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Pork Belly Bao sliders at Kwan Brothers.

Good food, great price: Brisbane's best value for money eats

NATASCHA MIROSCH We're not talking cheap and dodgy but restaurant quality food at wallet-friendly prices. Here are some of our favourites.

brisbane

'Arrabbiata' chicken wings.
14/20

The Mero Restaurant and Bar

Natascha Mirosch Indooroopilly Shopping Centre's freshest addition brings alfresco Italian dining to the complex.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (5)

three hats

Daring garden-based cuisine at Brae.
18/20

Brae

The town of Birregurra now stars on the foodie map, with culinary tourists drawn to Dan Hunter’s daring garden-based cuisine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (19)

french

Marron
17/20

Guillaume

Terry Durack Guillaume Brahimi has left behind his old digs, the Opera House's Bennelong, for a charming new venue in Paddington.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (111)

asian

Asian

Sydney's best street food

Callan Boys From ramen in Haymarket to Burmese in Blacktown, Good Food tracks down where to find authentic hawker hotspots around town.

sydney dumplings

Xiao long bao at New Shanghai.

New Shanghai

Simone Egger The shopping centre norm is reversed here, with Chinese goods made in Melbourne.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (22)

royal botanic gardens

Hot item: Jardin Tan's banh xeo.

Jardin Tan

Kylie Northover The Vietnamese breakfast and lunch menus at Jardin Tan are an interesting departure from Shannon Bennett's signature fine-dining fare.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (3)

top hats

Suckling pig poached in buttermilk, parsnip bark, aleppo kimchi and spiced walnuts Gerard's Bistro.

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Callan Boys Gerard's Bistro has taken home the top prize at this year's Good Food Guide awards.

alfresco

'Arrabbiata' chicken wings.
14/20

The Mero Restaurant and Bar

Natascha Mirosch Indooroopilly Shopping Centre's freshest addition brings alfresco Italian dining to the complex.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (5)

mediterranean

Cheesecake with berries and granola crumble.
14.5/20

Pomegranate

Natasha Rudra The European at Kingston has transformed into Pomegranate, which has a Mediterranean-style menu influenced by Erkin Esen of Ottoman.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (8)

hotel hotel

Mulloway, almond butter, onion cups, broad beans and peas.
16/20

Monster Kitchen and Bar

Kirsten Lawson So how did Godzilla become Monster? Kirsten Lawson ventures to Hotel Hotel to find out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (27)

sydney

Marron

Guillaume

17/20

Terry Durack Guillaume Brahimi has left behind his old Opera House digs for a charming new venue in Paddington.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (111)

canberra

7 Village Indian restaurant at Dickson.

7 Village Indian Restaurant

12/20

Natasha Rudra This cheesy Indian restaurant makes for a cheap and cheerful Dickson dinner.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (7)

melbourne

Hot item: Jardin Tan's banh xeo.

Jardin Tan

Kylie Northover Vue De Monde's Shannon Bennett turns the Royal Botanic Gardens' Observatory Cafe into a Vietnamese cafeteria.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (3)

peruvian

El Amigo

El Amigo

Callan Boys This Forest Lodge eatery is a jumble of red walls and Latin American kitsch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (5)

pancakes

Hearty fare: UTS Haberfield Rowing Club's banana and buttermilk pancakes.

UTS Haberfield Rowing Club restaurant

Megan Johnston The revamped rowing-club restaurant offers pancakes with panoramic views.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (19)

regional thai

Gai Pae Sa.

Surry Hills Eating House

14/20

Terry Durack Sydney's Thai chefs are spreading their wings and exploring the regions and many border crossings of Thailand.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (16)

upstairs/downstairs

Venison, leek, blueberries and cocoa.

The Rose Upstairs

13/20

Larissa Dubecki For a Fitzroy pub that prides itself on being grounded, Upstairs represents a bold leap.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (9)

ticketed restaurant

'A Winter Picnic' dish at Prix Fixe features gin and cucumber sandwiches.

Prix Fixe

Dani Valent The price may be fixed but the experience is fun, free-wheeling and fabulous.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (15)

mornington peninsula

Roasted jerusalem artichoke, mushrooms, parmesan and celeriac.

Terre

14/20

Larissa Dubecki Terre ('earth') positively squelches with the lingua franca of the hospitality industry.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (18)

americana

Crab cakes with fennel slaw.

Nantucket Kitchen & Bar

14/20

Natascha Mirosch This Cape Cod conservatory-styled bar and eatery brings a slice of sophisticated Americana to Brisbane's western 'burbs.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (41)

pan-asian

Crisp silken tofu with garlic, lemongrass and chilli.

Kwan Brothers

Natascha Mirosch Casual, late night, kooky and kitsch, the newest kid on the Alfred block is a clever mix.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (28)

yakitori

Karaage

Bird's Nest Yakitori

Natascha Mirosch Eat your way from beak to tail at this unusual contemporary yakitori bar.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (26)

beer

Bentspoke's lamb burger.

BentSpoke Brewery

14/20

Bryan Martin Bryan Martin heads to the newly-opened microbrewery and pub and has a meal that puts beer front and centre.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (45)

steak

Cape Grim T-Bone steak at Capitol Bar and Grill.

Capitol Bar and Grill

14.5/20

Kirsten Lawson Kirsten Lawson tries to blend in at the glitzy Capitol Bar and Grill at the QT Canberra hotel.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (17)

thai

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Chong Co

12/20

Natasha Rudra Chong Co is a little pricier than your usual suburban Thai restaurant but it does what it says on the tin, and tries to experiment a little more than the usual.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
reader ratings (10)

recipes

Good Food. 11 April 2014. Shots for Adams good food recipes. Photo: William Meppem.

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