Where to dine with the folks | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to dine with the folks

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Dinner

Whether they live down the street or interstate – no matter your relationship with the folks, sometimes you’ve just gotta suck it up and take them out on the town.

But if dad’s idea of dinner is a parmie and chips but mum is so all about that new Thai fusion restaurant down the street, sometimes we need to do some negotiating. We’ve put together our list of family-friendly, dad-joke proof venues. (Let’s hope they’re paying!)


Banter | Kangaroo Point

Classic fish n’ chips, fresh salads and cheeky options like old school prawn sandwiches and posh fish finger sandwiches – Banter is definitely a talking point. Grab a frosty pint and you won’t even mind mum asking why you still don’t have a boyfriend.

Jamie’s Italian | CBD

They’re just back from their trip to Tuscany and DYING to show you some authentic Italian food. They’ll complain and say it’s ‘not quite the real thing’, but when their mouths are full of truffle tagliatelle – you know they won’t be able to utter a word against silky black truffle butter and aged parmesan – especially when they bring out the limoncello!

Electric Avenue | Woolloongabba

The south sides hottest gastropub is the perfect compromise when dad is hell bent on a sirloin, but mum wants to feel fancy with a ‘Pretty in Pink’ cocktail. Order some plates of fried calamari, pani puri and dips with country loaf and share the love – that’s what family is all about after all.


Hello Please | South Brisbane

Super fresh and funky – banquets at Fish Lane’s favourite Vietnamese will silence the loudest critics. Chow down on mouth-watering chicken bao, crispy pork belly, fragrant chicken coconut curry with lemongrass, green papaya salad and steamed greens – all washed down with boutique wines and beers.

LONgTIME | Fortitude Valley

We’re here for a good time AND a LONgTIME – so it’s important to keep it spicy. Tucked away in the Valley is one of our fave pan-Asian haunts. Play ball with spiced pork meatball penang curry, pig out on roasted pork belly with red nahm jim and bao down to soft shell crab bao. Challenge dad to eat a whole chilli and then guilt them into footing the bill.

Happy Boy | Fortitude Valley

Dads going to make at LEAST one happy ending joke about this place, and repeat it throughout the evening to any unsuspecting wait staff. Chinese, but not the greasy takeaway you remember from your youth, Happy Boy is modern, cute and damn tasty. Sit under fairy lights and indulge in plates of beef brisket stew with noodle nots, Beijing duck pancakes and fish slice drowned in Sichuan chili broth.


Julius Pizzeria | South Brisbane

You’re going to have to keep dad from losing it lining up – but we assure you this busy Italian eatery is so worth the wait. Make dad proud by eating a bowl of crispy friti calamari, followed by an entire salsiccia pizza, and then make mum cry when you drink too many chiantis and tell her how much you love her. Adorable.

The Wolfe | East Brisbane

There’s nothing deceptive about this East Brisbane modern-Australian restaurant, just unique dishes and gorgeous wines. Get adventurous with the rents and get stuck into kangaroo tartare, or keep is classic with smoked duck breast. Mum and dad might think you’re sweet enough but they’re wrong – you need to try the buttermilk panna cotta with caramelised fig, STAT.

Mr Chester Wine Bar | Fortitude Valley

Fresh pasta handmade before your eyes, boutique wines and decadent charcuterie and cheeseboards – if your parents find something to complain about at this hidden Valley wine bar we strongly suggest disowning them. Each wine is picked by their in-house sommelier, chosen to compliment the delicious, ever changing menu. Bloods thicker than water, you gotta love ‘em so you may as well do it with a full stomach. 

Words by Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who still thinks her mum’s spag bol is the best.