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Where to eat during Brisbane Festival
There’s nothing quite like dinner and a show, and with Brisbane Festival looming we’re already anticipating the masses that are about to descend on our favourite venues.
Be smart and plan ahead, because no one wants to be ordering Maccas in their finery (no judgement). Here are our picks on where to dine during Brisbane Festival.
‘Hubba hubba’ to the number one hub for shows galore this Brisbane Festival! From Riverstage to City Hall, here are the restaurants to hit up before curtain call.
Thanks to a striking light feature, mouth-watering menu, and riverside views (Riverfire, anyone?), it’s not wrong to say that Patina is a show in itself! One can opt for their exclusive three-course bottomless September 28 Riverfire dinner here, or otherwise treat themselves to the a la carte menu that features a stellar 1KG Darling Down Ribs anytime.
The 1000 Doors and River of Light exhibitions aren’t the only wonders at the Treasury Arcadia! In fact, cross the bridge to Treasury and you’ll spot Fat Noodle restaurant, whose riches come in the form of delicate peking duck wraps and irresistible Singapore Laksa.
With roughly twenty shows playing at Kelvin Grove’s Roundhouse Theatre Republic (including Orpheus and Pawn Again Christian), you’re gonna need a restaurant to kick back in nearby. Well, Sago more! This Vietnamese joint will be serving up a number of delicious eats throughout the festival, including spicy beef noodle soup and Hainan chicken rice.
With river views and two private dining rooms, walking into Blackbird Bar & Grill feels like stepping into a scene from the Great Gatsby – sorry we can’t guarantee a cameo by Leo. The modern Australian menu features main plates like suckling roast pig, grilled swordfish, and daikon cake accompanied by sides like steamed greens and shoe string fries. Order one of their signatures cocktails or choose a wine from their extensive wine list.
What’s a culture fest without a bit of South Bank chucked in? Before you feast your eyes on the productions at QPAC, Bille Brown Theatre, Courier Mail Speigeltent, and more, feast at these show-stopping restaurants below.
No stranger to theatrics, Julius is a no-brainer for those taking part in festivities. Before seeing Fangirls at Bille Brown Theatre, fangirl first over Julius classics like marinara, prosciutto, margherita and the decadent tartufo. More about that pasta life? We can’t look past the famous duck ragu. Grab a bottle of Sangiovese and get carb loading!
Vietnamese? Hello Please! Before making your way to QPAC’s Flamenco Fire or Brief: Close Encounters shows, treat yo’self to the equally fiery menu at this container restaurant. We’re talking chicken bao with kimchi, coriander, and aioli, slow braised beef rib, and bun cha-grilled pork meatballs with pork belly, vermicelli, and pickled veg.
Almost too conveniently located near the Courier Mail Speigeltent (you might find yourself thinking you have time for just ONE more pint) is the ever so aptly named Charming Squire. Keep the good vibes going after seeing Jazz on Sundays or Swing On This with their huge range of wood-fired or coal pit cooked meals, seafood and share plates. Not a beer drinker? Not a problem – the Squire delivers with a 15 (!!!) page beverage menu with signature cocktails and wines.
Hitting up one of the many events taking place at The Tivoli or in secret locations around King Street? These restaurants will give you the royal pre and post-show treatment!
Can’t decide whether to see Emma Louise or No Mono? Whatever you choose, rest assured you can always enjoy slice of the action with a margherita or diavola from Il Verde! Only a stone’s throw from The Tivoli and filled with all your pre-show carb-loading needs.
With rumours that one-man show The Cold Record will be playing secret shows all over King Street through Brisbane Festival, we suggest grabbing your pre and post-bites from the wine bar in the middle of it all! Conveniently located at 45 King Street, Atelier is the perfect place to drop in for a drop of wine before dashing off to the next event!
Lights, camera, Montrachet! Pair An Evening With The Middle East with a culinary feast, courtesy of this popular French restaurant. While we can never go past the four-course degustation featuring Saucisson brioche and foie gras, we hear that Montrachet’s double baked soufflé with crab meat and gruyère cheese is one to add to your bucket list.
So whether you’re catching one show or five, there’s always time for food.