We may not be able to travel, but we can eat our way around the world with the bevvy of local takeaway options on offer. Here are just a few of our faves…
Known for its fresh ingredients, strong flavours and complementary textures, Vietnamese food is in a league of its own. But where can you get pho, banh mi and vermicelli noodles here in South East Queensland? For Gold Coasters, you’ll want to check out Quan 55 Bar. This Southport gem dishes up delicious tiger prawns, flavoursome dumplings and more salad, rice and noodle dishes than you could ask for, and delivers them all to you. And while those in Brisbane are missing the funky bar scene, they can get a taste of South Brisbane’s Hello Please at home by ordering anything off their diverse dine-in menu, to go – or, by taking advantage of their generous takeaway packs.
Japan is one of the top travel destinations for Aussies, for a number of reasons – their kawaii culture, unbeatable snow and, most importantly, delicious cuisine. Thankfully, you don’t have to fly nine-plus hours to taste what Japan has to offer. Brisbanites will already be familiar with hôntô – the dimly-lit den brought to you by the team behind LoNGTiME, Same Same and the brand-new AGNES – but did you know you can have their karaage chicken rolls, slow-cooked beef short rib and delicious dumplings (and more!) delivered right to your door? For Gold Coasters, you can’t go past Etsu Izakaya. Their tasty share plates, including kingfish carpaccio, gyoza and soft shell crab, can all be ordered to go.
Kibbeh, kafta and kebab, oh my! Lebanese food – and Middle Eastern food more generally – makes use of flavour and texture to create mouth-watering dishes that have become firm favourites among Aussies. For authentic Lebanese cuisine in Brisbane, King Ahiram’s is your best bet. This family-run hole-in-the-wall couldn’t be more traditional, dishing up bulging kebabs, falafel and an array of Lebanese sweet treats. The best part? They’re open for takeaway all the time, so you can keep feeding your addiction long after COVID passes. On the Gold Coast, Burleigh’s Rabbath has taken its traditional dine-in offerings takeaway, so you can enjoy your favourites like kibbeh bake and batata fries from the comfort of your own home.
As easy as it is to make pasta at home, nothing compares to restaurant-quality Italian. It’s just not the same when it comes from a packet. As far as incomparable Italian goes in Brisbane, it’s gotta be Beccofino. The Teneriffe mainstay is known for having lines out the door, which might be why they opened their sister restaurant, Julius, in South Bank. Order takeaway from either and you won’t be disappointed. Gold Coasters, don’t despair. Broadbeach’s Gemelli is arguably the best Italian spot on the Glitter Strip, dishing up authentic wood fire pizza, flavoursome pasta and fresh meat and seafood that’s second to none.
It’s arguably the most experimented-with international cuisine, with hundreds – if not thousands – of restaurants offering their take on “Mexican”. While you could certainly go drive-thru with Guzman Y Gomez or Taco Bell, we prefer something a little more authentic for our family takeaway nights. In Brisbane, that means Pepe’s Mexican and Tequila Bar in Newmarket (or ) which serves up chilli con queso dip, churros and everything in between. On the Gold Coast, we had to mention Mexicali. This fun Nobby’s Beach favourite offers must-try jalapeno poppers, a variety of tacos and delicious side options, and they’re even doing their signature cocktails to go, too.