Suburban foodies: Paddington
80% brunch hotspots, 15% op shops, 5% fearing that your car will roll down Reading Street.
Aside from top tier thrift shopping (with more than $20 in your pocket because girl, there are brands to be found thanks to generous suburban mums and dads with fashion sense and a short appreciation span), Paddington is abundant in all-day dining venues where prosecco fountains and hummus bowls will be comin’ at ya from every angle.
Here’s everything worth eating and drinking in pristine inner Brisbane city suburb, Paddington.
Whether you’re vegan or ve-curious, Yavanna has enough to capture your attention through the art of plant-based cuisine. We’re not talking garden salads and bubble ’n’ squeak burgers on repeat – rather, think fried ‘chicken’, poutine, meatless-ball subs, and pesto chicken burgers where bird is certainly not the word. Besides badass lunch and dinner offerings, breakfast is 100% a go, with a healthy morning tea dose of brownies and other baked goods ready to take home. You know Yavanna.
It’s a hai from us. Paddington’s ramen connoisseurs aren’t one-trick ponies (but you better believe we’re ready to ride that ramen like there’s no tomorrow), dishing up everything from steamed buns to chicken karaage on the side. As you’d expect, the ramen is right on. Respectfully slurp your way through one of four flavour combos being tonkotsu, chicken, vego or miso. Hallelujah, it’s raining (ra)men.
Gnocchin’ dinner goals out of the park, these boys sure know how to turn potatoes into pure joy. Starting from humble beginnings at market stalls and pop-ups around Brisbane (which they still dabble in), Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers have planted their roots in Paddington for when cravings call (or in our case, scream until they get what they want). Aim for the signature gnocchi with wild mushroom and truffle sauce or slow cooked Bolognese, followed by fresh Sicilian cannoli, because why the heck not?
That’s the way it’s gonna be, little Darling & Co. This gorgeous space is an obvious choice for all-day dining, but really puts Paddington on the map with their infamous prosecco fountain! Part of Darling’s Sunday Sparkling Springs package, you can pour your own bevs direct from the fountain alongside shared gourmet canapés like oysters and fried baby squid while Snapchatting your way to attention-fuelled satisfaction.
Don’t pop the kettle on, do head to Kettle & Tin. Paddington’s fave bar and eatery starts with breakfast and ends with ‘big stuff’, and you should do the same. Wake up to adult Milo panna cotta with Baileys, cream and mint, sleep, and repeat your visit with a dinner of wild rice nasi goreng. Life. Sorted.
All-day breakfast is a blessing, as is Chapter IV. Whenever you decide to wake up, the good dudes at this picture-perfect café will be waiting with brekky reuben, signature soft-shell crab eggs Benedict and coconut waffles with Nutella brownie and ice cream. If you’re more of a ‘wake up and get straight into lunch’ kinda human, you’re all set. Grab a beef and short rib hash, a glass of pinot gris and stare into the soul of the suburbs. Today is your day.
Hello, is it Mi(rchi) you’re looking for? If you’re looking for darn good Indian cuisine, then you’re in the right burb. It’s Mirchi is like naan other, with fragrant, flavoursome bowls of lamb korma, butter chicken, crispy prawns and spinach pakoda. There are plenty of gluten free, vegan and vego options to make sure the entire family is happy… and rolling out with a brand new batch of food babies. Not mad.
The home of mouth-watering Middle Eastern eats, Naïm provides breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that’ll really tickle your house pickles. While shakshuka, vanilla halva waffles and eggplant tagine are right up there on our must-try list, you NEED to start your initiation to the Naïm community by tackling a hummus bowl. The bad boys are loaded with house-made hummus, Israeli salad, marinated olives, cumin and gouda, with toasted za’atar flatbread for dipping, and chicken schnitzel perched on top (say yes to the chook).
One of the most loveable locals is Remy’s – a house on the hill that’s full of hospitality, beer, and burgers. In between $3 taco Tuesdays and 2-4-1 burger Sundays, eat your way through the menu with top picks including vegan beans on sourdough, the juiciest double cheeseburger humanly possible, and a cheeky bacon Bloody Mary. Crisp.
Come hungry, leave shook. Anouk Café puts on epic all-day breakfast spreads, with the three cheese omelette featuring feta, mozzarella and parmesan with seasonal herbs and truffle oil laughing at our lactose intolerance knowing well that we’re going to choose it anyway. If you’re looking for another one-pan wonder, go the nomnom hash – sweet potato, wombok, streaky bacon, kim chi and a fried egg.
Set sail for Hope & Anchor if you’re after a little booze cruise. This cottage turned pub gets real English, real fast with everything from scotched hen’s egg with spiced plum ketchup to Lancashire hot pot with lamb and a potato scallop top. Have yourself a merry little barrel aged negroni to top things off (and maybe a few other tipples from the tempting cocktail list).
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