TheFork Festival Brisbane
Is there anything better than your favourite restaurant at half price? TheFork Festival gives you twice as many reasons to dine out more often, with 50 per cent off food at hundreds of participating restaurants around Australia until 9 February. Here are some of the tastiest offerings we’ve found in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Far North Queensland.
Shiraz Authentic Persian Restaurant, Surfers Paradise
An evocatively decorated space is the first thing you’ll notice at this Gold Coast restaurant which definitely lives up to its name. Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted by the extensive menu which is also certified Halal. Note that no alcohol is served and there’s no BYO.
Citrique, Surfers Paradise
Citrique’s seafood-focussed smorgasbord at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is nothing short of spectacular, with market fresh seafood, sushi, antipasto, yum cha, curries, stir-fries and European-focussed dishes the highlights of the international spread. A Mediterranean-inspired a la carte menu is also available, complemented by an extensive Australian-New Zealand wine list.
The Yiros Shop, Fortitude Valley
Can it get more Greek that this? Traditional yiros (with options for low-carb and gluten-free pita) filled with tzatziki, tomato, onion, hot chips and the protein of your choice: lamb shoulder, chicken, pork belly, fish, wagyu beef or haloumi. Or make a feast of it with The Yiros Shop’s plates or snack boxes.
Misono Japanese Steakhouse, Surfers Paradise
Misono proudly wears the mantle of the largest teppanyaki restaurant in Australia, and offers a range of teppanyaki banquets – featuring combinations of fresh seafood, tender steak, succulent chicken, hibachi vegetables and more – prepared at your table in a lively and entertaining setting.
Harrisons by Spencer Patrick, Port Douglas
The snacks at the Sheraton Mirage eatery, helmed by British chef Spencer Patrick, are worth the journey to Port Douglas alone: dishes such as Pressed ham hock with foie gras reflecting the chef’s heritage or Cobia gravlax with pickled cucumber and bush lemon curd reflecting his new home. Settle into the dining room with its 80s glam décor for a meal to savour and remember.
Malt Dining, Brisbane
In a plum location in Brisbane’s CBD, Malt Dining is three rustic-chic venues in one: The Bar, The Attic Restaurant and The Cellar. Executive chef John Speranza’s menu is best explored by sharing a family style feast and roams from flavour-filled snacks – think Ginger scallion crab, corn tostada, kimchi, radish and avocado – to creative and hearty mains such as Lamb ribs with gai lan, tamari glaze, ghost chilli and preserved lime nut crumb.
La Vue Waterfront Restaurant, Brisbane
La Vue is the ideal Brisbane package: superb modern Australian dining with some French inspiration in a light-filled dining room overlooking the Brisbane Rver and the Story Bridge. Regularly updated and refreshed, the menu is always innovative and a perfect showcase of fine produce and time-honoured preparation methods.
Dine on the boardwalk overlooking Manly harbour surrounded by a flotilla of yachts and boating craft. Come with a group to enjoy the famous Seafood board or the Crispy seafood share plate, or choose seafood and meat-focussed dishes from the crowd-pleasing menu.
Moda Restaurant, Brisbane
Specialising in Mediterranean-inspired tapas and meat cooked over charcoal and flames, Moda is one of Brisbane’s best dining experiences, led by Javier Codina, one of the city’s best chefs.
Harajuku Gyoza, Brisbane CBD
It’s almost all about gyoza at Harajuku, whether you like your dumplings classic – pork and prawn – or more creative flavours such as cheeseburger or mozzarella.