Where to eat in South Bank
When you visit South Bank, one thing is for certain: there are no shortages of places to eat at any time of day. From the finer dining experience to the quick sweet treat, covering nearly every cuisine imaginable available, whatever you’re craving to eat is probably on offer in and around South Bank.
Multi-award winning Bacchus brings together the New York restaurant scene and the timeless glamour of old Hollywood. Here the wine list is impressive, winning a Best Award of Excellence in the 2016 Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List Awards and head chef Massimo Speroni is dishing out contemporary Australian dishes.
Fill your belly at The Jetty and embrace the best of Queensland produce to create a modern Australian menu with hints of Indonesian inspiration.
For the caffeine addicts
Popular CBD haunt Pourboy has opened its doors in Southpoint and pours quality coffee and a mean espresso martini. The menu is tasty and we have it on good authority that the muffins are very popular amongst the regulars.
Good luck bypassing the sweet treats cabinet at Denim Co., where the espresso brownies combine everyone’s two favourite things and the jaffles and waffles are menu highlights. Closer to QPAC and the Wheel of Brisbane, Kiss the Berry not only do incredible acai bowls (snickers acai bowl anyone?) but they also use local roaster Fonzie Abbott, and it’s absolutely delicious.
Around the world in 80 restaurants
Stop in for a taste of Japan at gyoza heaven Harajuku Gyoza – but be sure to try the Nutella Gyoza for dessert. For Vietnamese, Viet de Lites use classic, tried-and-tested traditional cooking techniques, and Baba Ganouj are dishing out modern Lebanese meals.
Go Greek and try the feta and oregano chips and a Spartan Box at Zeus Street Greek. Get a group together and order the feast fit for a king at Ahmet’s or venture into Eastern Europe at Torba and select from dishes that span Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Georgian cuisines.
Find a pal to share paella and a jug of sangria with and head to Ole, or try a bouillabaisse along the river at French brasserie Aquitaine. For Italian, grab a pizza at Mister Paganini or stop in at Spaghetti House who have just about any combination of flavours you could ever ask for. Near River Quay Green, Popolo’s menu encourages sharing amongst friends – except the pumpkin ravioli is so good you won’t be willing to share.
Brooklyn Depot get American burgers oh so right, The Manhattan Line are serving whiskey and American street food, where the hot dogs will transport you to NYC and beyond, or take a trip to New Orleans and stop in at Bourbon Street for Creole-inspired dishes.
The Charming Squire
South Bank is a solid option for the beer lovers: it’s walkable, so there’s no need to nominate a designated driver to get you from A to Z. Charming Squire offers the best of both worlds – bar-style burgers and share plates in the more casual bar area or a sit-down restaurant experience, where the Banoffee Pie is insane. Tippler’s Tap have a rotating craft beer selection that is best enjoyed with a side of Tippler’s famous wings. Aside from this, the menu here is inspired by Chicago street food – think hotdogs and sliders.
Relax on the verandah of the historical Plough Inn for a classic pub meal, juicy steak or the house specialty – hickory barbecue pork ribs. From here, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to Hop and Pickle, where the classic British pub menu is complete with a Sunday roast. Try the Hickory smoked wings at South Bank Beer Garden, which overlooks Streets Beach and offers a CBD skyline as the backdrop while you dine.
Say ooh la la over a cheese, charcuterie and cocktail or two at French Martini or kick back on the deck at Stoke Bar and take in the afternoon sun by the river.
Cheap and cheerful
Welcome to the future, where you can order a sushi burrito. Suki along Grey St are rolling these, as well poke bowls that are incredibly Instagrammable. Next door, sister restaurant Ramen are dishing out… ramen. At Harajuku Gyoza, the beers are cold and the hand-made gyoza are fresh and tasty. In addition, it’s fun – the décor is interesting, the service is super friendly and the music is a throwback to the golden era of rock’n’roll. Finish off with the Nutella Gyoza, just trust us on this. Go Greek and try a traditional souvla from Zeus Street Greek, or try the traditional spanakopita or loukoumades.
South Bank is a sweet tooth’s haven. Max Brenner and San Churro have anything with chocolate in its name covered – fondue, hot chocolate, brownies, shakes, ice cream... we could go on. Try one of the sweet pizzas or sweet-inspired cocktails at Cowch, and be sure to look up and check out the lights – they’re udderly cool.
Grab a sundae from one of these great ice-cream spots in South Bank, or just go for the classic scoop in a cup or cone from New Zealand Natural, Gelare and Nitrogenie.