Firmly staking a claim in Brisbane’s most upmarket inner-city suburbs as one of the most affordable and quaint restaurants, The Kettle and Tin is a Paddington hangout par excellence. It is situated in an old hillside Queenslander cottage. Breakfast and lunch are served every day, but you’re in for something truly special at dinner hours on Tuesday to Saturday nights. With a philosophy of quality and experience, The Kettle and Tin delivers in spades with its array of beer and cocktail selections. Local brew Newstead 21 Feet 7 Inches Porter is on tap, and the barkeeps will fix you some of the best Bloody Marys in town. In terms of food, the focus is on ‘the sharing and enjoyment of meals with a fresh take on the degustation concept’. Take advantage of the varied tapas plates and chow on some duck nachitos before swiftly moving onto teriyaki salmon with violet pearl barley and closing with a meringue mess.
215 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD, Australia, +61 7 3369 3778
Some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in Brisbane is to be found in Rosalie’s casual yet chic Rouj Modern Lebanese. The design scheme’s heavy play on the colour red is only indicative of the passion invested by owner Sodith Aoude in Rouj’s food and hospitality. Fine dining and home-like hospitality play a central role in Lebanese culture, and the cuisine is invested entirely in the concept of large-scale sharing; several small dishes are spread out over a number of courses and all are full of robust and earthy flavours. Most dishes are inherited from various family members of Aoude adding an extra dimension to already strong dynamic dishes such as pumpkin kebbi, mansaf (pistachio, pine nuts, almonds, slow-cooked lamb, rice and wisps of exotic spice) and lahem bi ajeen (pastry filled with spiced lamb, tomato, onion and pine nuts).
3/21 Nash St, Paddington QLD, Australia, +61 7 3367 2210