Where to Eat This Week: Ann Street Restaurants Brisbane

Ann Street restaurants, how lucky we are

This week we’re heading north to Brisbane where the restaurants are fresh, the beer is cold and new spots open regularly. Brisbane has long been a Mecca for restaurateurs opening their sophomore restaurant, cafe or bar after success down south. Often it’s eager foodies make for the perfect audience to trial new and inventive concepts. Anything innovative is welcome in this neck of the woods. As long as it’s tasty food, delicious drinks and friendly folk running the show, Brisbane will lap it up. This week, the spotlight is on the Ann Street restaurants.

Ann Street restaurants at sunset
Dining in an Ann Street restaurant at sunset is heaven. Source: Shutterstock

Ann Street is one of the most popular streets in the city. Ann Street restaurants are busy with diners keen to fill up before a night dancing in The Valley or before elegant drinks in the city. Stretching through both the CBD and Fortitude Valley, Ann Street restaurants are diverse, eclectic and delicious. Whether it’s celebrating your birthday in Chinatown, after-work drinks near the city or a stylish girls night near James Street, Ann Street restaurants have got you covered. Here’s five of our favourite Ann Street restaurants.

1

Umami Asian Tapas

Ann Street restaurants Asian tapas
A feast to remember at Umami Asian Tapas. Source: Quandoo

What’s the story?

Inspired by umami, meaning a pleasant savoury taste, Umami is a Fortitude Valley hidden gem. This Asian-inspired Ann Street restaurant is helmed by Joran Huang and Minh Le – so you know it’s going to be exceptional. Nestled in the heart of the Chinatown Mall, the restaurant is unassuming until you walk inside. There you’ll find an intimate yet contemporary space with a menu designed to be shared. This is the kind of restaurant perfect for (very) long evenings with lots of food and lots of cocktails or wine. A much needed addition to the Ann Street restaurant scene, Umami is a firm favourite we have a major crush on.

Must-try: The coal-smoked octopus served with cucumber and wasabi-infused squid ink parsnip puree. The ‘Feed Me Umami’ banquet is also recommended.

2/ 624 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006

Sun – Mon: Closed

Tues – Thurs: 5 – 10pm, Fri – Sat: 5 – 11pm

2

The Boroughs of New York Pizza

Cheesy pizza in a restaurant
Heaven as a pizza slice. Source: Shutterstock

What’s the story?

New York-style pizza is famous around the world. But in Brisbane, there’s only one place worth thinking about when it comes to cheesy, mouthwatering slices… The Boroughs. Owners of this Ann Street restaurant, Jay and Anu, have pizza in their veins and boy, are we thankful? It’s relaxed New York dining down to a tee and the atmosphere is buzzing. You’ll find non-pizza items on the menu as well as gluten-free bases and vegan cheese. This is the perfect spot to fill your boots before a night out on the dancefloor and a much-loved part of the Ann Street restaurant crew and The Valley. Big thumbs up here.

Must-try: The Manhattan topped with Parma ham prosciutto, fresh rocket, fior di latte mozzarella and the secret pizza sauce.

757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006

Lunch: Tues – Fri: 11 – 3pm

Dinner: Mon – Thurs: 6 – 9pm, Fri – Sat: 6pm til late, Sun: 6 – 9pm

3

Saiko Teppanyaki

Teppanyaki Ann Street restaurant
Discover the amazing teppanyaki at Saiko. Source: Quandoo

What’s the story?

Teppanyaki has been one of the most popular styles of eating for some time now. What’s not to love? You see your food prepared in particularly dramatic style and then you get to feast on it. Combining this theatricality with bang-on flavour combinations is what Saiko Teppanyaki does best. Located in the Emporium Complex, this Ann Street restaurant is one of the most impressive places we’ve been. The performance, teppan grill plates and vibe are sizzling and you’ll be left stunned, amazed and satisfied. This chic space is one of the best Ann Street restaurants and we think you’ll love it!

Must-try: Superior Saiko dinner set for two with eye fillet, chicken, prawns, scallops, salmon and Moreton Bay bugs.

1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006

Sun – Mon: 11:30 – 10pm

4

Cafe63 Ann Street

Cafe dining on Ann Street Brisbane
Cafe63 is an Ann Street favourite. Source: Quandoo

What’s the story?

Brisbane does brunch very well. Specifically, Cafe63 does brunch very, very well. This is part of the Ann Street restaurants scene and is very much a favourite among Brisbane foodies. Located towards the CBD end of Ann Street, the menu is exceptional and Cafe63 even doubles as a florist. Relaxing outside in the classic Queensland sunshine while devouring a feast is one of our favourite things to do, meaning Cafe63 Ann Street is an obvious choice. Keep an eye out for the aptly named dishes, too. Well worth a visit, this is cafe dining at its best.

Must-try: The Cherry Blossom – your choice of barramundi or salmon, greens, cherry tomatoes, coleslaw, Italian dressing, hollandaise and roasted macadamia nuts.

301 Ann Street, Brisbane CBD 4000

Sun – Mon: 5:30 – 3:30pm

Rhiannon Meagher

Rhiannon Meagher

Rhiannon is a firm believer that tacos are an anytime food and that a good cup of tea or glass of wine can fix any problem. She moved halfway around the world from Australia to Berlin, and gets the travel bug on a regular basis.

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