Brisbane Street Food

Brisbane Street Food

Brisbane Street Food is largely influenced by British cuisine and cooking styles, as a result of Australia formerly being a colony of the United Kingdom. But besides Britian, cuisine in Brisbane is also greatly influenced by other international cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Turkish, Indian, American and Spanish. The majority of cuisines can be found in the city centre and along the central business district. Brisbane doesn't have an active food culture, and the food identity in Brisbane is rather weak, as they have few dishes or drinks which originate from the city.

Food in Brisbane is typically found in individual restaurants and cafes, with few actual streetside stalls or pushcarts. Restaurants and cafes all tend to be located within the same area, along streets with high traffic, such as a main road or near malls. The further you go into the suburbs, the less restaurants and cafes you'll see. Because the majority of stalls are all located within specific areas, eating out often means having to commute quite a distance. Food courts are uncommon, and only found in shopping malls. Such food courts normally consist of various fast food brands, with a mix of various ethnic food vendors.

Breakfast in Brisbane is often eaten on the move, with takeaway sandwiches, kebabs, coffee and other handheld food being very popular. Few people sit down for breakfast, except on weekends. Lunch is typically a quick affair at a nearby restaurant or cafe, and prices for lunch are cheaper than dinner. Dinner in Brisbane often means a full meal, accompanied by wine or beer, and takes place over a few hours together with family or friends.


The Almond Stick is a sweet pastry normally consumed during breakfast, consisting of an almond and custard paste within a flaky pastry shell, studded with sliced almonds.

Almond Stick

ANZAC Biscuit from Brisbane.

ANZAC Biscuit

Avocado is a very popular fruit in Australia, commonly served sliced or in a mashed / puree form, often with sandwiches or salads.


Banana Bread is a type of sweet bread made with ripe bananas, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, and all-purpose flour. Sometimes, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, or raisins are added. Although it's commonly known as Banana Cake in Singapore, the texture and density of Banana Bread in Australia is very different. It's heavier, as well as more dough-like than a typical cake, with a crumbly texture, and buttery fruity sweet flavour.

Banana Bread

Beef Kebab from Brisbane. Turkish cuisine is very popular, especially for a take away meal.

Beef Kebab 01

Beef Kebab 02

Beef / Beef Steak is prevalent throughout Australia, and this famed and prized meat is also popular in Brisbane, and is normally consumed during dinner. Beef Steak is often grilled to your choice of doneness, and served with a choice of sides and sauce. The most popular combination in Brisbane is Coleslaw, Baked Potato with Bacon Bits, and a side of Gravy / Beef Meat Gravy / Brown Beef Gravy. The cuts of beef meat here tend to be a lot thicker, and more flavourful, than the airflown Australian beef I get in Singapore.

Beef Steak Eye Fillet With Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Bacon Bits And Gravy 01

Beef Steak Eye Fillet With Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Bacon Bits And Gravy 02

Beef Steak Eye Fillet With Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Bacon Bits And Gravy 03

Beef Steak Eye Fillet With Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Bacon Bits And Gravy 04

Beef Steak Eye Fillet With Coleslaw, Baked Potato, Bacon Bits And Gravy 05

Beetroot is a popular vegetable throughout Australia, often served sliced, in a salad or hamburger, and sometimes, as a part of a dessert.


A Cheesecake Blueberry from Brisbane.

Cheesecake Blueberry

The Cherry Ripe Candy Bar is an Australian confectionery, and the first type of chocolate bar made in Australia, in 1924. It consists of cherries and coconut coated with dark chocolate.

Cherry Ripe Candy Bar

The Chocolate Coated Honeycomb was invented as a way of storing honeycomb, which spoils quickly, but has since evolved into a popular confectionery. It consists of honeycomb coated with dark chocolate.

Chocolate Coated Honeycomb

A Doughnut Sugar Glazed from Brisbane. The sugar shatters when touched, releasing the soft, chewy doughnut.

Doughnut Sugar Glazed

A Duck Risotto from Brisbane. Italian cuisine is slowly gaining popularity here, but 'pure' Italian restaurants are still rather uncommon. Often, such Italian restaurants are positioned as fine dining establishments.

