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Chomping My Way Through Brisbane

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A June 2005 trip to Brisbane by stomps

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar Photo, Brisbane, Australia More Photos
Quote: Brisbane offers a huge array of food options, from fine dining to takeaways, from Mexican to Asian to fish 'n' chips!

New York Slice Pizzeria

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Oh, how wrong was I when I thought this pizza place could be anything like New York Pizzeria in my hometown of Houston. It should have clued me off that it was right down the street from a couple pub/hotels, but still, I decided to eat there—mainly because I was wearing some tall heels that were getting to me and I didn’t feel like walking to Queen Street Mall and back to work by 2!The place is a little hole-in-the-wall right next to Azra Kebab and Magic Kebab on Edward Street. My advice: eat a kebab. You walk in, and all the choices for pizza are sitting in the case right in front of you to choose from—because apparently, reading what is on the pizza isn’t enough. There were two other peopl...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

New York Slice Pizzeria
155 Edward St.
Brisbane

Pancakes on Broadway

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When my boyfriend came to meet me in Brisbane’s CBD for my lunch break, we didn’t really have a clue what we wanted to eat. We started wandering down Queen Street, looking for something good, when I remembered about Pancakes on Broadway. The restaurant was one of the few Brisbane establishments I remembered being advertised in the YHA discounts book and I wanted to test whether I would actually get the 10% discount or not. Plus, crepes sounded really, really good.I had seen the sign for Pancakes on Broadway many times since it is hanging out on Queen Street Mall. However, I had only been in the little shopping centre in which it is located once. The centre itself is a curiosity: Broadway (it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Pancakes on Broadway
Queen Street Mall, 170 Queen Street
Brisbane. Australia 4000
(07)3006 6200

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant

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By May, the fourth month of our study abroad experience, my friends and I were all craving Mexican food. Not homemade burritos from the few Old El Paso products found in Coles supermarkets, not food from New South Wales (since Queenslanders call New South Welshmen Mexicans—because they live south of the border), but real Mexican food. We found a little restaurant called Pepe’s in Milton, which was a short train ride away, so off we went.Pepe’s wasn’t in the heart of the Park Road restaurant area in Milton, which is on the river side of the train station and the XXXX brewery, but instead is just past the brewery in the opposite direction. It is in a tiny strip centre and visible because of th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Shop 18, Milton Shopping Village, Baroona Road
Brisbane, Australia 4064
+61 (7) 3369 6726

Raj Mahal Indian Byo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Raj Mahal"

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The Raj Mahal is a tiny Indian restaurant in the Brisbane suburb of Taringa, which is squished between the much larger western suburbs of Toowong and Indooroopilly. Because of this, I probably wouldn’t have found the restaurant, located at the top of the hill on Moggill Road, next to the Pool Shop, had it not been down the street from James’ house.By tiny, I mean this place wasn’t even built to be a restaurant—it is actually inside an old house. This makes it look a little sketchy, especially when you walk through the entryway hallway and nearly hit your head. When you reach what must have been the old dining room, you are generally greeted at the counter and seated at a table of the appropr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Raj Mahal Indian Byo Restaurant
211 Moggill Rd.
Brisbane
+61 (07) 3870 8554

Magic Kebab

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Just down the street from the Vic and the Exchange hotels on Edward Street, there are three eateries: a pizza place (NY Slice Pizza, which I have reviewed in another entry—in short, don’t go there), and two kebab shops. Magic Kebab, which seems larger because of the big shared eating area next to it, has, without fail, many more people in it every time I walk by. Since I feel that this might be a barometer of how the two shops compare, I always jump in the longer line at Magic Kebab, and therefore, I can’t compare the two shops.Even though there tend to be a fair number of people in the shop, the numbers are nothing like what you will find a couple streets over on Queen St Mall during lunch ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 16, 2006

