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Brisbane's Iconic Dishes You Need to Try at Least Once in Your Life

From gnocchi and pizza to guilt-free doughnuts and saganaki, these are the most iconic dishes in Brisbane.

Brisbane’s foodie scene is shaped around iconic locations and experiences. You won’t have to travel far to feel like you’ve travelled to another country, with the diverse range of cuisines Brisbane has on offer that are really making a name for themselves in this emerging city. We’ve tasted our way around Brisbane to bring you iconic Brisbane bites that every local and visitor needs to try! How many have you crossed off?


Tiramisu | Biànca

Dessert: the pièce de résistance. At Biànca, the food is focused on the perfection of simple, classic Italian dishes that nod to Australian produce and seasonality. And what says simple, classic (and perfect) Italian quite like a tiramisu? We have a feeling Brisbane’s very best tiramisu lives on Biánca’s dessert menu, beckoning you with its chocolatey, espresso, mascarpone and custard flavours. Tiramisu means ‘pick me up’ in Italian, and that’s an energy that is well executed with this picture-perfect dish. Mangia mangia!

46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Alcove Cafe and Deli

Breakfast Gnocchi |  Alcove Cafe and Deli

Gnocchi for breakfast? You don’t have to ask us twice! Loved by locals and visitors Alcove Cafe and Deli are the kings of breakfast in Wilston, and the breakfast gnocchi dish really takes the cake. Ready to learn more? A roasted garlic and rich beef ragu is served with panfried potato gnocchi, a poached egg and parmesan cheese, basically covering every food group whilst it makes your dreams come true. The coffee and service are second to none - thank us later.

92 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston

Lune Croissanterie

Croissant | Lune Croissanterie

You’ve likely seen the lineup out the door and along the road for a croissant from Lune Croissanterie and wondered if it’s worth the hype… we’re here to tell you it is! Made to Lune’s exacting standards and crafted from imported French butter (from Burgandy, no less) under the skilled hands of top-tier pastry chefs, each Lune croissant is a labour of love. The croissants only see front of house for an hour, and if they’re not bought within that window they return for a new life as a twice-baked special. You’re guaranteed a consistently fresh and perfect croissant upon every visit to Lune! To put it in their words; ‘it is a celebration of the creation, complexity and ultimate enjoyment of a croissant’. Hear, hear.

Brisbane CBD: Shop 10, 79 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City

South Brisbane: Shop 1, 13-17 Manning Street, South Brisbane


Guilt Free Donuts | Nodo Donuts

Nodo’s guilt-free and gluten-free donuts are easily one of the most iconic dishes in Brisbane, offering the best thing since sliced fairy bread - a sprinkled donut of course. Whether you’re cruising along Southbank, over in Newstead, Hawthorne or down in Carindale, Nodo has you covered on every side of Brisbane so there is no excuse to not indulge in donuts for breakfast, we won’t judge. Their entire menu is gluten-free, so it’s an easy option for a decadently digestible meal out.

Multiple locations


Bacon and Egg Roll | Yolk

One hangover cure to go, coming right up. Brisbane’s best bacon and egg roll can be found at Yolk. We recommend a freshly squeezed OJ and the classic bacon and egg roll - this combo will go down an absolute treat on a Sunday morning! If you’re feeling extra peckish, you can’t go past the truffle hash browns, either.

76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead

Zucchini Chips | Hellenika

If kicking back by the Calile Hotel’s pool is more your pace, Hellenika’s zucchini chips with kefalograviera are unmissable. We know you’ve seen these iconic chippies all over your Instagram feed, and they deserve all the hype they get!  Slow down and sink in the sunshine whilst sitting poolside, crunching on these crispy chips - we promise zucchini never tasted so good!

Level 1/48 James Street, Fortitude Valley

PB&J Burger | Hashtag Burger And Waffles

The cheeky and irreverent menu and energy of Hashtag Burger and Waffles makes it one of our favourite casual joints for a good old-fashioned sloppy joe. But many have been drawn in by the flavour-combo allure of the PB & J burger, made up of two moist lean beef patties, cheese, smokey bacon rashers, served in a bun slapped with peanut butter and jam! The cheesy toast (just like Sizzlers) is also a top contender for the most iconic dish in Brisbane.

477 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 


Saganaki | Greca

Already classed as one of Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants, Greca is known for sourcing great Queensland produce, prepared in traditional Greek simplicity and packed with flavour. Their sizzling Saganaki with honey and oregano is *chef’s kiss.* It keeps us coming back time and time again. Need we say more?

Howard Smith Wharves 3/5 Boundary Street, Brisbane City

Pizza | Julius Pizzeria

Julius Pizzeria is known for some of the best pizza in Brisbane and with good reason. At the start of Fish Lane in South Brisbane, follow the scent of their woodfire pizza oven and be greeted with incredible service and phenomenal food. Opt for a rosse (red sauce base) or a bianche (white sauce base), from the generous menu of authentic toppings. Trust us, it’s worth the wait.

77 Grey Street / Corner Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Nori Taco | Cheeky Poke

Signature poke bowls are one thing, but Cheeky Poke’s ingenious creation of the Nori Taco Shell is a cheeky twist on traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Brisbanites can enjoy $5 Taco Tuesdays with this iconic offering. Start with the Nori Taco base then add in your fillings and choice of protein! With multiple locations over Brisbane, you’ll be sure to find one near you.

Multiple locations

Angus Beef Cheek Panang Curry | sAme sAme

A must for any Thai food lover, sAme sAme is Brisbane’s elegant take on street-inspired Thai food. A hidden gem in Ada Lane, you can expect a fun atmosphere at this venue and can’t go past the panang curry of Angus beef cheek with peanuts and Thai basil. Don’t even think about missing out on the smoked trout betel leaf!

Shop AM3 Ada Lane, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Apple & Berry Crumble | Jocelyn's Provisions

Sweet or savoury, Jocelyn’s has you covered as one of Brisbane’s best bakeries. Their family-favourite Apple & Berry Crumble is a classic dish to bring to any dinner party. A crispy golden pastry crust surrounds sweet apples, fresh raspberries and blueberries, topped with a sweet tooth-conquering crumble that perfectly balances out the fruit. We recommend serving with a hearty scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!

Multiple locations

Parmigiana | The Normanby Hotel

It wouldn’t be an iconic Brisbane guide without a classic pub feed. The Normanby is home to one of Brisbane’s most iconic Chicken Schnitzel Parmigiana (or a schnity-parmi as the locals say). The chicken parmi has it’s very own section on the menu here, with a variety of sauces to pore over when deciding on which flavour direction to take this dish. With over 130 years of history, locals will reminisce in the beer garden for many a Sunday sesh to come.

1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill

Ramen Danbo

Ramen | Ramen Danbo

When it comes to authentic ramen, look no further than Ramen Danbo’s tonkotsu ramen. Their signature Tonkotsu Pork Broth will take you to Japan’s southwest island Kyushu, home of the original Ramen Danbo. This South Brisbane ramen joint is one of the most popular spots for a bowl of umami goodness, so drop the link in your group chat for the next get together.

Multiple locations

Now that you’ve explored the most iconic dishes in Brisbane, why not explore our guide to the best new restaurants and bars across the city, to ensure you’re making the most of our bustling city’s foodie scene.

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