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Liquorish Bistro & Bar

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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published June 21st 2012
Update February 25th 2014
Please note the establishment is closed and is no longer trading.


Walk down the popular Oxford Street precinct in Brisbane and you are sure to stumble upon the ambient Liquorish Bistro & Bar. Liquorish has established itself six years strong in the cosmopolitan area of Bulimba, and boasts a menu infused with French and Modern Australian cuisine.

Dining Area @ Liquorish Bistro (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Dining Area @ Liquorish Bistro (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


For wine lovers out there, Liquorish cellars are stocked with a worldly array of premium wines from Australia's best vineyards and beyond.

I had the opportunity to sneak away on a Friday for a colleague's birthday and was pleasantly surprised by the palatable offerings on the menu. The minute we were seated at the restaurant we knew we were in for a treat. If their cocktails on a Saturday afternoon are anything to go by, I was certain the food would be equally mouthwatering if not as good.

Stoney Vineyard Cabernet @ Liquorish Bistro (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Stoney Vineyard Cabernet @ Liquorish Bistro (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


We were quick to scan the lunch menu and begin the festivities with some little nibbles. The Jumbo green olives stuffed w/ goat's feta & herb crumbed, paprika aioli just melted on the tongue leaving the distinct aromatic mix of salt and vinegar with a creamy richness of the aioli. This was closely followed by the Mozzarella & mushroom arancini, garlic puree which were, to put it honestly, heaven in a ball.

Mozzarella & mushroom arancini, garlic purée $10 & Jumbo green olives stuffed w goats feta & herb crumbed paprika aioli $9 (Photo by Neels McGee)
Mozzarella & mushroom arancini, garlic purée $10 & Jumbo green olives stuffed w goats feta & herb crumbed paprika aioli $9 (Photo by Neels McGee)


The lunch menu and dinner menu are on par with no distinct change other than possibly the pork belly option at lunch. Our table of four made an A-grade selection with the lamb, fish, chicken and pork dishes being chosen. Each dish was cooked to perfection, the Pork belly crisp and rich, the fish was fresh and marinated exquisitely, the Chicken was tender, juicy and complete with rich truffle cream which won the heart of our French foodie and birthday girl, whilst my lamb selection was cooked medium rare (just how I like it) and teamed with a sweet caramelised onion that added a zesty finish to the plate.

Lamb rump, sweet potato purée, caramelised onion, baby spinach & rosemary jus - $35 (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
Lamb rump, sweet potato purée, caramelised onion, baby spinach & rosemary jus - $35 (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)


Pork Belly Dish @ Liquorish (Photo by Neels McGee)
Pork Belly Dish @ Liquorish (Photo by Neels McGee)


Chicken breast, cauliflower purée, spinach, mushroom fricassée & truffled cream sauce $32 (Photo by Neels McGee)
Chicken breast, cauliflower purée, spinach, mushroom fricassée & truffled cream sauce $32 (Photo by Neels McGee)


Just when we thought we couldn't possibly eat another bite, out came the dessert menu and following the French fit we ordered the White chocolate crème brûlée, rum & pineapple compote, raisin ice cream. Not to sound over the top but this was possibly the best crème brûlée I have eaten in Brisbane. Yes I am making that call. At only $14 I definitely recommend indulging in this offer.

White chocolate creme brûlée, rum & pineapple compote, raisin ice cream (Photo instagram@neelsmcgee)
White chocolate creme brûlée, rum & pineapple compote, raisin ice cream (Photo instagram@neelsmcgee)


A culinary afternoon such as this was not complete (and very un-European) without a glass of bodied red and Liquorish Bistro is nothing short of an ample option on the beverage front, whether it is a cocktail to get the party started, or white/red wine to team with a succulent Euro-Australian dish, Liquorish's welcoming ambience teamed with quality food and service make it a winning option for Oxford Streets growing chic future.
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Why? Modern Australian & French Restaurant
When: Lunch (Fri & Sat) 11:30am Dinner: (Tues-Sat) 5:30 till Late
Phone: (07) 3399 1520
Where: Oxford Street Precinct, Brisbane
Cost: $9 - $35 (tappas or main) varies for courses.
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guys...this restaurant has been closed for nearly a year
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