Mecca Bah, Brisbane, QLD
From cheap and cheerful take away to five-star fine dining, and everything in between, Brisbane’s expanding Muslim community is sure to find a variety of halal food options to impress and satisfy.
The top quality steak at Cut Steakhouse is a high-end favourite in the city, while Jakarta Indonesian in New Farm is a regular haunt for locals. Visitors to the area are always impressed with the award winning Turkish restaurant, Mado Café and Restaurant, which is decadently themed for an authentic Turkish experience.
Awarded the 2013 Australian Restaurant and Catering Turkish Restaurant of the Year, Mado Café and Restaurant is a sumptuously decorated, authentic Turkish restaurant. Perched by the Brisbane River on bustling South Bank, it’s a short walk from the city. Tuck into a char-grilled lamb shish as belly dancers sashay by on Friday and Saturday nights or one of the Anatolian specials, such as hunkar begendi or chicken guvec.
Mecca Bah in the inner city suburb of Fortitude Valley is one of a family of modern Moroccan restaurants stretching from Melbourne to Cairns. The Brisbane restaurant, in the Emporium building, is an elegant, contemporary take on Middle Eastern dining with large al fresco areas and muted lighting. Start with chickpea battered mussels or some zippy Middle Eastern coleslaw, and move onto a zingy, tender lamb tagine with preserved lemon, green olive and harissa or a smoky, spiced swordfish from the grill. Round out with a sticky basbousa cake and orange syrup.
Sample the delights at Mecca Bah, including:
- Moroccan Potato Cakes Filled With Goats Cheese And Pinenuts
- Grilled Merguez Sausage With Roasted Tomato Jam
- Tsire Spiced Lamb Kebab With Fragrant Rice Pilaf
Head down to the vibrant, rapidly-gentrifying suburb of New Farm for some traditional Indonesian and halal fare at Jakarta Indonesian restaurant. Book or arrive early – the bright, open room fills quickly with diners ordering plates of satays, the beloved gado-gado dish or try the spicy ayam rica-rica. The service is attentive and while the restaurant might lack in fine-dining touches, the bill will never be a shock.
The Purple Olive
The Purple Olive might be sparingly put together – basic décor, dark wooden chairs and white tablecloths – but it is consistently packed with punters looking for real, alive and hearty Italian fare nosh. Close to the city in New Farm, the halal-friendly kitchen dishes up pizza and pastas such as the signature gnocchi with pumpkin, burnt butter and sage, grilled barramundi and the 16-hour braised beef cheeks.
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