7 Restaurants to Visit in Queensland

Queensland Guide

Over the past few years, the dining scenes in Gold Coast and Brisbane have grown tremendously. Many vibrant Australian cafés with a bohemian twist and an increasing number of authentic Asian restaurants are winning the hearts of both locals and tourists alike. Here are 7 restaurants to visit in Queensland.

Au Cirque

Au Cirque

Au Cirque is a two-level wooden café serving nutritious Australian cuisine. Voted as one of the best brunch spots in Brisbane, this cozy place is extremely popular amongst Australians. Scrumptious breakfasts are served till 3pm; best dishes include corn fritters and breakfast chow down. Genovese coffee is served here, which explains the frequent influx of caffeine addicts.

3/618 Brunswick Street, New Farm
Queensland, Australia 4005
Tel: (07) 3254 0479

Charis Seafood

Charis Seafood

Gold Coast’s biggest seafood outlet Charis Seafood is committed in delivering customers the freshest supplies from Australia and New Zealand. There are 40 over different kinds of gourmet species, from Atlantic Salmons to Tasmanian Scallops. Takeaway hot food is available upon request. One can enjoy the quality food in the outdoors benches and tables at Harley Park along Gold Coast Broadwaters. Keep your eye on your food or lose them to the swooping birds.

371 Marine Parade
Harley Park, Labrador
Gold Coast, Queensland 4215
Tel: (07) 5527 1100

Davies Park Market

Davies Park Market

Davies Park Market, also known as West End Markets, is not a restaurant, but it is truly a taste of Brisbane. Held every Saturday from 6am to 2pm, one can expect aplenty of local fresh produce, make shift food stalls, coffee vans, one of a kind jewellery and handmade clothing. Freshly brewed coffee, made-to-order crepes, juicy German bratwursts and crunchy roasted nuts are just some of Davies Park Market’s food highlights.

Montague Road, West End
Brisbane, Queensland 4101
Tel: (07) 3844 2440


Elk Espresso

This Australian café serves premium coffee and contemporary Australian food. Popular dishes include potato hash served with avocado & bacon. Young trendy surfers can be spotted chilling here in their sunglasses and board shorts. The menu changes with the season, keeping its customers revisiting for exciting changes/additions.

16 Chelsea Avenue, Broadbeach
Gold Coast, Queensland 4218
Tel: (07) 5592 2888


Obaltan Korean BBQ

Obaltan Korean Barbeque is famous for its DIY charcoal grill. Fresh off from the steaming wire mesh, the pieces of cooked meat with a tinge of smoky flavour (something that cannot be achieved via electric grill) are tantalising even from afar. A giant retractable fan is rooted from the ceiling to keep the smoke at bay. This authentic Korean barbeque restaurant is very popular and reservations are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

91 Elizabeth Street, CBD
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Tel: (07) 3211 1469

Sono Japanese

Sono Japanese Restaurant

Sono Japanese is an exquisite fine dining Japanese restaurant with remarkable awards to its name. It was crowned the Best Asian Restaurant in 2010 and was featured in several prestigious publications, including The Australian, Style Magazine, Vogue and more. Its Teppanyaki bar is a highlight, where chefs prepare food right in front of guests whilst performing impressive culinary “stunts”. Seafood fans will be in a treat as Sono’s succulent scallops amazingly melt in one’s mouth. Do note that bookings must be made prior to one’s visit.

39 Hercules Street, Portside Wharf
Level, 1 Building 7, Hamilton
Brisbane, Queensland 4007
Tel: (07) 3268 6655

Vue Lounge

Vue Lounge is a lovely chameleon; it is a modern Australian café that serves all day breakfast till 2.30pm and it evolves into an Italian restaurant from 3pm onwards. And that is not the end. Vue is also a Burger Bar & Bistro every Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm till late! It is impossible not to love Vue Lounge for supplying Brisbane-based foodies with aromatic coffees, delicious breakfast, tasty Italian fares and takeaway brilliant burgers throughout the day.

83 Merthyr Road, New Far
Brisbane, Queensland 4005
Tel: (07) 3358 6511

About the writer
Hui Jun Ng was previously a marketing executive and freelance photographer in the food industry. Her work has been published on Epicure, Lifestyle Asia and Meld Magazine etc. She is currently on a break and traveling around the world. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram or The Keepers Map where she shares useful curated travel itineraries.