We’ve all been there - it’s late, the fun has died down and you’re hanging out for a life-changing feed when you realise you have no idea where to go. Fear no more! When you’re in the Valley ‘til the wee hours, there’s no limit to the delicious meals you can sink your teeth into. We’ve rounded up our top picks for late night meals to satisfy your hunger well past usual closing time:
No late night is complete without a serious craving for fries, but have you ever tried Kimchi fries? Nestled in the intimate and oh-so-cute Bakery Lane, Nom Nom Korean Eatery is adored by Valley-goers for its Korean-Japanese fusion street food flavour sensations. Whether you’re in the mood for spicy pork buns, crispy chicken wings or even bibimbop (pictured below!), the chefs at Nom Nom will cure your cravings.
Hidden among the bustling backdrop of Brunswick Street, you might accidentally stumble into Greaser at the peak of a big night out. Fortunately, it’s exactly the sort of place you want to stumble into, especially when the late night hunger hits. Head down the stairs and order an Original Greaser Cheeseburger with crinkle cut chips to feel the greasy goodness.
The Valley’s home of Asian street eats, Heya Bar’s vibrant market aesthetic and labyrinth of secret bars will keep you entertained and (more importantly) very well fed, deep into the night. Feast on fantastic fried creations like the cheeseburger spring rolls or sample the pan fried shallot and pork pancake and classic steamed dumplings.
Strategically located right in the middle of the Brunswick Street Mall, anyone can stumble their way to Burrito Shack after a night out. That’s reason enough to love them but throw in a $10 street burrito with Mexican rice, black beans, Pico de Gallo salsa and your choice of meat and sauce, plus the fact that they’re open until 5am on Fridays and Saturdays, and it’s clear that Burrito Shack knows exactly what we want.
If you find yourself lost in the Valley and dying for a late-night pizza, then local dive bar Tomcat is definitely for you. Head upstairs off Wickham Street to this #notastripclub and order pepperoni pizza by the slice or, (if you’re hungry/drunk enough) chow down on the whole 15-inch pie.
Located at the top of Chinatown Mall, LONgTIME challenges everything you thought you knew about Thai food – and, thankfully, does it from 5.30 until late, 6 nights a week. Sit down in the restaurant and try the coconut and turmeric lobster curry or if the bar’s where you want to be, LONgTIME packs a punch there too - offerings include a salt and pepper tofu burger with chili caramel and a puffed rice crisp of snapper, coconut and powdered betel leaf.
Truly the gold standard for late night eats in the Valley, Chinatown’s selection of restaurants will satisfy any hunger no matter how large or how…influenced. Grab some late night Yum Cha at Golden Palace, chow down on seafood at King of Kings , slurp hot bowls of ramen at Tatsu Ramen and be wowed by the barbeque at Enjoy Inn. All are licensed and open late on weekends. Why would you want to be anywhere else?
There’s nothing like finishing a night out with a massive cheesy slice of pizza, and the Valley’s New York Slice opposite the Press Club has been a part of everyone’s night for more than 16 years. The perfected New York foldable, thin-crust pizza is Brisbane’s own and everyone knows their favourite slice - is yours Spinach and Ricotta, Pepperoni or BBQ Chicken? Either way it’s served hot to you in 90 seconds so you can bounce on to the next club or call it a night and head home satisfied.
It wouldn’t be a true late night eats story if we didn’t mention the much-loved kebab, right? Conveniently located on Brunswick Street Mall is Shah Kebab and Pizza Café, attracting swathes of hungry Valley-goers for good reason. Their authentic and delicious doner kebabs are second to none; succulent lamb, fresh crispy lettuce, juicy red tomato and shredded carrot all bundled up in a toasty wrap *drool*! Got a craving for pizza, perhaps? The Shah Kebab vegetarian pizza does not disappoint – expect generous servings of spinach, feta, olives and fresh herbs on a tasty pizza base. Whether you opt for a kebab or pizza, you can’t go wrong!
There’s no need to go hungry in Fortitude Valley with all of these venues serving up delicious late night eats!