Quick trip to Brisbane
I'm up to Brisbane next month. I'll be presenting at Griffith uni are there any cool/casual eateries near by? I'm thinking Cumulus Inc in Melbourne, for comparison.
I only really know the city, but no-one has ever suggested I travel out of the CBD for anything other than a steak. Rents seem to be high, so most restaurants try and push upmarket so they can charge like a wounded bull. Brissy is getting to be a very expensive place.
I can't think of anything in the Cumulus middle ground. Brisbane meat means steak at either a pub (The Norman, the Breakfast Creek) or posh (Cha cha char, MooMoo). Then there's a tranche of glam Sydney-Melbourne clones - Sake, Aria, Stokehouse.
The closest I can think of in the bistro space woul be E'cco - been around for ages but seems to have refreshed recently. Tank is looking good as well. If you're feeling avant garde, then Esquire is on my current must do list - it's a bit scary prices but tempers somewhat at lunchtime.
funnily enough there really is a fabulous place very close by. Griffith Nathan Campus has a restaurant called G's which is just spectacular. Also, nearby Sunnybank has a MASSIVE Chinese population and some of the finest Asian restaurants in Australia, well worth a visit.