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A guide to dining in Brisbane...

Brisbane is quickly gaining a reputation as having some of the best small restaurants and cafes in Australia. Every month, new Brisbane restaurants open to try and capture the locals market. So as locals we’re pleased to list just a few of the lunch and dinner spots that we really think are worth a visit. After your morning with Hot Air Balloon Brisbane, we cant think of anything better than a long leisurely lunch, people watching before a lazy afternoon nap or maybe a spot of shopping in Queen Street Mall or the West End.

We’ve eaten many times at these Brisbane restaurants and we hope you do too:

Sono Japanese Restaurant Brisbane Sono Japanese Restaurant

If you want to enjoy 'real' Japanese dining, Sono will not dishearten you. Sashimi, Sushi and other seafood delights on the menu are terrifically fresh and there is a wide range of noodle options plus fast and friendly service - thumbs up for good quality Japanese cuisine. Located at Level 1 Tattersalls Building, Corner Queen & Edward Streets, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3220 18889

Milanos Restaurant

Brisbane Milano's offers a great assortment of European dishes with both fresh Australian and Asian inspirations. Milano’s outdoor seating is ideal for indolent afternoons to enjoy Merlo coffee and home-made desserts. Set in Queen Street Mall just off Albert Street, Milano's is open from early morning till late evening. Located at George St end of Queen St Mall, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3210 1294

Malt Dining

An upstairs restaurant in the Brisbane City, Malt offers the definitive Brisbane food, wine and dining experience with a cellar, bar and restaurant spread over three levels. Great atmosphere to enjoy the splendid menu and a very wide selection of wines from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Located at 28 Market St, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3236 4855

E'cco Bistro

This Mediterranean influenced restaurant has a wholehearted and attractive space. E'cco is known as the founder of Brisbane city's contemporary dining experience. E'cco serves simple food, done remarkably well and with passion. An amazing place to go for a great dining experience. Located at 100 Boundary St, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3831 8344

Mundo Churrasco

Mundo Churrasco is on Brisbane's west side and is regularly patronised by local meat lovers. Take a group of friends and try and taste as much as you can to enjoy Brazilians' favourite way of enjoying barbecue meats. Effortlessly seasoned cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fish land endlessly at the table, ask the staff any questions you like, they are knowledgably and fun. Located at 163 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3369 1660

Bamboo Basket Chinese Restaurant

Bamboo Basket is part of the progressively vibrant and splendidly modern Brisbane's South Bank zone. Bamboo Basket specialises in the food of Shanghai, and is well known for their hand-made dumplings and noodles which you can watch being made through the shop's front window. Locals and visiting Chinese alike, have made this a must do for dining in Brisbane and for all those who enjoy partaking yum-cha with friends. Located at Shop 1003 – 1004, 199 Grey St, South Brisbane. Phone (07) 3844 0088


Wagaya Japanese restaurant is in Brisbane's Fortitude Valle, a pleasurable participant on the Brisbane dining scene with its touch screen for ordering; your food arrives within 15 minutes. Intimate booth seating, quick service and tasty food makes Wagaya a freshness standout in China Town. Located at Level 1, TCB centre/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3252 8888

Verve Restaurant

Verve Cafe and Bar, in the basement of the Metro Arts building on Edward Street in Brisbane City, opened in the late 1990s and the decor captures the decade. There is a wide range of pizzas and pastas at excellent prices for the quality, this is one Café that is sure to deliver. Located at 109 Edward St, Brisbane CBD. Phone (07) 3221 5691

Oishii Sushi Bar

Oishii Sushi Bar is a Japanese restaurant at the south side of Brisbane, in Sunnybank Hills. Oishii's menu has more than 60 items including noodle, rice dishes, curry and desserts in addition to a variety of traditional and contemporary Sushi. Located at 70 Pinelands Rd, Sunnybank Hills, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3423 7774

Little Greek Taverna

Little Greek Taverna is positioned at Brisbane's West End, a cheerful, breezy restaurant that serves consistent and good value Mediterranean cuisine. This authentic Greek Taverna is classified as one of the best Brisbane restaurants as they cook quality home-made taste of gorgeous Greek dishes. Located at 7Shop 5, 1 Browning St, West End, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3255 2215

Moda Spanish Restaurant

Moda is a striking restaurant sited near Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane's CBD. The team at Moda has resulted in this being a multi award-winning fine diner that displays the true tastes of the owners Spanish heritage. Discover modern, culturally inspired cooking. The wine list is also well known as one of the best in Brisbane. Located at 12 Edward St, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3221 7655

Trang Chinese & Vietnamese

Trang is a little jewels to be found in Brisbane's West End, known among customers for its unusual Vietnamese dishes. It serves up a wake-me-upper pho or beef noodle soup that is very popular and go early as seating can be tricky. Located at 2/59 Hardgrove Rd, West End, Brisbane. Phone (07) 3255 1610