Eat Street Markets - Brisbane, Australia
While it is always lovely to have the London Michelin star restaurant experience with crisp, white tablecloths and waiters in waistcoats topping up your champagne after each sip, I am finding I get much more pleasure from an amazing meal that hasn’t forced me to wear high heels and completely deplete my overdraft limit. Thank goodness for the street food market.
While I now call London home, I am originally from Brisbane, Australia (Brissie, Straya) and I am incredibly lucky to be re-visiting and re-discovering it over the past couple of weeks. The Brisbane I remember is a sleepy one; slow and fairly uninspiring food-wise (aka Coffee Club). If you wanted a culinary experience you needed to have full pockets and get yourself to the likes of luxury hotel restaurants like Moo Moo or those with links to celebrity chefs such as Aria. Things are definitely changing in what was the humble capital of the Sunshine State.
Brisbane’s street food market on steroids comes in the form of Eat Street Markets. The markets are situated riverside in an old abandoned container wharf yard. In amongst the shipping containers you will find street food vendors serving up a range of cuisines and live bands providing a soundtrack of laid-back beats to accompany the eats. Australian craft beers and wines are on hand to keep you hydrated as you weave your way through a maze of intoxicating aromas.
The market has a very Australian and in particular, Brisbane flavour. Moreton Bay Bugs (Brisbane’s Lobster) are served up only metres from where they would have been caught, as are fresh oysters and prawns. The decadent creations from New Farm Confectionery are handmade only a few kilometres further along Brisbane River.
Brisbane’s multicultural community is celebrated with an incredible range of international cuisines. A taste of the Pork Belly Dumplings from Phil's Dumpling Envy will have you lining up for seconds. Okonomi House’s Japanese pizzas offer up an ‘Aussie Special’ with crispy bacon, corn, teriyaki sauce and mayo, when in Rome!
When it all gets a bit too much and you are need of a dessert or an aperitif to wash it all down, Fiori Bakehouse have you covered with their too-cute, alcohol spiked mini cupcakes. There are a number of flavours to choose from, complete with a vial of alcohol ready to inject into the sponge when you are able to fit more in.
It is exciting to return to Brisbane and find a thriving foodie hub that Australia can be proud of. All under a clear sky with winter temperatures at a balmy 20C! If you are in this part of the world, make sure you stop by with an empty stomach, a very friendly bunch of Aussies are ready to feed you! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie - Oi Oi Oi!
Eat Street Markets can be found at Hamilton, Brisbane on Friday's and Saturdays from 4pm and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.
So Brisbane Foodies, is there anywhere I have missed or any places I must get to before I head back to London? Give me your recommendations!