Solo dining has long shaken off its stigma,and half-serves, communal tables and wines by the glass mean there’s no reason to resign yourself to room service. Trade up from takeaway and treat yourself with our guide to Brisbane’s best restaurants for dining alone.
Bird’s Nest Yakitori
Bar seating, bite-sized dishes and bottomless mugs of Asahi – Bird’s Nest Yakitori well and truly ticks the boxes for a successful evening alone. And with almost everything on the menu arriving in two-skewer serves, solo diners needn’t confine themselves to a single dish. Chicken is the specialty here, and thanks to this Japanese eatery’s top-to-tail ethos, you can sample everything from flame-grilled hearts and livers to tenderloins, thighs and wings. After something more indulgent? Opt for the wagyu beef short rib and pork belly, or get a bit of everything for the ultimate table-for-one feast.
A Brisbane institution since 2008, 1889 Enoteca is the established go-to for the city’s solo diners. But even if you’re not a local, there’s something comfortingly familiar about this traditional Italian eatery. Velvet booths back on to exposed brick walls, a black marble bar stretches from back to front and apron-clad waiters shuffle from table to table with welcoming grins. And while there are plenty of imaginative menu items to choose from, take a cue from the restaurant’s decor and stick to the classics. From cacio e pepe to authentic carbonara, you can always rely on their comfort food and friendly service when you’re far from home.