The east side’s delicious hidden gem | Gourmand and Gourmet

The east side’s delicious hidden gem

If you live on the east side, you might have driven past Catbird Seat Bistro a hundred times on your morning commute and never noticed it was there – but this suburban bistro is hiding some serious flavour from its cozy location on Stanley Street East. Step inside the doors of the French inspired venue and you’ll find yourself a world away from the busy street outside, swapping concrete and cars for warm antique pendant lights, quirky artwork and lattice windows. Intimate and low key with attentive service, it’s the perfect spot for a first date, special occasion dinner, or just a top notch weeknight dinner when you feel like something more than what your skills in the kitchen can offer – they’re even BYO on Tuesday and Wednesday nights! More importantly (although wine is pretty high on the priority list here), what you’ll find on the menu is a whole lot of delicate and creative but unpretentious fare, with everything made in house, including the ever changing charcuterie selection. With dishes that change regularly based on seasonal produce and the whims of head chef and part owner James Guldberg, you can wine and dine on starters like ash cured salmon with crème fraiche, salsa verde, horseradish and capers, and kangaroo tartare with macadamia bread, rhubarb and spiced yolk. For mains, get a little adventurous with dishes like the ‘best bits from a pig’ with glazed pineapple and radicchio, or sample the duck breast with charred nectarine, anise carrot and witlof. Just make sure you save room for dessert – what reads as simple ‘chocolate’ turns out to be decadent plate of aero chocolate, chocolate mousse and burnt white chocolate, with nothing simple about it. It also happens to be gluten free, along with plenty of other dishes on the menu. All of it can be paired with a glass or two of one of the eclectic local, Australian or international wines on list, with a few apertif cocktails to start your meal on a spirited note. And it’s not just dinner on the cards here – drop in for lunch and you can take advantage of their prix-fixe menu, with two courses for $35 or two for $45. No need to worry about parking either – unlike the CBD, there’s plenty around right outside the restaurant or in one of the nearby side streets! If you’ve already thought of the perfect occasion to celebrate with a cosy dinner at The Catbird Seat Bistro, you’ll find them at 2/888 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane, open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday, and dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Words by Ranyhyn Akui