Are you never satisfied with just one food option? Do you want to try new things, but don’t want to feel obliged to eat it all if you hate it? Or maybe you get serious food envy when someone else orders something that looks 10 times more appealing and delicious and you know they won’t share?
Well, you don’t have to over order and wear your stretchy pants to dinner, because there is a much simpler solution: share plates! These tasty bite-size morsels provide the option to taste a wider selection of the whole menu, and share the food, time, experience and COST with your mates.
When you visit a restaurant when sharing is caring, it's meant to be a very communal experience; you're not only sharing good food, you're sharing good converation (and making sure you pay attention to grab the last croquette on the plate before anyone else does!) So to satisfy the communal diner in you, here are the best Brisbane share plate venues:
1 Happy Boy
Hidden behind an unsuspecting roller door in a backstreet in Spring Hill, is an intimate and rustic-chic Chinese restaurant called Happy Boy. All items on the menu can be shared, including crispy bao sliders, Hong Kong long spring rolls, beef brisket stew with noodle knots and roast duck. They even have vegetarian and gluten-free items, and the option to organise a pre-arranged banquet feast upon booking
2/36 Mein Street, Spring Hill
P 0413 246 890
2 Tomahawk Kitchen & Bar
You can’t really go wrong with a cheese board or beer, right? Tomahawk’s menu offers small handheld snacks and share-plate options, all with a beer pairing for your convenience. On Sundays they also offer a “Puffs and Paddles” deal, which involves a variety of house-made mini empanadas, as well as a rotating tap selection on a tasting paddle.
182 Grey Street, Brisbane CBD
This late night Thai restaurant is located in a Fortitude Valley alleyway that only opens after dark. Known for its emphasis on upscale Thai share plates and banquets, its cosy, dimly lit and exposed brick wall interior makes it easily one of the best date night venues in Brisbane.
610 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3160 3123
4 Foxy Drop
A hip cafe by day and a suburban tapas bar by night, the Foxy Drop replicates a homely vibe (without the washing up), with the option to eat al fresco in their courtyard at night. The tapas currently includes marinated olives, spicy chicken wings, salt and pepper calamari, tomato and cheddar arancinis and charcuterie boards, to name a few. There are also set to expand their share options with a canapé menu launching soon.
896 Stanley Street East, Woolloongabba
P 3391 4990
5 Kettle & Tin
The old Queenslander in which Kettle & Tin resides adds to the overall relaxed vibe of this inner-city suburb venue. There's a strong focus on sharing, with the whole menu having been created with the degustation concept in mind. The menu is divided into options of small, medium and large share plates and changes regularly.
215 Given Terrace, Paddington
P 3369 3778
Gordita is another great date-night venue in Brisbane, serving southern Spanish tapas in the M&A Lane Dining Precinct. While there is extravagant booth seating and dark-wooden panels on the walls and ceiling, the bar is the focal point in the middle of the restaurant and offers the best seat in the house.
11b/100 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
P 3666 0605
We all know pizzas are easy to share, but Italian share plates have a lot more to offer than pepperoni pizzas and cheese sticks. Popolo in South Bank has an extensive Italian menu of small share plates, large share plates, pizza and sides for bringing family and friends together. From baby squid, pork and beef meatballs, cured meats, to gnocchi, pancetta and the market fish of the day, there’s something on the menu for every foodie famiglia.
River Quay, 3 Sidon Street, South Bank
P 3846 7784
8 Chop Chop Changs
This West End pan-Asian restaurant’s menu starts with “good times are best shared, and so is our food.” And we couldn’t agree more. Edamame to start is a given, but you’ll be spoilt for choice with their street food, wok and bowl options. If you can’t decide what to order, ask for the “market feed” and they’ll arrange a feast of fan favourites.
185 Boundary Street, West End
P 3846 7746
9 Pony Dining
With a premier waterfront location on Eagle Street Pier, Pony Dining is a sophisticated and elegant restaurant that hosts a modern Australian menu with an assortment of shared plates and wood fire dishes. Some of the menu crowd pleasers include the soufflé and seared tuna dish, as well as their juicy big share plates, such as the lamb shoulder.
8/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD
P 3181 3400
10 Hatch & Co
Hatch & Co has a rustic and home-style influence that stays consistent over its three Brisbane locations and menu offerings. To make diners feel a part of the action, each location boasts open kitchens, which cater small plates, share plates and side plates of mouth-watering modern Australian dishes.
Three Brisbane locations: Gasworks Plaza, Post Office Square and Garden City
The Stoke Bar at Stokehouse has a prime spot on the banks of the Brisbane river, with amazing city and river views from the al fresco riverside deck. The Stoke Bar offers a more casual dining experience than the Stokehouse restaurant and the food reflects this, with an entire menu dedicated to small plates. The best things to share would be their ½ dozen oysters, crumbed prawns, charcuterie and cheese board selections or spiced sausage with yoghurt, parsley and farro salad.
Sidon Street, South Bank
P 3020 0600
Enjoy a little Barcelona fare at the Barracks, at the rustic Spanish restaurant and bar, Peasant. You can choose to sit within the Barcelona inspired interior or the vibrant garden hideaway and graze on their shared dining options, including tapas options of pork belly, char-grilled Spanish chorizo, croquetas and sardines, or larger share plates including char-grilled swordfish, roasted duck breast or Pequillo stuffed peppers. Make sure to also save room for their signature sangria and delicious churros!
5/61 Petrie Terrace, Paddington
P 3367 8066