bald lemon co.'s Profile
It really depends on what you like and how much you want to spend. Personally I think that the best restaurant in brisbane is Ortiga and would be great for a formal/ more expensive dinner- try the sherry. I also love Montrachet's, it is run by the well loved Thierry Galichet their take on french cuisine is traditional but always very good. Restaurant two, Aria, Jellyfish and the Anise are good as well - again it all depends on what you like.
If you are looking for something more casual then I would suggest trying the Southbank/Westend area - this is good especially if you are going to QPAC, I am liking Ole at the moment for pre/post theatre food.
Westend also has some great "ethnic" food - check out Trangs for good Vietnamese, it doesn't look like much but their Pho is fantastic. Little Greek Taverna also has some good cheap greek, great for a bite before heading for a night out.
The Gunshop Cafe in Westend does fantastic breakfasts/brunch. As does Sassafras in Paddington and Campos Coffee in Wandoo St. Campos is in the gentrified James St area which has a great market (including a good sushi place), wine celler (Cru) and plenty of boutiques. There is also a great cooking school/ shop in Water St in the Fortitude Valley/James St area called Black Pearl - they import great cheeses and always have good/interesting and high end cookware. I would also recommend King of Kings a yumcha institution in the Valley's Chinatown, if you are there on a Saturday I would highly recommend this.
If you are interested in bars/clubs the Valley is the epicentre of brisbane. I would suggest The Bowery (a speakeasy style bar) Larouche (which is quirky and serves interesting cocktails) and the Brunswick social which has good pork buns and is open very late. There is also X & Y which is more relaxed but the staff are good. Tuckeria (a mission style burrito joint) is up the road if you get hungry on the way home.
If you have anymore questions or want to run a place past me feel free I think I have eaten at most place in this city.
I went through an oatmeal stage earlier this year. There seem to always be a jar of oats soaking in my fridge. My favourite had some fried disked of chorizo, and parmesan mixed in with a fried egg on top.