There’s nothing better than getting the crew together over a bunch of share plates and some beverages to catch up and unwind from the week. Here are our top picks for Brisbane’s best tapas.
HEYA, Fortitude Valley
If Southeast Asian and Japanese flavours float your boat, head to Heya in Fortitude Valley. Featuring five bars, killer cocktails and a vast selection of sharing plates from sticky pork ribs to Kung Pao prawn stir fry, everyone will find a winner.
SIXES & SEVENS, Fortitude Valley
Sixes & Sevens gives gastro pubs an injection of cool. It's perfect for the summer months, with ample room in the new outside bar and an extensive list of beers, ciders, spirits and wines to choose from. With one-, two- or three-cheese cheese boards, prawn pick-up sticks and chicken wings with smokey chipotle sauce available, making a decision will be the hardest part of the evening.
Food with French-Vietnamese flair to tantalise tastebuds, handcrafted cocktails and luxurious surroundings... Libertine is a favourite for date night or a function. Saffron, salt and pepper baby squid, caramelised miso beef and “Cracklin” twice-cooked free-range pork belly are some of the options available to share, all at a reasonable price in a beautiful location.
ALFRED AND CONSTANCE, Fortitude Valley
Set in a beautiful converted Queenslander and having recently undergone a facelift and a menu makeover, the Alfred and Constance is still a popular choice for after-work drinks and nibbles or a cruisy Sunday session. Try the crispy calamari, barbecue pork belly lettuce wraps or wood-fired flatbread with avocado, hummus and almond dukka to keep the hunger pangs at bay. The Vanguard Beer Garden with its cocktails, mojito jugs and great atmosphere is sure to be a hit with the squad.
TORO BRAVO, Fortitude Valley
If modern, Spanish-influenced fare is what you’re looking for, go no further than Toro Bravo. With plenty of tapa (single serves) or ración (to share between two or more) to choose from, no one will be going hungry. Sample the sautéed field mushrooms, rocket, roast pumpkin and fetta in a manzanilla sherry dressing, or chargrilled lamb and halloumi skewers with rosemary oil. With more than a dozen other delectable sharing options, you had better invite everyone you know so you can try everything on the menu.
MITOKI JAPANESE MODERN TAPAS, Kangaroo Point
Delicate and delectable Japanese cuisine is on offer at Mitoki Japanese Modern Tapas. Roasted edamame, deep-fried chicken skewers, kingfish carpaccio and sushi spring rolls are all on the tapas menu, alongside many more delightful dishes.
THE CHELSEA Bistro, Brisbane
Brisbane’s little slice of New York City, The Chelsea Bistro boasts a range of share plates, light meals, prix-fixe deals and mains to quell everyone’s rumbling tummy. Start off sharing the fried barramundi wings with coriander and saffron aioli, or the bruschetta with beetroot, chevre and basil before diving in to something more substantial.
ESCOBAR KITCHEN & BAR, New Farm
Nosh on at Escobar Kitchen & Bar with a traditional ploughman’s board full of sliced meats, pickles, cheese and a toasted crusty baguette. While you’re there, be sure to sample the fried ricotta gnocchi with button mushrooms, parmesan and truffled mayo. Barbecue wings and oven-roasted squid also feature on the packed menu so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
BRICK BISTRO BAR, Redcliffe
Just outside the city, on the waterfront at Redcliffe, you'll find Brick Bistro Bar. Serving up tapas with a twist, Brick is becoming known for its share plates and gourmet burgers, utilising locally-sourced produce to fine effect. Tuck into pulled pork sliders with fermented red cabbage and jalapeño mayo, or split the fried pumpkin, parmesan and pesto arancini balls with chive and yoghurt dipping sauce. Don’t forget to road test a cocktail or two – the lychee martinis are particularly mouth-watering.