The Burrow is best known for its wide variety of craft beer and delicious pizza. Its bungalow design, with walls of graffiti and comic book découpage, embraces the bohemian-style atmosphere for which West End is known. On the menu are options like the Barbarossa pizza, lamb kofte with red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh herbs, with a yogurt dressing and a hummus base. There’s also the Goatface Killahm, a pesto-base pizza with sage roasted potatoes, artichoke hearts, confit garlic, spinach, mozzarella, and goats cheese Mornay. The Burrow is also great for breakfast. Try the ‘truckstop’, a generous plate of bacon, organic poached eggs, challah toast, ranchero beans, roast mushrooms, grilled chorizo, potato hash and dressed rocket.
The Burrow, 37 Mollison St, West End, Brisbane, +6138460030
Mu’ooz is a not-for-profit restaurant serving the exotic flavors of North-East Africa. Profits go towards providing work experience, training, and employment opportunities to African refugees. Using local and imported African ingredients, Mu’ooz provides both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Try the shiro, finely grounded chickpeas with oil and spices served with stuffed green chillies. Or go for the duba, pumpkin sautéed in the rich flavor of African berberé, with onion, tomatoes, and garlic. Alternatively, there’s the dorho zighni: spicy chicken curry flavored with berberé, onion, garlic, tomato and tasame.
Mu’ooz, 54 Mollison St, West End, Brisbane, +61738448378
Caravanserai is a vibrant Turkish restaurant renowned for its contemporary Middle Eastern fare. It has outdoor dining overlooking the Brisbane River, and an indoor setting that is flowing with a traditional Turkish ambience. Caravanserai is one of the best restaurants Brisbane has to offer. Patrons can choose to feast or dine, with a variety of banquets and specials on offer. Menu favorites include kofta: herbed Turkish meatballs with garlic yogurt and homemade tomato sauce. Another good pick is the shish kebab: char-grilled chicken skewers served on quinoa tabouleh. Wash it all down with Turkish lemonade: fresh limes, lemon, and mint.
Caravanserai, 1 Dornoch Terrace, West End, Brisbane, +6132172617
Mondo Organics has been serving fresh and organic cuisine long before it became trendy, realizing the value that seasonal, local produce bring to the table. Established in 2000, Mondo Organics is today ranked as Brisbane’s best gourmet organic restaurant. Fruit and vegetables are sourced from local growers. Only free-range organic poultry and grass-fed beef are chosen for their dishes. The coffee, much appraised, is 100 percent organic and Fair Trade certified. Located on the renowned restaurant strip of West End, Mondo’s is the perfect spot for those after a delicious, wholesome and satisfying feed – a ‘real food’ experience. Try the pan-fried white fish, with bagna cauda, fennel , pumpkin, and kale puree. Alternatively, choose the polenta tart, with mushrooms, crispy parsnip, chestnut, and sorrel pesto. Dessert options include fig and cacao tart with Pedro Ximenez ice cream, and vanilla cake with mango, and coconut granita.
Mondo Organics, 166 Hardgrave Rd, West End, Brisbane, +6138441132
Tukka is native Australian cuisine at its finest. This award-winning restaurant serves internationally recognized fare made with local, native Australian ingredients. It’s fine dining with an exotic twist. Featured dishes include seared kangaroo with green pea purée, pan-roasted pumpkin, fondant potato, and braised leak. There’s also emu fillet with baby beetroot, artichoke crisps, braised spinach, and a parsnip cream. Also on the menu is chicken cassoulet with baked polenta and crocodile sausage. Native flavored damper and buttered broccolini served with toasted almonds make for delicious sides.
Tukka Restaurant, 145b Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, +61738466333
Head to Lefkas Taverna for a taste of Greece. The village-style decor, all whites and blues, is reminiscent of the Mediterranean country. It creates a beautiful sense of escapism. The food is fresh and authentic. Don’t miss the Keftedakia Me Salsa, meatballs in tomato salsa with garlic, white wine, and rice. Another good option is the yiros, marinated meat slowly cooked on rotisserie and served with salad, pita, and tzatziki. Loukoumathes, Greek do-nuts drizzled with honey and icing sugar, is a popular dessert choice.
Lefkas Taverna, 170 Hardgrave Rd, West End, Brisbane, +61738441163
Archive Beer Boutique
Archive Beer Boutique is the go-to place for craft beer and pub food. With 22 constantly rotating draught beers on tap, and more than 400 bottled varieties from all over the world, the Archive is sure to please the entire party. Beer isn’t all this funky space is good at: their food is a cut above the regular pub meal. The dishes range from small bites like cheesy fries and grilled halloumi, to mains such as the classic chicken parmigiana. You can also opt for the slow-roasted lamb pizza with sweet potato, red onion, and garlic yogurt. All of this is served in a living-room style space, with couches, tables, and bookshelves. It’s perfect for that communal, homely, and chilled feel. Plus, the Archive sells takeaway growlers which can be filled to the top with your favorite beer on tap.
With the promise of good quality and low prices, Trangs enjoys a constant crowd of diners at its location on the busy Hardgrave Road. Serving authentic Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, Trangs Restaurant has had continued success on the renowned restaurant strip for 13 years. It has won several awards and quickly became a local favorite. The menu features a variety of rice dishes, rice paper wraps, laska, noodle soups, and Chinese favorites like chicken with cashews, sweet and sour pork, and spring rolls.
Located in the heart of West End, Lock’n’Load Bistro offers a casual dining and drinks experience, perfect for spending a relaxed afternoon or evening with friends. But diners can expect more than an extensive selection of craft beer and quality cuisine. Lock’n’Load also showcases the best up-and-coming and established artists with live music on several days of the week. From relaxing dinner jazz on Tuesdays, to party tunes and chilled vibes on Saturdays and Sundays, this restaurant’s atmosphere is always enjoyable. They also serve breakfast on weekends.
Lock’n’Load Bistro, 142 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, +61738440412
Little Greek Taverna
This family-owned restaurant has been serving West End with delicious and authentic Greek food for seven years. It is a favorite among locals. Located on one of the busiest streets of West End, The Little Greek Taverna is constantly alive and bustling with diners. Take in the Macedonian decor, as well as an array of dishes that come from this region. You won’t find this kind of food anywhere else in Brisbane. Enjoy souvlaki, tzatziki, spanakopita (crispy pastry swirls filled with spinach and ricotta) as well as lamb and chicken yiros. There’s also plenty of delicious seafood and vegetarian meals.