18 May Brisbane’s best mid-week lunches and dinners in the ‘burbs
Gone are the days when living in the ‘burbs meant that weekdays were a dead-end when it came to getting a decent restaurant meal. You don’t have to travel far or resort to terrible takeaway to get good nosh any more: we’ve rounded up a few places close to home that are open for lunch and dinner during the week. So empty your drawer full of takeaway menus and ditch the leftovers in the freezer, we’ve got a better idea.
The Catbird Seat | East Brisbane
Specialising in friendly yet classy communal-style dining, The Catbird Seat is an intriguing adventure into modern Australian eats. The kangaroo loin with bunya nuts, buttered salt bush greens and lilly pilly is as patriotic as it gets, but lamb brains breaded in oats and seeds, with carrot ketchup and guanciale are out of this world, though not for the faint of stomach.
Affinity | Paddington
Paddington is home to plenty of top-notch brunching spots, but when it comes to a classy lunch or dinner, Affinity is the place to go. Open Tuesday through Sunday (yay!), Affinity’s creative yet polished menu and drinks list is all sorts of delicious. Go for the surprisingly sweet lemongrass and orange soufflé with chilli prawns and pesto or, for something a little heartier, an open steak sandwich with grilled haloumi, spicy tomato relish and all the trimmings.
Cinco | Camp Hill
You’ll find flavours from the Mediterranean, Asia and everywhere in between on Cinco’s modern Australian menu. There’s plenty to waver over, but in the end you won’t be able to go past duck breast with macadamia cream, mango, avocado, kale chips and citrus jus. It’s BYO too, so make like it’s the weekend and forget your woes over dinner and a bottle of wine.
Boucher | Graceville
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Friday, Boucher is both cozy and cool, and fulfils all our autumn cravings for rich French fare. Mains aside, dessert really shines. Just one peak at the menu and you won’t be able to help but want dessert straight away – the baked apple terrine, with rhubarb, spiced ginger cookie and Earl Grey ice cream takes apple pie to the next level!
Citron | Wilston
A Wilston fave, Citron is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds with their pan-Asian offerings. How about some son in law eggs with chilli lime caramel and a hot and sour herb salad? Or caramelized beef cheek with a side of crispy fried eggplant? Drooling? Well get your chopsticks in there for lunch or dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Nantucket | Indooroopilly
Nantucket dishes up American tucker its very best, with a focus on classy East Coast cuisine. Have lunch or dinner Tuesday to Sunday, when the charcoal oven is firing out dishes like braised beef short rips and a side of crispy rosemary potatoes. Add an iced tea cocktail to really give yourself that sophisticate feeling (BYO pearls).
Pearl Café | Woolloongabba
With its laidback, nouveau-Euro vibes, Pearl is the perfect place for a mid-week pick-me-up. Expect the unexpected and be ready to be pleasantly surprised: everything has a delicious twist on it. If it’s a hearty winter feed you’re after, their Wednesday night pork roasts are the stuff of legend.
Baguette | Ascot
Another classic character on Brisbane’s French cuisine scene, Boucher is the oldest French bistro in town and their experience shows on the plate. You can’t go past the bouillabaisse: a spicy mix of green-lipped mussels, clams and other seafood, with saffron rouille and French sourdough. Such suburban chic!
Blue Raven | Auchenflower
Skip the usual spot you go to for fried chicken (you know the one) and hit up Blue Raven for some of the best southern style fried chicken and corn bread in Brisbane. With a starter of jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheese, of course. Dinner is served up Tuesday through to Sunday.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get going: there’s no time like a Wednesday night to tuck into a gourmet feed!