Both the food and interiors play their part in the dining experience whole. So we’ve rounded up some of the prettiest restaurants around Brisbane you can book a table at, whether it be for date night, special occasions, or just a new spot to check out with your crew.
1. Ping Pong, Newstead
Out of all the pink places in Brisbane, it can’t possibly get much pinker than Ping Pong. As soon as you walk inside this contemporary Thai restaurant, you’ll want to immediately start Instagramming your experience. And not just the restaurant interiors or you at your table, but the food too. Ping Pong’s menu features snacks for sharing, meats, stir fries, salads, curries as well as ride and noodle dishes. There are plenty of drinks to choose from too, including cocktail slushies.
If you can’t choose what you’d like, however, not to worry. You can let the chefs decide for you instead with the $60 ‘Feed Me Now’ option, giving you a true taste of Thailand.
Find Ping Pong at Gasworks Plaza, 76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead.
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2. Daiki Grill and Bar, Sunnybank Hills
Daiki is a new Chinese cyber punk-inspired restaurant that’s recently opened, bringing with some of the best neon interiors we’ve ever seen here in Brisbane.
On the menu, you’ll find a variety of signature and charcoal barbecue dishes as well as desserts and cocktails.
Find Daiki Grill and Bar at Shop 3B/168 Gowan Rd, Sunnybank Hills.
3. Mr. Vain, Fortitude Valley
Mr. Vain is the Parisian bistro / New York bar mash-up of our dreams. Tucked away behind a convenience store in the Valley, you’ll walk down an alleyway to find this hidden gem.
Their new menu gets a glowing recommendation from us. Quality food, cocktails and wine, as well as a *chef’s kiss* on the interiors and mood lighting.
Our food favourites were the seafood dishes (hiramasa kingfish tartare and Fremantle octopus).
Find Mr. Vain at 610 Ann St, Fortitude Valley.
4. Toscano, Brisbane City
If you’re looking for authentic Italian cuisine, look no further than Toscano. Inspired by the traditional culinary traditions of South Italy, this sophisticated restaurant boasts gorgeous dark green interiors to backdrop your dining experience.
We started off with some cocktails, which were mixed to perfection. The food is also of high quality, from the starter bites to mains. The mushroom and truffle arancini is a must-try, as is the Nonna’s recipe Polpette meatballs and spicy pork Nduja Ravioli. The Italian wines paired perfectly with our mains too.
Find Toscano at 2 Edward St, Brisbane City.
5. Kusuka Corner, Sunnybank
Pink is always in, and Kusuka Corner is all over it. After becoming a cult favourite in Sydney, this Indonesian-inspired café/eatery has moved to Brisbane, opening its doors in Sunnybank’s Market Square.
Instagrammable food and drinks, pretty pink interiors – what more could you want on your next dining date?
Find Kusuka Corner at Shop 3, Level 1, Market Square [Multi-level building, 341 Mains Rd, Sunnybank.
6. Maya, Fortitude Valley
Mexican tastes different when you are high up in the sky and one of Brisbane’s best Mexican joints just so happens to be a rooftop bar in Fortitude Valley. Step out of the elevator and you’ll find a space decorated with cacti contrasted with a white and stone palette reminiscent of beachside Mexican towns.
From the rooftop bar to the rooftop lounge, guests at Maya can tuck into the flavours of Mexico across both the rooftop dining and drinks menus. You know what that means—tequila with panoramic views of Brisbane.
Find Maya on level 11 at 757 Ann Street
7. Maggie May, Newstead
The 1970s seemed like a real vibe, what with the fur coats, flares, and what have you. Get transported back in time to the era thanks to this 70s-inspired supper club. Maggie May is located in the Gasworks precinct in Newstead, so get ready to get retro.
At Maggie May, you can expect a casual dining experience complete with delicious eats as well as wine to pair.
The interiors pay homage to the 70s, with warm hues of mustard, golden brown and teal.
Find Maggie May at 84 Longland St, Newstead
8. Ippin, West End
If you love Japanese food as much as we do, then you’re going to want to add this new restaurant to your list. Set in an open-air space above West Village, Ippin offers a traditional Japanese dining experience on the second floor of the South Pavilion.
This luxe 140-seater is a trip to Japan without leaving the city, from the aesthetically pleasing Japanese decor to the impressive dishes and sake selection.
As for food, you can expect exquisite eats such as include toothfish, duck breast, wagyu beef, prawn, coral trout as well as lobster popcorn and a small selection of desserts.
Find Ippin at South Pavilion, West Village, Tenancy 2/97 Boundary St, West End.
9. Libertine, Brisbane City
Libertine is the epitome of romance with low-hanging crystal chandeliers, heavily wallpapered walls, and chic recycled furniture. You will find Libertine tucked away in the heritage-listed Barracks building.
A blend of French and Vietnamese cuisine means this restaurant is marked by originality and offers something very different compared to other places. Large shared plates such as crackling pork belly and whole baby barramundi are a great way to experience every last flavour.
Find Libertine at 5/61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane City QLD
10. Soko Rooftop, Fortitude Valley
We love our rooftop bars here in Brisbane, which means we can never really have enough of them, right?
Dine inside with the lush green interiors at Soko Rooftop, or soak up the sunlight on the balcony under the striped umbrellas. Fourteen storeys high means glorious cityscape views.
Treat your taste buds to a delicious range of Peruvian Japanese cuisine, including sushi, mushroom ceviche, bao buns, and Wagyu rib eye.
Find Soko Rooftop at Level 14/7 Symes St, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006.