With its parkland, gardens, bustling quaysides and thriving arts scene, there's plenty to see and do in Queensland's capital city – and what better way to round things off than with a visit to one of Brisbane's Latin restaurants? Expect authentic fiery flavours, fun décor and a choice of vibrant cocktails that are guaranteed to add to the party atmosphere. Just as good for a casual lunch as an evening banquet, Quandoo has some red-hot Latin restaurants in Brisbane for you to check out.
Street food is at the heart of South American cuisine – a fact reflected in the menus of Brisbane's Latin restaurants. Places like Comuna Cantina in Queen Street Mall in the Central Business District do a roaring trade in toothsome quick eats such as spicy corn on the cob and potato wedges, with dipping sauces of chipotle chillies giving them an extra kick. For something more substantial, try an arepa corn cake stuffed with sweet potato, or a fish taco with piquant pineapple salsa.
There are also several Latin restaurants in Brisbane which take a more groundbreaking approach. For instance, at Fogata on James Street in Fortitude Valley, the menu ranges freely across Brazil, Argentina, Peru and the Andes to bring together a delicious mix of old and new. Specials include huevos rancheros (tortillas laden with fried eggs, chorizo and chillies), grilled chicken with chimichurri (parsley and garlic salsa) and feijoada (a slow-cooked pork and black bean stew). Such establishments are worth visiting for their seafood, too, with fresh new takes on paella and ceviche (raw fish cured in lime juice).
While you're in the area, don't forget to look outside the city to other locations along the Gold Coast. There are a number of excellent Latin restaurants not far from Brisbane such as Fiery Deli in Robina. Try this Venezuelan eatery for their taco burgers and empanadas, savoury pastries filled with chicken and vegetables. Meanwhile, Southport's venues include Latinoz, a family-run Uruguayan restaurant where you can graze on homemade chorizo and alfajor cookies, while refreshing yourself with erva mate tea, a herbal infusion sipped with a straw from a hollow gourd which is Uruguay's national drink.