Comuna Cantina’s two locations – here in Brisbane’s CBD and in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast – are true clubhouses devoted to Latin American culinary culture. The menu ranges from market treats and street snacks to Venezualan and Colombian arepas, Mexican tacos and Mesoamerican-style burgers, salads, sides and salsas galore. It’s all best approached with one of Comuna Cantina’s many, varicolored cocktail concoctions in hand, of course, and you’d best book ahead. This crazy busy spot in the Queen Street mall – accessed from Albert Street as well – has very limited opening times. Seats are sought after.
Let’s tackle the long conga line of Comuna Cantina’s menu piece by delicious piece. Starting small but with no less a bang are the CBD restaurant’s street snacks and market treats, built from the ground up atop those ancient, taken-for-granted South American staples that have become familiar to anyone that eats: corn and potatoes. Here, simple grilled corn on the cob is spiked with chipotle aioli and queso fresco. The old bowl of wedges becomes a bowl of sweet potato chips served with aioli and queso fresco and sprinkled with rosemary and smoked paprika. Less familiar starches – plantains – are dunked in guacamole and pico de gallo. And we haven’t even really fired up to what else is on offer at this essential Brisbane eatery...
Latin American locals in Brisbane will drool at the sight and smell of Comuna Cantina’s arepas, taco pocket’s packed with pulled pork, marinated prawns, roasted sweet potato and other fillings that have become a staple among Venezuelan and Columbian communities. The classic tacos with chargrilled chicken, pulled pork or chia and coconut-crumbed fish with pineapple salsa are themselves enough of a drawcard to pull hordes of Mexican food fans through the Albert Street and Queen Street mall’s entranceways. If you’re all taco’d out and hungry for a Latin American-flavoured restaurant in the CBD, whack the same fillings in a burger and wash it all down with some of Comuna’s fantastic house cocktails!
Awesome food, incredible cocktails and won’t break the budget either. Defs try the arepa or the abundance bowl, and you aren’t human if you aren’t excited by the concept of a chips tasting platter!
Delicious food and buzzing atmosphere, as per usual. The food is always fresh and served in a timely manner, and service is attentive. Always lively vibe.
Loved Comuna Cantina! We just so happened to be seated during Happy Hour, which was a real treat. The mojitos were so refreshing and our food was delicious (I got the 6" tacos - highly recommend the pulled pork and crispy fish). Comuna has such a lovely ambience and is perfect for dining with family or friends. Will definitely be back! :)
There was a great selection for vegetarian and carnivores alike. Food was delicious, fast and not expensive. The service was efficient and friendly. Highly recommended.
The food was really good and the service was polite but not super attentive. It was busy this day and the first time we Comuna Cantina it out it was quiet and we had the "feed me" option which required a lot of staff interaction. This time we just ordered off the menu so the whole experience was different. It was a bit of a bummer that my special request for a flower to be put on our table for our anniversary wasn't honoured. We did see flowers on some tables but not on the one we were seated at. Didn't want to make a fuss about it so I didn't mention it. I'm not sure if the staff themselves see those requests or not or how it works. It would have been a nice touch to at least have that little request honoured. My husband ordered a drink, a Mexican meatball arepa meal, and I ordered a Mexican meatball street taco, an abundance bowl, and we split an order of chicken strips. I liked my Mexican meatball taco fine but my husband really liked his. The meatballs were cooked through but a little on the hard side in my taco. I liked my abundance bowl a lot better. The flavors were bright and light, great for a summer day. The chicken strips are an improvement from the chicken bites they used to have. Bigger pieces of meat make the dish less greasy and let the chicken shine rather than just the breading. Overall, a good meal, with lots of good gluten free options which is hard to find anywhere much less in the city.
The staff is super friendly, and seem to have fun at their jobs, which is nice for customers to see. We got the "feed me with cocktails" deal off of Groupon and it was worth it for sure! We started off with chicken bites followed by tacos and arepas and then we were treated to some of the staff favorites of the abundance sala" and grilled corn with herbs and cheese. We wish we could of eaten more because it was so good, but the portions were a decent size and we were getting full. We didn't get cocktails but the staff made sure we got non alchoholic drinks instead, with my hubby getting a lemonade with lemon juice (to simulate a Lemon Squash) and I got the strawberry pineapple aqua fresca. I was surprised the place was so quiet but we were there around 3PM, well before the dinner rush. We will come again, so please have more specials on groupon!
Overall, good experience with a few factors to consider for next time. - It would have been beneficial if our waiter notified us of any specials prior to commencing ordering. - We also had a vegetarian amongst our entourage, unfortunately her particular requests were not met with any severity and left unfulfilled. Her experience unfortunately led to being disappointing overall. However, for the rest of our entourage, we were quite satisfied. Overall, we were quite satisfied by the team at Comuna!
Fabulous fresh food and super friendly service but I'd recommend checking you're paying for the right table because I ended up paying for someone else's, more expensive, order. Admittedly I was a little distracted at the time but it was only because I asked for a tax invoice and checked it later that I noticed the error. Would be nice if they'd run through the bill before charging customers. I'll be sure to return for more tacos though!
Jess and Malindi were absolutely sensational and delivered optimal customer service, these girls always go above and beyond to ensure that all of your needs are met and this is a truly great quality to have in the hospitality industry. I will certainly be back, my friends and I all enjoyed ourselves and will recommend Comuna Cantina to many.
Amazing atmosphere, beautiful restaurant. Food and drinks are presented well and also tastes amazing! Very decent pricing as well. I would definitely recommend and I will be back soon!!!! Definitely book well in advanced to guarantee a good time that suits you this beauty books out fast!