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East Brisbane’s Neesh Bar: fresh vibes, well-priced serious eats, and a thoughtful drinks menu

At the heart of East Brisbane’s funky dining enclave on Stanley Street you’ll find Neesh Bar. This bright and bubbly Brisbane dining gem, already popular with locals, is becoming increasingly visited by diners further afield. Why? Because at Neesh Bar, fresh vibes come with well-priced serious eats and a thoughtful drinks menu.

With its street art siding running full length, you won’t miss Neesh sitting boldly on the corner of Stanley and Potts Streets. Inside you’ll find four vibrant spaces, each with their own appeal. There’s a café dealing out the hot stuff and takeaway. Beyond that, a cosy but bright smaller room with heritage detailing. Furthest from the entrance is the main dining, a big room with well heeled bar manned by knowledgeable staff. Out back, there’s a larger than expected covered courtyard. Crew sorted.

Classic dishes, cultural twist

Neesh Bar is buzzy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering to all dining requirements, there are knock-out menus to satiate omnivores, vegans, and everyone in between. Cherished for its fab breakfasts, Neesh blends traditional western fare with a cultural twist. Like your eggs to be bennied but need them a bit heartier? Try Venue Manager Tam’s favourite, the savoury mince Eggs Benedict with potato röstis. Sweet tooth? An absolute must-try is the Crème Brulee French Toast, it comes with crumb-fried custard balls, light brulee shards that pop and vanilla bean icecream. The pro-level French toast is adorned with seasonal fruits and edible flowers. It’s a stunning dish that will light up your tastbuds and your social feed.

Brightly coloured food on a plate
Wood Fired Smashed Butternut with eggs and smoked Baba Ganoush on Ciabatta
Plate with food
Zucchini and Corn Fritters with poached eggs, fetta and dill on labneh. Pic: Dan Fidler
fresh salad on platter
Fresh lunch or dinner option, Neesh Bar’s Chargrilled Lemongrass Calamari with pickled Fennel. Pic: Dan Fidler.
Bowl of sticky frid chicken
To share, Neesh Bar’s Sweet and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken with Aioli. Pic: Dan Fidler
photo of Creme Brulee French Toast
Must Try: Crème Brulee French Toast with crumb-fried custard balls, brulee and vanilla bean icecream. Pic: Dan Fidler

Some of the superb breakfast menu carries over to lunch where it’s joined by substantial plates to fuel the rest of the day. BLTs, fish and chips, pulled pork nachos, gluten-free vegan bowls and more. Take your pick from a list of traditional Aussie style or modern cheffy style burgers for lunch or dinner.

Big plates and share plates, once again classic with on-trend touches, form an inspired dinner menu. The multicultural night-time nosh travels Aus, America, Italy and Asia and makes for a seamless, appealing menu.  Neesh Bar’s wood-fired pizzas are the stuff of legend just south of the Story Bridge, offering tastes both trad and trendy. Pepperoni or Margarita? Crispy kale with duo mushrooms, or Hoisin Duck? I can’t decide. Perhaps I’ll have the crunchy Korean Fried Chicken again.

It’s 5pm somewhere

The wine and sparkling list is thoughtful. Aficionados will find something they’ve been meaning to try or solid staples. Celebration favourites form the pricier end of the list while budget-hunters of all preferences can find something wallet friendly. The local drops on the beer list are all crafty and the international big names are all crowd-pleasers.

Man pours wine into a glass
Neesh Bar, a thoughtful drinks menu. Pic: Dan Fidler

At Neesh Bar the vibe is fresh and relaxing, it’s an ethos that drives their event specialties. There’s a Boozy Brunch option great for grazing groups or daters and is bookable any time. Those united spaces are ripe for big or cosier celebrations.

Locals know Neesh Bar very well. They may prefer you didn’t, but Brisbane diners from all reaches are heading to Neesh to see what all the chatter is about. Did you ever read a menu where you want to try everything? Yeah, Neesh is one of those places.

Must try: Crème Brulee French Toast. What a dish!
Going back for:  Savoury mince Benedict, perhaps with bottomless Mimosas.

Neesh Bar is open seven days, 7am – 2pm. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5pm – late.

Also at East Brisbane, The Wolfe’s celebrity chef Josh Lopez tells us what he eats when he knocks off. Looking for more inner-suburbs dining options? Try these.

Dan Fidlerhttp://www.facesofbne.com.au/
He writes, he shoots, he designs. Print and digital media triple threat Dan Fidler is an advocate for independent media and is the voice (and lens) behind @facesofbne, where he champions untold the stories of his beloved Brisbane.

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