Brisbane's best multicultural restaurants

Is your heart aching for a taste of home? Maybe it’s time to ditch the campus cafeteria and treat your tastebuds to some familiar flavours. From fondue to foie gras and nachos to naan, here’s your round-the-world ticket to Brisbane’s multicultural food on a student budget.

Asian fusion

Kwan Brothers

Brisbane’s Asian fusion restaurants offer a delicious medley of southeast Asian cuisines. Taste your favourite flavours at Chop Chop Changs in West End (you need to order the king snapper spring rolls), Kwan Brothers in Fortitude Valley, Happy Boy in Spring Hill and Fat Noodle and Madame Wu in the city.

Tip: For a cheap eat, check out West End locals’ favourite, Trang.

Chinese

If you’re looking for damn fine and authentic Chinese food, your first stop should be Chinatown in Fortitude Valley, and we recommend Super Bowl. At South Bank and Portside you’ll also find the goods at Bamboo Basket.

Tip: Sunnybank is a hub of Chinese restaurants and grocers. Try Landmark Restaurant for yum cha.

French

Les Bubbles steak frites

From l’entrée to le dessert, Brisbane’s French restaurants are le delicious! Treat yourself to the a la carte menus at Montrechet in Paddington, Lutece in Bardon or Aquitaine at South Bank, or visit the French Food Shop in Fortitude Valley at lunch for a Croque Monsieur. Bon appetit!

Tip: A fun night out with friends is to be had at Les Bubbles, a French-inspired bistro in Fortitude Valley serving steak and all-you-can-eat chips for $30.

Greek

Round up your favourite foodies for a Greek night out featuring mouth-watering marinade and seafood galore. Brisbane’s best Greek food is to be found at Lefkas Taverna, Little Greek Taverna, and Kafenio – all in West End.

Tip: Keep it simple and order the marinated lamb on pita bread.

Indian

It's Mirchi Healthy Indian

Hanging out for a hot curry? Spice and flavour come together at Punjabi Palace in West End, A Night in India in Toowong and Indian Mehfil in the city. Super cheap and delicious Indian is also to be found at Indian Kitchen in West End. 

Tip: For a healthy take on Indian cuisine, go to It’s Mirchi in Bulimba or Paddington.

Italian

Julius Pizzeria

Italia – the glorious home of pizza, pasta and the ice-cream with the fancy name. Everything you eat in Italy is amazing, but in Brisbane the best saucy bites are at Julius Pizzeria and Beccofino at South Bank, Coppa Spuntino in the city and Sugo Mi in Bulimba.

Tip: For a late-night bite in the Valley, you can’t go past a slice from Alfredo’s Pizzeria.

Japanese

Sushi Kotobuki

Show off your chopstick skills or lack thereof at the Sushi Edo trains across the city, Kotobuki in the city and Ku-o Japanese Restaurant in Sunnybank. Noodle soup lovers find their match at Taro’s Ramen in the city and Hai Hai Ramen in Paddington. For fine dining on a budget, check Sono in the city and Portside.

Tip: For fab Japanese food with a side of karaoke, visit Wagaya in Fortitude Valley.

Korean

Brisbane’s Korean restaurants are next level amazing. Find the best hot stone pots and kimchi at Madtongsan in Sunnybank and Madtongsan II, Maru and Warawara in the city.

Tip: Can’t decide between Japanese and Korean? Please the crowd and go to Nikuya in Fortitude Valley. It has two levels of Korean BBQ and Japanese food.

Malaysian

Papparich

Make a date with Malaysian. The tastiest dishes are to be found at PappaRich in Wintergarden, Roti Place in the city and Malaya Corner in Sunnybank.  

Tip: PappaRich in Wintergarden is a true gem – order roti canai with beef rendang.

Mexican

Mexican

With or without ponchos you can feast or fiesta at Mucho Mexicano at South Bank, Pepe’s in Newmarket, Chingón and Comuna Cantina in the city or El Torito in West End.

Tip: El Torito in West End has $10 daily lunch specials and you’ll want them all.

Middle Eastern

Whoever knew cooking meat on a stick would taste so good? Add some hummus and we’ve got the best Middle Eastern food at Shouk in Paddington for brunch, Caravanserai in West End for the main meal in West End, and Byblos at Portside for finer dining and river views. 

Tip: Eat early at Byblos to catch the stunning sunset over the Brisbane River.

Nepalese

Whether you’re a diehard goat fan or an amateur curry lover, there’s something on the menu for you at Brisbane’s Nepalese restaurants. Our picks go to Himalayan Café in New Farm and Kathmandu Newa Chhe'n in Paddington.

Tip: All of these restaurants are BYO – you know what to do.

Singaporean

Savouring the thought of your last sweet Singaporean dish? It’s time to go back for more. The best of the cuisine can be found at the Little Singapore restaurants across the city.

Tip: Beef and black bean for life, and remember to BYO.

Spanish

Sangris Bar Sunset Tapas

Grab your amigos and get ready to salsa. You’ll find amazing tapas at Ole at South Bank and perfect paella at Taro Bravo in Fortitude Valley.

Tip: Visit The Sangria Bar (behind Ole) Sunday-Thursday from 5-7pm for the Sunset Tapas special – any four tapas and two glasses of sangria for $49.

Vietnamese

Hello Please

Dreaming of fresh chilli and basil, rice noodles and pho? Give yourself a dose of fresh Vietnamese at Vietnam House and The Vietnamese in Fortitude Valley, Little Saigon Grill in the city, Pho Hien Vuong Pasteur in Sunnybank, Hello Please at South Bank, and District One in Fortitude Valley and at Eat Street Markets.

Tip: For a weird mix of amazing food and dance music that just works, visit Bao Down in Fortitude Valley.

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