Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Halal restaurants in Brisbane / Gold Coast
G'day mate!! Did you guys watch Food Safari on channel 707 (Astro)? Amazing isn’t it? I mean the varieties of food/restaurants that Australia has to offer.
I guess Australia is one of the ‘western’ countries my parents do not mind visiting – not that far and halal food is easily accessible.
Now, with Air Asia…..so much better :-) Say, you book now for travel plan to Brisbane/Gold Coast in May 2009, the fare (rtn) is RM1,867.00 nett per pax. Hotel? Hmm depends on where you want to stay…cheapest USD82? Look around for bargains online. I used http://www.asiarooms.com/australia/brisbane/cbd-area.html?sort=rates&extraSortRate=80-120%20US$ for my travel before and their price can be quite decent (depends on when u book).
Gold Coast – Brisbane not that far about 45min-1hr drive (80km).
What can muslims eat in Brisbane? Well your choice - indonesian, malaysian, indian, turkish, middle eastern, mediterranean, portuguese fast food (Nando) etc.
If you wish to cook, plenty of butcheries selling halal meat around.
Excerpt from http://www.qut.edu.au/about/lifebris/lifebrisint/intfood.jsp :
“…Off-campus Brisbane has many cafes, restaurants and food outlets providing food from all over the world. Halal food can be purchased in many grocery shops and butchers around Brisbane. Chinatown in Fortitude Valley is only a short distance from the Gardens Point campus. Here you can find grocery stores that sell Indian, Fijian, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Japanese, Filipino and Thai goods.”
Excerpt from http://www.wayn.com/travel/guide/Australia/t2014318-Brisbane_hotels_restaurants_photos_reviews_nightlife_clubs_flights.html
“Brisbane is a nice place. hope to be there again. but things is as a Muslim it's so hard to get the Muslim halal food. I couldn't accept the Kebab and falafel all the ways. But overall Brisbane has lots of interesting and good spot of sight seeing compare to Perth, Darwin or Adelaide...”
Excerpt from http://syafisafiya.blogspot.com/2008/12/halal-food-options-while-having-fun.html
“Since we had lots of fun during our trip to Gold Coast recently, we would like to now share some information regarding halal or Muslim dining options available. In Australia, getting halal food is not difficult, and almost every shopping centre or area provides this option, but the menu is usually confined to kebabs, Indian food and Nando's. Thankfully though, these options are tasty and delicious to eat!
Amazingly, both Sea World and Movie World have restaurants which are halal certified. The menu ranges from fast food (imagine eating a halal chicken burger in Australia) to a la carte dining. Both the theme parks offers international menu including Asian selections. Really good news for Muslim Asians like us!”
Excerpt from http://www.qibt.qld.edu.au/index.php/about-us/testimonials.html
“The lifestyle in Brisbane is friendly, the shopping hours are different and I tried lots of new food. There is plenty of Halal food available for Muslims in Brisbane.”
Excerpt from http://emilahud.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/hanya-ada-satu-merek-roti-halal-di-australia/
“….Roti putih yang seluruh kandungan bahan tambahan pangan dan bahan utamanya diyakini kehalalannya itu adalah roti putih merek “Coles Smart Buy” (White Bread). Demikian hasil survei mahasiswa program doktor bidang sains pangan Universitas Queensland (UQ), Hoerudin (Dede).”
Excerpt from http://www.adsafrica.com.au/institutions/GriffithUniversity.cfm
“Most types of food are available in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, including Halal food. There are plenty of places to shop for food or eat out.
For example, Queen Street Mall in the city offers a diverse cluster of restaurants that offer modern Asian, Australian and European menus. The Mall's eateries are open very late and are licensed. The large indoor/outdoor dining areas promote a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe having everyday prices and niche bars and pubs.”
image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Street_Mall,_Brisbane
Excerpt from http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/668672
“staying 4 nites in GC is a waste of time...i would advise you to stay 2 nites in Gc, 2 nites in Brissy, 1 nite in Outback ( out site of Brisbane ) and 1 nite in Sunshine Coast. GC, brissy and SC is within 100 miles radius so getting a car is useless....and might land into trouble...aussie is very strcit abt the road....take public transport instead..it's very very very convienent and very punctual...they even have GPS install in the busses to tell the exact time of arrival and delay.”
Good choice for revising your plan...but actually no point taking car in Brissy....just take the train from GC to Brisbane...and wahlaaa!..u in the city centre already.....
my recomendation for places of visit?
- Habour Town ( ultimate shopping paradise...nike is so cheap here an still in fashion for malaysia )
- Dream World / Movie World ( u can't finish both in one day, so i were u i dont bother to go )
- Surfer paradise
- ripley's Believe it Or NOT
- Jupiter casino ( if u need some pocket $$$ )
- OUTBACK ( never go never been to Sunshine State )
- brisbane Bronco Stadium ( Rugby way of life in aussie )
- Lone Pine ( world largest Koala Santuary )
- Queen Street mall ( shopping shopping )
- SouthBank ( nice park )
- Mount Cootha ( nice place to over look brissy )
- City Cat ( Nice Boat ride along the river, and it;s cheap to ride along )
- Treasury Casino ( nice to lose some $$$ here, u will know what i mean )
- Sunshine Coast
Images from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_meat_pie and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamington
Halal food in Brisbane (Queensland)
Bombay Dhaba(West End) (Indian) - www.bombaydhaba.com.au
Bombay bliss - http://www.totaltravel.com.au/travel/qld/brisbanearea/brisbanenorthernsuburbs/directory/restaurants-cafes
Halim’s Indian Taj http://www.vervah.com.au/Brisbane/Restaurants/Restaurant/347/Halims-Indian-Taj-Restaurant.html
Little Malaysia http://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/restaurants/QLD-Brisbane-littlemalaysia.aspx
http://www.qldmuslims.org.au/modules/xdirectory/singlelink.php?cid=179&lid=1545 – this diner has a very bad experience with Shahi Thali
Halal butcheries in Brisbane (Queensland)
Madrasah / Mosques in Brisbane (Queensland)
Halal food Gold Coast
http://www.gchalal.com/Default.aspx?tabid=173&action=cat&parentID=10 – restaurants certified halal by Gold Coast Halal Certification Services
Australia halal info http://www.islamicport.com/australia.html
Halal thread http://muslimvillage.com/forums/index.php?s=f6db3fba7c53de67a0a25e9f7a56315f&showtopic=38338&pid=764161&st=0&#entry764161
Image from http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/3a6127/
Gold Coast tips
List of halal eating places in Queensland
**Bonus links - while surfing for halal places for Brisbane/Gold Coast, I stumbled onto these sites:
List of halal eating places in Sydney (New South Wales) & Melbourne (Victoria)
Halal food in Sydney (New South Wales)
Halal eating places in Melbourne (Victoria)
Halal eating places in Canberra
List of halal eating places in Australia
If you don't fancy any of the restaurants listed above, you can try vegetarian restaurants: