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.
While it might hold a place in your heart as a breakfast spot, The Pearl’s new owners are taking it back to its glory days of serving up gorgeous European-style lunches and dinners as well! We’re talking duck liver parfait with poached pear, watercress salad and croutes, and Moreton Bay bug in garlic butter with pearl couscous, chermoula, romesco and fresh herbs. The wine list features plenty of strong Aussie drops and, yes, breakfast continues.
While KCS Chicken was borne from modern Korean restaurant Kimchi Cheese Smile’s response to COVID, and all we can say is: we’re stoked! Frying up some of the best crunchy chicken in town, KCS serves up a range of wings, burgers, and sides all with the Korean twist we came to know and love.
Need your morning Java to get you through the daily grind? Allpress’ gorgeous Brisbane flagship is guaranteed to hit the spot. While there’s a simple breaky menu on offer, they’re all about the coffee (roasted in-house) and, damn, they do it well!
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.
Looking to take bae on a cute date or gossip over share plates and cocktails? Just across the road from Electric Avenue is sister venue Canvas—the older, more chilled out sibling. The massive cocktail list can be intimidating, but the Canvas bartenders are some of the best in town, and can guide you through a booze-fuelled journey. Grab a booth—you’ll want to settle in.
Your little slice of France awaits! This heritage spot is complete with charming private dining cellar, upstairs terrace, and a menu loaded with fromage, charcuterie, and Frenchy staples like suckling pig pithivier, and Queensland spanner crab with beurre noisette, artichoke and pomelo. The wine list, of course, has plenty of French and Aussie drops, as well as a range of magnums!
Delivering the goods since 2009, this is one of the Gabba’s best-kept secrets! Specialising exclusively in veggie food, choose from traditional dishes including pav bhaji, chutney puri and thali–or get stuck into some sweet goodness that is falooda (basically a delicious Indian smoothie).
The adorable art deco bar and vintage shop is filled with retro furniture and 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.
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Brisbane staple that is Pawpaw! A perfect spot serving all-day breakfasts and modern Thai dinners, Pawpaw is worth hitting up whatever the meal. When it comes to dinner, the beef cheek massaman is the obvious choice (and a local favourite for good reason).
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 pepperoni pizza for a good source of protein, or go cheese crazy with their three cheese arancini as a side.
Woolloongabba, what’s it gonna be?
Lead image credit – Jack Phoenix.