Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Inside BrisVegas: Food

I'm going to be provocative and state that Jackpot Noodles in Toowong (45 Sherwood Rd, Toowong, Ph: 3870 0488)) absolutely, completely and forevermore have the best noodles in Brisbane. My personal favourite is their Singapore noodles - for $6 you get what can only be described as a bucket of noodles. Good to share or to have some for dinner and some for lunch the next day (or, if you're eccentric like me, cold for breakfast the next morning). I defy anyone to prove there are better noodles out there! Consider the gauntlet thrown.

But maybe we should also take a broader view. Maybe we should even make this educational. No, don't go yet! This will be fun... I think.

I ask fellow Brisvegians to tell me: where are the best places to eat? I give you the following categories:

Best Noodle Place (my vote is Jackpot Noodles)
Best Thai Place
Best Chinese Place
Best Italian Place
Best Greek Place
Best Australian Place
Best Steak Place
Best Pizza Place
Best Burger Place (no mega food-chains please - that's cheating!)
Best Deli Place
Best Coffee Place
Best Bakery/Patisserie Place
Best Ethnic Place

Have I missed anything?

You should justify your answers! Taste? Value for money? Ambience? You're a shareholder in the restaurant? Speak up, Brisbane!


Blogger Sherd said...


I'd like to add two categories - Best Japanese Place and Best Pub Food Place.

I'll get back to you on some answers for the other ones...

2:16 PM  
Blogger MadameBoffin said...

Best Pub Food Place: Pig & Whistle Indooroopilly. Everything I've eaten there, I've loved. Prices are reasonable, atmosphere good, particularly at the Riverside & Indooroopilly ones.

Best Italian:Pane e Vino, cnr of Charlotte & Albert St (next to Gilhooley's I think). I had a fish of the day dish here and almost expired from pure bliss. Great menu, fantastic pastas. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Sherd said...

Best Japanese Place: Oyama in the Valley. It hurt the wallet a bit but the sashimi was absolutely incredible and the other dishes were superb.

6:02 PM  
Blogger tokenwoman said...

I think Indian needs it's own category , surely.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Sherd said...

I didn't even notice Indian didn't have a category! I was already formulating a vote for the Punjabi Palace in West End. Yum. But I'm definitely willing to be guided on that.

11:11 PM  
Blogger MikeFitz said...

Sherd! Punjabi Palace! Yes!

I've only been there once and that was a few weeks ago.

So often, in an Indian restaurant you'll see a menu which includes Chicken Korma, Beef Korma, Lamb Korma, whatever korma... You order the Lamb Korma and the lamb tastes like cardboard. You just know that the lamb and the tinned korma sauce met each other 30 seconds before your plate landed on your table.

At Punjabi Palace, I think I had the king prawn korma. I first pushed the prawns aside and tried some of the sauce with some rice. Guess what? It tasted strongly seafoody. A very good sign. Prawns were good too.

12:19 AM  
Blogger MadameBoffin said...

ooh Best Indian Place: I'll have to try Punjabi Palace but I'll recommend Sitar at New Farm. GREAT Indian food :)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Cee said...

I am in love with the CBD Cafe on Elizabeth Street in the city, although it doesn't really fit into any particular category. It's this little hole in the wall place with a dining room up a very rickety spiral staircase. But once up there, there's armchairs and quiet peaceful chatty space, even on Friday lunchtimes. And their food is cheap and fabulous - I had a salmon fillet with risotto for $15 which was gorgeous - this enormous chunk of salmon, cooked to perfection. Great burgers, but crappy chips - they're these skinny little fries, which I can't stand. Still, it's my favourite lunching spot at the moment.

Oh, and Pane e Vino is amazing definitely the best Italian - utterly gorgeous, gorgeous food.

Best Stupidly Expensive Restaurant To Go To When Someone Else is Paying - Restaurant II. Nice space, and mind-blowing food.

8:22 PM  
Anonymous charlesk said...

If you're in the city Jackpot Noodles have an outlet in Mary Street as well. I get my lunch from there far too often, but the Wonton noodle and barbecued pork wonton soup is just too good...

5:17 PM  
Blogger phil said...

Ceylon Inn at Kenmore.

And I pretty much live in Pane e Vino, it's a better place to do business than behind my desk.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Beaner said...

Best steak sandwich is from the Sherwood Rd snackbar in Sherwood.

It's great value for money (steak sanger with the lot has beetroot, salad, cheese, bacon and egg), the place is down-to-earth and there's always a great selection of local rags to read.

Just don't let yourself be pressured into having a can of drink for an extra dollar. They always get me with that one..

10:57 PM  
Blogger mur said...

Best Pizza:
Pancho's Pizza on Oxford St at Bulimba....Try the gourmet lamb, with our without the blue (bleu ?) cheese, depending on your taste.

10:16 PM  
Anonymous matthoy said...

> @Mur - You have to be joking!

Pancho's pizza has a terrible habit of ruining your pizza by overloading it with cheese.

We ordered two of their take-away gourmet pizza's and what we received was 2 pizza’s each with a thick layer of cheese both above and below the few bits of the main topping – All this for $34. We were horrified that a pizza which could easily be mistaken for a margarita were being classed as “gourmet” and priced at $17 each!

We called them immediately explaining that our pizza had been overloaded with cheese and the lady we spoke to understood and offered to have them remade – we accepted. So now we return to Pancho’s Pizza with the original pizzas and all of a sudden the owner comes out wanting to see what’s wrong. We clearly showed how thick the layer of cheese was all over both pizza’s and how little main topping there was… I also explained how you could barely taste the flavour of the pizza due to the amount of cheese on it..

He said “This is how we make our pizza’s, if you don’t like it, don’t come back” He was extremely rude and he then refused to refund or replace the pizza's despite our efforts to negotiate a reasonable outcome and despite being told be their employees that they would be remade with less cheese. (whatever happened to ‘the customer is always right’??)

In summing up, their pizza’s are too oily, very light on main toppings, overloaded with cheese and far too expensive. Avoid this place like the plague! There are many other good pizza restaurants in Brisbane.

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best pizza by far the Pizza cafe at UQ!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Japanese is 'Little Tokyo' in Bowen Street, without a doubt.

It's been there since the 60's, and the food is incredible. Not only comparable with Tokyo cuisine, but better than cheaper Japense cuisine...

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Japanese Place- toss up between Oyama and Little Tokyo
Best Chinese- Shanghai Noodle (Sunnybank)/ Jackpot Noodles
Best Coffee- Sassafrass (Paddington)
Best Pizza- Naples Pizza (Ashgrove)
Best Thai- Green Mango (Bardon)MMM
Best Indian- Taj Bengal (Ashgrove) thanks to the Butter chicken, was great!! Great indian music aswell.
Best Ethnic (Napalese)- Kathmandu (Paddington)

The places i've picked are really cosy and have excellent food, mostly cheap.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And i forgot to add Pandemonium Cafe. You can't go past Paddington for coffee. and this place has a 60's feel. Great

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best dessert - Freestyle Rosalie
Best lunch - New Farm Deli
Best Juice Bar - Fat Carrot at West End
Best Lunch on the run - the half salad wraps at BB's in Toowong $3.80 and really really good!

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best food in Brisbane, no such thing... try Sydney or Melbourne. Brisbane has absolutely the worst cuisine in Australia.

10:10 AM  

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