Suburban Foodies: Brisbane CBD | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Suburban Foodies: Brisbane CBD

This city’s got everything.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere new to lunch or you’re after courses and courses of top-shelf gourmet fare, Brisbane’s CBD has something tasty around every corner. 

You’ll quickly find that there’s one thing these spots have in common–the ability to make you feel completely comfortable in the middle of the hustle and bustle. 


A glorious green oasis on the corner of Ann and Roma, Goldfinch helps you escape the city without having to leave it. Designed to be light and flavourful at lunch before getting a bit moodier when the sun goes down, Goldfinch’s menu is heavy with Mediterranean influences. Come for charcuterie, stay for sticky pork belly for the table, and splurge on a signature chocolate tiramisu mousse with creme fraiche, gold-leaf, espresso crumbs. 

Patina at Customs House

Customs House had reached Brisbane icon status long before we were even alive. Patina, its dedicated eatery, brings a modern touch to the venue that is totally lavish (and delicious). A contemporary menu with a focus on produce is on offer at Patina, designed to be enjoyed alongside what can only be described as the best view in Brisbane. 

Riverbar & Kitchen

We’ve long been fans of this trendy spot. But hey… Hasn’t everyone?

With riverside views, an epic drinks list and a reputation for throwing a pretty good party, Riverbar is up there with the best bars in town. We particularly love their pop-ups and specials, from Winter Wonderland (hellooooo pizza cob loaf) to Cuban Nights, and Poolbar. We can’t wait to see what this hotspot whips up next! 

Botero House

Open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, the talented team at Botero House work hard to deliver a perfect experience to everyone that walks through the door. The concise menu has flavours from around the world with an emphasis on Queensland’s best produce. Our recommendation? Order the chef’s special breaky of the day and revel in the kitchen’s creativity. 

Melt Brothers

This cheesy spot is every gourmand’s dream. The ultimate lunch spot, Melt Brothers heroes the toasted sandwich, with outrageous fillings like mac ‘n’ cheese, maple bacon, and roast chicken. All that’s left to do is add a serve of loaded potato gems, a chocolate fudge thick shake and call it a day. 

Red Hook

Ready to get a little messy? New York street food in cosy Gresham Lane is Red Hook’s game, serving up burgers, hot dogs, wings, a classic Philly cheese steak, and one customary salad.

N-Y-See you there.

Felix for Goodness

Yet another hidden gem, Felix for Goodness doesn’t shy away from pure wholesomeness. A concise food menu made from scratch and an indie drinks menu that we are, frankly, fangirling over, everything about this cosy spot has been thoughtfully crafted. It’s time to sip on that golden turmeric latte and start your day with utter goodness.


Not only was OTTO named Best Italian Restaurant in Queensland in the Delicious 100, it also boasts Australia’s best wine list. The food at OTTO is all about simplicity executed with precision, and always has an element of fun. Eat up, drink up, and live la dolce vita.

Alba Bar & Deli 

Influenced by the pintxos bars of San Sebastian, Alba Bar & Delicatessen is tucked away in Burnett Lane, as cool as ever. Bite-sized Spanish morsels are paired with unique sherry, wine and cocktails at this joint. If you’re around for lunch, be sure to grab a bocadillo stuffed with yummies like jamon and melted manchego or confit garlic, jamon and bourbon butter. ​

Donna Chang

She is beauty, she is grace, and she is serving up what we believe is Brisbane’s most luxe Chinese food. With an ambience of sheer elegance, Donna Chang is situated in a beloved heritage-listed building on George St. For your next special occasion, be sure to book a booth, order the banquet for the table, and live your most opulent life. 

Malt Dining

Malt Dining’s three levels (the bar, the attic and the cellar) make for a unique and rustic spot for lunch or dinner in the CBD. At Malt, it’s all about modern Australian flavours with Asian street influence, and we’re big fans of their eclectic menu. Stand-outs include lunchtime’s pork katsu on Paris mash with Japanese curry sauce, and dinner’s six-course omnivore tasting menu. 

See you in the city!


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- The gourmet who sometimes opts for six courses, and sometimes opts for a mac ‘n’ cheese toastie.