“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Brisbane’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Brisbane from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Bianca

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This beautiful, fast-paced and very fun Italian restaurant is from the Same Same and Ages crew. Expect house-made pasta, stacks of antipasti and soft-serve gelato, accompanied by a 350-bottle wine list – all in one of Brisbane's most beguiling dining rooms.

Ada Lane James Street, Fortitude Valley

Agnes

Restaurant

Agnes is the latest restaurant from Same Same and Honto’s Tyron Simon, Bianca Marchi and Frank Li, and ex-Gerard’s Bistro head chef Ben Williamson. They’re four of the best restaurant brains in Brisbane. Step into Agnes and, much like Same Same or Honto, it’s a piece of theatre, with what looks effortlessly laissez faire actually a carefully scripted food service.

22 Agnes Street, Fortitude Valley

Bisou Bisou

Restaurant

You'll find this new wave French brasserie on the ground-floor of the luxe Hotel X. enter for French favourites and remixed classics (including cod beignets and escargot on toast) plus a cheese trolley, an oyster and caviar bar, a 200-strong wine list and experimental cocktails.

458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Melrose

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This southeast Asian inspired rooftop bar and restaurant is headed up by former Longrain chef Assavakavinvong. Try prawn and pomelo betal leaf wraps or soft-shell crab stir-fried with curry powder and Chinese celery alongside an extensive list of wine, beer and spritzers.

5/6 37 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Opa Bar and Mezze

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This flash Greek restaurant has a live shellfish and oyster bar plus over 20 mezze plates. Expect moussaka, pastitsio and lamb on a spit alongside chargrilled lobster, chocolate baklava and lesser-known Greek wines in beautiful, island-inspired surrounds.

123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Iris

Restaurant

An immaculate rooftop bar and restaurant from the Donna Chang crew. Expect cocktails, sangria, a tight wine list and a broad menu of Mediterranean share plates served against a backdrop unlike anything else in the city.

Roof Level 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Southside

Restaurant

Salt and pepper cuttlefish sangas, Moreton Bay bug char kway teow, fancy wines and spicy cocktails – all in a jaw-dropping three-storey space from the Rick Shores crew.

Fish Lane Town Square 63 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
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Maya

Restaurant

Eleven Rooftop Bar has been relaunched as Maya, a pop-up Mexican restaurant designed to neatly slot into the stage-three easing of Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions. The result is a 90-seat open-air eatery serving a Queensland-produce-driven menu that explores a variety of Mexican influences, from the Pacific-inspired food of the north-west to the Caribbean-inflected dishes of the Yucatan Peninsula. For drinks, there’s an enormous range of tequila; a Mexican-influenced cocktail list (including four different types of Margarita); and an efficient wine list that favours whites, sparklings and vintage champagnes.

Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Elementi

Restaurant

An Italian restaurant from three ex-Beccofino hospitality pros. The menu includes woodfired pizzas, paninis and a medley of pastas. For wine, there's a bunch of Italian vino – plus lesser-known drops from South America, Turkey and Slovenia.

257 Given Terrace, Paddington

La Costa Restaurant

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This fast-paced Italian diner from the Eterna and Salt Meats Cheese team serves pasta, pizza, and a clutch of classy main dishes in beautiful heritage-listed surrounds.

209 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Three Girls Fishing

Restaurant

A classic fish and chipper in Graceville from the Three Girls Skipping team. Come for barramundi, gold-band snapper and cod, and soft-serve with warm apple crumble. Plus, classics such as chip butties and potato scallops.

Shop 4 409 Honour Avenue, Graceville

Eterna

Restaurant

Eterna is a restaurant and bar serving Roman food late into the night by Stefano de Blasi (Salt Meats Cheese). Pasta dishes include cacio e pepe prepared with house-made tonnarelli, while mains feature pollo alla Romana (chicken simmered with red capsicum and tomato) and a simple porchetta with fresh garlic and rosemary. The Italian-leaning wine-list includes your typical pinot grigios flanked by Sardinian vermentino, Sicilian nero d’Avola and Umbrian trebbiano Spoletino.

610 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Otto

Restaurant

This elegant Italian restaurant moved into the space which once housed Stokehouse Q at the start of 2021. It's a perfect fit: one of Brisbane's best restaurants deserves one of its best locations. Whether you're here for the main event or the more casual Otto Osteria, you'll be in for some superlative drinking and dining .

