An International Student in Brisbane Pt. 2: Food Glorious Food

Sunday, March 5, 2017

You guys.... this is my favourite part of the series (only 2 so far but I already know it's my favourite)

Food glorious food. Brisbane may not be like Sydney and Melbourne where brunch spots are practically everywhere. I personally feel Brisbane needs to up their brunch and dessert game. But that doesn't mean you're out of choices for some good eats.

Here are some of my pick of restaurants to eat in Brisbane (and beyond):


Korean


1. Funny Funny (Brisbane CBD)
Address: 85 George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Must order: Great place for Korean fried chicken. 50% off KFC on Wednesdays!






2. Maru (Brisbane CBD)
Address: 157 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Must order: Korean BBQ and seafood pancake. Bad ventilation (so your clothes stink up with smoke really quickly), but good food.

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3. Hanwoori (Brisbane CBD)
Address: Mantra on Mary, 70 Mary St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Must order: Korean BBQ Buffet

Japanese


1. Genkotsu Ramen (Toowong)
Address: Shop E, Clements Arcade,, 51 Sherwood Rd, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia
Must Order: Gyokai (Fish) broth ramen and chashu. Very limited seats during peak hours so either come early or prepare to queue.

2. Hakataya Ramen (Brisbane CBD/Indooroopilly/Sunnybank Plaza)
Brisbane CBD Address: Myer Centre
Indooroopilly: Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
Sunnybank Plaza: Shop 27B, Sunnybank Plaza / 358 Mains Road, Sunnybank QLD 4109, Australia
Must Order: Nagahama Ramen and chashu. Also with very limited seats during peak hours so either come early or prepare to queue.

[Check Campus Eats below for 1 more Japanese food place!]


Thai
Thai food there just doesn't seem to taste as good as the ones back in Malaysia unfortunately. It's missing that oomph and kick. The other time I tried Thai was at the Brisbane Thai Festival and I had pad thai and mango sticky rice. BUT you can still settle your Thai food cravings here. Also, remember to check out festivals and markets for great food.


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1. Thai Nakolanna
Address: Shop 6, 225 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane
Must Order: Their dinner sets are pretty affordable! Tom yam and pad thai's not bad.


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2. Thai Treasure
Address: Shop 3, 191 Sir Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane
Must Try: The fried rice is just AMAZING. Some of the best fried rice I've ever had. The stir fry is pretty good too.


Indian

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1. Indian Feast (There's an outlet at the UQ St. Lucia campus too!)
Address: Shop 2, 191 Sir Fred Schonell Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane
Must Try: Butter chicken. Tandoori chicken. YAS.


2. Punjabi Palace
Address: 135 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Brisbane
Must Try: Only tried the Tikka Masala. Not bad!


Greek

1. West End Charcoal
Address: 56 Russell St, West End QLD 4101, Australia
Must Order: The Share Platters. Not the cheapest thing around but it's pretty good!


2. Zeus Street Greek
Address: Eat Southbank Precinct, Shop 13-14, 14 Little Stanley Street, Southbank, Brisbane
Must Order: Can't really go wrong with any of their pitas.


3. The Yiros Shop
Address: 189 Grey Street, Southbank, Brisbane
Must Order: Any of their yiros. They even have haloumi chips which I've never tried but sounds like it tastes really good.


Desserts

1. Chester Street Bakery + Mr Fitz + Doughnut Time (Southbank)
Address: 186 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Must Order: Ice-cream flavours - Pink Sea Salt & Caramel, Red Velvet Cheesecake; Cakes - Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake; Doughnut


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2. PassionTree (Brisbane CBD)
Address: 103 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Must Order: Matcha Mochi Pancake Stack. (I had the Rose Delight and Watermelon Bingsoo too. Rose Delight was way too sweet and fragrant, while Watermelon Bingsoo was quite pricey for watermelon and ice cream.)


Brunch

1. Smoked Paprika (Paddington)
Address: 65 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon, Paddington, Brisbane
Must Order: Smoked Paprika Breakfast

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2. Little Loco (New Farm)
Address: 121 Merthyr Road, New Farm, Brisbane
Must-Order: Eggs & Waffle Benedict

Special mention:
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Cardamom Pod (not in Brisbane)
Address: 107 Brickworks Centre, Ferry Road, Southport, Gold Coast, QLD
Must Order: Acai Bowl. Great vegetarian/vegan place to go to if you're visiting Southport. A bit pricey though so treat this as a reward.

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Piggyback Cafe (not in Brisbane)
Address: 86 Curragundi Rd, Jindalee QLD 4074, Australia
Must Order: Rainbow coffee (not that outstanding, but great for pictures :D). Food's meh too.


Markets

1. Eat Street Market
Address: 99 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007, Australia
Must-Order: Oysters, Conut (super messy to eat, but it's a try-once-in-a-lifetime thing), Brazilian food

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2. West End Markets
Address: Montague Rd & Jane St, West End QLD 4101, Australia
Must-Order: Rosti and langos. There's also this old lady who sells good baklava (Middle Eastern dessert).


3. Milton Markets
Address: Cribb St & Little Cribb St, Milton QLD 4064, Australia

4. Jan Power's Brisbane City Market
Address: George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
A market filled with produce and pastries.

Seafood


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1. George's Paragon Seafood Restaurant
Address: 1/10 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Disclaimer: I've never tried anything here, but my mom has and she recommends it. Seafood 50% off during lunchtime, that's enough reason to visit!


Special mention:

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2. Peter's Seafood (not in Brisbane)
Address: 120 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
Must-Try: OYSTERS, Fish & Chips. You can even purchase some seafood back home to cook and they're pretty fresh.


Campus Eats

1. U-Sushi
Must Order: Anything with avocado <3


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2. Guzman y Gomez
Must Order: Burrito Bowl. Lunch promo: $12.50 for a burrito, guacamole + corn chips, and a can of soft drink!

3. Main Course Food Precinct
Must Order: Squid rings, potato gems, fries with chicken salt. Everything else is good too!

4. Darwin's
Must Order: Banana bread, Honey & banana smoothie, coffee.

5. Burger Urge
Burgers aren't the best I've eaten, but they're pretty solid if you're craving for burgers.

6. Belltop/Merlo
Must Order: Coffee. That's all I've ever tried there lol.


Special mention (Only available as food trucks on special occassions):

The Rice Hut Bistro
Ruby the Little Red Ice Cream Van
Mr. Burger
J'adore Les Crepes
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