We stopped here for lunch when visiting Brisbane for the day by cruise-ship. We had walked the length of Little Stanley Street looking for a nice bistro type place, and was immediately impressed with the menu descriptions as we walked past.
We ordered a Charcuterie plate to share as a starter, which came with a good selection of 3 different cuts of charcuteries meats, a salad garnish and crusty warm bread. This was ample and delicious, so we were looking forward to our mains.
Hubby ordered the fish special of fish fillet on a bed of mash and I ordered the king prawn dish. Nearby, a lady was having her main dish of scallops served to her, and I have to admit that I was surprised to see that it looked more like a starter size than a main course, so I watched to see if some vegetable would be served to accompany it and nothing came...
It was then our turn for our main courses to arrive and sure enough, my main course of the king prawn dish was beautifully cooked peeled prawns in a bowl, accompanied by 2 more pieces of crusty bread - no vegetables or salad of any description. Don't get me wrong, the prawns were delicious and perfectly cooked in a lovely sauce, but I just expected it to come with a potato or vegetable side or a salad. It wasn't quite as small as a starter size as there were about 10 prawns there, but I have to admit I was still hungry at the end of that course!
Hubby's fish dish did come with mashed potatoes and vegetables, so he felt more fulfilled and he did say it tasted wonderful and was perfectly cooked.
Another couple eating nearby had ordered the scallop dish (which I hasten to add did look wonderful), but again the first question that the wife asked of the husband when the dish was put down in front of him was "Oh, is that going to be enough for you?".
As we were both still hungry after our main courses, we ordered a cheese plate to share, which surprisingly came with twice as much crusty bread as I had received with my king prawn dish, so we left fulfilled and satisfied, but a little perplexed by the whole mish-mash of offfering sizes and content.
This is not a cheap place to eat and our bill with a bottle of wine came to around AUD130, (35 of which was the bottle of wine). To be honest, the food was excellent and we very much enjoyed our lunch, and compared to back home, the price not dissimilar so we were happy, but I can understand if some customers feel short-changed if they just order some of these main courses on their own and end up with a portion of food that resembles a starter with no sides...
Come prepared to eat three courses and be served by a delightful young french lady, to really enjoy the experience.
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