Where to get a fast and healthy winter lunch in Brisbane | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to get a fast and healthy winter lunch in Brisbane

After spending a morning in freezing office air con (seriously, who the fork is from Alaska up in here?) trying to keep your fingers from going totally numb while you type, the last thing you want is a cold salad. But summer is looming, and there was an awkward moment last week when a button popped off your pants and you had to spend the rest of the day wearing a jumper around your waist. Instead of shivering your way through another kale and quinoa number, jog on down to one of our favourite cafes for a toasty lunchtime feed that’s sure to make you less hangry at life – and ensure you don’t have to spend another week in elastic waist-banded outfits. Botanica Real Food | Red Hill Much as we love Botanica’s kale salad with parmesan and sourdough croutons, it’s not the most appealing when it’s 18 degrees inside and out and all you feel like is a big pile of bacon. Luckily, you can now get hearty, plant-based soups, like rich pumpkin or spicy bean and tomato. Take them back to the office (or home for dinner), heat and scoff down while you warm your hands over the steaming bowl. Alter Ego | Rosalie Alter Ego offers a selection of gluten, dairy, and sugar-free meals, but also a few not-so-anything-free dishes, because sometimes you just want some damn cheese. But if you’re like us, and often crave a big bowl of spag bol in the wintertime, try the not so pasta, which swaps carb-loaded spaghetti for zucchini noodles for a much better life choice. Kitchen Sanitarium | CBD If zucchini noodles make you want to move somewhere you can wear baggy jumpers all year round, Kitchen Sanitarium will appease your appetite with healthier versions of your favourite carbs. Tuck into a spicy vegetable curry, the Mediterranean orecchiette pasta full of vitamin C to combat any sniffle you got going on, or a warm winter salad (yes, it’s salad, but it’s WARM) with goats curd and plenty of vegetables and herbs to boost your antioxidant intake. healthy lunch brisbane primal pantryPrimal Pantry | Teneriffe 100% paleo and 100% delicious, Primal Pantry makes eating like a caveman really, really tasty – and you can get it takeaway! Warm up with coconut and kaffir lime braised beef cheek with cauliflower pilaf, or just defrost and replenish with a healing broth of beef, chicken, lemongrass and ginger. When healthy tastes this good, you have no excuse! Thr1ve | CBD Thr1ve is the ultimate BYO (build your own) lunch spot, with a menu full of ridiculously healthy and hearty feeds. Start your lunch bowl with a base like brown rice or seasonal mash, add a protein like cayenne-grilled chicken smothered in sweet and spicy buffalo sauce or a grass fed beef burger, then top it off with roasted broccoli, avocado or even BACON. Oh yes. Little Saigon Grill | CBD As long as you skip the deep-fried stuff, there’s no international eats healthier than Vietnamese. And what warms you up more than a big bowl of pho? Skip the rice paper rolls for a warmer day and dive into Little Saigon Grill’s Angus beef sirloin pho with spices like cinnamon, star anise, ginger and chilli to give you a winter kick. Danny Boys Sandwich Bar | Kelvin Grove If it’s soup that you want, it’s soup that you’ll get at Danny Boys’, where they are all 100% natural and made in house each morning. There’s five to choose from: slow roasted vine tomato with balsamic, chunky corn chowder, cheesy broccoli (G&G approved), butternut pumpkin and garlic, or spicy beef chilli. Just try to resist the freshly baked bread on the side. If we skip the lunchtime burger we can totally have a cupcake at afternoon tea, right? Words by Taylare Maddern Image credit: Rainbow Delicious