I'm a foodie and I'm proud! Thus I always get incredibly excited when I hear about a new restaurant opening in Brisbane. The growing anticipation in my round belly for the day that I finally get to go, the reading of their awesome menu makes my mouth water each time, the planning of the delicious food I'm planning to order and the thought of going to a sophisticated restaurant on date night just makes me feel on top of the word. Yes, food is a big part of my life and lucky for me, the same goes for my husband. So when I heard about the opening of Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar in Bardon, I was extremely excited and what better way to experience this culinary adventure than attending their grand opening and Bastille Day Celebrations from 12 – 14 July.
There are a few reasons why I'm excited. Let me explain.
1. The chef - Romain Bapst
He is the celebrated Brisbane chef who is incredibly well-known for his 13-year tenure at Il Centro and two years at Drift Milton and Boookwater. Lutèce is a combination of Bapst's past experiences and his passion for outstanding French cuisine. Be prepared to go on a culinary adventure.
Remember sand-crab lasagne from Il Centro? Yup, that's the man behind it all. I'm not a big fan of sand-crab nor am I a big fan of lasagne, but somehow Bapst made this dish absolutely sensational. I can only imagine what his inventive menu would be like.
Now, he's fulfilled his great dream with the approaching launch of his new restaurant Lutèce and also fulfilled my foodie dream.
2. Bastille Day Celebrations Menu
It doesn't matter whether you're a casual diner or a culinary expert. Be prepared to be wowed by the venue and the menu which pays homage to the classic French bistro. Be more prepared to be charmed and delighted by the modern twist that has been added to the menu. They will definitely excite you.
For Bastille Day Celebrations, you have plenty of options. If you're not a big fan of dessert, then opt for a 2-course lunch for $45, though I would highly recommend going for the 3-course lunch for $55 or the 3-course dinner for $75. Desserts are the best and also the perfect way to finish a magnificent meal … in my opinion.
The options on Bapst's menu feature his Alsatian heritage and what's more, you get to savour his Alsatian tart with cream, onion and speck.
So, seriously, check out the menu here, and don't do it when you're hungry.
I have mentioned that the venue pays homage to the classic French bistro, but not only that, look out and be immediately struck by the stunning sweeping views of Mt Coo-tha and the Brisbane skyline. In addition, enjoy the beautiful refurbished restaurant and bar with seating for 80 and 180 during cocktail functions. During the Bastille Day Celebrations, it will certainly be full of dazzling French frivolity.
If, for some reason, you can't make it to their Bastille Day Celebrations, don't let it stop you from visiting this impressive restaurant. Showcasing a collection of dishes prepared in a way that maintains its integrity utilising the finest local and French produce, Lutèce will have you come back for more in no time.
So go online, start dialing 0458 005 721 or get on email and make that booking now to avoid disappointment.