The best Asian food in Brisbane City
From wok fried rice to Korean fried chicken, noodle soups to noodle stir fries, dumplings and dim sum to fusion bao, A-grade sashimi to grab-and-go sushi, Brisbane City has a huge range of Asian cuisine scattered through its streets, alleyways and arcades. If you're craving Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese or Mayalsian food there's a good chance you can find it in Brisbane CBD. Here's some of our favourite spots to dine.
Asian fusion - Madame Wu, Eagle Street Pier
Once you sink your teeth into the Moreton Bay bug-stuffed dumplings, we guarantee this Asian-fusion restaurant will be one you never forget. Madame Wu is definitely one to write home about with its tantalising menu and incredibly stellar view on the outdoor terrace.
At New Shanghai, enjoy the complete dining experience – from the rich assortment of modern classical Shanghai-style cuisine to the decadent Shanghai-inspired interiors. The menu offers a vibrant array of tasty Shanghai-style soups, noodles, rice and vegetable dishes, as well as authentic dumplings – cooked using an ancient family recipe passed down from generation to generation. New Shanghai also has a takeaway eatery New Shanghai Express in The Myer Centre foodcourt.
Specialising in yum cha, make a booking at the 180-seater Phoenix dining room and prepare your body for a feast. The general dining area is focused on the fast-paced yum cha experience at lunch time only, so strap yourself in for a midday feast of everything form crab xiao long bao to custard tarts.
Dumplings – Steamed, Turbot Street
Located on Turbot Street, the dumplings at Steamed are patiently stuffed and pleated in the kitchen out back. They come in three types; Harbin - pork and chive; Donggu - chicken with various spices that "lack English names"; Zen - a balanced portion of shitake mushroom, seasoned tofu and Chinese cabbage, as well as Pork Clouds - wonderfully light and fluffy pork buns. Keep an eye out for the $1 dumpling days.
Modern Japanese - Sake, Eagle Street Pier
Saké serves up contemporary Japanese fare including undeniably fresh sashimi, new-style sushi and must-try signature dishes including hiramasa kingfish with soy dressing, nori crisps with tuna and kingfish, popcorn shrimp tempura with creamy, spicy sauce and glacier 51 toothfish with miso butter. Japanese culture is all about precision, organisation and respect. This is certainly true of the food produced at renowned restaurant Sake where each dish is sculpted into a tiny work of art – intricately perfect in its display and taste.
Cheap, cheerful and tasty, Izakaya Kotobuki is a Japanese bar and sushi restaurant that plates up fusion sushi rolls such as crunch chicken, a combo of chicken, cabbage and mayo with a tempura crumb and sweet soy sauce. The spot also has beer and sake, yakitori, bento boxes, sashimi, traditional sushi, rice and noodle bowls and more, and cheap prices make it popular with the lunch crowd.
Korean – Madtongsan II, Elizabeth Street
Rumoured to be Brisbane's best Korean, Madtongsan II serves up famous soups, stir fry options, or hot pots with complimentary sides of kimchi, sweet potato and pasta salad. Get in early as the place can fill up quickly with regulars wanting the bibimbabs (rice bowl topped with meat and vegetables) and Korean pancakes. If you stroll along Elizabeth Street you will see plenty more options for great Korean food here too.
Little Saigon Grill serves up modern Vietnamese dishes inspired by the alluring and nostalgic Vietnamese street food hawkers using quality sustainable ingredients with no MSG, artificial additives or preservatives, and every meal is made fresh to order. Find Vietnamese classics on the menu including an extensive range of Pho, Bánh mì, vermicelli noodle salads, pork skewers, sizzling crispy crepes, Hanoi chicken rice and crispy skin chicken. It's casual, fast and fun here.
Malaysian - PappaRich, Wintergarden
Located up the escalator on level 1 of Wintergarden, Papparich serves up authentic Malaysian delights. While dining in the relaxed eatery, you can choose from a large variety of meat, vegetarian and seafood options, including favourites such as roti canai, traditional Hainan bread with kaya and butter, satay, nasi lemak, fried kuey teow, curry laksa, asam laksa, chicken rice and crispy egg noodles.
Singaporean - Singapore & Co, Albert Street
Enjoy a modern twist on traditional Singaporean cuisine when you venture into this laneway gem. Starting as a small restaurant in Sunnybank, Singapore & Co continues to serve its customers the authentic and delicious dishes we've all come to know and love, such as the signature laksa. Stop in for lunch and tuck into the restaurant's other specialties including fried vermicelli and shredded duck vermicelli soup.
Taro's philosophy is to deliver the safest and the most delicious bowl of ramen in Australia. That's a big call but they do deliver. Taro trusts his sense and taste more than anything when it comes to selecting ingredients, so only natural ingredients are selected, ensuring the ramens contain no MSG or preservatives. Try the red tonkotsu for yourself and taste the difference his care and consideration makes.
Ask who does the best sushi in the CBD and there is a good chance someone will say Oshin. Every roll is made fresh to order, and the handmade gyozas are amazing. The sukiyaki is what dreams are made of – beef slices and vegetables cooked in soy and sweet wine sauce at your table.
Vietnamese - Fat Noodle, Treasury Casino & Hotel
Award-winning celebrity chef Luke Nguyen's Fat Noodle is a favourite stop within the doors of the Treasury Casino & Hotel. The 100-seater restaurant serves pan-Asian hawker-style food, including Nguyen’s signature Vietnamese as well as Chinese, Thai and Malaysian dishes.
Teppanyaki - Kabuki, Stamford Plaza
Teppanyaki is a style of cooking in which the chef prepares prime cuts of beef, chicken and seafood together with fresh seasonable vegetables in front you and cooks by grilling on a large steel hotplate. Located in the Stamford Plaza, Kabuki’s master chefs will amaze you with their skill as they slice, dice, juggle and entertain while you watch and eat. Bring along a group of friends for a unique culinary and cultural experience – just keep your eyes out for the flying food!
Thai - Jumbo Thai, Edward Street
From the streets of Thailand to the streets of Brisbane, Jumbo Thai brings authentic Thai flavours to the CBD. Be warned, the menu is extensive so you may have trouble choosing, but with dishes including crispy fish wings, betel leaf parcels with smoked trout, roasted duck breast red curry, crispy whole local snapper fish and lemongrass coconut pannacotta, you'll be hurrying back for more.
All cuisines - FudoDori, Elizabeth Street
Matcha soft-serve, Asian hot dogs, Japanese barbecue, tea-based cocktails and kawaii desserts fill Elizabeth Street’s Asian food laneway. Down this enticing alleyway, connecting Elizabeth and Charlotte streets, you'll find a variety of Asian restaurants, tea shops and dessert cafes.
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