Suburban Foodies: Newstead | Gourmand and Gourmet

Suburban Foodies: Newstead

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Desserts
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Vegetarian

Often overlooked next to the glittering gems that are the New Farm and Fortitude Valley dining precincts, Newstead has become its own.

Combining the best of the inner-city with river view, Newstead is fast becoming a foodie fave. Offering feeds for all times of the day, and for every palate, it’s with some hesitation that we share the best of Newstead. Just don’t tell anyone, okay?

Hatch & Co.

Learning to share is a very important lesson, especially when you’re dining at Hatch & Co! Perfect for any time of day or occasion (groceries deserve rewards okay?), indulge in plates of seared scallops, pan roasted free-range pork chop and confit chicken, or go all out with slow roasted lamb shoulder or chermoula marinated wood fired chicken. That’s enough to get anyone in a flap!

Rogue Bar and Bistro

Rogue takes ‘simple’ and turn it into jaw-dropping. Take their menu item named simply ‘pig,’ a totally decadent crispy belly with bruléed figs, tempura cauliflower, Jerusalem artichoke and truffle salami. Genius or madness?  You be the judge. Can’t decide? Order the Ark – your choice of three animals and three sides to share for $55pp. They also serve up a seriously sexy breakfast – get stuck into Earl Grey macadamia waffles with fresh figs, passionfruit curd, marshmallow and salted caramel gelato.


What can we tell you about Betty’s Burgers that you haven’t heard before? The retro burger shack serves up everything from classic Angus beef to crispy mushroom filled with gouda and gruyere. Their onion rings are legendary but make sure you leave room for the Betty’s concretes! Chocolate or vanilla custard (!!!) ice-cream topped with peanut butter brittle, hot fudge doughnut and lemon raspberry cheesecake…. just take our money.

Newstead Brewing Co.

Turning an old bus depot into their own brewery, Newstead Brewing Co. are living every home brewer’s dream. As well as their core range of six beers and cider there is always a seasonal brew on tap, from pilsners to saison and everything in between. Duck in for a schooner and some buffalo wings, or spend a lazy afternoon with mates over pizzas and pints.


‘Chinese’ and ‘tapas’ aren’t two words you see together often but Peng You, another Gasworks restaurant makes it work – and makes it work well. Part yum cha, part typical Chinese feast (you know – eyes always bigger than the stomach), you’ll find favourites like sizzling prawns alongside curried roast duck and slow-cooked pork hock.


It may have moved locations but legendary Brisbane restaurant E’cco is just as glorious as ever. Phillip Johnson’s menu ranges from confit salmon with black lime and watercress to poached octopus with fermented chilli and stracciatella, and at first can be a little overwhelming. Our recommendation? Go the Chef’s Menu! Changing monthly, it’s the best way to get the ultimate E’cco experience.


Salt Meat and Cheese may not have invented the wheel but we love what they’ve done with it! Devour margherita and prosciutto pizzas on All You Can Eat Pizza on Monday night for just $30, or pig out mountains of cheesy, pasta goodness with their cheese wheel pasta special – only available Wednesday nights for just $25, or add truffle for $30. Add an Aperol Spritz or cheeky Chianti and date night is sorted!


Relaxed long lunches, cute date nights and cocktails with the girls – Drum Dining is as versatile as it is beautiful. Make eyes at your tinder date over plates of linguine, pork belly with celeriac remoulade and crispy skinned duck leg, or share plates of croquettes, BBQ duck spring rolls and Rannock Farm Quail with the fam. Liquid dinner? Get extra with a Pink Flamingo- vodka, peach liquor, Campari and lemon, or keep it classy with a Bourbon Bramble.  They also have a fab list of wines and beers if you’re trying to keep things tame.


She might be brown but she’s anything but boring! Mrs Brown’s Bar & Kitchen opened with a bang last year with its emphasis on serving up locally produced food to locals. As well as their own extensive menu that includes such delights dumplings, prawn rolls and KFC (Korean fried cauliflower!!!!), the team have also collaborated with pizzas from Gianni’s Kitchen and gelato from Gelato Messina (arguably Brisbane’s best gelato but you didn’t hear it here!) With 24 beer taps and an extensive wine and cocktail list, you’re sure to keep hydrated!

You’re in good stead, Newstead.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- The gourmand whose dream of a perfect world is just a never-ending bowl of spaghetti.