Duck Risotto 01

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A Falafel from Brisbane.

Falafel 01

Falafel 02

Garlic Bread from Brisbane, served as part of a meal in a restaurant.

Garlic Bread

Haloumi And Eggs is a popular breakfast dish in Brisbane. Haloumi, or Halloumi, is actually a mildly salty, semi-soft white cheese made from goat's milk, sheep's milk, or cow's milk. Although it originated from Cyprus, Haloumi, or Halloumi is also made in Australia. The dish of Haloumi And Eggs also includes poached eggs, sauteed button mushrooms, avocado puree, toasted sourdough bread and fresh tomato chutney.

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Hamburger With The Lot is a traditional Australian term which refers to a beef mince hamburger between 2 sesame seed burger buns with a fried egg, bacon, cheese, romaine lettuce, onions, tomato, pineapple and beetroot. The condiments regularly used are either barbecue sauce or tomato sauce.

Hamburger With The Lot 01

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Honey, freshly packaged from Brisbane, and served with either coffee or pancakes.


Jerky refers to strips of dried lean meat, cured with salt. In Australia, Jerky is commonly made with beef meat, although kangaroo meat and crocodile meat are also used to make Jerky.

Jerky Beef, Jerky Kangaroo, Jerky Crocodile

The Lamington is an iconic Australian dessert common in Brisbane. It is a light, plain vanilla sponge cake set in a square shape, coated with a thin layer of chocolate icing / chocolate sauce, then covered in desiccated coconut. The Lamington is often served with a layer of cream or fruity jam. Named after Charles Wallace Alexander Napier Cochrane-Baillie 2nd Baron Lamington, or Lord Lamington, though ironically, he actually disliked the dessert, calling it "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

Lamington 01

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Cafes are found all over the Brisbane central business district (CBD), and all of them serve coffee. The most popular breakfast drink is the Latte, often ordered by Brisbane office workers in a takeaway cup and drunk on the commute to work during the cold winter mornings in Brisbane.

Latte 01

Latte 02

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Lemonade / Lemon Lime And Bitters is a popular drink in Brisbane, and there are many different canned and bottled varieties.

Lemonade Kirks Lemon Lime And Bitters

Lemonade Lift

Lemonade Solo Original Lemon

Licorice / Black Liquorice is often sold in confectionery shops. Made with extracts from the licorice plant / liquorice plant, sugar, water and a binding agent such as starch, flour or gelatin.

Licorice / Black Liquorice

Macadamia Nuts were first cultivated in Australia, and are still strongly associated with the country. 2 popular ways of serving Macadamia Nuts are Honey Roasted, and Salted. Other flavours include wasabi, garlic, barbecue, chili, or chocolate coated.

Macadamia Nuts Honey Roasted

Macadamia Nuts Salted

Napoli Pizza is a traditional Italian pizza from the pizza capital of the world, Naples. It consists of fresh peeled tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil, capers and anchovies.

Napoli Pizza

Nougat is a popular Italian confectionery, often sold in 2 different varieties. The hard Nougat / Brown Nougat is made with sugar / honey, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias and pistachios. The soft Nougat / White Nougat consists of the exact same ingredients, but also includes egg whites. Sometimes, candied apricot is added. Nougat actually means 'Nut Cake'.


Fudge is a popular American confectionery, which is usually soft, sweet and rich. It's made with sugar, butter, milk, and various flavourings.

Old English Vanilla And Chocolate Fudge

Popcorn, in a multi-coloured, multi-flavoured spectrum.


Semifreddo is a type of semi frozen dessert which originated in Italy. It consists of a light mousse mixture made with equal parts of vanilla ice cream, mascarpone and whipped cream, topped with almonds and pistachios. It's garnished with a pistachio biscotti.

Semifreddo 01

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A Toasted Ciabatta With Olive from Brisbane, often served as part of a meal in an Italian restaurant.

Toasted Ciabatta With Olive

Vegetable Chips are a healthier alternative compared to Potato Chips, and are made with either sweet potato, yam or beetroot.

Vegetable Chips