Where to eat before Adele | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to eat before Adele

Hello, can you hear me? I’m in a cafe dreaming about what we used to eat. That’s right, Brisbane: Adele’s powerhouse voice will belt through the Gabba’s stands on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March (and if you’re in the office next to us, we’re really not sorry for having the playlist on repeat all week). But before you swipe on the water-proof mascara and your sparkly Adele-esque outfit, there’s just one thing to consider: while your fellow concertgoers definitely won’t judge any sobbing breakdowns during ‘Hello’, they’re not gonna love you for big, loud tummy rumbles. Best to avoid the whole unpleasant incident altogether (and not risk looking like an overly emotional tween when you faint out of hunger) with a quick pre-Adele detour at one of Woolloongabba’s nearby dining spots.
Pawpaw Café | Corner Potts and Stanley Streets
Stop pawing at the locked stadium gates (we hear security doesn’t love it) and spend that pre-concert free time hunkering down with Pawpaw’s plates of massaman curry and duck pancakes instead. Bonus, they’re great for sharing – so you can take the whole girl gang.
The Catbird Seat | 2/888 Stanley Street East
Rumour Has It… Woolloongabba’s Catbird Seat Bistro is opening the doors this Sunday for two very special seatings, exclusively for Adele lovers. Make a booking for either 4 – 5:45pm or 5:45pm onwards and say Hellooooo to dishes like freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters or the Cape Grim beef sirloin and a sneaky pre-dele cocktail or two.
Ristorante La Famiglia | 855 Stanley St
Join the rest of the Adele-obsessed fam for plates of confit porchetta and saucy lasagna. Hey, it’s what the opera-singers eat, so we’ll be belting out tunes like pros afterwards, right? #logic
Detour | 11 Logan Rd
Sorry, Adele, but the charcoal chicken serenaded us first. Head to the industrial chic dining room of Detour for dinner with just as much wow factor as the night’s set list. They’ll even cater for your vegan and gluten free friends!
Canvas | 16 Logan Rd
Don’t want to end up singing ‘We Could Have Had it All’ to a disappointing late-night sandwich? Stop in at Canvas for early evening tapas plates of calamari, crispy camembert, and sticky pork belly.
1889 Enoteca | 12 Logan Rd
Here’s a little of our Hometown Glory. Trust us, after Rolling in the Deep bowls of pasta at Enoteca, the only thing you’ll be hungry for afterwards is a second encore.
Pearl Café | 28 Logan Rd
Here’s a real pearl of wisdom: grumbling stomachs make it harder to screech out the tunes. Keep the volume up all night with a serve of Pearl Café’s roast pork or crispy duck leg.
Sorellina | 31 Logan Rd
Didn’t spend all your dough on concert merch? Grab a few slices of Sorellina’s potato and pancetta, and pork sausage pizzas – just don’t blame us if you get sauce on your new Adele shirt. Our last tip? We’d hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited – make a booking so you don’t have to beg for a table. Words by Samantha Chariton