7 dishes putting Ipswich on the food map

What are the standout dishes on Ipswich’s dining scene? We’re glad you asked. Here are 7 delicious to try right now.
07 Feb 2018
Natascha Mirosch, Blogger


Ipswich dishes you should have already tried

What are the standout dishes on Ipswich’s dining scene right now? We’re glad you asked. While we couldn’t round up every single one, here are 7 highlights that are helping put Ipswich on the map for south-east Queensland foodies.

Tonkotsu ramen

Hikari Ramen low res

…at Hikari

The ramen love continues worldwide. Slurp your way through a big bowl of steaming, springy noodles with slices of pork, a creamy soft-boiled egg, bamboo shoots and nori seaweed. Hikari’s ramen broth is simmered for a minimum of 9 hours and comes in the traditional ‘shio’ (salt) shoyu (soy sauce) miso or spicy versions.

1 Main Street, Springfield Central

The Reuben Bagel

The Yard

…at The Yard on Glebe

Named for a poker play friend of the Nebraskan chef-inventor, the classic Reuben, is served on rye, but this dinky little suburban café offers a lighter version, in a toasted bagel. All the other elements; pastrami, sauerkraut, cheese and a tangy Russian dressing are present and deliciously correct.

Shop 1/175 Glebe Rd, Ipswich

Patiala chicken


… at Indian Mehfil

Butter chicken is so 2016. Ipswich Indian adventurers’ go-to is Mehfil’s authentic Patiala chicken – named for the Punjab hometown of head chef Pitamber Dutt. Its allure comes from tender chicken cooked on the bone and served in its rich spiced sauce and ginger garnish. This is a sure-fire finger-licking contender for Ipswich’s best chicken dish.

116 The Laneway, Ipswich

Bratwurst hotdog

tighty whities

… at Heisenberg Haus

No radioactive-red supermarket hotdog sausages here. Heisenberg’s primo version of the American classic is given a German makeover, with a thick, juicy and flavoursome bratwurst sausage, swiped with a mild mustard and piled with sauerkraut and a side of fries. Also available at Heisenberg’s little sibling, Tighty Whities.

164 Brisbane St, Ipswich

Brioche French toast


…at Rafter & Rose

Let’s not fool ourselves, Rafter and Rose’s colourful brioche French toast is a pretender – a dessert by any other name masquerading as a breakfast dish to trick us into imagining it’s healthy. To be fair, there is fruit, but there’s also ice-cream, sweet sliced brioche and lashings of maple syrup.

1/17 Ellenborough Street, Ipswich

Nutella cheesecake


… at Fourthchild

With a rotating selection of chocolate cheesecakes, it’s hard to choose, but we reckon Fourth Child’s Nutella cheesecake just pips the others at the post as a favourite. What’s not to love about a base of crushed Oreo biscuits and a soft, mousse-like filling made from cream cheese and everyone’s favourite hazelnut spread?

6/126 Brisbane Street, Ipswich

Pumpkin seed icecream


… at Ungermann Brothers Icecream Parlour

One of the most popular flavours among the 15 he debuted with at his Ipswich ice creamery is also one of the more unusual.  It’s a creamy, slightly nutty number, flavoured with Slovenian pumpkin seed oil on a vanilla bean base. You can have it in a cone or cup, or go all out and try a tasting plate all prettied up with edible flowers and accompaniments.

88 Limestone St, Ipswich

Natascha Mirosch Blogger
Natascha Mirosch has been writing about food for 20 years and as many kilos both here and in the UK. She's been lucky enough to interview some big names in food, including Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal. When she's not eating her way through local cuisine on some other continent, she's in her own kitchen trying to figure out a way to make low-cal food taste good. https://www.extravirginmag.com/

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