Suburban Foodies: West End
If you’re seeking a bar, brew, brunch or banquet the cultural hot pot of West End has it all.
Known more in the past for AFL and cricket than cuisine, the Gabba has quietly established itself as a foodie hot spot in between sirens.
From gastropubs to cocktail lounges, from orecchiette to edible ants (what the fork?), there’s something for everything in the south.
Dishing up gastro pub good vibes, Electric Avenue is one venue you’re going to want to rock on down to. Load up on karaage chicken bao buns and pork belly tacos, or pig out on beef short ribs. Team your feast with a The Fallen Lady cocktail of vodka, white creme de cacao, cranberry, strawberry and chocolate bitters. Bewitching! With daily specials, you’re going to find it difficult not to swing by every day.
Who knew you could find some of Brisbane’s best Korean/Australian fusion right in the heart of the Gabba? Contemporary, fresh and combining flavours you’ve never even heard of, Kimchi Cheese Smile has fast become a local fave, and it’s not hard to see why. We can almost guarantee you’ll wake up drooling over their beef bulgogi breakfast panini.
Looking to take bae on a cute date or gossip over share plates and cocktails? We’ve got just the place to wind down after work or get the party started on a Saturday night. Just across the road from Electric Avenue is sister venue Canvas – the older, more chilled out sibling. The bar lives and breathes cocktails, and it would be sacrilege to visit without sampling two…or twelve. Act Little Miss Trouble with the Ketel One vodka cocktail fused with rose water– or go full Harry Potter with the Espresso Patronum – Rumbullion with infused coffee rum, lemon and vanilla.
Being coined one of Brisbane’s most exquisite dining experiences, this modern-Australian spot is perfect for your next special occasion, or Wednesday dinner (because why not?). Their fresh, contemporary and ever-evolving menu highlights native and local ingredients, executed with the utmost class.
Need your morning Java to get you through the daily grind? We feel you, hook us up to that sweet caffeine with an IV drip. Not your average, watery cup of Blend 43, Grinders aims to give the ultimate coffee experience, with espresso based coffee as well as hand-poured V60 on offer. Grab a sweet treat and sign up for a cupping class–Monday just got a whole lot more bearable.
Do you want ants? THIS IS HOW YOU GET ANTS! And we LOVE THEM. It might seem alarming at first to have creepy crawlies mingling with your meal – but believe us, order the kingfish dish with pork, black beans and yes, black ants from Detour. Not convinced? Snap up some of the saltgrass lamb with wasabi and garden peas, you’d be mad not to fall in love.
We love this place so much we wanted to keep this a secret, but that would be mean because it’s so damn cute! The adorable art deco space bar and vintage shop is filled with retro furniture, shelves groaning under the weight of vintage knick-knacks. With a delicious selection of small batch wines, spirits and craft beers – as a well a killer cocktail list – don’t be surprised if you find yourself stocking up your vintage wardrobe after some libations.
Delivering the goods since 2009, this one’s an oldie but a goldie. This cheap, cheeky Indian restaurant is one of our absolute faves. Specialising in veggie food, choose from traditional dishes including bhaji pav, chutney puri and thali–or get stuck into some sweet goodness that is falooda (basically a delicious Indian smoothie).
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Brisbane staple that is Pawpaw Cafe. A perfect spot serving all-day breakfasts, decked out in the most instagrammable interior you will lay eyes upon. Along with the great interior design, this gem of a cafe also serves plates that will keep you coming back for more. Inspired by South-East Asian flavours, tuck into the bulgogi brioche, or their mushroom fried rice for a cute lunch option.
This pizza joint isn’t only superfly, it’s also super bloody delicious. Superfly Pizza is the kind of restaurant that has found beauty in simplicity, specialising in three things: pizza, booze and (meat)balls. With only a few items on their menu, dig into classic their meat-lovers pizza for a good source of protein, or go cheese crazy with their three cheese arancini balls as a side. Friday night post-work outing sorted.
Woolloongabba, what’s it gonna be?