Pretend-Writer living in sunny Brisbane, Australia.
Published April 12th 2019
French Twist, Bulimba
Opulent, indulgent, chic, charismatic – words that are the epitome of the beautiful nation of France. The history, the people, the food, the beauty; it truly steals a piece of your heart when you visit. When I'm needing a quick Français fix of food and culture, and cannot go directly to the source, I pop into French Twist Café in Bulimba.
Hidden away from the busy and noisy Oxford Street in Bulimba, French Twist is half art studio, half café. Art classes are held on Saturdays for the public, and for those of us not blessed with creative talents, well, we get to indulge in the art pieces on display, the eccentric décor and of course, the exquisite food. You can choose from indoor or outdoor seating, or, my favourite, seating in the studio consisting of a fantastic collection of chaises, lounges and coffee tables set amongst a background of peculiar and whimsical oddities including a grand piano converted into a table, a carousel horse, candelabras and numerous zany pictures adorning the walls.
The food is just as indulgent as the setting. At my most recent visit, I ordered the 'French Twist Benny' - poached eggs, and leg ham served on a croissant drizzled with hollandaise sauce. The croissant was perfection - hot, flaky and buttery, the eggs impeccably poached and runny, and the leg ham just about melted in my mouth. Decadent and delicious. I finished my visit off by sipping on a latte (they use King Arthur Coffee - delightful) observing the artists, experiencing the ambience and daydreaming of La France. French Twist might be a world away from the real France, but it confidently encompasses the opulence, indulgence, chic and charisma of its namesake.