We’ve just discovered that Australian chef and television presenter Ben O’Donoghue has launched a restaurant in Annerley, Queensland.

Mr O’Donoghue is probably best known for his food and travel series ‘Surfing the Menu’, which is co-hosted with Curtis Stone. He is currently a host and contestant on cooking show ‘The Best in Australia’.

Despite his busy schedule, Mr O’Donoghue has managed to find the time to open Billy Kart Kitchen, which is located at 1 Eric Crescent, Annerley.

This is just around the corner from his house, according to the Courier Mail, and is about a 12-minute drive in your car hire Brisbane CBD and beyond.

Mr O’Donoghue said he wants to transform Annerley into a “foodie hub”, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

“We’re going to start off small and build it up. It will allow us to play with different flavours that are really exciting for the punters,” he told that Courier Mail.

He went on to describe the restaurant’s environment as “relaxed” – a mixture of old-fashioned Australian architecture “with a modern pop”.

So, if you’d like the chance to sample Mr O’Donoghue’s amazing cooking, grab a Brisbane Domestic or Brisbane International Airport car rental and drive over the Annerley.

Of course, the Billy Kart Kitchen is just one of the fantastic restaurants in and around Brisbane that you should check out while you’re in town.

The following are just some of our favourite spots – you’re sure to discover a few of your own if you stick around long enough!

The Crosstown Eating House

A seven-minute drive from the CBD, The Crosstown Eating House is a favourite among locals and visitors to Brisbane alike. You’ll find this “boisterous” restaurant at 23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba – it’s the circa. 1920’s two-storey brick building that towers over the street.

The Crosstown Eating House’s menu is reasonably priced – a main course will cost you between $25 and $35 – and there’s a variety of plates to choose from. There are a number of Italian-inspired meals, such as the House Ricotta Gnocchi, as will as seafood, pork and steak dishes.

The Persian Restaurant

If you’ve never tasted Persian food before, we recommend you head along to the Persian Restaurant. This is a family business, which you’ll find at 161 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo – about a ten-minute drive from the centre of Brisbane.

Treat yourself to Mirza Ghasemi (which is grilled eggplant, served with tomatoes, eggs and freshly baked bread), Oysters and Khaviar, Mast-o-Khiyar (yoghurt mixed with cucumber and mint) or a Grand Sampler, which will give you a taste of everything the Middle East has to offer.

The Loving Hut

Anyone looking for a vegan restaurant in Brisbane should definitely stop by the Loving Hut. This eatery offers main courses that are inexpensive and absolutely delicious. Try the Crispy Chow-Mein or Seven Seas Delight, and feel free to bring your children along!

The Loving Hut also offers sugar-free menu items – including desserts! We think the Raw Berry Cake and Cheese Pie sound fabulous. It’s about a 13-minute drive to this restaurant, which is located at Shop 2/1420 Logan Road, Mount Gravatt.

Era Bistro

Last, but certainly not least, Era Bistro is worth crossing the Victoria Bridge for. This is the place to get award-winning, modern Australian cuisine, and sample dishes from menus that have been carefully selected to suit the season.

If you’re going to a show, Era Bistro offers a pre-performance set menu for $49 per person. You get to choose one delicious main and one outstanding dessert – what a great start to the show!