Every nook and cranny of Brisbane is filled with culinary delights that feature the city’s best offerings. From creative fusion food to uniquely Brisbanian yummies, the city is brimming with gastronomic talent. So here’s my top pick of savoury and sweet goodies that you should try when you’re in town!
Stokehouse Q: The Bombe
After my first bite of The Bombe, Stokehouse Q’s signature dessert, I knew instantly and confidently that I would never love another dessert again. Under the summer heat in Brisbane, The Bombe was a perfect remedy with its frozen white chocolate parfait, strawberry sorbet and toasted meringue. Tangy, sweet and oh so refreshing, how can one not fall in love with it? They also have The Baby Bombe, but my advice is to go for the real thing and just get The Bombe. Anything else pales in comparison.
Miss Kay’s: MK Special and The Elvis
If you’re looking for a place to get good burgers, then I would recommend Miss Kay’s without hesitation. And you know you’ve just had a great burger when your hand is covered in all the sauces and juices of that said burger. That was my personal experience with the MK Special as I savoured a beautiful stacking of succulent beef patty, crispy maple bacon and onion rings with an unusual combination of mayo and sweet BBQ sauce that hits the spot!
Besides burgers, Miss Kay’s do right by milkshakes as well. Reading through the menu, I can guarantee you’ll get a good chuckle. You’re not a human if The Cee Lo Green and The James Brownie don’t tickle your funny bone. Being a fan of peanut butter, I decided to go for The Elvis made with peanut butter topped with crushed peanuts. And the icing on the milkshake? A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!
Zeus Street Geek: Chocolate Loukoumades
Loukoumades is a Greek doughnut that has been enjoyed by the Greeks for the longest of time and I am jealous for the fact that I am only finding out about it now. At Zeus Street Geek, they serve three variations, but I decided to go for the Chocolate Loukoumades, well, because I love chocolate. The dough is deep fried giving it a crispy texture and the hazelnut chocolate drizzled on top of it adds a decadent yet artistic finish to the whole dish. Cut the loukoumades in half, making sure to get every bit of the chocolate plus the crushed hazelnuts before you put it in your mouth. Any other way of eating this would be an insult to the Greeks and trust me, you don’t want to anger the Greek gods.
Red Hook: Char Sui Pork Tacos
A fusion of Asian and Mexican, the Char Sui Pork Tacos is a perfect blending of cultures and flavours and makes the case for why we should continue to mix with people of different races. The char sui is sweet and not too fatty and using the taco shell is a perfect way to keep everything in place without getting the whole thing soggy, as in if they had chosen to use bread, for instance. Pleasing on the eyes with the colourful arrangement of veggies and meat, it’s a magical experience for the taste buds and I can’t wait to see what the brains behind Red Hook comes up with next!
Doughnut Time: Love At First Bite
Pictures do not serve justice to this exquisite piece of doughnut. It might look like an ordinary doughnut but once you bite into the centre you are greeted with an overflow of Nutella, the popular hazelnut cocoa spread (and if you don’t know what Nutella is then shame on you!). Doughnut Time has perfected the art of making doughnuts, as I found them to be soft and moist, and not those hard monstrosities that you come across at supermarkets. Do check out their menu as it is constantly being updated and once again you might get a good giggle from names like Cornelius Fudge and Milo Cyrus.
Coco Bliss: Original Bowl
After a couple of days of eating the best that Brisbane had to offer, I decided that to end my trip with something gentle on my stomach. And that is why I went for the Original Bowl which consists of organic Açaí topped with muesli plus banana, strawberry and apple. This was an instant pick-me-up that I needed with its tangy and sweet flavours. The Original Bowl was nourishing to the last bite and my digestive system is going to thank me for it.
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