Although Brisbane mirrors much of Australia in its lack of defining or original cuisine, it stands shoulder to shoulder with cities like Sydney in its promotion of contemporary dining and a variety of international flavors. This is as you'd suspect. But where, pray tell, shall you spend your well earned money? Rest assured, no matter your taste, there are plenty of establishments for you in the city.
If you're in the CBD, you'll find plenty of good Asian food, whether it's sushi or other staples, but you'll be hard pressed to find truly authentic Chinese unless you know where to look. Then again, the gamut of European food can be found as well, from simple bistro food to truly high-end joints overlooking the river (Aria, for one). For a diverse selection, take a walk along Elizabeth or Eagle Street and see what catches your eye.
Because you'll inevitably find yourself in Fortitude Valley, you'll be happy to know that there are an incredible number of places along both Brunswick and Wickham Streets, which cross at the center of the neighborhood, so that breakfast and coffee at a local cafe or a fat burger around dinner time are viable options. You won't fine much in the way of fine dining out here, but if you're out to see a show or enjoy some dancing, then you'll want to be saving your money anyway.
If you're feeling the coffee culture or cheap takeout, the West End will be more your style, particularly around Boundary and Grey Streets. There are also a number of dining institutions spread around the city in precincts like Woolloongabba or Paddington (Montrachet, Gambaro's, Norman Hotel)and a further range of options in the suburbs around the city.
Check out our listings for more information on what Brisbane can offer you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night cravings. If you can't find it in Brisbane, then good luck finding it anywhere.