Courtney Nichols – eat/drink brisbane

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Courtney Nichols, restaurant supervisor at The Balfour Kitchen in Brisbane shares her favourite places for great eat/drink experiences in her home state of Queensland!

Where do you go for coffee before work/after work/not at work?

Coffee is always great at the Three Little Monkeys in West End.  This place is deceivingly huge with so many different options for seating.   The Emporium Barber inFortitude Valley boasts amazing tasting coffee, quick service and quirky staff.  Plus what a unique idea, having it combined with a barber!  Elements Sunshine Coast is great for high tea and has a beautiful view.

Favourite places for breakfast and brunch?

Avalanche in Fortitude Valley has fresh, healthy, natural foods and a team that are always so accommodating and friendly.   Chop Chop Changs in West End offers fresh food which is full of flavour.  The Little Larder in New Farm has friendly staff, innovative food and a resident chicken called Pumpkin that the chef comes out to feed with the leftovers!

Favourite restaurants in your home state for special occasions?

The design of flavours and textures behind every dish of Cams at The Long Apron in Montville is so interesting and the option to have perfectly matched wines is a bonus.  Gerard’s Bistro in New Farm is great for dining in groups so make use of the share plate options.  At the Lilly Pad in Cairns, the menu is innovative, the food is always fresh and staff are quirky and friendly.

Best bars to head to after work and on your days off?

The Elixir in Brisbane has a great atmosphere, rooftop bar with mini gazebos and greenery with fairy lights wrapped through.  Bar tenders are really knowledgeable and always stock great products.  Papa Jacks offers tasty cocktails.  They make all their own spices and syrups to use in them.  I also would head to Cloudland, purely because this venue is an absolute work of art.

Where do you go for fresh, seasonal produce and market bargains?

Eat Street Markets has a funky atmosphere and wide selection of quirky snacks to try.  Newfarm Markets is great if you are after fresh produce.  Eumundi Markets boasts beautiful produce and food to try, especially the frozen mango cups on a hot day!

And finally, where have you had the best interstate dining experiences?

Zanzibar Kingscliff has a funky vibe and friendly staff.  Everything is made fresh and the flavours are zippy!  The Thievery in NSW has a quirky setting with personable staff and innovative food.  Mr Wong also in Sydney offers classic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist.

See where else to eat & drink around the country:
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

 


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