Top 20 winter warmers in The City - Visit Brisbane


Top 20 winter warmers in The City

When the mercury dips below 20 degrees, it’s time to ditch the salads for satisfying winter warmers. Winter is the season for hearty comfort food dishes with plenty of carbs, dollops of creamy cheesy goodness and lashings of belly-warming spices and flavoursome ingredients. We’re talking tasty pastas, slurp-tastic soups, loaded fries and saucy stews. 

Grab your coat – we’re going out to dine-in on these top 20 winter comfort food dishes in The City.

1. Miso Spicy-Men

Warm-up with spice-infused miso-based broth with char siu-style barbecue pork and oodles of ramen noodles at Hakataya Ramen’s Queen Street Mall and The Myer Centre locations.

2. Seafood Crepe

A City classic, The Pancake Manor has been dishing up satisfying sweet and savoury crepes, such as the creamy seafood pancake, at the Charlotte Street restaurant since 1979.

3. Deep Dish Bolognese Pizza

Pizza and pasta your way? Visit Vapiano on Albert Lane for freshly made favourites such as this deep dish crust pizza with house-made Bolognese sauce, salami and melted mozzarella.

4. Pork & Beef Ragu Pappardelle

Venture to Coppa Spuntino on Eagle Street Pier to wrap a fork around the saucy and meaty delight that is pappardelle pasta with rich ragu sauce.

5. Xiao Long Bao

Slurp delectable soup dumplings aka xiao long bao at New Shanghai QueensPlaza. Whether you opt for classic pork or steamed crab meat and pork, it’s a shared plate of happiness.

6. BBQ Pork Baby Back Ribs

Laden with house-made barbecue sauce with fries and watermelon salad as sides, bring a big appetite for the Southern ribs at Buffalo Bar on the corner of Edward and Mary streets.

7. Chicken Thigh Fillet Premium Curry

Dishing up the rich, warming flavours, Tokyo Premium Curry in Wintergarden brings crispy chicken and Japanese-style curry sauce together for an authentic wintertime dish.

8. Philly Cheese Steak

Hook into this classic American sub that elevated the humble sandwich into a long roll piled high with sliced wagyu steak, cheese and capsicum at Red Hook on Creek Street.

9. Longreach Organic Lamb Loin

Visit Stanton Food at QueensPlaza for a traditional grilled lamb loin accompanied by pumpkin puree, roasted veggies and rosemary jus for a homestyle meal in The City.

10. Osso Bucco Pie

Casserole in a pie? Yes, please. We love the osso bucco pie with flaky house-made pastry and heaty flavours at Mica Express at MacArthur Central.

11. Eggplant Lasagne

Sink your teeth into al dente layers of pasta, marinated eggplant and vegan cheese with this plant-based take on a satisfying and soothing dish at Corbett & Claude on Elizabeth Street.

12. Tom Yum Chicken Vermicelli Soup

Spice it up with a large bowl of Thai-style hot and sour chicken noodle soup from Rice & Mee in MacArthur Central to add colour and flavour to winter weather. 

13. Poutine

This Canadian wintry classic will warm your insides. Visit Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill on Eagle Lane for loaded crispy fries drenched in rich brown gravy and stringy mozzarella.

14. Hainan Chicken Rice

This deceptively simple yet soothing dish of chicken and Asian greens with a hint of ginger and chilli atop fragrant rice is a comfort food fave. Try it at Fat Noodle at Treasury Brisbane.

15. Chicken Curry Laksa

PappaRich in Wintergarden specialises in this fiery Malaysian curry noodle soup made rich and creamy with coconut milk and topped with chicken, tofu, bean sprouts and fish cake.

16. Parmigiana Chicken Schnitzel

Tuck into a schnitty at Beach House Bar & Grill at The Myer Centre. This pub grub will satisfy with sliced honey ham, melted cheese and napolitana sauce atop a crumbed chicken breast.

17. Pumpkin Soup

Savour a comforting bowl of pumpkin soup served with toasted Turkish bread at the Shingle Inn location in Brisbane City Hall for a warming spoonful of nostalgia.

18. Malatang – Mini Hotpot

Construct your own comfort food. David’s Noodle & Hotpot in The Myer Centre lets you make a steaming bowl of goodness with your choice of soup base, ingredients and sauces.

19. Crackling Pork Belly

Feed your hunger the German way with a meal of crackling pork belly, creamy mash, red cabbage, apple compote and onion jus at The Bavarian at Eagle Street Pier.

20. M.C. Cheesy 

While a cheese toastie is the ultimate comfort food, we like Melt Brothers’ version stuffed with mac’n’cheese, maple bacon, aioli and barbecue sauce best. Get it at Post Office Square.