Brisbane restaurants

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I moved to Indooroopilly (Brisbane) in 2004 and I'm no restaurant critic - far from it. Eating out was something my family only did on very special occasions.... but I had a girlfriend who I went with to quite a few restaurants, and it started to frustrate me that I always forgot the names and locations of restaurants I've been to.

When someone asked me what restaurants I'd recommend I kind of just go blank... I'd be lucky to think of more than three practical options, and even luckier if I could remember how to get there.  :-)

I created this page to help me remember which restaurants I like and a quick reference I can load onto my mobile phone for quick access to the phone number and address of restaurants. Eating out makes a nice change from cooking and there are a LOT of good restaurants around Brisbane! Keep in mind, however, that I left Brisbane at the end of 2009, so a few of these restaurants may no longer exist, and I'm sure other great ones have popped up since I left as well!


List of My Favourite Restaurants

Name Phone Location Type My Evaluation

ST LUCIA

Salt & Battery

3871 3114

Shop 1 224 Hawken Drive
St Lucia (the ville)

Fish and Chips
****-

Description: Great fish and chips place, close, popular, but no bookings
Open: All days
Cost: Mains: ~$10

Miss India

3870 8393

Shp 2/ 191 Sir Fred Schonell Drv
St Lucia

Indian
***--

Description: Great-tasting Indian take-away and curries at student prices.
Open: All days
Cost: Mains: ~$10

Thai Palace

3844 6272

225 Hawken Drive
St Lucia

Thai
***--

Description: Great food, tucked away restaurant (downstairs), plenty of seats and nice atmosphere for groups.
Open: 4:30pm-9:30pm Tue-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm Tue-Fri (closed Monday)
Cost: Mains: ~$15

Amphora Restaurant

3870 0788

36 Hawken Dr
St Lucia (near the little school)

Mediterranean
*****

Description: FANTASTIC food - although not cheap and pretty small venue - have to book WAY in advance! The Meze (1st entree) is brilliant - highly recommended and has a little of everything. Also tried the pork (almost desert like, so very interesting) and moussaka was on special - melt in your mouth.  :-)
Open: 6-10 Tue-Sun (closed Monday)
Cost: Mains: $30, Entrees $15

INDOOROOPILLY

Thai Ahoy

3371 3729

174 Clarence Road
Indooroopilly (on the corner before train station)

Thai
***--

Description: Good for take away, close, mostly empty..... sometimes takes a while for food
Open: Most nights I think
Cost: Mains: ~$15

Six Degrees

3378 7517

Shop 4, 30 Station Rd (cnr Riverview and diagonal from Indooroo shops)
Indooroopilly

Mediterranean & Modern Australian
***--

Description: Went with dad and Jenny once. Funky restaurant overlooking busy street. Duck was great, but scallops not fresh.
Open: All days 8am-10pm
Cost: Mains: $16-24

Castelli's Fresh Pasta

3870 2444

Cnr. Lambert & Clarence Road 172 Clarence Road
Indooroopilly

Italian
****-

Description: Have a good all-you-can-eat deal where they bring bread, then pizza, pasta, pizza, pasta etc (all of your choice).... nothing fancy but nice and close.
Open: All days (except public holidays)
Cost: Mains: $12-20

Fleet Street

3878 8899

Pig'n'Whistle, Indooroo Shopping Centre, Musgrave Rd
Indooroopilly (beside food court)

Formal dining
***--

Description: Fairly formal and expensive, and nothing exceptional, but good before a movie. Bookings necessary.
Open: All nights I guess
Cost: Mains: $18-35

TARINGA

Sun Fay

3878 8818

4 Morrow St
Taringa (next to turn off/hungry jacks)

Chinese
*****

Description: Inexpensive good, polite service, and does yum-cha at lunch (although without the trolleys) - saving trip to town.
Open: Daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Cost: Mains: $14

Azabu Japanese Restaurant

3371 7605

Taringa Central Shopping Centre, 165 Moggill Road
Taringa

Japanese
*****

Description: Been with housemates couple of times. Tucked away, but nice intimate atmosphere and delicate foods. Next time will try Chicken Karaagedon and seaweed salad.
Open: Most nights I guess
Cost: Mains: $15 ?

