Brisbane’s best spots to go from day to night | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s best spots to go from day to night

  • Food & Booze
There’s nothing better than spending your entire weekend catching up with friends, whether it’s over bacon and eggs, a few share plates or cocktails under the stars. But to save you having to waste time hopping from one venue to another (those 48 hours are precious after all), we’ve found some tasty spots that transform seamlessly from morning brunches to dinner and drinks. So you’re free to kick back all day – after poaching the best seat in the house, of course. The Jetty | Oxford Seriously, what doesn’t this riverside spot have? Dishing up spectacular views, a scrumptious breakfast menu, hearty dinners and a cocktail list perfect for weekend tipples, The Jetty Oxford is a venue you basically never have to leave. Start your day with potato cakes topped with poached eggs, smoked trout and creamed corn, and finish it with cheese and charcuterie by the water with a bottle of rosé. La Dolce Vita | Milton One for both the early birds and the night owls, La Dolce Vita is there with steaming lattes, classic breakfasts, delicious pastas and even sneaky late night desserts from 6am-midnight every day of the year – even Christmas Day! Take a seat under the Eiffel Tower and you can cure any craving, whether it’s for rich baked eggs of a morning or cheesy pepperoni topped pizza with an ice cold beer on a Friday night. Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD With views like this, we’re more than happy to settle in for the whole day. And by views, we mean cocktails. After a waterside brekky of eggs benedict, we’re pretty much obligated to stay for lunchtime brisket tacos and crispy calamari (and not just because we can wash them down with sangria). And since we’re here, we may as well just stay for seconds (of sangria, duh) until the sun goes down, right? The Palms Bar and Grill | Upper Mount Gravatt We all like to occasionally pretend that we’re poolside at a five-star resort and not, in reality, hanging out in the ‘burbs. Sit yourself down by the pool at Garden City’s The Palms and spend a full day reclining at this Mediterranean treasure. After a weekend brunch of fried polenta with pancetta, relish, avocado, bacon and eggs, stick around for dinner (and more importantly, dessert) by the moonlit pool. Shady Palms | Greenslopes What’s better than chilling in your lounge room all day? Chilling in a lounge room while top-notch American food is brought straight to you. Obviously. Shady Palms kicks off as a buzzing coffee joint in the morning, with breakfast running every Wednesday to Sunday alongside your much-needed caffeine hit. If you accidentally sink into one of their all-too-comfy couches (trust us, there’s no escape), have no fear – the kitchen will bring you platefuls of sliders and Southern fried chicken from midday ‘til late. brisbane restaurants day to night 5 boroughs 5 Boroughs | Ascot Here’s a Sunday sesh we can definitely get behind. 5 Boroughs Ascot is now running brunch on weekends, so chances are if you rock up before 2pm you’ll see plenty of mimosas in hand. After recovering from brunch with a couple of beers (and maybe a few hours in a food coma), you’re basically obligated to stick around for the low and slow BBQ tastes that 5 Boroughs does so very well. Blockhouse Eat/Drink | Nundah Like Clark Kent morphing into Superman (spoiler alert), café-by-day Blockhouse transforms into a stylish champagne bar come 6pm. You can grab quality brekky meals like pumpkin oats with maple pecans and potato hashcake with smashed peas and feta up until 2.30pm (hello, snooze button). Later, the coffee disappears and bottles of bubbly take its place, complemented by dinners of Argentinian brisket, lamb hotpot, and butternut arancini. Barcadia Kitchen & Bar | Bulimba After feeding us share plates of beef short ribs, brisket tortillas and excessive amounts of craft beer for more lunches and dinners than we care to admit, Barcadia has embraced breakfast time (and the ability for us to bum around all day) with an all-new morning menu. While we’ve always been happy rocking up in the afternoon and watching the sun drop with a cold one, we may start turning up earlier just for a serve of the blueberry and ricotta hotcakes. WATT | New Farm During the day, this riverside dining spot is great for wow-ing clients or spoiling the girls at lunch. But Watt we really love about this spot is its sunset transition, where the night lights up and WATT transforms into a vibrant waterfront bar. Trust us, feasting on dishes like the slow cooked lamb ragout and Thai-style mussel curry will get you ready for those espresso martinis and blood orange mai tais later on. Pawpaw Café | Woolloongabba There’s a special bond between a person and their caffeine provider, and for many, this is the ever-popular Pawpaw Café. The magic doesn’t just end at your daily cappuccino, though, with Pawpaw bouncing back from morning trade with lunch and dinner menus to follow. Although some genius has kept breakfast going ‘til 3 every day, patrons can swap out their coffee for passionfruit mojitos and enjoy dinners of nasi goreng, chilli caramel pork and DIY duck tacos. With Brisbane restaurants like these, the words ‘long lunch’ have never sounded sweeter. Words by Samantha Chariton