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The 7 things you need to eat at the QVB

10 Jul 2019

The QVB is a patchwork of colour, filled with curiosities and boasting an unusual history. It’s no surprise, then, that the food on offer reflects this unique beauty in all her complexity. Here are the cult classics that customers keep returning for…

1. Green Tea Battered Barramundi, $21, at Yama Japanese Restaurant & Café

Yama Japanese Restaurant & Café has a range of fresh Japanese favourites from sushi to Teppanyaki, but they’ve also been crafting some very special fusion dishes, most notably the Matcha Battered Barramundi served with a side salad of tomatoes and wedges. The fish fillets are coated with head chef JK’s secret matcha green tea batter and crispy fried to create an elegant version of the much-loved classic fish and chips – with a Japanese twist. 

2. Gruyere de Comté Jaffle, $20, at Esquire Drink + Dine

While the full menu by head chef Damien Worthington is worth coming back for, for a quick bite at Esquire, the gourmet jaffles are the ticket. Particularly of note is the Gruyere de Comté jaffle, stuffed with earthy, melty gruyere and served with crispy fries and a pickle. 

3. Sans-sausage Vegan Roll, $8.90, at Metropole Cafe

It’s no secret that young Australians are shifting their focus to more plant-based eating habits, so it’s as good a time as any to get onboard and see for yourself why Metropole’s vegan sausage roll is a best seller. It’s made with the same flaky pastry as a traditional sausage roll (but no butter) and stuffed with a concoction of plant-based ingredients rivalling its meat-based counterpart. 

4. Katsu Burger, $24, at Jet Bar Cafe

Undoubtedly the spiciest item on the menu at Jet Bar, is the top pick of the burgers and sandwiches on offer. Made with crispy fried butter chicken and topped with cheese, cucumber, Asian slaw and the special house katsu-sauce, it’s a long-time favourite of the regulars. It comes with beer-battered fries.

5. Nutella Granola Toast, $7.50, at Kikko Café

The breakfast menu at Kikko Café pays homage to all of the European favourites, including eating chocolate for breakfast. Fresh, thick pane di casa is spread with Nutella and topped with banana and granola for added crunch.

6. Sacher Torte, $14.10, at Vienna Coffee Co

A rich chocolate cake made up of two layers of sponge topped with a thin spread of apricot jam underneath rich chocolate icing, the cake was made famous by Austrian Franz Sacher, who created the treat for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna in 1832. The original recipe is one of the country’s most closely guarded secrets! 

7. Greek Calamari, $1 each or $10.50 for 6 calamari and chips, at The Little Fish Shoppe

The calamari is seasoned lightly with salt, pepper and parsley before being fried till golden and served with chips. The recipe has been honed over many years by Manuel, the shop’s original owner, and while he no longer works in the shop on daily basis, his daughter, Marie, is carrying on the tradition (and the family’s secret recipe!). 


To find all of the cafes and restaurants listed above in centre, click on the links or head to our A - Z Dining page


Pictured above: Green Tea Battered Barramundi from Yama Japanese Restaurant & Café