Save your shoe leather and use this list to find the food hot spots you should explore at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.
Once you used to go to a shopping centre to do the shopping. Quaint idea isn’t it? Now you go to a shopping centre to see a movie, visit the gym or eat at a restaurant. I’ve spent way too much time at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, the largest shopping centre in Brisbane’s western suburbs, and I’ve found the 10 food hot spots.
1. First find the Station Road side of Indooroopilly Shopping Town and next discover Nantucket Kitchen & Bar which has a cool Cape Cod-inspired American chic feel inside with a wide-ranging menu and house coffee that’s very good. Worth a visit even for just a coffee and toilet stop. I’d recommend the spanner crab and fennel salad with caramelised orange dressing and fresh herbs.
2. Also at Station Road is The Mero Kitchen & Bar, from the same folk who brought you Gerard’s Bistro in James Street. Head here for hearty meat and seafood dishes, wood-fired pizzas, share plates and seasonal antipasti.
3. Ole Fuego on Station Road is the sister to Ole at Southbank and also Spanish but the menu works much harder here with treats like slow-cooked crispy lamb belly with roast grapes and another of confit duck with sautéed mushrooms, Fino sherry, shallot purée and kale. Do try the lamb belly.
4. Harajuku Gyoza‘s dumplings are something of which I never seem to tire. When they first opened in Fortitude Valley, people were queuing to get in. You won’t have to queue at Station Road.
5. Nitrogenie has salty, caramel popcorn and lemon meringue ice cream that rocks my socks. They make it using liquid nitrogen to freeze eggs, milk and cream and they are also on Station Road.
6. With entrances both inside the shopping centre and on Station Road, Pig N Whistle is an oldie but a goodie. They do a great high tea and their house blend Mantle & Moon coffee is well worth trying.
7. Yum Cha Cuisine Indooroopilly is down on level one, right near the Moggill Road entry. True to their name, the restaurant offers a very popular yum cha on the weekends and is open seven days from 10am to 10pm.
8. Also on level one near the Moggill Road entry is Cabassi & Co Artisan Butchers. Head here if you want to pick up a special steak or something tasty from a smaller seasonal producer. They also have awesome hamburgers.
9. Wandering around an Asian supermarket is a fascinating exercise in discovering products you never even knew existed. UFM Asian Grocer claim to be a leader in the Asian grocery industry in Brisbane so expect some exciting surprises on their shelves.
10. I never walk past the 2 in 1 Japanese Bakery on level 3 without being surprised by one of their cakes. They really are very funny, especially the ones that look like little fluffy dogs.
After exploring all these places you’ll need a coffee so head to Foundry Aristan Coffee on level 3 or Coffee Hit on the ground level for coffee that will make your eyes open.