Sizzling Mongolian BBQ House

3870 2272

Shop 2 First floor, Gailey Fiveways, 144 Indooroopilly Rd
Taringa

Mongolian
***--

Description: Great novelty value - you chose raw meat, veggies and sauces, give it to one of two cooks and they fry it on a large metal dome. The food isn't exceptional, it's the way they cook it.
Open: Open 5pm-10pm all days except Monday. BYO wine only.
Cost: Mains: $18 ? (I forgot)

Montezuma's

3870 3900

165 Moggill Rd
Taringa

Mexican
***--

Description: Good novelty, decent meals - funny descriptions - several other locations.  :-)
Open: -
Cost: Mains: ~$18


TOOWONG

Jaz Restaurant & Wine Bar

3870 1111

80 Jephson St
Toowong (across the car park from Woolies)

Formal dining
****-

Description: Good novelty value - cook food on stones & live jazz certain nights.  :-)
Open: Mon-Fri lunch + dinner... Sat dinner only, Sunday closed
Cost: Mains/stonegrill: ~$25-30


Summit Restaurant

3369 9922

Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, Brisbane Lookout, Mt Coot-tha
Toowong

Formal dining
****-

Description: Very expensive, but good for special occasions - try to get window seat so you can look out over Brisbane from the top of Mt Coot-tha.
Open: Lunch from 11.30am, Dinner from 5.00pm.
Cost: Mains: $30-40

Sushi Station

3871 2088

Sh11 Toowong Pl Cnr Sherwood Rd & Jephson St
Toowong

Japanese
****-

Description: Good sushi train with fantastic $2 per plate deal on first Monday and Tuesday of each month (I'm pretty sure) - often have to line up on this night though (does not do bookings) - will check with Alby. Went with Alby and Phil from Germany once.
Open: Most nights I guess - don't do bookings
Cost: Mains: $2-5 per plate... work out quite cheap.

A Night in India

3217 7955

58 High Street
Toowong

Indian
****-

Description: Great Indian restaurant, friendly service - similar to Punjabi Palace. The naan breads and dips are awesome.
Open: Most nights I guess.
Cost: Mains: $14-18

SOUTHBANK

Ahmeds

3846 6699

Shop 10/164 Grey Street
South Bank

Turkish
*****

Description: Mouth-watering food, generous sizes, very popular, belly dancing on Fridays.
Open: All days I think, but booking essential
Cost: Mains: ~$23

Amici's Italian Restaurant

3844 8806

Little Stanley Street
South Bank (northern end of southbank's bank of eating places)

Italian
***--

Description: Went with Debbie, is close to Stanley Street dancing, popular, good food but bit $ for what you get from memory.
Open: 11am-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm Sat-Sun
Cost: Mains: ~$15 , BYO

Decks Seafood and Steak Restaurant

3846 4036

End of Tribune St Southbank Parklands
Southbank

Formal dining
****-

Description: Very fancy... had uqdance break up there and they let us set up music. The food is good, but not particularly filling - I guess you pay for the location.
Open: Most nights? Fully licensed, no BYO
Cost: Mains: $25-30

WEST END / SOUTH BRISBANE

West End Garden Restaurant

3844 1368

190 Melbourne St
South Brisbane / West End

Vietnamese
*****

Description: Went with Debbie and Karen 2008. Not sure if this is the one I'm thinking of, but fantastic banquet for 3 people! Heaps of food, all good, only $25.
Open: Lunch and dinner all days except Sunday.
Cost: Mains: $14-$18 mains, banquet: $25/$30, BYO $1 corkage pp

The Pavilion

3844 6272

123 Boundary St
West End

Australian
***--

Description: Went with Debbie and Karen 2008. Not sure if this is the one I'm thinking of, but fantastic banquet for 3 people! Heaps of food, all good, only $25. Open: Lunch and dinner all days except Sunday.
Open: Lunch and dinner all days except Sunday.
Cost: Mains: $14-$18 mains, banquet: $25/$30, BYO $1 corkage pp

Viet Hoa

3844 4818

220 Melbourne St
South Brisbane / West End

Vietnamese & Chinese
*****

Description: Haven't been there yet - Debbie says is good, but need booking.
Open: All nights
Cost: Mains: $11-$25, BYO $1 corkage pp


Punjabi Palace

3846 3884

135 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane

Indian
****-

Description: Went with Debbie 2007, awesome food.
Open: Most nights I guess, booking essential
Cost: Mains: ~$20?

