Lock 'n' Load | 142 Boundary Street, WEST END QLD 4101

Recognised as one of the Brisbane’s finest bistros, Lock ‘n’ Load (“LnL”) has been one of my favourite spots for breakfast for a while now.  I always find the bamboo trees and wooden sitting benches at the back of this bistro to be extremely relaxing.  I like the unpretentiousness and the decent, wholesome food that the chefs at LnL make available to its patrons.

Last Tuesday night, the other travel bunnie and I had the great pleasure of tasting their new Spring/Summer menu, which was launched earlier this month.

LnL is conveniently located in the inner suburb of West End, which means that the other travel bunnie and I could take a nice stroll there after work from the CBD and effortlessly make it to dinner in less than twenty minutes.

Upon our arrival, the bistro had already started pumping with people.  We were led by our waitress to the back of the bistro, to the courtyard. It’s my favourite spot.  As we sipped on our drinks while waiting for our entrée to arrive, we listened to the rustling sound of bamboo leaves and let the gentle breeze brush past us, the feeling was so tranquil.

The new menu is fantastic, in that it has something for everyone one.  I like the idea of the selection of Tasty Morsels as share dishes.  There were many dishes that we wanted to try, but the other travel bunnie and I settled on the Confit fried chicken drumettes with special herbs & spices ($12) to share as a starter.  The drumettes were so well seasoned that long before they arrived at our table, we could smell the mixed herbs and spices lingering in the air. 

As for mains, we enjoyed the Blackened Atlantic Salmon with almond skordalia, fennel & carrot slaw, orange pernod reduction ($30) and the Five Spice Roasted Duck Leg with chestnut purée, black cherry relish & balsamic jus ($28).  I’m a big salmon lover but that’s not to say I’m not picky when it comes to my favourite fish.  Before I even started digging into the dish, I was enticed by its appealing presentation and the large portion of the salmon.  I thought that the zesty yet sweet orange pernod reduction worked perfectly with the salmon and created so many layers of flavours.  And don’t even get me started on the salmon skin… LOVED IT.

The other travel bunnie and I had different opinions on the mains.  He described the duck legs as soft and juicy and thought that his dish was the better of the two.  I, on the other hand, insisted that the salmon tasted so good that it can easily beat one of those expensive riverside restaurants closer to home.

If it wasn’t for the generous portions, we would’ve had two desserts. But by the time we finished our mains, we were already feeling full and ready to nuzzle up in bed.  We ended up sharing an Icecream Sandwich: with mango parfait, coconut wafers, lychee salad & lime sherbet ($12) which was light and refreshing.  In contrast to the traditional thick cookies, the coconut wafers were thin and crispy and the structure of the icecream sandwich was anything but the usual frozen confection composed of a layer of icecream sandwiched between two cookies.

I loved the food and honestly think that the new menu is a success.  The bottom line is, the services are always great and the portions are generous, delicious yet affordable.  What are you waiting for?

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $100.50

Disclaimer: the bunnies received a complimentary $50 voucher from LnL

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  1. Hey there, was your salmon skin crispy? I had the salmon too and while it was cooked really well, the skin was a bit lank and not that pleasant!

    1. Hey! Yeah, mine was really crispy. Sorry to hear that yours weren't as crispy... :(