480 Sidon Street, South Brisbane
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Naga Thai

Restaurant

Husband and wife team Andrew and Jaimee Baturo opened Naga Thai as a long-term pop-up, given the impending redevelopment of Eagle Street Pier. The former Pony Dining space has been injected with pops of colour – inspired by the tropical fruits and vibrant produce found in Thai markets – by renowned interior designer Anna Spiro. Bangkok-born chef Suwisa Phoonsang’s menu includes many dishes she grew up eating, including house-made milk buns stuffed with massaman beef; flower dim sims; Mekhong Thai whisky drunken noodles with marinated pork; and chicken and coconut curry noodle soup.

Upper Level 18/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar

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Three Stokehouse Q veterans are behind this down-to-earth little restaurant, where the clever pastas and interesting wine list change week to week. You might eat tropical crayfish tossed with pumpkin-seed pesto and stuffed zucchini flower, or braised beef tongue with shiitake mushroom and pickled radish.

36 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Uh Oh Spaghettio

Restaurant

Uh Oh Spaghettio is the Valley's new neon-lit, two-storey late-night pasta joint. It's housed inside the heritage-listed 19th century Apothecaries Hall, once home to The Apo. The fit-out builds on the exposed heritage brick with pink neon, concrete and giant pasta-themed art. Out the back is a glass-enclosed, marble-tiled pasta room that allows diners in the courtyard to watch the pasta machine in action. The menu’s pricing keeps things easy. Antipasti dishes are $5 per serve, salads are $10 and pasta is $15 a pop. Plus, $13 glasses of wine and late-night beats.

690 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Pasta Club

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Pasta Club is Leila Amirparviz and Darcy Adam’s follow-up to CJ’s Secret Pasta Club, which closed earlier this year. It’s a dark, ambient, retro-inspired room that feels cosy and intimate (there’s even a record player – yes, you can BYO vinyl). The short menu changes depending on the produce available, but expect small plates of fresh burrata, truffled mushroom arancini and house-made focaccia, followed by a few vegetable dishes and a trio of pastas.

237 Boundary Street, West End
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Little G

Restaurant

Little G has closed in Dutton Park and been reimagined in a fancy tenancy in Woolloongabba’s Drapery development previously home to Paul McGivern’s Corella. Brother-and-sister duo George and Danielle Diacos have carefully lightened the modern and moody space. What hasn’t changed is the selection of pizzas, arancini and rotating Mediterranean-inspired specials such as chermoula lamb ribs and the restaurant’s popular fried chicken. Pizzas include margherita; prosciutto and pear; hot salami with pickled red onion and stracciatella; and mixed mushroom with truffle.

54 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Butterfly

Restaurant

This Japanese and Korean fine-diner serves between 12 and 16 courses – omakase style. Dishes might include wagyu bulgogi, salmon caviar and aged kingfish sashimi. It’s all served in a moodily lit dining room, replete with a zen garden and a record player.

77 Jurgens Street, Woolloongabba

Emily Yeoh Restaurant

Restaurant

This subtly swish space, from former Masterchef contestant Emily Yeoh, is rendered in black tiles, polished concrete floors, stone benchtops and handsome monochromatic wallpaper. The food menu taps into Yeoh’s upbringing as a Chinese-Malaysian in Kota Kinabalu on the shores of the South China Sea. For starters and dim sum, there’s prawn har gao, Korean-style fried mushrooms and Thai salt-and-pepper tofu. The main menu features cherry-wood-smoked whole roast duck and Hainanese chicken served with a calamansi lime and chilli sauce.

283 Given Terrace, Paddington

El Planta

Restaurant

Adrienne Jory and Rick Gibson had always struggled to find good plant-based tacos in and around Brisbane. Their solution? El Planta. On the menu is a bunch of vegan tacos, including roasted and flame-grilled cauliflower with toasted cashews and cascabel salsa; blistered eggplant with cashew crema, salsa macha and toasted peanuts; and jackfruit with adobo sauce, grilled pineapple and salsa verde. To drink there’s Mexican beer, a slick selection of wines and a bunch of Latin American-inspired cocktails.

2/58 Hope Street, South Brisbane

Essa

Restaurant

A moody 60-seat restaurant. It’s designed to put guests up close and personal with an ever-changing menu of woodfire-inflected dishes such as burnt and pickled Kohlrabi served with fresh curds bay leaf, pistachio and nasturtium, and a Black Angus short rib.

181 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley
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