- Food & Booze
Suburban Foodies: West End
If you’re seeking a bar, brew, brunch or banquet the cultural hot pot of West End has it all.
It seems like there’s a different restaurant, café or bar on every corner in the 4101, and it’s easy to see why people are calling it the inner-city foodie haven! We know it can seem a bit overwhelming, so we’ve taken the leg work out of finding the best there is to eat in West End.
Look, we don’t know who did it, but what we do know is that when it comes to seriously good Joe you can’t look past Who Shot The Barista. Not only can you find cold brew, hot brew, even nitro brew, WSTB’s cute as heck European alleyway mural will have your followers thinking you’re on vacay when really, you’ve just found one of Brisbane’s best caffeine haunts. Roll up to their adorable yellow window and maybe even stay for a little treat as well, you’ve earnt it.
Named after Frederick Peters, the founder of the iconic Peters Ice Cream Factory, West Village’s freshly opened Fredericks is the spring/summer pop-up bar of your dreams. Offering a range of wines, beers and cleverly crafted cocktails featuring some of Peters’ very best offerings as well as delightful charcuterie and share plates. We’re not kidding when we tell you there is literally a Frosty Fruit cocktail. Mind blown.
Don’t even talk to us if you haven’t heard about Quan Thanh, seriously. This West End icon has been serving up authentic Asian eats for years and has established itself as a beloved eatery in the area. You’ll find the sidewalk bustling with people slurping on pho, crunching on Vietnamese rice noodle salads and breathing fire over fragrant curries. Both BYO and dog friendly, we’re not sure what else you need.
The Burrow calls a rustic old Queenslander home and is one of West End’s most beloved institutions for good reason. A simple but v tasty menu sees vegan and vegetarian fare feature alongside those more carnivorous and we stan this inclusion! Breakfast will see you fill up on the likes of charred flatbreads and buttermilk pancakes before rolling into a lunch and dinner menu where diet is just a four-letter word. Get feasting on their considerable pizza and burgers menus with vegan cheeseburger and vegan daggy dogs alongside all of your pub favourites like double fried buttermilk buffalo chicken wings and loaded nachos. Oh, and four different types of fries, because why the heck not?
We don’t want to blow your mind but… breakfast carbonara. Pappardelle, 63-degree eggs, field mushrooms, smoked pancetta and manchego combine to create something that shouldn’t work for breakfast but absolutely does. If sweet is more your vibe, then it has to be their peanut butter waffles with banana ice cream, seasonal berries, strawberry dust, meringue and maple. No one said you had to only choose one…
22 rotating beers on tap and over 400 bottled beers? Now that’s a flex we get around. Archive is renowned for its ever-changing brews from near and far and they’ve also got the eats to keep you satiated. Consume large with their pub classics like bangers and mash, wings and, of course, parmys, and be wowed by their lengthy vegan and vegetarian offerings too!
Finally! A place where it is totally legit to eat fried rice for breakfast! WECH’s fried rice with marinated pulled pork and fresh veg is the tasty northern Thai breaky that’s been waking West End locals up with a healthy dose of prik nam pla for yonks and you haven’t lived if you haven’t eaten it.
Who doesn’t love a good bagel? Silly question, we know. NYC Bagel Deli is one of the best and you’ve probably peeped their feta and avocado rose bagel on the feed of many influencers. With a lengthy bagel flavour menu ready to be the perfect base, NYC Bagel Deli has you covered from the simple smear or classic smoked salmon to the more extravagant like Elvis “The King” which truly has bacon, peanut butter, banana and cream cheese. Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
As the name suggests, Little Red Dumpling knows dumps and boy, do they do them well. From pan-fried to steamed and everything in between, you can’t go past the xiao long bao filled with fragrant soup or the wontons in red chilli sauce. Mix it up with cumin lamb ribs or one of their noodle soups and you’re onto a winner, winner, dumpling dinner!
Exposed brick and white walls make us weak at the knees, so for us to fully swoon just add authentic Italian pizza and we’re on board. La Lupa is the cosy neighbourhood pizza joint that has settled right into West End with authenticity well and truly at the heart. Their custom oven churns out your favourite bianche and rosse based pizzas with an antipasti menu complete with all of your Italian favourites to mix and match as a snack in anticipation of the main event. Sit back and relax with a red wine in hand, bellissimo!
Nordic-chic comes to West End in this cute house-turned-café in the backstreets of the ‘burb. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can find tasty treats like Thai banana crepes with palm sugar caramel and coconut rough toasted peanuts, and taro potato scallop with house spiced brisket, chimichurri and avocado. Settle in with a coffee because you’ll enjoy Lokal & Co’s relaxing vibe so much you won’t be rushing to leave.
If we’re going to talk about West End institutions, then The End absolutely has to be mentioned. Dark and gloomy from the outside with the only real distinguishable feature being the light-up rainbow sign, The End bar is the rustic home to expert mixologists who have been providing quality cocktails and niche brews to West End locals for yonks. Shake off the day with a tasty tipple and catch one of their music theme nights every Friday and Saturday to party in true West End style.
Ben O’Donoghue’s beloved Annerley kitchen has been making waves in West End for a while now and shows no signs of slowing down. Although open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s the weekend brunch menu that really makes us shake with excitement. Lose your mind over the Aussie Asian eggs where prawns and bacon come together with a crispy noodle cake, deep fried eggs, oyster sauce, chilli and shiso cress. Oh, Billykart Bar right next door is a dedicated burger bar, we’re just saying…
If you haven’t heard of Miss Bliss, seriously, what rock have you been hiding under?! This health food haven is known for their beautiful fare which is almost too pretty to eat. Almost… It’s a tough choice but the standout has to be the Israeli baked eggs with piadina flatbread, chickpeas, white beans and zhoug, with honourable mention to the Blueberry pie porridge because, pie. Be the epitome of #fitspo and order a matcha infused hot chocolate or golden smoothie to make your insta upload that much more enviable.
West End meets London at Covent Garden where gin lovers can rejoice at having their own lush garden oasis in which to celebrate their favourite tipple, with 200 varietals on offer. If the concept seems a little daunting, never fear, a nifty chart and key system will help you navigate different flavour profiles. Because we’re a little bit biased, there’s even a dedicated Australian gin menu which is a definite to work your way through. In addition to the classic g&t, you’ll also find a lengthy cocktail and wine list, and a food menu with mezze and cheese boards, to share plates like goat’s cheese churros and popcorn cauliflower. Chin chin!
Brining pan-Asian street food to West End in a big way, get ready to dine on the bustling sidewalk like you would in an Asian hawker market and use your fingers to get a little messy. Eat your way through their street food menu, monkey snacks and many curries but make sure you leave room for dessert with the Golden Gaytime bao and lemongrass and kaffir lime crème brûlée making us drool a bit already. BYO wine Mondays and vegan banquets on Tuesdays means that Chop Chop Chang’s is always a good idea!
So yeah, West End is pretty stacked with oodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner there’s no doubt you’ll be coming back time and time again.