Wining and Dining
Insanely delicious meals you must try in Ipswich
If you’re tired of eating at the same places time and time again, it could be time to branch out. Brisbane and Gold Coast locals will be very pleased to know that some of the best food in the region is actually available a short drive from home.
You may not know it yet, but Ipswich has an epic food scene, dishing up fantastic food and drink for hungry visitors. To help inspire you to jump in the car and spend a day eating your way through the region, here’s a guide to a few delicious meals in Ipswich you absolutely must try.
1. Rafter & Rose
Delicious and beautiful breakfasts don’t get much better than those at Rafter & Rose. This gorgeously cosy cafe sits near the heart of Ipswich city centre. You’ll find it a warm, welcoming space with a vintage feel.
Try their ‘Big Breaky Stack’ of sourdough, spinach and bacon, house made hash brown, haloumi and herb mushrooms served with two poached eggs and organic tomato. For something fancy, treat yourself to their insanely pretty brioche French toast.
2. Behind Our Picket Fence
Another top pick for breakfast and brunch, Behind Our Picket Fence is a homely spot serving tasty food made with love. You’ll find the menu dotted with South African favourites, like their signature Vetkoek Breakfast (pronounced fet-cook).
Fluffy, deep fried bread is served with haloumi and fried eggs, spinach, mushrooms and apricot chutney, with the option to add bacon. For lunch, try their slow cooked pork belly with roasted purple cabbage, herbed chat potatoes, spiced apple chutney, spinach and their house dressing.
3. Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
For a delightful lunch spot, look no further than Pumpyard Bar and Brewery. Established in a 100 year-old heritage-listed building in the centre of Ipswich, Pumpyard is fully equipped with its own brewery.
This means you can get your hands on flavoursome, unique beers with none of the chemicals, artificial stuff or preservatives. On the menu, top notch meals designed to quash a mean hunger. Try their pulled pork burger, stuffed with braised pork in ginger, Hoi Sin and spices served with apple kimchi and wasabi mayo.
4. Deann’s Coffee House
If the words ‘Nutella Cappuccino’ don’t get you going, nothing will. With a unique, 50’s vintage style fit-out, Deann’s Coffee House is a great spot to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. Of course, their signature nutella cappuccino has to be your number one pick, followed closely by their old-school milkshakes. For breakfast, you can’t go past their eggs Benedict, served with your choice of bacon, Atlantic salmon or ham off the bone.
5. Nu Orleans Bar-Restaurant
The guys at Nu Orleans are onto a winner, combining two of the best things in life; good food and great music. It’s the ideal place to visit for a few casual drinks, followed by awesome live music and a delicious dinner. On the menu, all the American-style bites you could hope for.
Try their smokey bourbon BBQ burger, Nu Orleans pork ribs or cajun barbecued salmon. Vegetarians fear not, the menu has you covered with some great meat-free options too.
Surrounded by the stunning Queensland bushland, it offers a tranquil and beautiful place to indulge in exceptional food at this award-winning restaurant. The food here is second-to-none, boasting a menu stacked with fresh, seasonal, local produce. The must-try here is the tasting menu, allowing you to sample many different dishes.
With 72 (yes, 72!) beers and ciders on tap, Tap’d is a go-to spot for those who love to share great food and beer with good friends. The range here includes favourites like Stone & Wood, Fat Yak, Blue Moon and a whole range of unique beers you’ve probably never heard of. Their food menu compliments the setting, like offering the chance to share a 1kg plate of BBQ ribs and sticky chicken wings with your mates. Perfect.
8. Nourish Real Food Cafe
For wholesome, flavourful food designed to nourish your body and soul, make a visit to Nourish Real Food Cafe.
A peaceful, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere await, as well as a menu bursting with fresh, healthy and, most importantly, very delicious options. The food is Naturopathically-inspired, so feel free to tuck in without reservation. Try their Shakshuka, of eggs baked in a middle-eastern spiced tomato base, topped with feta and sourdough toast.
9. Journeys Kitchen and Bar
You’ll love the huge and totally indulgent milkshake towers on offer at Journeys Kitchen and Bar. These monstrous beauties are loaded with crunchy, creamy, sweet, chocolatey goodness. Not only this, but they also serve fantastic coffee too, using Toby’s Estate beans.
You’re going to need some food to pair with those drinks, so be sure to try their breaky tower burger. A fried egg, avo smash and a hash brown, topped with mixed greens and their house made BBQ sauce, finished off with your choice of bacon or haloumi.
10. Heisenberg Haus
Who knew you could get traditional German fare in Ipswich? You’ll find Heisenberg Haus serving a range of German beers, including Löwenbrau, Steigl, Pauline and more.
They’ve also been known to have an Oompah band show up to serenade diners as they tuck into meals. Speaking of which, they serve a mighty pork knuckle, complete with bread dumplings, beer gravy and their special sauerkraut. Vegetarians can tackle their vegetarian strudel and kids will love the baby schnitzel.