Discovering Eat Street Markets

The crowds would suggest that many of you sublime-seeking Brisbanites are already all over this bustling, new addition to our local food scene. The empty wharves, riverfront at Hamilton, have been converted into an industrial-style village with 60 shipping containers reconfigured as mini-restaurants! It’s like nothing Brisbane has seen before… it’s Eat Street Markets!

Eat Street Markets Sign

The outdoor marketplace is the brainchild of Brisbane identities Peter Hackworth, John Stainton and Jacki Macdonald who took their inspiration from Asian markets. Since opening in November 2013, Eat Street has grown both in size and popularity! On my first visit with the girls last weekend it was so incredibly packed, KW likened it to the EKKA on People’s Day. But even though we had longer-than-normal waits and took to having a picnic on the astroturf rather than hunt around for in-demand seating, it felt like Brisbane was alive. A bit like Southbank during the Brisbane Festival! People from all walks of life out and about in our fabulous city on a warm summer’s night, enjoying some great food and company.

I returned with JS on Friday night, much earlier (5pm) in the hope of skipping the crowds – this was a good strategy! 2 hours from dusk, it was a completely different vibe to Eat Street at night… plenty of space, virtually no queues and every bit as delicious.

Eat Street Markets Eat Street Music Lawn Eat Street Seating

Tell me about the food! 

As you might expect, with so many vendors there are LOTS of options in terms of cuisine. Korean, Malaysian, Italian, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, German, Hungarian, Dutch, Indonesian, Chinese, Greek, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, snacks, meals, desserts, fresh food… I absolutely cannot do justice to the variety available. And it’s cheap! Expect to pay about $10 a plate.

There are many, many foodie gems to discover. Here are some we enjoyed + some getting lots of attention:

Korean Slider

I had a delicious Holy Cow slider from Koma Sliders

Mexican - Burrito unpacked

JS asked for a burrito in a bowl from Chilli Brothers Mexican. I tried the Nachos last weekend – definitely 2 from 2, these guys are awesome!

wholesomeness

JS (with his bottomless stomach) also tried a yummy sausage dish and some meatballs from Wholesomeness who sell exclusively gf, df meals. Next time he wants to try the Char Grilled Rib Fillet with Chimichurri sauce (above pic shared on Eat Street Markets fb page).

I heart brownies love heart brownie

A scrumptous gf brownie from iheartbrownies.

Dutch Poffertjes

Couldn’t pass up these delicious Dutch poffertjes!

Miss Julie's desserts

KW & JF tried Miss Julie’s amazing desserts last week. The above pic was shared on the Eat Street Markets fb page.

Chitty Banh Banh

Getting lots of heat is Chitty Banh Banh, run by Jake and Elle Harrison, runners up on My Kitchen Rules 2013! Their Vietnamese street food stall is a hotspot! (pic from their fb page)

Man Made Mocktails

I’m itching to try the Man Made Mocktails, $6 right by the entrance (pic from the Man Made Mocktails fb page).

Gluten Free Donuts

The people are cray-cray for gluten free donuts. Read more on the Gluten Off fb page.

Malaysian Curry Eat Street

Can’t wait to try this Malaysian Curry (pic from Eat Street Markets fb page). LOTS of people buying it on Friday.

Also feeling very curious about the Magic Mushroom Man’s stall, the Japanese pizza and Yoghurt Republic. So many things to try!

Is it just food? 

No! There’s also a bunch of gift-y stalls! Everything from home made soaps, to outdoor rugs, cute summer dresses, clocks made out of old records, around every corner is something different and unexpected!

Fresh Flower Stand Eat Street Markets

Here’s the fresh flowers stall on Friday.

There’s also organic fruit and veg, preserves and even cryovac’d meat available to purchase.

What about entertainment?

There seems to be plenty of live music and more – a squizz through the Eat Street Markets fb page reveals movie nights, Brazillian dancing and more. The facebook page is updated very regularly, it’s certainly the go-to spot to keep up with the happenings! There’s more info again at www.eatstreetmarkets.com.

I’m doing it! When and where?

The markets are open 4pm – 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Parking is available right next door to the markets, or on the street. Expect to park and walk. If you’re catching the CityCat, head to the Hamilton CityCat Terminal and walk up.

Eat Street Map

Not to be missed, Brisbanites, Eat Street Markets is certainly a Sublime Find! If you haven’t eat-streeted yet, you won’t regret giving this unique experience a try. See ya there! 

♥AS

Have you been to Eat Street? What can you recommend? 

Go nuts for gonuts!

Today’s find is one so good, I almost didn’t want to share it for fear of inciting a frenzy. It’s the best food I’ve ever tasted: it’s the gonut.

What’s a gonut? 

Part croissant, part donut, this delight extrodinare has been made famous by Dominique Ansel of the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New Your City who trademarked the name ‘cronut’ in mid-2013. New Yorkers have gone *crazy* for Ansel’s cronuts! Customers queue from 5am to get their hands on a $5 cronut at opening time. After Ansel and his team could not keep up with the demand, a black market formed for these delectable delights, with cronuts selling for EIGHT TIMES their original price at $40 each! The bakery weren’t going to miss out on people willing to pay top dollar, and now offer cronuts delivered to customers in New York, New Jersey and LA… wait for it… for the price of $100 a cronut. ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER PASTRY. (No discount for buying in bulk either! It’s 2 for $200, 5 for $500 and 10 for $1000!)

Here’s the awesome news! 

Brisbanites can get a piece of the deliciousness without the trip to New York, without the 3 hour queue and without the black-market price tag! Flour & Chocolate at 621 Wynnum Rd, Morningside have their own take on the croissant-donut, named the gonut. While I haven’t personally tried Ansel’s cronut (the whole madness seemed a lot to take on during holidays… apparently people are known to cry if they line up and miss out!), I’ve had the pleasure of trying Flour & Chocolate’s gonuts and I reckon they have to be every bit as good. Their flavours regularly include salted caramel, chocolate ganache, cinnamon sugar and feature special flavours like orange sugar and raspberry fondant! But note! You can’t get gonuts every day! Gonuts are usually baked on Thursday; Lachlan and Kylie regularly update their facebook page to share what’s cooking, so have a peek there to be sure. Check out some of the gonut pics they’ve shared: 

Gonuts (Salted Caramel)

Salted Caramel *drool*

Gonuts

Custard and Rasberry Jam + Chocolate Ganache

Gonut - Peanut Chocolate Ganache

Peanut chocolate ganache!

If you’re not ready to have your MIND BLOWN by the gonut, try one of Flour & Chocolate’s other terrific treats:

Bagels

Bagels! (Usually Fridays)

Flourless Brownies

Brisbane’s best brownies (most are flourless! GF-ers delight! My fave is the white choc and macadamia blondie!)

Croissants

Exquisite croissants.

Donut - Rocky Road

Mind blowing donuts – these ones are rocky road!

Sublime seekers, if you love pastries, or donuts (or a great start-up with genuinely friendly staff and quality goods) and you’re not counting calories this week, you owe it to yourself to swing by Flour & Chocolate and get yourself a gonut. It may just be the highlight of your week (month? Year!?). 

♥ AS

Have you tried the gonut?  Or the cronut? Is there any food you’d line up two hours/buy on the black market/pay 20x it’s price for?