If you’re hitting Fortitude Valley for lunch or dinner, there’s one thing you need to remember – bring an empty stomach. From dumplings and barbecue pork buns to kung pao chicken and salt and pepper squid – in the Valley, you have your pick of the very best Asian cuisines on offer.
The first stop is Chinatown Mall. If you’re craving traditional Chinese, Enjoy Inn has been feeding Brisbane for more than 20 years, while Golden BBQ is the namesake spot for succulent barbecue meals. Also on the Chinatown Mall, Umami Restaurant & Bar is a local fave that plays like a mixtape of Asia's greatest cuisines with dishes from China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam on the menu.
Another Chinatown Mall institution is Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant, which specialises in authentic Hong Kong cuisine and yum cha.
Duck your head around the corner onto Wickham Street and you’ll find Asian fusion spot Woka Woka and the fun and relaxed Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant, frequented by both corporate lunchtime diners and weekend banquet seekers.
For Vietnamese, there’s a smorgasbord of dining options, including Via He Viet Street Foods, tucked away on Little Street, plus Vietnam House Restaurant on Wickham Street and District 1 on Duncan Street. Another popular haunt is The Vietnamese Restaurant – best to book ahead as this Valley mainstay on Wickham is always bustling.
The precinct also boasts many authentic Japanese restaurants – Honto, Nonbei Sake Bar & BBQ, Wagaya Japanese Restaurant, Oyama Japanese Restaurant and Tatsu Ramen & Gyoza Bar– which showcase the very best of Japanese fine dining in the Valley. For fast-casual Japanese meals, check out Sushi Kenzen at the bottom of the Brunswick Street Mall and Good Morning Sushi in McWhirters Centre, which will be sure to transport you to the neon streets of Shinjuku.
For something different, tempt your tastebuds with South Asian/Nepalese dumplings aka momos from 8848 Momo House, a pop-up spot at the bottom of the Brunswick Street Mall. McWhirters Centre also houses two delectable Indian bistros – spice it up at Hyderabad Flavours Indian Restaurant and Balti Biryani.
For savoury-sweet-spicy Thai that'll send you straight to the streets of Bangkok or Koh Samui, visit Tara Thai restaurant or Full Moon Bar & Restaurant, both along Wickham Street. Or try authentic Thai and Laos dishes from Thai Wi-Rat restaurant on Brunswick Street Mall – check out the late-night food menu available on Friday and Saturday nights for snacks and quick eats.
If Filipino food takes your fancy, the Valley is a hub for all things Filipino-flavoured. Try this trending Asian cuisine at Best Friends Kainan SA Valley, or takeaway a tasty bakery treat from Cafe de Manila – both conveniently located in McWhirters Centre.
If you venture along Ann Street, you’ll find some more hidden gems, including Bird’s Nest Yakitori as well as Nom Nom Korean Eatery and Gung Ho! Dumpling in Bakery Lane. Around the corner in Warner Street, you'll come across the fun and relaxed bao restaurant, Nom Nom Bao – Burger + Beer. Further down towards the James Street precinct, you'll stumble across Mr. Mista, an LA-inspired cocktail bar and Asian-influenced kitchen that caters for those who love an elegant dining experience, but also want to party 'til 3am.
Down Brunswick Street, night owls should be sure to visit Ling Lings Bar & Late Night Restaurant. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of South Asia, Ling Lings has an abudance of contemporary pan-Asian street food, drinks, arcade games and more.
Further down Brunswick Street, within Central Brunswick, treat yourself to flavours from India, Thailand and Malaysia at Stone & Copper restaurant, and Curry 'n' Cask Indian Bistro's traditional Indian curries and snacks. You can also eat real Vietnamese street food from Grumpy G's Kitchen, Chinese at Gao's Kitchen and Royal Gala Charcoal BBQ.
Whatever you’re craving, look no further than the Valley to taste all the flavours of Asia.
– Updated February 2021