Guys and gals, get acquainted with your going-out wardrobe again, because it’s time to put on your shoes, leave the house and dine out with friends! Yep, as of 1 June, 2020, we’re able to frequent our fave Brisbane restaurants and eateries that can now take bookings for up to 20 people in a room or defined area at a time.
 
If you’ve been missing the social interaction and unique ambience of the restaurant dining experience, here’s where you can now eat out with friends in the Valley:
 
Bird’s Nest Restaurant
 
Get stuck into some traditional yakatori, grilled to perfection at Bird’s Nest Restaurant on Ann Street. Open for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only on weekends, you can book your table online via the website, or call 3257 2305. Don’t forget to indulge in moreish sides such as crispy chicken karaage and lotus root chips!
 
Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen
 
Oh Bloodhound Bar, we doggone missed eating in and chowing down on stacked burgers and soft-corn tacos, topped off with craft beer on tap. Book your dining slot on 3162 6402 and take your pick of burgers, tacos and can’t-go-past sides such as fried pickles, buttermilk popcorn chicken and those signature Bloodhound wings.
 
Finn McCool’s
 
Irish eyes are smiling again at Finn McCool’s! Now open for groups, it’s your chance to take over Finn McCool’s pub and celebrate a mate’s birthday with a belated shindig. Call 3166 2477 for a two-hour reservation at any time of the week and ask about their Taste of Home menu and the food and drink packages on offer.
 
Les Bubbles
 
Feeling fancy? Oui-oui! Les Bubbles is now open for lunch from 11:45am Monday to Sunday and dinner from 5pm Sunday to Thursday and from 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Get in quick to secure your seating time to dine-in on that French comfort food staple of steak frites. Book via the website, or call 0444 573 955.
 
Mr. Mista
 
Get an intimate dining experience with two dinner sittings at 6pm and 8pm Fridays to Sundays at Mr.Mista. Book online via the website to secure your spot and you’ll be treated to the LA-meets-Asia vibes of their banquet menus. Think Filipino spring rolls, Chinese baos, Thai curries and the extra-ness of gold-flecked Billionaire Fried Rice.
 
Nom Nom Bao – Burger + Beer
 
The new-ish Nom Nom Bao – Burger + Beer has reopened on Warner Street to fulfil all your bao bun dine-in dreams. From crispy gyozas to teriyaki chicken karaage, stewed pork belly and even dessert bao, book your table via the website, DM on Instagram, or call 3148 8781.
 
Shishou Sake Bar & Eats
 
Take a trip to NYC via Tokyo at Shishou Sake Bar & Eats on Brunswick Street. Now open from 5pm to 10pm Thursday to Sunday, reserve your spot online, or DM the team via Instagram. Choose from all your faves including baos, grilled skewers, okonomiyaki, noodles, rice dishes and burgers. Yum!

The Sound Garden

Open Thursday through to Sunday from 11am to 10pm, The Sound Garden now has limited dine-in seating available for three seatings: 5:30pm, 7pm and 8:30pm. Book your table online, or email enquiries@thesoundgarden.com.au to enjoy the punny cocktails (Pretty Fly for a Mai Tai, anyone?) and delish gastropub meals.

The Vietnamese Restaurant
 
Get among the nuanced, fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine when you dine-in at The Vietnamese. They’ve fired up the woks and stockpots to serve up traditional and popular Asian dishes such as warming pho, crispy beef strips with honey and chilli, salt and pepper tofu and much more. Call 3252 4112 to book a table.


Image Source: Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen

— June 2020