Missing international travel? Us too. But you don’t need to miss out on one of the best parts of international travel – the food – thanks to the many amazing restaurants we have right here at home.
Before we reveal a few of our favourites, pull out your calendar: the ultimate celebration of international eats is coming up this weekend, Saturday March 13, at Dust Temple.
The Traveller’s Table is Dust Temple’s newest endeavour – a series of experiential dining events designed to take you across the globe, from Currumbin to Mexico, New York and even the Pacific Islands.
Each series celebrates food, culture and history from a specific region, presented by featured chefs, cooks, producers and sommeliers.
This weekend, the inaugural Traveller’s Table will take you to Oaxaca (pronounced Wahaka), Mexico, with the help of Clay Cantina’s Kristal Smith. Her menu will transport you through the Oaxacan Market to the family table, meeting the makers and exploring the history of ingredients and processes.
You won’t want to miss it – but if you do, dine out at one of these international restaurants instead!
The USA: Outback Steakhouse
Yes, the irony of including an Australian-themed American restaurant first on a list of ‘international restaurants’ isn’t lost on us, but anyone who has visited the original knows that it’s far more American than it is Aussie. Just order a Bloomin’ Onion and you’ll understand.
France: La Cache au Vin
Founded by Thierry Galichet, La Cache au Vin (pronounced more like ‘Luh Cash oh Vuh’) is about as French as Brisbane gets. The menu is largely in French, and while many of the waiters on hand are French, too, they’re more than accommodating when it comes to translation. When in doubt, always order the bread.
Japan: Etsu Izakaya
Beloved as one of the best, funkiest restaurants on the Gold Coast, spending an evening at Etsu Izakaya is the closest you’ll get to a night out in Tokyo. Whether you opt for the sashimi or the buta no kakuni (pork belly with apple and ginger sauce and spicy miso) just be sure to end your evening with a sip of sake.
Choosing Brisbane’s best Greek restaurant is a tough call, but anyone who has tasted Greca’s saganaki (a salty, sweet fried cheese, similar to halloumi) will agree that it is simply incomparable. The cool riverfront location at the Howard Smith Wharves only adds to the appeal.
Mexico: Frida Sol
Gold Coasters are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to Mexican restaurants, but we have to give the top spot to Frida Sol for its fresh ingredients and even fresher decor – talk about Instagram worthy! We’ll take one of each taco, washed down with a margarita or two.
Italy: Tocco Italiano
True Italians will tell you that not all wood fired pizzas are created equal, but we definitely think the offerings at Tocco Italiano are the closest we’re going to get to lunching on the Amalfi Coast. They’ve got two locations, Teneriffe (currently closed temporarily) and Chelmer to choose from, too.
India: Temple of Spices
There’s nothing we love more than a family Indian night, whether we dine in or takeaway, and Temple of Spices is our current go to. While their curries are incredible, it’s their menu of salads and sides that really sets them apart. The options are endless!
Thailand: Naga Thai
With blue dumplings, river views and crazy cocktails, this ain’t your neighbourhood Thai restaurant. Naga takes the family takeaway fave and turns it into the ultimate girls’ night out location – both the atmosphere and the flavours pack quite the punch.
We couldn’t leave our homeland off this list, and when it comes to Australiana, there’s no place quite like Rosella’s. From vegemite or eggplant parmy jaffles to their Summer Bay and Queensland Border Pass cocktails, each and every item is served with a side of Aussie humour.