Where to find the best halal restaurants in Brisbane and the Gold Coast
With a rising number of Muslims calling Queensland home, as well as the state welcoming many others for their holiday, one thing is for certain, halal dining options are on the rise. If you’re looking for the best in the business, we’ve done the fork work to bring you the best halal restaurants in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Best halal restaurants in Brisbane
Black Hide Steakhouse, Brisbane CBD
You’ll get a genuine taste of old-world elegance at the upmarket Black Hide Steakhouse in one of Brisbane’s most historic buildings right in the city centre. Designed in classic revival style, with soaring ceilings, The Treasury Hotel, built from locally quarried sandstone and tuff was completed in 1928. The menu is equally local-focussed, with 100% halal certified prime Queensland organic, wagyu and Angus steaks that come served with crispy wagyu-fat roasted potatoes and your sauce of choice.
Eat Street Markets, Northshore
Join the throngs of locals at sundown on Friday or Saturdays, or from lunchtime on Sunday at Eat Street Markets with its ‘alleyways’ of shipping container stalls. There are more than 70 vendors selling a smorgasbord of international food; from Japanese and Turkish to Asian street food. Choose your food and grab a chair in front of one of three stages for free entertainment, including rock and pop, jazz and family-friendly events. Eat Street’s website will guide you to stall holders with halal options.
MADO, South Brisbane
At the quieter end of South Bank Parklands, Mado is perfectly situated for a break if you’re enjoying swimming at Streets Beach or exploring South Brisbane’s cultural precinct. Service is welcoming and the décor vibrant, with Anatolian carpets and wall hangings and a belly dancer, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as entertainment. Try the Turkish manti – small dumplings filled with spiced ground beef tossed in a caramelized tomato sauce served with homemade garlic and mint yoghurt, the best Turkish pide in town, or tender smoky, meats charred over charcoal.
Mu’ooz, West End
West End, with its markets, cafes, and bookshops is one of Brisbane’s more colourful inner-city suburbs and is just a short walk from neighbouring South Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) the Queensland Museum and South Bank Parklands. Friendly and cozy, Mu’ooz, a not-for-profit social enterprise restaurant serves traditional northern African cuisine; slow cooked meats like lamb qulwa or derho zigni – a favourite spicy beef or chicken curry flavoured with the much loved berberé and designed to be sopped up with the soft, spongy injera pancakes. Finish with an African donut drizzled with orange syrup or semolina cake and a cup of traditional Eritrean coffee.
Best halal restaurants on the Gold Coast
Shiraz Authentic Persian Restaurant, Surfers Paradise
Go with a healthy appetite and a few friends or family– this Iranian favourite in the middle of Surfers Paradise is famous for its generous portions, as well as warm hospitality. The menu has something to please everyone – from a selection of dips served with warm flatbreads to share, to their signature lamb shank with ‘green’ rice and plates of smoky chicken, beef or lamb kebabs served with saffron rice. Finish a meal (if you have room!) with ‘Chai O-Shirin’ – Persian tea served with a selection of biscuits.
Charis Seafood, Southport
There are few more simple pleasures than having fish and chips overlooking the water (so much so we even have a blog post about it). Bordering Harley Park, marked by rows of stately Norfolk pines right on Southport’s broadwater, Charis is a local institution. Put in your takeaway order and set up at one of the picnic tables or spread a blanket on the grass to enjoy an alfresco lunch or dinner. If you’re here at 1.30pm, you’ll be able to catch the unofficial wildlife show as squadrons of hungry pelicans gather to be fed by Charis staff.
Catch at The Hilton, Surfers Paradise
High above the vibrant centre of Surfers Paradise with uninterrupted ocean views is the aptly named Catch at The Hilton. Sink into a banquette and order from the modern Australian menu that includes entrees like tempura barramundi soft taco with onion pickle, chipotle mayo, avocado and corn salsa or soft pillows of potato gnocchi with asparagus, zucchini, corn, parmesan and truffle. Fish mains include favourites barramundi, salmon and kingfish. Put aside your diet for desserts like churros with white chocolate, raspberry crispies, Chantilly cream and coconut – you can always walk it off on the beach afterwards.
NightQuarter Markets, Helensvale
More than 120 speciality food purveyors have set up shop in shipping containers at the Gold Coast’s vivacious creative playground NightQuarter, where locals and visitors come meet, eat and listen to music under twinkling lights. Start off your evening by wandering the high energy Hawker Street, with cuisine from all over the world. Then move on to Tapas Street, with a dozen different vendors offering plates that are perfect for sharing. Sweet tooths can take an organised ‘dessert tour’ of the markets, or book in for high tea.
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