Melbourne and Sydney hogged Australia’s food scene for years. However, other cities are now on the radar of many food lovers, thanks to the unique food culture. One of the cities that has started to attract food enthusiasts is Brisbane.
The entry of new entrepreneurs and the radical changes being made by the pioneering ones have made Brisbane a gastronomic destination to reckon with, according to Matthew from Factory 51. With its subtropical climate and 280 days of every year filled with sunshine, Brisbane provides the perfect backdrop for those who love the outdoors. With warm weather most of the year, it is no longer a surprise that it has become a favourite destination for new food concepts.
Brisbane at a glance
It is high time that Brisbane come out of its shell considering that it is Queensland’s capital city. Brisbane boasts not only of its cultural heritage, being one of Australia’s oldest cities. It also prides itself of its diversity and popularity as one of the country’s most liveable cities and tourist destination. With thousands of people visiting Brisbane’s numerous landmarks such as Queensland Cultural Centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the Story Bridge among others, it is only fitting that it also offer gastronomic delights to locals and visitors.
Brisbane’s climate and environment is a showcase of tropical paradise so a casual culinary scene with focus on the outdoors should be expected. There are thousands of restaurants from where you can get a taste of a variety of cuisines from the authentic Australian cuisine, ethnic cuisine as well as a variety of international cuisine.
A food trip to the city wouldn’t be complete though, without a taste of the Moreton Bay bug which you can have at any time of the year. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a barbecue party, you can binge on the thick barbecue snags, which is best paired with grilled onions and mashed potato.
What to expect from the Brisbane food scene
Brisbane’s food scene should be equated with outdoor dining. This city is the perfect place for alfresco dining. Eating outdoors has always been a way of life here, as it is a good way to enjoy both Brisbane’s good food and good views. Of course, it helps that it is almost always sunny in this part of the world.
Clear blue skies and mesmerising sunsets provide the best backdrop for city’s rooftop bars. Brisbane’s Central Business District has a good line-up of rooftop bars. But if you want to experience the city’s exciting nightlife, then a trip to the Fortitude Valley will give you a variety of choices from live bars to restaurants.
Food trucks are a big thing in a city where outdoor eating has become a habit of sorts. These trucks are nothing new to the locals but they keep on evolving and new food choices are up even before you get a taste of the existing trucks. With so many food trucks in the city, you need to prioritise and hit the best ones first. Food trucks here are available at any time of the day.
Brisbane’s food trucks offer a variety of food choices so it is easy to whet your craving for Mexican food when you stop by at Oi Taco and get a heaping plate of authentic scrambled chorizo and quesadillas. If you’re a chicken lover then head to the nearest King of the Wings food truck and try their impressive line-up of flavoured wings.
If you are a health bum but wouldn’t want to miss out on good food, then Brisbane offers a good list of organic, vegetarian and gluten-free cafes and restaurants. Brisbane is actually a haven for gluten-intolerant people. You can actually enjoy healthy food in the city from breakfast, lunch, dinner and even for those in-between cravings. You can get your fill of healthy organic juices, donuts, waffles and everything you once thought were sinful foods.
Brisbane’s food scene is unbelievably vibrant you just can help but give in to your cravings. Take your pick from the outdoor restaurants, rooftop bars or even the colourful food trucks. Whether you are an early riser in need of a healthy breakfast or you prefer to have brunch on certain days, there is always something for you in the sunny city of Brisbane.