We were staying in a hotel close to Brisbane Street, and chanced to find the restaurant while orientating ourselves to Launceston. The menu looked interesting, so we wandered back for dinner.
Inside a terrace house, the restaurant has a welcoming yet elegant feeling. Two attentive female waitstaff offered excellent service.
We could have eaten the degustation menu, but decided on an entree and a main each. After orders were taken, we were delighted to receive a complementary amuse bouche of eggcup-sized serves of cauliflower and white truffle soup. Delicious! They came with small bread rolls - more like scones really - and creamy butter. Yummy!
My entree was slices of smoked duck topped by pork dumplings, served in broth. A mound of puree broccoli added colour. It was one of the nicest entrees I've ever eaten. My partner chose pear stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, which sat on a slice of brioche. This was lovely, too.
For mains, my partner chose slow cooked beef cheeks with parsnip mash. I enjoyed the gamey taste of wild venison served with apple flavoured red cabbage. We shared a side of broccolini that was also well cooked.
With a glass of Tasmanian wine each, the bill came to about $140. We thought the standard of the food was equal to any fine dining places in Melbourne, so were more than happy with the price. It's a pity Launvceston is a flight away, or we'd be regulars at Brisbane Street Bistro.
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