Suburban Foodies: Burleigh Heads
Whether you’re stopping by or there for the long haul, Burleigh Heads is so much more than just a pit stop...
Once a sleepy outer suburb, Nundah is well on its way to becoming a fab hotspot full of cafés and bars you need to know about.
Sure, it’s only six minutes to the city (thanks Clem… and whichever parent is still paying my toll), but why waste them when you can just Lime down the road to somewhere a little closer to home?
Here’s everywhere worth nudging to the top of your to-eat list in Nundah.
Puttin’ on the Fitz. With multiple rooms outfitted in kitsch, retro decor and a rooftop bar overlooking Sandgate Road, there’ll always be a bar stool waiting for you and your thirst. A 100% plant-based menu won’t disappoint, with everything from jaffle platters (an absolute game changer) to spicy fried puffs with sriracha aioli to juicy vEEF burgers. We’ll raise an Aussie Negroni to that.
Having all of Nundah lining down the block just to watch what they got, Blockhouse puts on one heck of a foodie show with their peachy day and night offerings. By day, you can wake up with the likes of breakfast schnitzel, mushroom barley breakfast risotto and okonomiyaki, before eagerly heading back for Parisian gnocchi, honey brûlée brie and a couple of cheeky Moscow Mules. Ride it, my donkey.
Your home away from home is Fuel & Co, and their warm Queenslander vibe will have you feeling both patriotic and hungry. The place to be for breakfast and lunch offers the likes of potato and tarragon waffles with smoked trout, coddled eggs and crème fraîche and karaage chicken salad, with enough acai and apple smoothies to quench your Insta-thirst.
Head on in, drink on up. The Village Social is Nundah’s signature dive bar, with plenty of wine, cocktails and beer on tap to catch up over. Get your burb pride on and go for Danundah with tequila, passionfruit syrup and lime, or tap into some Euro flavour with Das Haus – Jagermeister, Montenegro and cherry and orange bitters.
By night one way, by day another. Rise and dine at Nundah Corner Café will a killer day menu lined up (hello smoked pork rillettes eggs Benedict), then make your way back for a dinner of sous vide chicken roulade with corn puree, crispy chicken skin, steamed greens and jus. Reckon you could fit in a cheeky pav for dessert?
This new kid on the block is teaching its elders a thing or two. Gorgeous minimalistic hotspot Chapel Park Café has eats as delicious as its aesthetic, including ham hock bagels with aged cheddar, rocket, apple and caramelised onion, and strawberries and cream pikelets with vanilla ricotta, macadamia and almonds.
A long time staple for locals, The Royal recently underwent a total makeover: at 127 years old, you can hardly blame the place for needing facelift! Shedding its roots as an English-style pub, the venue has a new Italian flavour, complete with an old world lounge bar hidden next door. Cosy up with pizzas and antipasto platters while you sip on Italian inspired cocktails. Bellissimo!
Now this is real feel-good food. Espresso Train works with the Nundah Community Enterprises Co-Op to provide meaningful employment for people with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, using all proceeds to remain non-reliant on outside funding. All the food is made from scratch, including pumpkin hotcakes with grilled chorizo, sour cream and chives. Talk about food with heart!
With 21 pizzas to choose from on Earth ‘n’ Sea’s menu, you won’t want to fill up on garlic bread before hand, delicious as it is. We’re not sure about toppings like the prawn and banana (huh?), but The Green Pizza has enough feta to make any cheese lover happy. Just be sure to save room for dessert crepes.
See you in the burbs.