Scott Hoskins opened his first Junk in Maroochydore in 2014 and is still expanding; there are iterations of the Asian street-food restaurant in Toowoomba, Broadbeach and South Bank, too.
Junk Coorparoo was one of the first tenants to move into the highfalutin Coorparoo Square development. The location is reminiscent of a neon-lit cityscape; film posters are collaged on the ceiling and a projector silently flicks ’80s film scenes onto the wall. Like other Junk spots this version is fun, approachable and affordable.
The menu covers foods from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and China with a shared-meal focus. Specific items for the Coorparoo location include a Thai-style grilled pork belly, and grilled king prawns on a crispy mantou bun (a sweet milk bun). Junk favourites such as the satay chicken and the twice-cooked crackling pork belly are also here.
Drinks are Junk’s typically efficient list of beers – Tiger and Monteiths on tap, Bintang and Boags by the bottle – a clutch of wines and a daily bubble tea, which you can spike with either gin or vodka.