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!
Great service drinks and food where great. Attentive staff who couldn't do enough. Cocktails are good although a little pricey but still good. Highly recommend
Great service and the food was fantastic. A great venue for a couple or a group of friends a Recommend Comuna Cantina for a great night out.
Have been twice now. Amazing food and drinks - you have to book though as it gets so busy that walk ins can get turned away.
The drinks were heavenly and the meal scrumptious! This place is buzzing with a fabulous vibe and a menu to match. Its one of the best hang outs in the CBD.
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!
Comuna Cantina provide first class customer service every time I dine with them! The staff are friendly and positive and go out of their way to ensure their patrons expectations are exceeded! The food and cocktails are amazing!! Highly recommended :)
It was a very busy night, especially being a Tuesday night and our waitress (who I think was the only waitress on the floor) was a delight. She was happy and helpful and did very well serving on her own.
The food was delicious it was all very fresh and hot, great atmosphere, loved the music. Although I was unable to drink alcoholic beverages that night the cocktails that other people were ordering looked amazing. Only negative Comuna Cantina does NOT accept cash, bank card only!!