'Restaurant Brisbane' Guide to Riverside and New Farm


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Our restaurant Brisbane Guide starts with the Riverside area.

The Riverside area at Eagle Street and Queen Street, has a variety of restaurants.

Most have views out over the Brisbane River and the Storey Bridge.

This creates fantastic atmospheres in each of the restaurants and along the boardwalk. Because there are so many restaurants in the one precinct it is easy just to arrive and the walk around until you find the one that suits you best.

The walk between restaurants is delightful and will help you work up an appetite. This is a popular area for eating out so if you have somewhere specific in mind make sure you call ahead for reservations, especially on weekends and public holidays.

Restaurant Brisbane Guide ~ The Riverside

Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Char is the place to go if you are looking for the ultimate steak, as this is then the only restaurant for you in Brisbane.

While others will try and replicate the steak here, quite simply they can't. Various dishes incorporating Australian beef will leave you wondering at the many ways to include steak in a meal. If you have non-steak lovers in your party, fear not, as there are other options including seafood and duck.

Cha Cha Char is a bit pricier than other restaurants around the city but the view from the riverside and the food will make it worth it. After dinner a stroll along the riverside will complete a special evening.

Groove Train

Groove Train is a more laid back restaurant, and Groove Train has an excellent drinks menu and a superb food menu, with their wood fire pizzas always a crowd pleaser.

There is both a more traditional restaurant area as well as a lounge style area with couches to relax with a drink on. Open all day from 7am to 10pm it also has an excellent breakfast menu to start your day off right.

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Jade Buddha

The Jade Buddha is set up on the second floor of the Riverside and it has probably the best views over the river, the Storey bridge, and the city.

As you might expect the decor is Asian influenced with bamboo and ivory accenting around the restaurant.

Large couches and a background waterfall complete the relaxed atmosphere.

The Salmon with wasabi mayonnaise is the highlight of the Jade Buddha menu, however any of the seafood dishes will delight.

A great opportunity to try local seafood including Hervey Bay scallops and Moreton Bay Bugs.

At night young professionals crowd in for a relaxed lounge style bar overlooking the river.

Il Centro

Il Centro, as suggested by the name, it has an Italian flavour to both its menu and its decor. With the prime location at the Riverside precinct Il Centro is constantly busy with business people taking long lunches during the day and couples having romantic evenings by night.

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With both an indoor and outdoor dining area with great views over the Story Bridge whatever the weather you are sure to enjoy your night at Il Centro.

One of the best places in the city to try the local dish Moreton Bay Bugs that is a type of lobster, done in a slightly different way to other restaurants.


Restaurant Brisbane Guide ~ New Farm

Our restaurant Brisbane Guide at New Farm, relates to another of Brisbane's great outdoor shopping and eating suburbs. Here you'll find shoppers throughout the week and brunchers on the weekends.

There are two different parts to the New Farm restaurant district. The first is along Brunswick St close to the border with Fortitude Valley and the other is at the intersection of Brunswick St and Merthyr St. Both areas have plenty of great restaurants and stores to choose from in a variety of different cuisines. 

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Himalayan Cafe

Himalayan Cafe is a local favourite, that has made its mark by offering unique food and fantastic service.

The staff is always welcoming and keen to share their knowledge of each dish.

If you are unable to make a choice from the ample menu the staff are more than happy to make recommendations, and their advice is worth listening to.

The Bhanta Ko Tarkari is superb as well as many of the chicken curries.

The cafe is BYO or you can try a selection of Indian beer. Located on Brunswick St near the border of 'the valley' it is close to the clubs and the shopping district.

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Ate Ate Ate

Ate Ate Ate is in the Merthyr and Brunswick Street area, actually right at the intersection, this restaurant's French inspired dishes are the perfect way to spend an hour or two.

The cosy and intimate atmosphere makes Ate Ate Ate a great date night getaway.

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke is just a few minutes walk from the Merthyr~Brunswick intersection, Blue Smoke is the place for any North Americans missing Buffalo wings, ribs and North American accents.

Incorporating southern American flavors into their cooking the hickory smoked ribs are reason enough to come back.

Being one of very few (i.e 2) restaurants in Brisbane that serve Buffalo wings you need a reservation to be able to get a table on Wednesday's, half price wing night.

If you're in for a challenge try ordering the suicide hot wings. If you aren't into wings and ribs there are plenty of other alternatives such as the strawberry and spinach salad.

You'll find more of our restaurant Brisbane suggestions for other Brisbane areas, such as South Bank, Milton, Paddington and St Lucia, City and Valley and West End.



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