We’ve all got our favourite old restaurants – the tried and true options that we head to for every date night or catch-up with friends. But sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. Loads of new foodie hotspots have recently opened in Brisbane, so here’s our pick of the top five to sink your teeth into.
Another December arrival, Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers is the country’s first exclusive gnoccheria. If you didn’t know that was a thing before now, don’t worry – we didn’t either. But we’re so glad the brothers enlightened us. These guys can do some pretty incredible things with their melt-in-the-mouth gnocchi, and we would happily just sit down and work our way through the entire menu. Whether you go for the gnocchi with slow-cooked duck ragu, or the wild mushroom and truffle sauce, you won’t be disappointed.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, Suburban Social is your new go-to spot for tasty relaxation as the week draws to a close. It’s a friendly, vibrantly decorated joint where everyone and their dog is welcome, with a great drinks selection and a winning range of classic comfort food to line your stomach. Try the Suburban Snack Pack, which is chicken, melted cheese, garlic and barbecue sauce – aka all of the most important food groups. You won’t regret it!
European delicacies crafted with the finest local produce? Count us in. Established in December amidst the charming surrounds of New Farm, The Long Road offers everything from sharing plates (spicy crab churro!) to charcuterie boards to full-blown main courses (the beef cheeks are something else). It’s suave, elegant and utterly delicious, and will fast become a fine dining favourite.
Anyone into local brewing knows Aether, and their newly opened brewery/bar/restaurant combo certainly lives up to the high standards set by their beers. It’s a sophisticated venue with a real family feel, and the only problem you’re like to have is deciding which tempting morsel to sample first. We’d suggest the Taster Plate, with calamari, barbecue wings, pork sliders, onion rings and double-smoked aioli. It may be made to share, but let’s be real. Sharing is for suckers, and you’ll want that whole bad boy for yourself!
Opening just last month, Detour is the latest venture from Damon Amos – former head chef of the award-winning Public restaurant. It’s already gained a reputation for creative and delectable cooking (emu tartare and fossilised carrots, anyone?), as well as offering plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. The food is top quality and the service is amazing, so what are you waiting for? Find any excuse you can and head down today!