Skip the salad: Brisbane’s healthiest dinners | Gourmand and Gourmet

Skip the salad: Brisbane’s healthiest dinners

It’s all too easy to find a cheeky acai or goodness bowl for breakfast (seriously – if it comes in a bowl is it automatically healthy?) but finding a dinner option that isn’t 90% lettuce can sometimes seem impossible.

Since we’re all about balance at the G&G (sometimes that might be a cake in each hand – but don’t you judge us!) we’ve hunted down some healthy options for you that won’t leave you hangry – no rabbit food here.


One of the OGs of mainstream paleo eating, Asana is well known for its diverse and allergy-friendly dishes, prepared with seasonal, local ingredients. A restaurant where you can have your pizza – and eat it gluten and dairy free if you so desire. With options from raw zucchini lasagne with homemade cashew cheese to roasted barramundi with Asian greens, sweet potato and lime and coconut sauce –whether you’re vegan, coeliac or paleo – this kitchen has something for every taste and need.


So nice they had to name it twice, and with two locations, there’s no excuse not to want more more Pawpaw Asian Kitchen! With their extensive menu of fresh, pan-Asian food dishes, graze on plates of green papaya salad, stir fry, pad Thai, and fragrant vegan green curries.


Known for their focus on whole foods and seasonal produce, and with a name like ‘Felix for Goodness’ it’s no wonder the hidden eatery made our list. With lunch options like roast pumpkin frittata and donburi, the dishes will have you Felixin’ damn good. So good in fact, we think you’ve just earned yourself a tropical chia pot for dessert!


One of Brisbane’s busiest restaurants, LONgTIME might be hidden away – but it’s no secret. The Thai inspired restaurant is famous for its flavoursome, fresh salads, spicy curries and whole fish with three flavour vinaigrette, shallots and lemongrass. Up your green intake with wok tossed Asian greens with chilli, garlic and oyster sauce. #healthspo


Vege Rama has been feeding Brisbanites their veggies since 2009 when the first store opened on Queen Street. Keep it safe with classics like nachos and samosas or try their vegan spin on Kung Pao Chicken – Kung Pao Cauliflower. Believe us, you won’t even miss the meat, and your body will love you for it!


Food trends come and go, but unlike donut fries, cronuts and loaded milkshakes – poké bowls are as healthy as they are damn delicious. Suki is the undisputed queen of the poke pack, with creations like the ‘hot tuna.’ With raw tuna, togarashi mayo, edamame, tobiko, salads and rice. Feeling adventurous? Build your own from their extensive menu, or swap your bowl out for a sushi burrito – we’ll let you investigate that bad boy yourself.


There are few things in life as glorious as a giant bowl of butter chicken, a greasy naan and a pile of rice – but the aftermath can sometimes be less than glamorous (hello bloating and naan sweats!) Luckily the team at It’s Mirchi have realised that our need for Indian food shouldn’t compromise our need to function as human beings, so they’ve come up with a menu built around maximum flavour without unnecessary fats and nasties like MSG.

Forget the lettuce wraps and put down the frozen meal – we’ve got dinner sorted

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who loves a healthy salad... on the side of a bowl of pasta