Where to go for a Friday long lunch | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to go for a Friday long lunch

It’s Friday, and you’ve been choking down peanut butter sandwiches all week. The bread’s beyond stale, and you can’t stand to look at another zip-lock bag. We’ve got an answer to your problem (and it totally beats running to the corner store for bread). Start the weekend early with a well-earned long lunch. There’s not much that can drive away those work woes better than an extended midday meal at one of Brisbane’s best restaurants. With a cocktail, a hot meal, and some extra minutes on the timer, say “hello weekend” and “goodbye stale lunches”. We’ve scouted out the best spots for city workers to find a relaxing and enjoyable daytime spread. Eleven | Fortitude Valley There’s nothing like a good view to make you forget about that inbox full of emails, and Eleven’s sky high backdrop is one of the best in town. Whether you take some co-workers to graze on crispy baby squid, pulled pork arancini and tender carpaccio or indulge in the twice cooked pork belly all by yourself, you should definitely splurge on a bottle of vino – what else are Friday lunches for? Hot tip: do yourself a favour and book lunch in for a little later so you can just kick on and take full advantage of the cocktail list. Libertine | Petrie Terrace If you’re going to take the Libertine of a long lunch, you should do it in style. Luckily, style is something that Libertine has in abundance. With nibbles, share plates, and banquets, there are plenty of ways to laze back with friends, clients, or co-workers. You can even chow down on a five course banquet including favourites like sticky char siu chicken and BBQ roasted duck crepes for $35, or check out the extensive drinks list. We suspect that a couple of watermelon and mint margaritas would take the edge off your workday! Mecca Bah | Fortitude Valley You probably don’t have time to fit in an entire Middle Eastern banquet on your lunch break (or do you?), but even just a couple of dishes from Mecca Bah’s exotic lunch menu will be enough to whisk you away from the hum drum of Friday. Switch it up from your usual toasted sandwich with a spit roasted lamb, rocket, yoghurt and sumac Turkish pizza with a beer for $20, go international with chicken shish for $20, or get a little comfort food in the form of their lamb and pistachio sausage roll with a fattoush salad for $15. long friday lunch wintergarden Wintergarden | Brisbane Hey, if you’re gonna extend that lunch meter a little, why not extend your foodie repertoire while you’re at it? At the Wintergarden, there’s no need to stop at one table and call it quits (you amateurs). Explore your options with a couple of degustation courses at spots like Dumpling Republic, Okonomi House, and – of course – The Doughnut Bar for dessert. Or have 3 courses of just doughnuts. Just take sure you take a snap and post it on Instagram for your chance to win $1000 – get the deets here. Nickel Kitchen & Bar | Fortitude Valley We don’t know about Cher, but if we could turn back time, we’d make lunch last a little longer. With their retro décor and similarly decked-out menu, Nickel Kitchen & Bar will throw you back to a time where there weren’t any emails on your phone. You’ll find classic baby boomer eats such as French onion soup, herb-crusted racks of lamb, and baked apple crumble. It’s hard to resist grabbing a chair, ordering a cocktail, and forgetting the fast-paced world of 2016 entirely. Julius Pizzeria | South Brisbane What could possibly fix a morning of migraine-inducing meetings and missed deadlines? Carbs, that’s what. Carbs fix everything, and Julius Pizzeria is here to deliver. With a menu full of fresh wood-fired pizzas, fried potatoes, and slurp-worthy pasta sauces, you can eat the troubles of your morning away (and then order the panna cotta, because… reasons). To help wash away the stress, bottles of wine are available to split over big bowls of pasta. Hatch & Co | Newstead Need a coffee break? Catching up with someone? Want to strangle your boss and need to inhale a large serving of saucy, parmesan sprinkled pork ragu? Whatever your circumstance, Hatch & Co is there. Located conveniently close to the city in Newstead’s Gasworks Plaza, you won’t even have to make an uber-long lunch commute (that means extra time for espresso martinis, right?). brisbane cbd lunch riverbar Riverbar & Kitchen | Brisbane Riverbar & Kitchen is a dynamite spot to clear the midday fog from your head – gorgeous river views, crisp sea breezes … oh, and bucket-loads of cocktails. If liquid lunches were good for you, our diet would strictly consist of blueberry mojitos and mango mai tais. Luckily for us (and our livers), the food at Riverbar is as top-notch as its drinks list, with pork belly steamed buns and soft-shell crab burgers winning us over on the appetite front. We’re still ordering a cocktail jug, though. Alegria | Milton There’s one word that can unite an office of bickering coworkers, and that word is tapas. Bind your work buddies together in a pact of ‘sharing is caring,’ and prepare to stuff your faces at Alegria. The Milton eatery boasts more Mediterranean nibbles than you could poke a stick at (though we have no idea why you would). Who could stay mad at the prospect of braised wild boar with gnocchi? Chop Chop Chang’s | West End Restaurant name aside, you won’t have anyone saying ‘chop chop’ to you at Chop Chop Chang’s. This outfit is perfect for group lunches, with long banquet tables to pile high with your conquests (AKA empty plates). The Boundary Street spot will have you drooling for karaage chicken, twice-cooked sticky beef ribs, and coconut ice cream with sago for dessert. If you’ve found a lunch posse, Chang’s also offers a lunch banquet for $35pp. Stokehouse | South Bank ‘I ate too much Bombe Alaska and had to lie down’ is an appropriate reason for taking the rest of the afternoon off, right? Well, we’re trying it anyway. Stokehouse is a stylish spot with a view that brings a measure of class to cramming fifty raviolis into your mouth. You’ll find plenty to tempt you into staying one course more than you meant to on the menu, including meaty mains like the New England lamb with borlotti bean salad, quince and black pudding, and that infamous Bombe with frozen white chocolate parfait, strawberries and toasted meringue. Public | Brisbane We can’t keep this spot private. On Fridays that feel a bit too stale, or for clients you just have to impress, this will be one lunch to remember. For inner-city workers, lunch at Public is just a short trot away. This Brisbane venue is changing the whole game, introducing menu items that’ll still be in your thoughts come dinner-time. You’ll encounter emu tartare and black pudding, along with a number of ‘safer’ items like pork belly with crackling and a chipotle brisket. It’s fine for a lunch break to last the whole work day, right? Words by Samantha Chariton