Dining in Milton and Park Road
Inner-city Milton, on the western fringe of the CBD, was one of the first suburbs to undergo urban revitalisation, giving birth to the original cafe strip on Park Rd.
Milton is all about the restaurants and is a little corner of Europe, with the iconic La Dolce Vita holding centre stage since 1989. The successful development of Milton is credited with igniting Brisbane’s love affair with exciting, individual villages. Nearby suburbs Toowong, Red Hill and Auchenflower add to the cosmopolitan nature of the precinct.
Park Rd is a favourite with the in-crowd, and La Dolce Vita attracts a loyal following of customers seven days a week. Its extensive menu reflects the diverse flavours of Italy, from bruschetta and pizza to pasta and risotto.
Comfort at My Table, tucked away in Cribb St, uses seasonally sourced produce to bring old-fashioned favourites to life. Comforting touches are everywhere, from the vintage jugs filled with fresh roses to the row of cookbooks stacked at the bar.
From the family that once owned West End’s iconic Trang comes Mrs Luu’s. As the name suggests, the Railway Tce eatery focuses on key authentic Vietnamese dishes – the ever-popular banh mi (a French baguette filled with Vietnamese salad), goi con (healthy rice-paper rolls) and bun (vermicelli salads).
Bunker, a cool hole-in-the-wall cafe, serves excellent coffee and superb hot chocolate. You can also find the cafe at the Kelvin Grove Markets on Saturday mornings.
If you are into iconic brews, the XXXX Brewery tour takes you on a journey to discover the beer company’s colourful history and its place in the Australian community and lifestyle. Walk through the heart of the heritage-listed site and learn about the inner workings of the brewery, learn to pour the perfect beer and taste it like a brewer, and then relax in the bar and enjoy its famous beers.
Milton’s popularity as an entertainment precinct is enhanced with the presence of Brisbane’s premier football venue, Suncorp Stadium. Seating about 50,000, the stadium feeds football fans to Milton and surrounding suburbs. Toowong, Auchenflower and Paddington strengthen the area as a key dining precinct with a number of top-quality venues.
Toowong’s Regatta and Royal Exchange hotels are each more than 100 years old. They are among the city’s most popular venues, offering great dining experiences and an extensive drinks list. Also on Coronation Drive, and underneath the Regatta, you’ll find the Walrus Club, home to more than 300 spirits, including a selection of rum from the Caribbean and Central and South America. Meanwhile, Auchenflower’s top offerings are the Toro Bar and Deer Duck Bistro.