Far from the hustle and bustle, against the panoramic backdrop of the Brisbane River sits the newest French Twist patisserie outlet. We had been offered 2 free coffee vouchers so we dropped in for lunch on the weekend while in the area. We arrived at the gorgeous waterfront location, nabbed a table on the cobbled terrace and entered the sleek French provincial interior to peruse the display cabinets.
From amongst the range of sandwiches, filled rolls and croissants, and quiches, we chose a toasted cheese, tomato and avocado croissant ($6.50), a Mediterranean roast vegetable and feta sandwich on rye ($8.50), a flat white coffee and an Italian hot chocolate.
Things were a mixed bag from that point on; the coffee was quite good but instead of an Italian hot chocolate, the waitress bought me a bowl of hot chocolate. When she returned with the Italian hot chocolate, I was so disappointed because there was nothing Italian about it. It looked good but it tasted like a really big cup of watery, hot chocolate, I didn't drink most of it (definitely not a contender for my Top 3 Hot Chocolates in Brisbane list).
Then came the food; the vegetarian croissant came with ham on it and when they replaced it with the correct order it was partly burnt - that aside, it was a lovely, delicate croissant. The Mediterranean sandwich was delicious, the bread soft and fresh, generously filled with juicy vegetables and slabs of feta - but the pumpkin wasn't cooked properly, it was crunchy. Next thing I know the manager is at our table refunding us a few dollars because the waitress overcharged us, so at least they made an effort to make amends following their mistakes.
Mediterranean roast vegetable and feta toasted sandwich
Despite the disappointments thus far, I couldn't resist ordering a Citron Tartelle ($4.50) from the display case inside which held an impressive array of truly delectable looking desserts, which I was told are baked at the Bulimba store. And man am I glad I did, because it was absolute bliss, an explosion of zesty flavours and a soft, sweet pastry. Their strength clearly lies in their desserts and I for one, cannot wait to sample more of them.
What can I say about the service and the savoury foods? It was such a schmozzle but who knows, perhaps we caught them on a bad day. I would definitely return but purely for the delectability of the desserts.