Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published February 19th 2013
Enjoy dinner conveniently located for the theatre
If you're off to see a show, particularly one with an early start, The Lyrebird at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is the perfect place to dine.
It opens early (5pm) for preshow sittings, and checks what time you need to be out by. We had allowed over two hours, so had plenty of time for three courses, had we room for dessert.
I ordered the crispy spiced calamari which had a little bite to it, and a bitter greens dressing on the salad leaves.
My friend ordered the very tempting vanilla seared scallops with celeriac puree, prosciutto crisps and champagne butter. I declined her kind offer for a taste, but she did wipe the plate clean, so it's fair to say it was delicious.
We followed with the special, a lobster lasagne, made with a seafood bisque instead of the cream sauce.
I opted for the Louisiana gumbo with rouille and grilled cornbread - the rouille was tart and cut the richness of the gumbo perfectly. Alas it was all so filling that I could only nibble on the cornbread, which was somehow sweet and savoury at the same time.
Had we not eaten the fresh warm ciabatta while initially studying the menu, we may have had room for dessert - but this time, it was not to be.
Next time, I'll know. We weren't hurried out, even though the restaurant was full - note that you do need to book.
Lyrebird is the perfect way to start a night at the theatre, without having to rush your meal or worry about getting to the show. So why not make a night of it?