Where to dine in Kangaroo Point and Woolloongabba

Kangaroo Point and Woolloongabba don’t exactly scream "food wonderland" but hidden between antique stores are a number of award-winning restaurants, top-notch cafes and speakeasy-style bars worth visiting.

Woolloongabba fiveways precinct on Logan Rd

Fine dining

Dishing up exquisite Roman fare, 1889 Enoteca has become a local favourite since its opening in 2009. Like a classic enoteche in Italy, the establishment features a restaurant, bar, wine store and basement-level cellar where guests can enjoy a private dining experience. The pillowy soft gnocchi dish has been a best seller each year since the restaurant opened.

1889 Enoteca
1889 Enoteca

Named Best New Restaurant by the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016, the Catbird Seat Bistro serves a seasonal modern European cuisine inspired by French, Nordic and Scandinavian flavours. Reminiscent of a secret Parisian backstreet, the petite restaurant has a boutique vibe that will leave you feeling special.


The Catbird Seat Bistro

Further out, The Wolfe offers a classic but intriguing menu that changes monthly, making no two visits the same. The setting evokes sentiments of old-world charm, with thanks to a 120-year-old oak bar in the main dining room.

The Wolfe – photo by Judit Losh
The Wolfe

Breakfast

Popular for breakfast, Woolloongabba is also home to some of Brisbane’s finest cafes and brunch spots. Head to the Gabba Five Ways precinct where it practically rains eggs. Set amid the heritage-listed houses and antique stores, Pearl Cafe’s menu serves the likes of a cheesy croque monsieur, rabbit pie or a fish-finger sandwich. Across the way, the Baker’s Arms offers a selection of freshly-baked sweet and savoury goodies that you can enjoy on the go or sit in with a Campos coffee. Make your weekend brunch boozy at Canvas, where a Madame Mimosa pairs perfectly with bacon.

Canvas, Woollongabba
Canvas

Just a stone’s throw away, Brown Dog Cafe understand the importance of all-day breakfast at a reasonable price. Moose & Gibson (named after the owners' two beloved pooches) also offers all-day breakfast that you can enjoy in a funky, industrial setting. And a short walk away, find the stylish Priory Kitchen tucked into Trafalgar Lane.

Priory
Priory Kitchen

Other local favourites include Pawpaw Café for its extensive choice and Asian or neighbouring rabbit warren, the character-filled Foxy Bean. On Logan Rd, Locavore Cafe sources ingredients from within 160km to create delicious breakfast and freshly made treats.

For breakfast with a view, check out these two in Kangaroo Point. Perched atop the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Cliffs Café while overlooking the river and spectacular city skyline. Enjoy outdoor dining at its finest at Medley Café. Tuck into breakfast and sip a coffee while watching walkers and riders cruise past the path along the river.

Medley Cafe and Restaurant
Medley Cafe

Pubs and local bistros

Kangaroo Point and Woolloongabba are home to a number of iconic Queensland pubs. Best known is the legendary The Story Bridge Hotel, built around the massive pylons of the namesake bridge. The Norman Hotel is proudly known as “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant” and serves up some of the best steaks in Brisbane. Just leave that vegan friend at home. Another carnivore haven is the Morrison Hotel where you can select from eight cuts of meat, which you should definitely pair with the classic mushroom sauce. Also hunt out the whiskey bar hidden within. One of the original brew pubs, Brewhouse serves up mouth-watering steaks and seafood, plus its nine giant screens are extremely popular with sporting fans. Last but not least, try the Pineapple Hotel (fondly known as the Piney) for its classic pub menu.

The Story Bridge Hotel
Story Bridge Hotel

Around the world in 80 flavours

These two southside suburbs will spoil you for choice when it comes to cuisine variety. Taste the flavours of Italy at Ristorante La Famiglia, where every bite at this modern Italian restaurant will leave you wanting more. Follow your nose to Sorellina Pizzeria to sample one of its wood-fired pizzas made with fine Italian flour and a glass from the carefully-curated wine list.

lafamiglia
Ristorante La Famiglia

Spice up your life at Colour Me Flavour where chef Eugene Lee serves an Indian-inspired, spice-infused menu. Ben’s Chinese and Vietnamese offers a main course of traditional cuisine served with a side of karaoke. Stop in for some of Brisbane’s best (and cheap) sushi or bowls at Kotobuki Sushi in East Brisbane, or wander down to neighbour The Fishmonger’s Wife for the best fish and chips in the city. Even better, it has a dedicated gluten-free fryer.

Colour Me Flavour
Colour Me Flavour

Let your mouth water at the sight of the succulent ribs, steaks and burgers at Ribs & Burgers in Trafalgar Lane, or head to Crosstown Public House for a classic schnitty or steak. Put on your bibs and jump aboard the seafood express at St James Crabhouse and Kitchen to get messy with delicious crustaceans. If seafood isn’t your thing, St James also serves chicken wings and slow-cooked ribs.

The Crosstown Eating House
Crosstown Public House

Small bars

Suburban bars are often little gems. Catch up with friends after work or enjoy a classic Sunday session at the charismatic and quirky Padre, which does a great selection of cocktails, wines, craft beers and tapas. Padre also regularly has live music, and holds stand-up comedy on Wednesday nights. Nearby, settle into one of the cosy couches at Can You Keep A Secret? and enjoy retro décor while listening to live music.

If you prefer heights … enjoy one of Brisbane’s best views from Eagle’s Nest – it’s a bar perched on top of The Point Hotel that’s only open Sundays. Sounds perfect to watch the sun go down as you sip Moet Ice Imperial.

Eagles Nest
Eagle's Nest

Cocktail lovers step right up and into Canvas, the petite speakeasy-style bar within the Gabba Five Ways area. Start with a Mrs Hendricks and tapas or cheese and finish with the sweet Penny’s Big Bang cocktail. You heard right, it tastes like raspberry cheesecake. The perfect nightcap.

Sweet treats

If you’re a sweet tooth like the best of us, pick up a treat at Mister Fitz or neighbouring Doughnut Time and enjoy it in Mowbray Park. For warm Brisbane days, visit Yum Gelato a little further down the road. And of course, chocoholics need pay a visit to 31 Degrees Custom Chocolates for a hot chocolate and a treat. Hot tip – head in on Sundays for sampling day.

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