It's happening. You're finally dragging yourself away from Netflix, getting out of the house and going to dinner with friends. You arrive, tummy rumbling, and as your girlfriends talk excitedly over the menu, your heart sinks. You can't see that little GF symbol anywhere on the menu. Or there's only one vegetarian dish. Or a plethora of other indications that this restaurant doesn't cater for people like you.
Living with a food intolerance can suck at the best of times. But, luckily, the ever-increasing number of Brisbane eateries catering to dietary restrictions means you no longer have to BYO gluten-free bread, or pretend you’ve already eaten as you awkwardly sit amongst your friends at the café.
For the intolerant, the allergic, or the just plain picky (you know who you are), we’ve rounded up the spots best at catering to all manner of dietary requirements.
With a delicious Asian-inspired menu, Kwan Brothers have an impressive array of dishes, many of which are available in a gluten-free option. Get stuck into the chicken satay skewers or the salt and pepper squid with sriracha mayo.
43 Alfred St, The Valley
P 3251 6588 www.kwanbros.com.au
Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to mean feasting on cardboard-like substances or missing out on the fun stuff. The Burrow have pizza available on a gluten-free base, plus finger-lickin’ delicious jerk chicken.
37 Mollison St, West End
P 3846 0030 www.theburrowwestend.com.au
Little Greek Taverna
They say the Mediterranean diet is the best in the world, and this West End favourite is living proof of this theory. Little Greek Taverna has been dishing up authentic, Greek eats to gluten-sensitive Brisbanites for years. The lamb cutlets, chicken souvlaki and salad are gluten-free – oh, and so is the haloumi. Enough said.
1 Browning St, West End
P 3255 2215 www.littlegreektaverna.com.au
The days are gone when a burger consisted of only meat, cheese and a bun. These days, you can trade a beef patty for a giant field mushroom or a chickpea and lentil rissole. For the vegos out there, the Classic Veggie or the Magic Mushroom burger from Burger Urge will hit the spot.
A Night in India
Ahh the curry – from Korma to Butter Masala, this fail-safe dish is loved by carnivores and vegetarians alike, and available in both options at A Night in India.
85 High St, Toowong
P 3217 7955 www.anightinindia.com.au
Chop Chop Changs
Asian and vegetarian food are often synonymous, and the menu at Chop Chop Changs boasts a myriad of vegetable-filled delights including corn and coriander cakes with wok-tossed greens… Yum!
185 Boundary St, West End
P 3846 7746 www.chopchopchangs.com.au
For more of Brisbane’s best vego eats here, check out our list here.
Pescetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish) diet
Riverside fave, Watt has had a revamp and is serving up a brand new seasonally and locally influenced menu which happens to feature many options fit for pescetarians. Try the seafood chowder or the Cone Bay Barramundi for your dose of vitamin B12 and Omega 3.
Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
P 3358 5464 www.wattbrisbane.com.au
Gambaro Seafood Restaurant
The mother of all Brisbane seafood restaurants, Gambaros could inspire anyone to turn pescetarian at the sight of their menu. With fresh oysters, mud crab and lobster specialties, their menu also offers fish-free options such as Wagyu rib eye, salads and pastas for those who aren’t partial to seafood.
33 Caxton St, Petrie Tce
P 3369 9500 www.gambaro.com.au
For the serious pescetarians who like their fish so fresh that it hasn’t even been cooked, Sono offer an extensive a la carte Sashimi menu which features salmon belly, king dory, blue eyed cod and king fish. There are also plenty of non-fish related dishes to keep others happy.
39 Hercules St, Hamilton
P 3268 6655 www.sonorestaurant.com.au
1 Tattersalls Building, Queen St, Brisbane CBD
P 3220 1888 www.sonorestaurant.com.au
Venture to Upper Mt Gravatt and plant-eaters will find their foodie heaven at Su Life. This unassuming little nook is often packed-out with eager vegans. Must-try dishes are the stir-fried pok choy and locals rave about the radish cakes – a creamy, smooth and comforting fritter-like side dish, similar to a mashed potato.
Shop 4/2120 Logan Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt
P 3349 5995 www.facebook.com/sulifevege
With an ever-changing seasonal menu, Merriweather source all their produce from local small holding and experienced organic farmers. Their breakfast and lunch offerings are varied, but for the vegans, try the organic miso made here in Brisbane, with seasonal veggies and barley.
27 Russell St, South Brisbane
P 3844 3609 www.merriweathercafe.com
So anywhere serving breakfast all day will usually win our hearts, especially when the paleo, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options on offer sound so freaking delicious! The Paleo waffles with wild berry compote, chocolate avocado sauce and maple syrup are a must-try, and the house made granola with macadamia, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and coconut will satisfy both those of the vegan persuasion, and those not.
Shop 2/26 Commercial Rd, The Valley
P 3852 3836 www.symposiumcafe.com.au