Weird and wonderful treats are popping up all over Brisbane, and we’ve got your food bucket list for 2018 right here. Whether it’s a new spin on an old favourite or a franken-food mash-up that’s sure to be a taste sensation, you’d better grab your stretchy pants.
Avocado Chips | Kokobana
Avocado chips are popping up everywhere but we haven’t found any as tasty as the offering from Kokobana Café. Lightly crumbed and fried, and paired with a delish coconut and mint dipping sauce, they are a must-try for any avo-lover.
Spaghetti Bolognaise Pizza | Gino’s Restaurant
Carb-lovers, rejoice! We’ve found the carb mother lode! When you just can’t choose between pizza and pasta, head to Gino’s for the perfect combination.
KFD | Public Restaurant
Kentucky fried duck. No, I’m not joking. for a brand-new spin on the finger-lickin’ chicken, look no further than Public Restaurant’s tender and tasty Kentucky fried duck.
Gnocchi | 1889 Enoteca
For the best gnocchi this side of Rome, 1889 Enoteca has the goods. The fluffy clouds of melt-in-your-mouth heaven with pork and fennel sausage, parmesan cream and black truffle tapenade are so good they’ve been a bestseller for more than seven years.
Tonkatsu Ramen | Taro’s Ramen
If you’ve never tried ramen, make Taro’s Ramen your go-to. Oodles of noodles in flavourful broth topped with pork or chicken and vegetables make for a healthy and filling lunch or dinner.
Breakfast Carbonara | Morning After
For a unique hangover cure or brunch with a twist, tuck into the breakfast carbonara at Morning After. Crispy pork and perfectly-cooked 63-degree eggs with field mushrooms, pecorino romano and papardelle pasta make for a hearty kickstart to the day.
Fat Pho | Fat Noodle
Not your average bowl of noodles, Chef Luke Nguyen’s signature beef broth is cooked for 20 hours and served in a massive bowl with thinly-sliced sirloin, bean sprouts, Thai basil, fresh chili and rice noodles, making it a hearty and delicious dish.
Steak Frites | Les Bubbles
You won’t struggle to pick from the menu at Les Bubbles; they do one dish but oh my do they do it well. Premium steak and bottomless frites – what’s not to love?
MK Special | Miss Kay’s
Phenomenal burgers have always been Miss Kay’s forte but anyone looking to amp up their burger game needs to try the MK Special. The perfect patty with American cheese, maple bacon, lettuce, pickle, mayo and sweet barbecue sauce plus an onion ring all on a soft and slightly sweet bun will have you drooling.
Cheeseburger Spring Rolls | Heya Bar
For a new twist on the classic cheeseburger, give Heya Bar’s cheeseburger spring rolls a whirl. Hickory aioli complements the crispy deep-fried rolls, making them perfect for midnight munchies.
Pizza Tartufo | Tartufo
This signature pizza features a crust stuffed with pork sausage and truffle paste. The pizza itself is topped with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, porcini mushroom puree, cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan and basil. Indulge.
Aussie Asian Eggs | Billykart
Find a new brekky favourite with Billykart Kitchen’s Aussie Asian eggs. A welcome break from the usual breakfast fare, the fusion of tiger prawn, bacon and deep-fried egg with oyster sauce, chili and shizu cress will fill you up until lunch. Try them at West End or Annerley.
Char Sui Pork Tacos | Red Hook
For the perfect mix of Mexican and Asian flavours, try the char sui pork tacos from Red Hook. It’ll be messy, but tacos this flavourful are worth it.
Getta BBC | Getta Burger
After a whole lotta burger? The Getta BBC with its double patty, double cheese, bacon, fried mozzarella sticks, cream cheese, pickle, white onion and famous Getta Burger BBQ sauce will have you seeing double… if you manage to finish it all.
Reef’s Famous Seafood Platter | Reef Seafood + Sushi
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We all love a good old-fashioned seafood platter; Reef Seafood + Sushi has improved the classic platter by adding both hot and cold items and western and Japanese elements.
Poutine | Noho Bar & Grill
The Canadian classic has made its way to Brisbane via Noho Bar & Grill. Crispy fries, bacon, cheese and gravy make for a perfect midday munch.
Black Garlic Bread | Gauge
Not really sweet and not really savoury, the black garlic bread is a firm favourite at Gauge and it’s worth the hype! Garlic and vanilla make for an interesting combination and the brown butter and burnt vanilla is sure to tempt your tastebuds.
Chocolate Nemesis Del A | Bucci
This flourless chocolate cake is guaranteed to knock your socks off. Decadent and delicious with vanilla mascarpone and crushed frozen raspberries to cleanse the palate and add a refreshing zing, it’s a lesson in how to do dessert.
Fresh Rocky Road | Noosa Chocolate Factory
The rocky road from Noosa Chocolate Factory is seriously life-changing. Freshly-made and delivered every morning, this sweet treat features handcrafted marshmallow and a secret recipe strawberry jelly encased in Noosa Chocolate Factory’s signature small batch milk chocolate.
It’s Always a Gay Time Doughnut | Doughnut Time
The Golden Gaytime, a true-blue Aussie favourite, has been reinvented in doughnut form and it’s every bit as tasty as the original. With a honeycomb custard filling topped with a milk chocolate glaze and crushed biscuits, decadent is an understatement.
Rainbow Ice-Cream Cake | Chester Street Bakery
Far from the fare at your childhood birthday parties, Chester Street Bakery has given ice-cream cake a makeover. With layers of rainbow ice-cream sandwiched between layers of delicate vanilla sponge and topped with Italian meringue, it will satisfy your sweet tooth without the ice-cream headache.
Snickers Delight Acai Bowl | Kiss The Berry
For a sweet treat minus the guilt, head on over to Kiss the Berry for a Snickers Delight acai bowl. Organic acai, banana, raw cacao powder, peanut butter, coconut water and almond mylk are blended together and then topped with handmade granola, coconut yoghurt, banana, strawberries, coconut flakes and cacao nibs.
Salted Caramel Gelato | La Macelleria
Italian gelato masters Marco and Marco hail from Bologna and they’re bringing traditionally-made gelato to Brisbane. All of the flavours are worth a taste-test but we can’t go past the salted caramel to help us beat the summer heat.
Chocolate Raspberry & Rose Cake | Wild Canary
It’s one of the prettiest cakes in Brisbane. And the best thing about it? This cake tastes every bit as good as it looks.
Crunchy Smore Dessert Pizza | Cowch
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Whoever invented dessert pizza deserves a hug! Now the American campfire classic s’mores can be found atop one of Cowch’s delectable dessert pizza bases. Milk chocolate, marshmallows, cornflakes and crumble top this masterpiece and it’s more than worth the carbs.