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3 Amazing Dinner Destinations in Brisbane You Haven't Tried

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Published July 9th 2015
Get your tastebuds tingling this Friday
I love to go out. The atmosphere, the flavours, the clash and clamour of a busy kitchen filled with chef whites and magnificent menu items, slowly turning into unforgettable gastronomic experiences. Although I can chow down on a lazy Friday night at Nandos, here are some of my favourite dinner destinations in Brisbane.

61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Tucked neatly into the Barracks, Peasant was an impulsive decision between four friends looking for a tapas alternative. The décor is earthy and moody, harkening back to the dimly lit blues dens of New Orleans; seating is intimate but accommodating, ranging from long wooden slab tables to small groups and cosy couple nooks; and the service is agreeable, if you're into that cheeky hipster kind of vibe. But you want to know about the food…

Spiced shoulder Lamb a la Rioja
Spiced shoulder Lamb a la Rioja

After much humming over the menu, we settled on a La Familia shared banquet, opening ourselves up to the waiter's choice… six surprise courses shared between four very different palates. The scallops, cauliflower, raisins & sherry concoction was by far my favourite, a melt in your mouth, layered bite you want to repeat over and over. The Catalan flatbread with spice yoghurt complemented each stage nicely and although I loved the croquetas, give them a miss if you're not a cheese lover.

Perks: Extensive wine list, delicious sangria and a solid menu.
Considerations: It can get a bit loud and crowded on high traffic nights.
Price Rating: Average $70 each.

Kettle & Tin
215 Given Terrace, Paddington

Kettle & Tin is everything you wish your local could be. It's relaxed, bright and comfortable, offering a scattering of high stools and dining tables, some of the best cocktails you've tasted in a long while and a great range of basics, including beer, wine and spirits. The service is friendly and without bother, nothing is too much, particularly if you're dining in a larger group like we were. At eighteen people, each paying separately and at different times, most restaurants would quail at the thought or insist on a single bill… not the crew at Kettle & Tin.

kettle and tin duck nachitos
Duck Nachitos

Although I loved every dish I tried – make sure you sample the soft shell crab slides and the salt and pepper calamari – my partner and I can't stop talking about Duck Nachitos (pictured below). Don't be fooled by the Old Queenslander décor, this is a site of real mixology – the Smith and Jones is my new favourite drink and it will soon be yours too.

Perks: Choose between sharing or keeping it all to yourself; great service; amazing cocktails; delicious food.
Considerations: No downside.
Price Rating: Average $60 each.

Fresh Sushi Co
22 James St, Fortitude Valley

I rarely use the word "best" to describe sushi, as many places in Brisbane do it well, but Fresh Sushi Co certainly stands out from the rest. Fresh, supple and convenient, Fresh Sushi Co caters to a range of needs, from those looking for a late takeaway lunch to after-work punters keen on an easy dinner packed with flavour and nutrition. Located in James Street Markets, you know your order will be exactly what you want within a short wait.

sashimi salad fresh sushi co James Street Markets
Sashimi Salad

Do you like it hot? You won't be let down, try the prawn tempura or a bowl of teriyaki fish with rice and salad. But my highest recommendations comes down to the sashimi salad – irresistable.

Perks: Fresh produce and fast, friendly service.
Considerations: Limited seating – move quick!
Price Rating: Average $25 each.

Until next time, foodies...
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Why? Because you're hungry for new experiences
When: Whenever you're available.
Phone: Peasant: 0733678066 / Kettle & Tin: 0733693778 /Fresh SushiCo: 0738526659
Where: All around Brisbane - call an Uber or a taxi for a great night out.
Cost: Check websites for further price details.
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