Sushi Station Buffet

3844 9688

105 Vulture Street
West End

Japanese
*****

Description: All you can eat sushi and other Japanese treats!
Open: All days I think... plus lunch.
Cost: Buffet: $22 (or $2 less without seafood)

Ginga

3846 2313

Shop 11-12, Little Stanley Street
South Bank

Japanese
****-

Description: Went once with Shaz and Pete, once with Tristan - very cool little booths (great for small groups), fairly good prices. The bento plates are really good. Deb recommends the plum wine.
Open: All days
Cost: Mains: $15-26 | Entrees: ~$6 (sushi)

Tibetan Kitchen

3844 7355

1/59 Hardgrave Road
West End

Tibetan
***--

Description: Went with Debbie and met Trish & Brad. Quick service, good food.... tried sherpa bread.
Open: All days 5.30pm-9.30pm
Cost: Mains: $13-17


THE CITY

Royal on the Park: The Walnut

3221 3411

Albert Street (Cnr Alice St) Brisbane
Brisbane City

Formal dining
****-

Description: Only for special occasions - fairly formal dress. Great cold seafood dinner buffet though. Wine per glass and have resident piano player in cocktail bar.
Open: All nights
Cost: Mains/buffet: $20-$40

Jade Buddha

3221 2888

Shop 14, 1 Eagle St,
Brisbane

Mostly chinese
***--

Description: Went with Tristan and Alby in 2008. As a shared starter the tapas was good (lots of bread and dip). There were about 12 mains to chose from - all chinese, and although not that fantastic, the view certainly was. This place is quiet well known.
Open: All days lunch till late
Cost: Mains: $25-$35, Starters: $15-20 licensed

Belgian Beer Cafe Brussels

3221 0199

169 Mary Street
Brisbane City

Belgian
***--

Description: Went their with housemates early 2008 - not a bad beer atmosphere. Specialty is a kg of mussels, but not cheap. Also have great imported beers, each with their own special glass & coaster but all >$12.
Open: All days 11:30-1am
Cost: Mains: $20-30

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

3221 1999

Cnr Edward and Margaret Street, Stamford Plaza
Brisbane City

Japanese, Teppanyaki
****-

Description: Went with Debbie in 2008 - was fantastic experience - interactive, theatrical and amazing. You share a chef with about 8 other sitting around, and he throws eggs at you, cooks prawns to perfections and all... the best option is to get one of the set menus - unfortunately it's also VERY expensive (cheapest set menu = $59), but is pretty filling and it's probably a place you only visit once in lifetime!
Open: Closed Sun, Mon-Fri lunch & dinner... only dinner Sat
Cost: Mains: $25-40, Set Menu: $60-100

Harem Restaurant

3368 3141

282 Given Tce,
Paddington

Turkish
****-

Description: Debbie and I went on a Sunday in 2008, and although it was very quiet, atmosphere was good (cushions etc). We ordered the Sultan's banquet - unlike most places they offer banquets for 2 people.  :-)
Open: Dinner Tue-Sun til late, Lunch weekends only.
Cost: Mains: $15-$33, BYO

FORTITUDE VALLEY

The Vietnamese

3252 4112

194 Wickham Street
Fortitude Valley

Vietnamese
*****

Description: Went with Debbie and met Karen & Trish there (were on upper level). Fantastic food, very small and noisy though.
Open: All nights i believe
Cost: Mains: $12-20?, BYO

V-Lounge

3257 0809

113 - 115 Wickham St
Fortitude Valley

Vietnamese ?????

Description: Haven't been yet, but comes highly recommended by Sam from work. If you go to website above you can print out a voucher "1 FREE meal when dining with 2 others with main meals".  :-)
Open: Closed Sunday
Cost: Mains: $11-$20, Licensed

Bow Thai Restaurant

3216 1700

Shop 14 Cathedral Place (Corner Wickham and Gipps Streets)
<b>Fortitude Valley

Chinese
***--

Description: Went with uqdance friends in 2008 and had the Massaman curry. Nice place (stands out on the corner) and good food makes it tempting to give it four stars, but the service was a bit slow.
Open: All nights, Wed-Fri lunch
Cost: Mains: $15-19, Appitisers ~$7

2002 Cyber City

3257 4899

206 Wickham Street, Chopstick Arcade
Fortitude Valley

Chinese
***--

Description: Has tvs and large pool hall - cheap price, but decent food.
Open: Most days I guess
Cost: Mains: $10 ?

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To Add Soon

  • The Japanese place at the ville
  • Pizza cafe ?


Copying to Phone

To copy this to my phone I add it as a "note" which means:

  1. Select entire table (above) and copy
  2. Paste into MS Word
  3. Select only the first two columns and copy
  4. Paste into Notepad and tidy up
  5. Open MS Outlook and open the "Restaurants" note
  6. Paste into this note
  7. Synchronise phone with MS Outlook

NOTE: I don't copy all columns because it gets truncated in my phone if too many characters


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