Owner/Chef Romain Bapst presents a menu typical of a high-class Left Bank French bistro – and is famous for his pressed duck (requiring 24 hours’ notice).
Located on top of a hill in suburban Bardon, Lutèce is away from the usual food hubs but provides a five-star experience nonetheless. The restaurant has white tablecloths, Bentwood chairs and stunning views across Brisbane. The service is professional, with Gallic charm.
The menu changes with the seasons and includes French classics such as foie gras served with West Australian scampi, rabbit with prunes and slow-roasted free-range duck. A caramelised onion pissaladière is crisp, topped with roast tomatoes, olives and rocket – sweet and salty. A traditional terrine campagne is rich and gamey, served with fig and onion chutney and pickles. Free-range duck is served on soft polenta with an excellent red wine jus. And, of course, there is Chef Bapst’s signature sand crab lasagne: soft pasta, full of succulent crabmeat complemented with a creamy crustacean sauce.
PSST! Lutèce has a great two-course lunch special with wine as well as other special events – check out the website.