Hello everyone! I took two weeks doing this, but here it is.
I spent the last 2 weeks of April in Brisbane on a business trip. Of course, the main goal of being there was work, so trip like these are very different from vacations. Diner became the main event of the day but i did have 1 weekend to go out.
Here are my general impressions of brisbane:
We had a lot of fun picking restaurants in Brisbane. A different country every night! You have such a multicultural city. Following the advice of these forums, and urbanspoon, we never had a bad meal. Surprinsingly, two 2 bad meals we had were on a recommendation from a local. Usually, i travel on a very limited budget, and i don't indulge, but on a business trip it's different ;)
One thing that really annoyed me was the refusal to split the bill.
Jellyfish: Yes, the hype is justified. Everyone around the table had a fantastic meal.
I had the prawn and crab pasta. I would've drank the sauce straight from the bowl, if that wouldn't be considered rude.
Sardine Tin: I went there on a solo meal, sat at the bar and had tapas. Everything was good, without exception. The sand crab with a little lemon granite on top was amazing. The portions are small though, so it did come up expensive.
Ahmet: We had a fun meal there. We we 3 people, but shared the set meal meant for 2, with an extra order of the garlic bread. We were stuffed. The portions are quite generous. The bread was delicious (i would've eaten just that and be a happy woman), as was the lamb and the mezze. The kebab though was way too spicy for my taste.
Verve Cafe: I went there 3 times, since it was located right next to the office. Always full, this place has a lot of ambiance. Verve cafe has one of the best value for money, so i can understand the popularity! A word of warning though, this place can get loud so maybe not good for a romantic evening. It has the biggest selection of ciders i've ever seen. The lamb shank and the olive bread were my favorite. On my last meal in town, i went there solo. I ended up hanging out with the owner at the bar, who was a very friendly fellow. Was a nice was to end my trip :)
Wagaya: Another one of my weekend solo meals. This japanese izakaya has booths with electronic screens from which you order. Very fun! The pictures in the menu made it much easier, and they had a nice selection of japanese alcoholic drinks. I had some yuzu cocktail, with ramen, sushi, dumplings, and fresh tofu. Yes i had too much... The set meals are a good bargain i find, you could eat under 20. It's also fun because you can order things over and over, and decide when you are full. This would have been more fun as a group though. I would've definitely returned.
Sono: Another japanese place near Queens mall. Delicious food. The tempura was great, as were the steamed seafood custard. You will find more traditionnal japanese items here. The quality was better then Wagaya but the selection of drinks was not as good. I had a fried cheesecake desert which was sublime. All in all, I think i prefered Wagaya, surprinsingly. Maybe mostly for the fun factor, and the fact that every item had a picture at wagaya.
I'll stop here for the restaurants, though i went to many more. I will post pictures of the meals i took in the pages :)