Dinner and a movie: our picks for dining and flicks | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Dinner and a movie: our picks for dining and flicks

Ah, the age-old combo that never disappoints...

Whether it’s date night, a catch-up with the gals, or a touch of the old self care, dinner-and-a-movie never fails! Next time you’re looking for a pre- or post-movies bite, hit up our list to fill the void that popcorn and choc-tops just can’t fill. 

New Farm Cinemas

What did we do before New Farm had a movie theatre!? When the post-sitting-down-and-doing-nothing hunger hits, head over to Yuzu and Co for classic Japanese bites like aburi nigiri, assorted tempura, and chicken karaage. More of a gourmet occasion? Wander over to The Balfour Kitchen at the Spicers Balfour for a French/Asian-inspired feast of drunken chicken with ginger dressing and baby cucumber, betel leaf-wrapped barramundi with green papaya salad and prawn floss, and mini kaffir lime pavlova topped with whipped cream and pandan poached rhubarb.

South Bank Cineplex

Gourmet cinema-goers can’t go past Bacchus for dishes to match the drama of the big screen! From perfect Aussie sirloins with smoked eggplant Summerland camel cheese to the stunning to the stunning Coconut on the beach dessert, this is some Tarantino-level food. For a gourmet post-flick, duck into Bamboo Basket for mouthwatering Chinese eats like the signature XLB, crispy roast duck, and ginger and shallot stir-fried calamari.

James Street Palace Centro

Spoiled for choice, lucky you! After stepping out of Palace Centro at lunch or dinner time, stroll on over to Mosconi for a chic Euro-inspired bite like Parisian gnocchi with Mooloolaba prawns, porcini and shellfish butter, and knock back a glass (or a few) from the great wine list. Feeling a more gourmand-geared bite? Wander up McLachlan Street to the second, larger location of Big Roddy’s for a finger-lickin’ good time featuring wings, jalapeño poppers, and chilli fries (with a cold beer, of course).

Elizabeth Street Picture Theatre

The bougie Elizabeth Street Picture Theatre, set in the former Irish Club, is full of masterful visuals before you even take your seat, and it’s surrounded by plenty of CBD spots to dine! Those of the gourmand persuasion will love Jumbo Thai for its fresh flavours and extensive cocktail list, while gourmet frill-seekers can settle in at the top of Elizabeth Street at Donna Chang for authentic Chinese flavours in a fine-dining setting.

Dendy Portside

While you’re spoiled for choice at Portside Wharf, we can’t look past Byblos’ Lebanese-inspired snacks and cocktails when it comes to late arvo nibbling – perfect for prepping yourself to laugh, cry, or scream at the big screen! For a gourmet experience after your film, Sono has you sorted with its top-tier Japanese menu of sashimi, hand rolls, seafood chawanmushi, and table-grilled wagyu beef.


Tickets and forks at the ready, people!