Magic Kebab
117 Edward Street
Brisbane, Australia

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar

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Il Centro Restaurant and Bar Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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Two days before my departure for the first time from Australia’s fair shores, James told me we were going out for a nice dinner. The only problem was, he didn’t have a clue where. We asked around and finally decided to head into the city to Eagle Street Pier.I had been to Eagle Street Pier once or twice before, when my friend and I got off at the Riverside ferry stop and wandered through town. However, that was during the day—the place is completely different at night. Bars and fancy restaurants abound, all of them packed and full of life. We wandered around the Pier, picking one restaurant after another only to find that they, too, require reservations on Friday nights—well, at least, if yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2006

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar
Eagle Street Pier 1
Brisbane, Australia 4000
+61 (7) 3221 6090

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant | "Il Centro Restaurant and Bar, pt. 2"

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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James went for the lamb, which looked very good on a diner’s plate next to us, while I went out on a limb and tried the sandcrab lasagna. It sounded mildly odd, but it said it was the restaurant’s specialty, so I figured why not?The waiter asked me whether I wanted an entrée (appetizer) or main portion when I ordered it, and warned me that if I got the main, I would be eating it for breakfast. When the meal was served, both James and I thought he had been pulling our legs. Compared to James’ heaping plate of an entire lamb shoulder, I had a tiny square, floating in orange-ish goo in my bowl. This didn’t matter though, because after the first bite, I was in heaven. I don’t know what made the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 20, 2006

Il Centro Restaurant and Bar
Eagle Street Pier 1
Brisbane, Australia 4000
+61 (7) 3221 6090

sSs BBQ Barns

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Restaurant | "SSS BBQ Barn"

sSs BBQ Barns Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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At the end of our studies abroad, my friend’s whole family came to Brisbane for the beginning of their yearly family vacation. During their week in Brisbane, which was also my last there, it was her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. By this point, possibly a whole 5 days after leaving Texas, her dad and brother were already craving Texas-sized steaks. So, we ended up eating at the most Texan joint in Brisbane—the SSS BBQ Barn on the corner of Queen and Ann Sts.It was a rather dismal night—sprinkling enough to be annoying. Very unlike Queensland, since it had possibly rained five times since we arrived more than 4 months previously (ok, I exaggerate, but still). However, the inside was the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2006

sSs BBQ Barns
Ground Floor, Pacific International
Brisbane, Australia 4000
+61 (7) 3839 1162

Union Jack's

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Restaurant | "Union Jack's British Pub"

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On a positively ugly afternoon in Brisbane, James came into the CBD to meet me for lunch. We didn’t particularly want to walk very far, especially since our umbrella couldn’t cover both of us at the same time. So, we wandered down Charlotte Street—two blocks east of Queen Street—until something struck our fancy. That something ended up being Union Jack’s British pub, and what irony in the fact that the ominous low clouds were sprinkling rain in a very British fashion as we went in!The place really did remind me of a British pub—any light that may have been filtering in the door quickly disappeared about a meter inside, absorbed by the dark décor. Everything is a dark brown, yet not in an ugl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2006

Union Jack's
127/127 Charlotte St.
Brisbane
+61 (07) 3210 1172

Montezuma's

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When James, whom I had only been dating for a couple weeks, casually suggested Mexican as a joke for dinner one night, he was quite surprised when I jumped at the idea. There are two Mexican restaurants in Indooroopilly, a large western suburb of Brisbane, which quite surprised me since I hadn’t seen a single one throughout Brisbane in the 4 months previous. Unfortunately, the one he wanted to go to was closed for some odd reason on a Friday night, so we ended up at Montezuma’s, a couple doors down, instead.Many things about this restaurant amused me. Being the largest Mexican food chain in Australia, I thought they would have a reasonably normal menu. I was wrong. Everything was named after...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 22, 2006

Montezuma's
Corner of Gympie Road and Boothby Street
Brisbane, Australia 4031
+61 (7) 3350 2425