The Best Of The Davies Park Market
Giulietta Avenia | On 19, Sep 2014
There is something seriously comforting about the Davies Park Market at West End. It has a unique blend of hippy meets fresh produce meets high taste.
Where else can you find a spice store next to an oyster stand? Where else in Brisbane do Hungarian pizzas smell so delicious? Where else can you munch on fudge whilst having your palm read?
No other suburb in Brisbane is as ethnically diverse, and celebrates it, as well as West End. It is unique in its entire hippy, incense burning, harem pants wearing glory. And whilst itâ€™s easy to be derisive of this element, itâ€™s easy to forgive due to West Endâ€™s investment in fresh produce and beautifully crafted, simple flavours.
Held every Saturday from 6am-2pm these markets are a hubbub of delicious food, produce straight from the farm, music and happy conversation.
Whilst there is a stall for every taste bud at the West End Markets, here are our top picks for food thatâ€™s unfailingly tasty and worth a return visit.
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake made primarily from cabbage that’s bound together with a light pancake batter and grilled. Various toppings are offered such as prawn, chicken, beef or vegetables. Having passed beautiful avocados at the vegetable stalls earlier in the day it was impossible to pass this topping over. The avocado was perfectly smooth, fresh and balanced the kewpie mayonnaise and sticky, brown okonomiyaki sauce drizzled on top of the pancake. Pickled ginger, bonito flakes and chilli are also on hand for seasoning. This was by far my favourite dish of the day and one I will return to. Next time I will also have to buy a side of gyoza.
If youâ€™re able to walk past this stall with their four steaming paella pans and not be mesmerized by the aroma of saffron blending with seafood, then you are legitimately a crazy person. Paella, besides being an incredibly fun word to say, is a delicious concoction of rice, saffron, tomato and your choice of topping. I will consistently opt for the seafood option. Pile on the prawns, mussels, clams and I am a happy woman.
GÃ¶zleme is a Turkish flatbread cooked on a grill with a filling folded inside. The staple filling is spinach and cheese with a choice of extras including pumpkin and leek, mushrooms, or meat. IÂ opted for the original of spinach and cheese. Drizzled heavily with lemon juice, the GÃ¶zleme was warm and comforting but a bit too familiar to be very exciting. More cheese would improve the GÃ¶zleme. But then again, more cheese would improve every dish.
We are at a market. Fresh fruit and vegetables abound. These must be celebrated in the form of either a juice or smoothie. My smoothie, the mango twist, was a dependable blend of mango, orange, banana and pineapple. Delicious. It was so fresh and creamy without the added weight of yoghurt. The green juices also look tasty with kale, spinach and mint, advocating a healthy end to the day after the carbo-loading of the morning meal.
With so many cultures represented at the West End Markets, itâ€™s impossible not to find something you love. Whether you buy a baguette and a round of camembert from the French bread stall to munch on, a plate of Tibetan dumplings to dip into chilli sauce, or whether just listening to the live music with a coffee is enough for you, itâ€™s easy to enjoy yourself at the West End Markets.