French-born Romain Bapst (formerly of Il Centro) is one of only two people in Australia to hold the title of Maître Canardier (meaning he is an expert in preparing duck). His exquisite French fare includes canard à la presse, a traditional dish that dates back to the nineteenth century. The restaurant has crisp white linen contrasting with dark-wood fittings, plus floor-to-ceiling windows offering a captivating view of Brisbane.
Chef Bapst’s authentic dishes would not be out of place in a high-class Parisian bistro. Tasmanian Petuna salmon is cured with Sauternes in-house, and served with a fennel salad and crème frâiche. Perfectly balanced, the salad adds a delightful touch of freshness to the dish. The famous sand crab lasagne is brimming with delectable crabmeat and well-cooked pasta. Creamy crustacean sauce oozes from the lasagne, and has an amazingly more-ish flavour.
PSST! There is a superb menu filled with vegetarian gems, as well as a five-course vegetarian degustation for $83 per person.