Seven Must-Try Dishes To Sink Your Teeth Into This NRL WKND
Treat yourself to one (or all!) of the Brisbane’s best dishes as the city showcases the best of our restaurants ahead of the NRL Grand Final this Sunday, kicking off at Suncorp Stadium.
From dry-aged porterhouse to chilli Moreton Bay bugs, there’s no shortage of incredible culinary experiences for even the biggest foodie critics in the River City.
Here’s a round-up of Brissy’s top seven must-eat dishes to try this weekend. Book your seat and dig in!
For all things Italian indulgence
1889 Enoteca showcases the city’s most authentic classic Italian cuisine in a unique dining experience set in a private basement wine cellar. Located in Woolloongabba, Enoteca’s cult staple is the pork and fennel sausage, parmesan and black truffle gnocchi – ideal for those who love Roman flavours with a splash of indulgence at the ultimate dining spot. With aged wines lining the walls and soft lighting, diners are bound to find the perfect drop to pair with their handmade pasta.
For the best Japanese-fusion money can buy
You can’t go past Honto’s mouth-watering coral trout with sweet ginger, horseradish, avocado and nori. It’s an absolute must-try for those who love the unique flavours of Japanese cuisine. Tucked away in the heart of Fortitude Valley, Honto’s minimalist decor and impactful flavours are a hit for all who love to indulge. Best of all, it’s only a short drive from all the action at Suncorp!
For those who aren’t afraid to try something different
We recommend the octopus and Mediterranean salad from Eterna Dining. Find yourself under a canopy of starry fairy lights in their outdoor courtyard, seated at an intimate setting – perfect for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy the caramelised chickpeas, confit cherry tomatoes and salsa verde that make this dish a definite bucket list contender for those with adventurous taste buds.
For the juiciest steak in town
Set in one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings, the Regatta Hotel, sits The Boatshed and their exquisite dry-aged porterhouse. Home grown in South East Queensland, this ultra-premium porterhouse steak has been pasture fed and aged for up to 40 days in their in-house meat cellar producing an intensely juicy and rich flavour. Featuring 17 premium steaks, the Boatshed boasts epic views of the Brisbane River. Plus, being walking distance from Suncorp means you can enjoy the juiciest steak in town without missing the game!
For the ultimate seafood lover
Pay a visit to Caxton Street’s very own icon, Gambaro’s and treat your tastebuds to their Singapore chilli Moreton Bay bug. Joining in the Caxton Street celebrations, Gambaro’s will be serving up a range of iconic dishes as part of their Game Day menu, including the flash fried Moreton Bay bug that’s tossed in delectable Singaporean chilli sauce (drool!). Only a hop, skip, and a jump away from the stadium, the juicy locally-sourced bugs from Gambaro’s are a must-try.
For mouth-watering Middle-Eastern eats
Vegos and vegans need not stress, as the colourfully eclectic paradise ZA ZA TA has an entire delectable menu dedicated to you. The smoky flavours of their cauliflower shawarma will transport you to the scenes of Tel-Aviv, right in the heart of Fortitude Valley. Featuring smoked labneh, pickled fennel, and quince, the cauliflower shawarma tantalises the taste buds, ensuring vegans and vegetarians alike don’t miss out on all the fun.
For those with a sweet tooth
Christian Jacques Artisan Boulanger has a cult following in Brisbane, with their classically French pastries très magnifique! Their pure butter croissants ferment for a two-day period to develop the richest of flavours. You can’t go wrong with their pain au custard croissant – the ultimate sweet treat for those who like the finer things in life. Located in Kangaroo Point, home to the cliff walk and some of the city’s most expansive views, Christian Jacques is the ultimate place to unleash your inner French-girl with a sweet tooth looking to explore the city.