- Food & Booze
Suburban Foodies: West End
Whether you’re looking for a beer, brunch, or a banquet, the options in West End are seemingly endless.
With a restaurant, café, or bar on every corner, Brisbane’s most eclectic foodie paradise boasts everything from colourful street food and cheap eats to extravagant bars and epicurean feasts – as well as some of Brisbane’s most colourful personalities. From gourmand cheap eats to gourmet feasts, we’ve faced the difficult task of finding the best of the West.
If it’s close to pay-day or you’re craving something less along the lines of clean eating, and more in the form of burgers/bagels – the following options are super tasty, without breaking the bank.
Bowls of steaming pho, crunchy Vietnamese rice noodle salads and rich laksas – Quan Thanh is a Vietnamese/Malaysian/Chinese fusion paradise. BYO (there’s a bottle shop next door, convenient), super affordable, and great for a dinner with mates, Quan Thanh delivers every time. They’re also super dog-friendly so you’re sure to get at least one pooch cuddle.
Double fried buttermilk buffalo chicken wings, loaded beer-battered fries with rich gravy and cheese, massive burgers, and a killer beer list – The Burrow is not for you if you’re on a diet. It does, however, have heaps of GF, vegetarian and vegan options, a rad beer garden, and ice-cold beers, so it’s 100% worth a visit – the diet can start tomorrow.
West End’s OG beer emporium is proving itself to be so much more than just a brew-lover’s paradise. With a new Head Chef spicing things up (literally), an extensive wine and cocktail list and a brand-new menu, this is not the Archive of past. Not just pizzas and wings, Archive is branching out with traditional carbonara, pork belly chops, and our new fave – fried cauliflower with hummus, rocket and tomato. They’re also bringing back beer dinners, so stay tuned!
Think fried rice for breakfast, but not the scummy Chinese leftovers you ordered from Uber Eats last night. West End Coffee House is serving up so much more than just perfectly scrambled eggs- in fact, they’re wok-fried! With marinated pulled pork, loads of fresh veggies, and prik nam pla, you’ll be kissing goodbye to cereal and saying hello to Northern Thai cuisine.
There are few things that bring us more happiness than sinking our teeth into a bagel. So crunchy, yet so soft, smothered in cream cheese and onion, with just enough smoked salmon to make us feel rich. NYC Bagel Deli serve up a range of bagel fillings and bagel styles to choose from, so you can mix and match until your find your fave combo.
Cheap, cheerful and with loads of chilli, Little Red Dumpling is one of our chain faves. Load up on cumin lamb ribs, shallot pancakes, xiao long bao dumplings and braised beef noodle soup. It’s veggie friendly AND BYO. Winner, winner, dumpling dinner.
Wanting to treat yourself or someone else? Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – West End is delivering some seriously sexy flavours.
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, GF, or just a bit annoying (we kid, we kid!), Miss Bliss has something on the menu for everyone. Super fresh and healthy, the menu is as unique and pretty as it is dang tasty. Stuffle yourself with a pulled jackfruit taco or French Toast with spiced Mexican chocolate mousse, then slurp down an Immunity Boost smoothie and feel totally #healthspo.
Two words. Breakfast Carbonara. Parpadelle, 63 degree eggs, field mushrooms and smoked pancetta – if this isn’t the most luxe possible start to a day then we don’t know what is. Sweet tooth? Torn red velvet waffles with berries, meringue, chocolate ganache and strawberry dust await you.
Pan-Asian food in the heart of West End, Chop Chop Changs has made its mark on Boundary Street. Hawker style bites, banquet style feasting and GOLDEN GAYTIME BAO. Need we say more? They’re also BYO on Monday nights for when you’re feeling a little more gourmand.
Tucked away down Montague Road, British-style gastropub London Field’s is meaty, moreish and making us want more! Tuck into pan-fried pork belly with slaw, carrot puree, pickled apple, potato skin and jus, or a stout-braised beef pie served with mixed salad and chips and pair it all with a London Fields martini or amber ale.
If you don’t believe that pizza can be gourmet you’ve got a screw loose mate. Perfectly cooked, crispy pizza bases laden with truffle, olives, pancetta and prosciutto – or mushrooms and artichoke for the vegos. More about that pasta life? Dig into a bowl of spaghetti marinara with prawns, anchovy, parsley and white wine. This cute and quirky spot is pretty sweet, so book in for a date (or a mate date) sometime soon.
Taking over the coveted spot on Boundary Street where Lock ‘n’ Load once stood is a new gin paradise – Covent Garden. With over 100 gins across three bars, it’s not just the lush greenery bringing the botanicals! There’s more than gin to get you in good spirits, sink your teeth into mouth-watering share plates of swordfish kebabs, manchego croquettes and brisket sliders, or go to town with roast lamb shoulder with panzanella.
West is best.