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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33234 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-05-24 02:20:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-05-24 02:20:08 [post_content] => BRISBANE'S West End beats to the same drum as its hallowed counterpart in London with an eclectic array of people, markets, music, bookshops, and most importantly food options. From Italian styled coffee to Greek souvlaki, Vietnamese san choy bau or native Australian food there's such an array of cuisines on offer your tastebuds are in for a treat. Here are some places to give them a work out. Tukka Restaurant The "Advanced Australian Fare" on offer here includes things like Cairns Crocodile, seared Queensland kangaroo, skinned Tasmanian salmon, local macadamia, wattleseed tiramisu and an array of other local foods. While the mains are more on the upside of the scale compared to other local restaurants, this is fine dining and a unique experience. Tukka has its own garden from where it draws a number of its leaves, roots, berries, spices, herbs and fruits and a pre lunch or dinner cocktail can be enjoyed in its setting. They also host cooking classes. Bon apetit. 145B Boundary Street www.tukkarestaurant.com.au [caption id="attachment_33237" align="alignnone" width="250" caption="Wattle seed tiramisu. Pic: Tukka Restaurant"][/caption] Mondo Organics "Eat Mondo. Feel Good" is one of the mottos of this place that is all about organic foods. There's a restaurant, catering and cooking school here so book in to what you fancy. It's the kind of place you can take your fussiest friend or go for a special occasion. Whatever the occasion you'll dine on really great wholesome food. As the name suggests all the food is sourced locally from ecological, sustainable or free trade growers, wholesalers and farmers. And you can taste the difference. It's seasonal too so go at a different time of year for a completely different experience. To die for. 166 Hardgrave Road http://www.mondo-organics.com.au/ West End markets For market style food with anything from samosas to sugar cane juices, falafels, Hungarian tócsni (potato pancakes), empanadas or paella and of course great coffee. While there are some real old time favourites that market frequenters hope will never close or move on, such as the Gypsy Caravan for coffee and Y Killamoocow for various vegetarian rolls and pastries, the food scene does change from time to time. That means new places will spring up so you'll never get tired of the choice available. Davies Park, Off Montague Road and end of Jane Street http://www.daviesparkmarket.com.au/home/about-the-market [caption id="attachment_33238" align="alignnone" width="650" caption="The Gypsy Caravan at West End Markets. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption] Trang Restaurant There's plenty of competition for Chinese and Vietnamese in West End and on this street in particular. Everyone has their favourites but this one has proved its mettle with great pho, crispy chicken, black bean sauce and pork salad rolls. They stand out from the other offerings on this stretch for the fact they actually have a website, lighting so you can see what you're eating, a takeaway online menu and good prices. It's also worth wandering further up the road afterwards to Cafe CheCoCho afterwards for chess, coffee and chocolate and some live music (weekends). 2/59 Hardgrave Road www.trangs.com.au The Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House Three Monkeys is a West End favourite for many for its excellent coffee, chai teas, fruit juices, deserts and meals - great plates of nachos, foccaccias, toasted sandwiches and other offerings of a Mediterranean twist. While the menu and drinks are good, most people really come for the ambience with tuck away corners to sit in, atmospheric furnishings and lighting, and comfy chairs to lounge in. It's the kind of place you go to meet friends and won't want to leave. Perfect for a lazy morning or afternoon, a long lunch, a light dinner or an after meal hangout - in other words at any time of day. 58 Mollison Street https://www.facebook.com/TheThreeMonkeysCafe The Gun Shop Another West End favourite that is also a good hangout place at any time of day. Come for breakfast, a coffee, lunch or dinner (bookings recommended and go early for the first in breakfast) with plenty of class and atmosphere. The breakfast menu is actually all day on the weekend and probably what the place is best known for. You can choose from fruit salads, omelettes, French toast, granola, barramundi, polenta cakes and more. The building is heritage listed and it can be booked for functions. 53 Mollison St www.thegunshopcafe.com BlackStar Coffee A place earning its street cred of the coffee variety in recent times is BlackStar with consistently good grounds on offer. All this is specialty roasted and fairtrade which sits right with the West End set. The vintage furniture and slightly grungy premises also fit and with the wafting smell of roasting coffee tantalising you as you wait, it's a great choice for something rich, dark and earthy. If you prefer something more subdued and informal to the high flier cafes of Boundary Road, this is your kind of place. It will also will appeal to those that support international human rights, local music and other causes that BlackStar gets behind. 44 Thomas Street https://www.facebook.com/Blackstarcoffee [caption id="attachment_33236" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="Pic: https://www.facebook.com/Blackstarcoffee"][/caption] [post_title] => Eating your way through Brisbane's West End [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => eating-your-way-through-brisbanes-west-end [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-05-24 03:08:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-05-24 03:08:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33234 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

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