Our Favourite Brisbane Haunts


Keely Thurecht walks you through some of somethingyousaid.com’s favourite places to hang/eat in Brisbane:

When I sat down to compile my ultimate list of things to see, do and eat and drink in Brisbane, I envisaged including nightlife, secluded hideaways, music and maybe some food on the side. Turns out it’s all food. Sorry, that wasn’t my intention. So instead of my favourite things about Brisbane here are my favourite places to munch.

Please note, these are in no particularly order. All are weird and wonderful in their own way.

LR Sushi, Adelaide Street, CBD
This place is the bomb. It’s a tiny little hole in the wall that serves, I do not lie, the greatest sushi. That may be because the line is so long I’m famished by the time I get my veggie roll. It probably also has something to do with the perfect combination of avocado, seaweed, and pickled cucumber. At $2 a pop it’s fairly cheap compared to its competitors. More details here.

Botanica, Enoggera Tce, Paddington
My happy place. All they serve is salad and baked goods. When I say salad, I’m talking turmeric infused cashew cream drizzled over golden brown sweet potato and pumpkin. When I say baked goods, I’m talking decadent chocolate cookies the size of my face. Their range of vegan options is quite incredible and I’m not embarrassed to say I frequent it often. I could go on, but I just want to say: vegan brownies. More details here.

Mondo-001Mondo Organics, Hardgrave Rd, West End
This place has been around since 2000 and somehow I only discovered it last November. This deeply saddens me. I’ve wasted the past 13 years without it when I could have been chowing down. The Mondo Organics mantra is all about local, organic food – no chemical pesticides, preservatives or genetically-modified additives. They cater for carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. The menu adapts to the season. In autumn we’re talking spiced quinoa falafel, shiitake and oyster mushroom buckwheat tart and pear and lavender parfait. Need I say more? Get on it Brisbane foodies. Find out more here.

Café Auchenflower, Haig Rd, Auchenflower
It helps that this place is only a couple of hundred meters from my front door, perfect Saturday morning stumbling distance. They do a mean watermelon juice and I’m particularly partial to the sweet potato fritters. More details here.

Northy Street Organic Markets, Northy St, Windsor
Without a doubt my favourite Brissy markets. It’s a little more hippy than the West End or Rocklea markets and I think that’s part of its charm. Every Sunday I stock up on local, organic produce. I take my time. Why rush when I’m serenaded by duos playing guitars and snacking on baked goods? Find out more here.

There we have it, my favourite Brisbane eats. Fingers crossed you, my fellow foodies, find something new for your taste buds to experience.

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Words by Keely Thurecht