Suburban foodies: Bulimba | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Bulimba

Bars, bistros and freshly roasted beans: the vibrant riverside suburb of Bulimba has it all.

Whether your stomach’s grumbling for fresh seafood, creamy pasta or a classic sushi roll, there’s a little something for everyone in this bustling neighbourhood.


Your Italian fix is sorted from breakfast through to dinner, with this riverside hottie (fittingly located right at the CityCat stop…) letting you kick off the day with Mooloolaba prawn omelettes before a lunch and dinner menu of Italian classics like kingfish crudo, duck ragu pappardelle, chicken saltimbocca and lemon ricotta cannoli enters the mix! It would be a sin not to mix in a few Aperol spritzes, too… 


Mexi-can you handle how good the food is at La Quinta? Highlights include the lamb and goat’s cheese enchiladas, chunky beef chilli, and basically the whole list of Mexican-style tapas like street-style corn, jalapeño poppers, and crumbed feta. This Oxford Street staple has been around forever, and with its serious list of margaritas (there’s nine options!) it’ll be around for a long time to come.

Darvella Patisserie

A little slice of Swiss-style indulgence, Darvella bakes everything from croissants to fresh bread and their signature baby cakes in house every day. Whether you stop by for a quick mid-week lunch, a weekend treat, or a special occasion sweet, the abundant options and fresh interior should have your mouth watering for quality baked goods and locally roasted coffee from Monocle faster than you can say “croissant crumbs”!


With some brag-worthy brews constantly rotating on tap, there’s an ice-cold ale for every beer lover at this breezy spot. Hang out on the verandah with smoked cheese croquettes and Szechuan squid, or settle in for the night with a burger or serious charcuterie board. Non-beer drinks need not stress, with an on-trend wine selection and cool cocktail list on hand. 


Four words: order the Dragon Roll. This spot at the top of Oxford Street serves up fresh and flavoursome sushi, donburi (including the classic eel) and classic Japanese snacks like piping-hot takoyaki, gyoza, and agedashi tofu. For those looking for more substantial meals, there’s a range of curries, yakisoba, udon, and bento boxes to get stuck into. It might look unassuming, but trust us, it’s sushi-riously good.

Revel Brewing Co

Revel Brewing Co is bringing brewing back to Bulimba. Freshen up with their award-winning beer or sling down a locally crafted cider all while digging into one of their signature wood-fired pizzas with classic and crowd-pleasing toppings. Whether at family-style picnic tables in a breezy beer garden to bar tables in the industrial space inside, this modern brewery is just the spot to relax with your gang!


Other than the cinemas and the CityCat, it’s hard to think of anything more Bulimba than Sugo Mi! If pizza gets you going, Sugo Mi’s traditional Italian menu is right up your alley. From the Gamberoni with garlic prawns, mozzarella, bocconcini, parsley and chilli to the super-classic Al Tartufo with field mushrooms, mozzarella, crisp prosciutto and truffle oil, this place is serious about their pies (as well as of smaller plates and mains!). If you somehow still have room after dinner, pay a visit to the Sugo Mi Gelateria around the back for a one-two dinner and dessert combo that’ll take you right back to Milan.

King Crab Co

Taking up residence in the heart of Oxford Street, King Crab Co serves up a collection of finger-licking good food. From plates of prawns, oysters and crab to mouthwatering burgers, tacos and pork ribs, King Crab Co’s extensive menu is perfectly accompanied by their assortment of wines, cocktails and beers. With seafood deals also offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday ($95 loaded seafood boil for two, anyone!?), there’s no better reason to scuttle on over!


With so many eateries, you’ll be in Bu-limbo about where to eat!


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Words by Sarah Mackenzie
- the gourmand who's jumping on a CityCat!