Suburban foodies: Fortitude Valley | Gourmand and Gourmet

Suburban foodies: Fortitude Valley

Yes, it’s the bustling inner-city suburb that never sleeps, but Fortitude Valley has so much more on offer than a greasy midnight kebab.

Oh, how we love the Valley. With an unrivalled reputation for culture and nightlife, this suburb in the heart of Brisbane also has absolutely everything a foodie could ever want…

HONTO

It’s Japanese but not as you know it at hôntô. The menu is split up into five sections: raw, bites, bigger, sides, and sweets. Bring the gang, grab a few dishes from each section, and enjoy reimagined Japanese flavours in the groovy dining room. 

MR CHESTER WINE BAR 

Wine + Cheese = Love. That’s all the maths we need, and it completely represents everything Mr Chester is about.

Forever championing the boutique, smaller producers, Mr Chester knows everything there is to know about viticulture. Their ever-changing array of dishes are perfectly matched with house wines–the specialty being their eternally Insta-worthy antipasto, cheese boards, and pizzas. 

AGNES

While the Valley is one of Brisbane’s best spots for a bite to eat and drink, the corner that Agnes now calls home sat dormant for too long. 2020 was the year this changed and Agnes was born–taking things back to basics by using the ancient skill of cooking over a flame to deliver modern, innovative fare. 

FAT DUMPLING 

It’s time to embrace the saying “you are what you eat.”

Straight from bamboo basket to mouth are the delicious, plump and flavourful dumplings at Fat Dumpling. Handmade before your very eyes, these packages of heaven come fried, poached or steamed and with an array of delightful fillings.

MOSCONI 

Cosy, welcoming, and utterly delicious, Mosconi is the perfect spot for a long boozy lunch, date night, or celebratory meal. While the menu changes monthly, Mosconi is always cooking up stunning European dishes, alongside an A1 wine list. Plus, we hear that work is underway to expand Mosconi’s Valley home! Stay tuned, Bris. 

BAJA

With SoCal-style Mexican eats, an impressive cocktail list and a gorgeous fit-out, Baja offers a flawless dining experience every time you step through the arched doorway. Get acquainted with a mezcal negroni and a couple of tacos, and see why we love this place so very much. 

THE NEW BLACK 

Brisbane’s breaky scene has some stand-outs and the divine, yet concise menu at The New Black is certainly up there with the best. I mean, who wouldn’t want to start their day with a savoury kimchi pancake?

BEIRNE LANE 

Beirne Lane proudly calls itself the “house of the people” and it’s not hard to see why.

With a delicious range of craft beers and wines on offer, the bar heroes an extensive and experimental cocktail list that ticks all the boxes. The yumminess continues in the kitchen, with an exciting menu that dabbles in Japanese cuisine (and your classic bar-style plates). 

HELLENIKA

Saganaki by the pool? Only at Hellenika! A star of James Street, Hellenika sits pretty inside The Calile Hotel, serving looks AND modern Greek cuisine. Whatever you do, ensure you leave room for baklava. 

NETHERWORLD

Whether you’re an arcade game nerd, a board game lover or just on the hunt for a new drinking hole, Netherworld has you covered. With 40 odd arcade games and countless consoles along with an extensive bar with over 24 beers on tap, there is something for everyone. It would be a sin not to mention their Hellmouth Diner, dishing up vegan-friendly goodies for lunch and dinner, including their cauliflower drumettes and vegan chicken nuggets.

ETERNA

A taste of Rome in the heart of the Valley, Eterna is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s Italian dining scene. Slinging classic pastas and cocktails till late, we suggest making time in your next Valley adventure for a big bowl of Eterna’s carbonara.  

From dusk till dawn and from fine dining to chilled-out fare, Fortitude Valley should absolutely change its name to Fooditude Valley. Yay or nay?

 

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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmet who wouldn't say no to a Brunswick Street Mall kebab...