The Brisbane foodie precinct you probably didn’t know about | The Gourmand & Gourmet

The Brisbane foodie precinct you probably didn’t know about

Need a switch up from your boring bagged lunch on week day? If you find yourself wandering hangrily round the CBD looking for a Brisbane city lunch way too often, we have the perfect remedy. Ever heard of Brisbane Square? Located on Reddacliff Place (on the corner of Queen and George), this skyscraper lies smack bang in the heart of the CBD. While the building itself is filled with inedible council offices, the square is home to four fantastic eateries that shouldn’t go unappreciated. Here we list four juicy reasons to ditch that stale sandwich and wander over to Brisbane Square. Communal | Brisbane The relaxed vibe and colourful décor at Communal Bar & Eat House will have you and your work buddies forgetting all about the Monday blues. As you might have guessed, Communal is all about sharing. Among the list of generous share plates is the classic Communal Board, which consists of a whole wood-fired chicken and tonnes of tasty sides. If you’re on your lonesome (or don’t trust your work mates to divvy up the chips evenly) there are heaps of individual meals too (though we don’t really blame you if you order two of the karaage chicken burgers). Need to whet your whistle? Communal has over twenty cocktails on their beverage menu (and jugs of sangria a-plenty), so there won’t be any 5pm frowns here. Meat & Eat | Brisbane Mm… bacon. If you’re getting pulled-pork withdrawals and need something to fill the appetite void at midday, check out Meat & Eat. From quick coffees to takeaway burgers, this brick-lined eatery will get you sated fast, with juicy meats to pair with salads and tender rolls that we won’t mince words over. For a leaner start to the day, grab a coffee or freshly-squeezed juice, but make no misteak: Meat & Eat’s true talents lie in their carnivorous offerings of cuts like beef brisket, ham on the bone and slow cooked lamb shoulder. Café Brisbane | Brisbane A grumbling stomach can make for a miserable start to your day. Don’t tear through the office in a ravenous rage: just stop by Café Brisbane first! Their relaxed vibes and outdoor seating will brighten up that morning commute. And if almond milk pancakes with salted caramel, peanut brittle and ice cream can’t fix your day, we’re pretty sure nothing can. For an awesome list of brekkies, brunches, lunches and desserts (who said you can’t eat dessert at 8am?), check out Café Brisbane, and grab a freshly-brewed cuppa while you’re waiting. Chow Down | Brisbane If you’re looking for something outside the box (and the cubicle), Chow Down will provide. This Asian fusion venue is dressed up in oriental décor and colourful street art to put your office walls to shame. Chow Down’s dumplings will have you wonton more, and their pho will fill the emptiest of bellies. These toothsome dishes won’t break the bank either (that means we can get two of everything, right?), with main meals going for a tasty $10 on Mondays through Fridays from 4pm-7pm, and even $15 stir-fries with a drink on Saturdays. For food that makes the wok to work less painful, this stop cannot be missed. There you have it – a veritable foodie paradise for a Brisbane city lunch! What are you waiting for? Words by Samantha Chariton Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!