Brisbane's Best Buns

Brisbane's Best Buns

Love a bun? So do we. Sweet, savoury, baked and even deep-fried; we've eaten our way around town in order to bring you 5 of Brisbane's Best Buns.

By Lucy Stephens | 17th April 2014

Brumby's Nutella hot cross buns

Once upon a time, there was little that could compete with the humble hot cross bun at Easter. Enter, the Nutella Hot Cross Bun from Brumby's; Fluffy and white with a glossy top and oozing with lashings of velvety Nutella. And while we may be a little biased as there's a Brumby's within a stone's throw of the office door, this little beauty has been a mainstay of our desks and the kitchen bench for at least the last two weeks. I know what I'll be having for breakfast tomorrow. And Saturday. And, probably Sunday too.

A Nutella hot cross bun with a jar of nutella

Howzat Burger

The brainchild of the Chef Phillip Johnson and his E'cco Bistro team, the Howzat burger came about when Phillip decided he wanted to offer a more informal dining experience in addition to the Brisbane formal dining institution that is E'cco. After settling on burgers as the cuisine, the name was born out of taste-testing the possible flavour combinations, with every trial burger accompanied by the question 'how's that?'. The result? A kitschy 80s cricket vibe with vintage cricket matches on repeat and burgers with names like The Don and 12th Man. Cosy up The Mexican Wave - roast pork belly, classic slaw, cos lettuce and chipotle mayo served on a toasted white bun - as you watch a handle-bar moustached Merv Hughes take a wicket against the West Indies. Howzat? Juicy, full of flavour, and pretty darn delicious.

510 Adelaide St, City

Burgers on a wooden board

The burgers are better at Howzat.

Gonuts at Flour & Chocolate

While not officially a 'bun' this has made the cut because it's quite possibly the most delicious tasting morsel on the planet. A donut-croissant hybrid (essentially deep-fried sweet pastry) it's as if God himself sent these heavenly treats to Earth to tempt the tastebuds of unsuspecting humans, turning them into stark-raving mad, gonut-craving lunatics. Which is pretty much what happens here when a colleague kindly stupidly offers to place an order of our favourite salted caramel versions at Flour & Chocolate and bring said sweets into the office. I guess that's why they call them gonuts.

4/621 Wynnum Rd, Morningside

Sticky caramel pastries

We are not worthy....(You can thank me later)

Mrs Luu's Vietnamese Canteen

These guys - who previously ran Vietnamese restaurant Trang in West End - take you on a journey to the East with their tasty, modern interpretations of Vietnamese street-food fave, Banh Mi.  With locations in Milton and Bowen Hills, Mrs Luu's start their signature dish with a Viet-French style crispy baguette and fill it with homemade mayo, pate, soy sauce, pickled carrots, cucumber, daikon and fresh coriander, before finishing it off with your choice of meat. Go for the Three Little Piggies - Vietnamese pork done three ways - and you'll see why Mrs Luu's has developed a cult following.

25 Railway Tce, Milton & 15 Thompson St, Bowen Hills

Two Vietnamese buns with a spicy sauce

Sriracha sauce and Banh mi; a match made in heaven.

The Bun Mobile

Last, and by no means least; The Bun Mobile. If you haven't yet had the pleasure of biting into a delicious Bun Mobile bun, you may need to reconsider your priorities in life.  Pioneers of the mobile movement in Brisbane, The Bun Mobile have two vans dishing up their tasty Taiwanese-style steamed buns with a variety of fillings at a host of different locations across Brisbane. As well as their staple Wagyu, chicken and pork flavours, The Bun Mobile serve up constantly changing vegetarian options and specials, including the ridiculously divine sounding Beef Rendang bun with Asian herb salad, toasted coconut and peanuts. You can find out where they're stopping for lunch and dinner via their Facebook page. Do it - or spend the rest of your life thinking, 'what if?'.

Love at first bite

Love at first bite


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Article by Lucy Stephens

Lucy Stephens is a Senior Digital Journalist and Content Strategist at Style Magazines. She's a travel addict, considers gelato an appropriate meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner (salted caramel, preferably), and suffers from a moderate to severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out).


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