- Food & Booze
Brisbane's Best French Restaurants
If your tax return only looks like it’ll get you as far as Melbourne this year, you’re not alone.
We’ve managed to eat through ours – literally – so we’re looking for something a little more local to get our French fix. We’ve rounded up the best French around, so l’escargot!
AQUITAINE BRASSERIE | SOUTH BRISBANE
Ratatouille eat your heart out, if there’s a mouse behind the delights coming out of the South Bank brasserie we’re turning a blind eye. Specialising in traditional French fare like escargot with confit garlic, eye fillet tartare and bouillabaisse, this is one riverside location that’ll have you saying ‘ooh la la!’
MONTRACHET | BOWEN HILLS
A Brisbane treasure, Montrachet is a little slice of Paris with over a decade of decadence behind it. Start with double baked soufflewith crab meat and gruyére cheese or crumbed lamb brains, followed by caramelised onion tartlet with whipped foie gras and lamb jus and then crack into crème brulee to finish. Bon Appetite!
CATBIRD SEAT BISTRO| EAST BRISBANE
Hidden away on Stanley Street is East Brisbane’s best kept secret. Sip Bordaux wines as you dip into Barossa baked Camembert French and turkey liver toast with raspberry and pickle, or upset French and Italian grandmothers everywhere and order the escargot spaghetti marinara. Keep your back to the street, hold hands and pretend you’re in a million miles away in this European foodie paradise.
EIFFEL RESTAURANT | AUCHENFLOWER
The closest we’re getting to the tower this year, Eiffel is a gem on the Auchenflower foodie scene. Indulge in roasted camembert with figs, tender beef cut with mustard and truffle sauce with French lentils and pumpkin, or devour confit duck with duck fat potatoes. Double duck down? Why the duck not.
LUTÈCE BISTRO | BARDON
The inner west loves living la vie en rosé, and with the fab food coming out of Lutèce it’s no wonder! Stuff yourself silly with sautéed deep-sea scallops, slow roasted free-range half duck a l’Orange and oxtail stew. Chanel your inner DJ Kahled and pop bottles of Dom Pérignon, you deserve it.
C’EST BON | EAST BRISBANE
With a name like C’est Bon, you’d better hope it’s just that! Luckily for the team, C’est Bon lives up to its name, serving up mouth watering dishes including soup a l’oignon, foie gras and duck fat roasted potatoes, paired with French wines and champagnes.
La Cache a Vin | Spring Hill
The new Spring Hill restaurant is turning heads with its French wine list, simple but refined menu and warm feel. Expect French favourites like foie gras escargot, confit duck and spatchcock. And the wine – oh the wine. Over 250 burgundies line the walls, as well as 50 champagnes chilling on ice – unsurprising considering the venues name translates to ‘a stash of wine’.
Whip out that beret and practise rolling those r’s, life is better when there’s champagne involved!