Fortitude Valley The loss of Brunswick Social was a blow to our Saturday nights – but then Heya filled the void with espresso martinis and cheeseburger spring rolls and all was right with the world again. A subterranean maze of hidden bars and dark corners, Heya is a place we can always get lost it, especially with a cocktail in our hand. Fitz & Potts | Nundah We discovered something life changing in 2015: drinking in the ‘burbs is just as good as (if not better) than drinking in the city! Fitz & Potts is one of the many bars that’s popped up to facilitate a good suburban drinking sesh, and with a rooftop beer garden, craft beers and spirits and some great nibbles, it’s one of the best. the bleachersThe Bleachers | West End When we heard that Ben’s Burgers had opened a second venue, this one with even MORE burgers on the menu, we were in there like fat kid on a slippery slide, quicker than you could say ‘double cheese.’ Throw fried chicken and bacon waffles into the mix and we’ve developed a full blown obsession. I Heart Brownies | Fortitude Valley Bakery Lane joined the ranks of Brisbane’s hipster-friendly laneways with several delicious offerings, but it was I Heart Brownies who stole our hearts with their decadent gluten free brownies. Not ones to rest on their laurels, they’ve added a brownie ice cream sundae to the menu since then, firmly cementing their place on this list. Darling & Co | Paddington Ladies lunches got a makeover with the transformation of Iceworks into the glam Darling & Co, as did breakfasts, weekend drinks and manly boys nights in the sophisticated Unforgiven bar downstairs. Bringing a dash of urban charm to the tail end of Caxton Street, it’s the new place to be seen, Darling. Lick! Ice Cream | Graceville Lick it, lick it good – one of Lick!’s scrumptious ice cream sandwiches that is (what did you think we meant?). With more of Lick! Ice Cream’s specialty flavours that you could poke a spoon at and some seriously indulgent desserts on the menu, we won’t blame Graceville if their average waist size goes up an inch or two in 2016. Pineapple Express | Hamilton & Fortitude Valley Finally, an eatery that understands that sometimes, what we want is not what our waistline needs. Because what we want is a decadent, chocolate drizzled sundae topped with all manner of sweets – what our waistline needs is Pineapple Expresses Cocowhip sundaes, with all that but none of the guilt. 5 Boroughs | Greenslopes 2015 was a big year for American fare, but none embraced the streets of New York quite like 5 Boroughs. Serving up the phattest hot dogs (in both senses of the word), juiciest burgers and crispiest onion rings on the south side, their Big Apple street feeds also extend to tacos, empanadas and chicken karaage wings. If you haven’t ticked them off your must-eat list yet, you best get started – 2016 is set to be just as big! Words by Ranyhyn Akui