Be Brave and Try Brisbane’s Weirdest and Most Wonderful Foods

Are you up for trying something new? If so, Brisbane’s got you covered. We searched high and low to source the best of Brisbane’s weird and wonderful foods, and here’s a taste of what we found!

Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

Image credit: Heya Bar
Image credit: Heya Bar

Heya Bar

Fortitude Valley

You know those moments (usually late at night after a few too many drinks), where you really need a cheeseburger – but you also have an unshakable hankering for spring rolls from your local Chinese takeaway? Well, why not have both? At Heya Bar in the Valley, they’ve devised a devious little snack called the cheeseburger spring roll. Just as the name suggests, it’s a crispy spring roll casing filled with beef, bacon, and caramelised onion on a bed of lettuce, and a sneaky (but mandatory) pickle skewered on top. It’s basically pure bliss.

“Cheeseburger spring rolls and foosball! What more could you ask for? The food here is great – we had some fried rice, the abovementioned spring rolls and washed them down with Jamaican ginger beer. Yum.” – Dayemm

Long Black Pops

Image credit: Queen of Pops
Image credit: Queen of Pops

Queen of Pops


When Brisbane gets too hot for us coffee addicts to enjoy our usual cuppa, we need to find our caffeine hit some other way. We’re sure that’s why the Queen of Pops crew came up with these bad boys – the coffee pops. These popsicles are made with a shot of the good stuff, with options including chai latte, café latte, hot mocha, and our personal fave, the long black.  

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Raindrop Cake

Image credit: Harajuku Gyoza
Image credit: Harajuku Gyoza

Harajuku Gyoza

South Brisbane

Everyone’s been talking about this internet sensation from Japan – the raindrop cake. Harajuku Gyoza in South Brisbane were the first to bring the phenomenon to Australia, and we have to say, we’re pretty glad they did. Made using spring water and agar, the Harajuku Gyoza team have infused a bit more sweetness into their version by adding fruity flavours and accompaniments. The result is like nothing you’ve tried before, and we can’t even come close to describing it. You’ll just have to try it to see what all the fuss is about!

“Came here purely for the raindrop cake, which didn’t disappoint. The delight of dipping my spoon into a water droplet made it all worth it. The strawberry flavour is probably a little less bland than the original option, but original holds it’s own, and the flavours are nicely boosted by the accompanying sauces.” – PeeCeeLark

Deep Fried Oreos
Image credit: Chompers



It’s said that you can deep fry anything, but the question always remains – should you? In the case of Chompers’ deep fried Oreos, the answer is a resounding YES! The Oreos are covered in a dessert batter, deep fried then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and served in a pack of three (because one just isn’t enough). It’s just as delicious and mouth-watering as it sounds, and we can’t wait to go back and have another.

“Great menu and delicious food!” – bubbalouey

Charred Eggplant Sorbet

Image credit: Gerard Bistro
Image credit: Gerard Bistro

Gerard’s Bistro

Fortitude Valley

Can it be called a dessert if it’s made of vegetable? The chefs at Gerard’s Bistro would argue you can, so we won’t disagree. This baba ganoush-inspired dish has an unusual combination of flavours, with the charred eggplant sorbet on a bed of tahini crumbs and plated with crisp cacao and Arabic coffee shards. Ultimately, these guys have made it work, even if you do spend most of your time eating the dessert staring at your plate confused as to how on earth they pulled this one off (we’re pretty sure it’s magic).

“Gerard’s is always such a nice experience with knowledgeable staff and delicious food. Big meat share dishes and little sides mean you can get a broad variety of flavour and choice and even some vegan options!! all washed down with a beautiful selection of alcohol” – rugan

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