Brissie's buzzing with dining hotspots both new and old. Feast on whatever you fancy, whether it's tapas with a twist or American-style BBQ. From gourmet eats to wallet-friendly treats, here are a few of our favourite local restaurants.
1. Gerard's Bar Charcuterie
Gerard's Bar Charcuterie offers far more than your typical bar snacks – no communal bowls of peanuts here. The secret sibling of Brisbane foodie favourite Gerard's Bistro, this chic little eatery offers the finest charcuterie cuts in town. Try plates of spreadable pork salami studded with fiery chilli like the N'Duja, or the fermented chorizo flavoured with sweet paprika and fino sherry. The cheese list is equally impressive, whether you're in the mood for creamy taleggio or sharp Maffra mature cheddar. The burger is made from Wagyu beef and topped with all the fixings, while mussels come dished up with pickles and plenty of bread to mop up the juices.
2. Summer House
A breezy hidden gem in Kangaroo Point, Summer House draws a crowd for its clever little tapas. Must-eats include the cauliflower salad, with its amazing contrast of juicy pear and crunchy beer nuts. Tuscan meatballs, beer-battered chips and Szechuan calamari are also small plates that you'll be talking about for days. Summer House serves a killer breakfast. The usual humdrum avocado toast gets a lift from feta, slow-roasted tomatoes and truffle oil, while the beef brisket benedict raises decadent brunching to an Olympic sport.
3. Banana Leaf Thai
Thai food fans flock to Banana Leaf Thai for its top-notch curries and healthy salads. The Panang curry is particularly lush, bringing on the heat in all the right ways. Scallop curry hits all the right notes as well with the addition of shiitake mushrooms and sweet pineapple chunks. Thai salads are one of the best ways to beat the Brisbane heat, and you can choose from fancy flavours like roasted duck or mixed mushrooms with quinoa. There are plenty of gluten-free options on hand, including a light zucchini pad Thai.
4. Fogata Latin Fusion
A newcomer on the James Street dining scene, Fogata Latin Fusion's quickly made a name for itself with its passionate take on everything Latin American. There's no need to make the gut-wrenching decision between Brazilian feijoada or Peruvian quinoa salad anymore because Fogata's happy to serve you both. There are tropical touches to this vibrant cuisine that will put you in the holiday spirit. Spicy mango dressings and citrusy aioli are the order of the day here. Treat yourself to fusion-tastic treats like the signature paella, brimming with the catch of the day.
5. Red Hook
Red Hook is every bit as achingly cool as its Brooklyn namesake. Expect burgers, hot dogs and deli sandwiches with serious NYC-inspired style. Menu highlights include the 'Upton Funk burger', with its cheddar-gorgonzola combo, bacon, onions and buffalo ketchup. If you're craving something a bit out of the ordinary, the Wagyu brisket burrito combines BBQ and Mexican flavours rather brilliantly. End your meal with deep fried Oreos, a genius idea that's just as awesome as you might expect.