Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar | 1/60 Macgregor Terrace, BARDON QLD 4065

Based on its exterior, you probably wouldn’t expected much from Lutece Bistro and Wine Bar, and I don’t blame you. There really isn’t much to look at. But if you’re sitting inside this French restaurant with sweeping views of Bardon, you are in for a hearty meal cooked the traditional French way. 

I was there for one thing, something of extraordinary indulgence and devilishly delicious - the famous Cea's spanner crab lasagne

It happened to be the last day of the year, and although traditionally the other travel bunnie and I would celebrate it in style and then finish off the year by watching Brisbane’s amazing fireworks at midnight, it was slightly difficult to do so with minibun George and hence we decided to have a NYE lunch instead. 

The lunch time prix-fixe menu provides a nice variety of food and it also includes a glass of wine. When the clock struck mid-day, we clinked our glasses filled with bubbles (but not the alcoholic kind, they were by San Pellegrino) and wished each other a happy New Year, just as our entrées arrived at the table. Western Australian scampi & scallops mousseline with pea puree & scampi jus for me and crispy “chipirons” calamari salt & pepper with Mediterranean vegetable salad for the other travel bunnie. Although both entrées were good, they were quickly overshadowed by the deliciousness of our mains. 

The famous Cea’s spanner crab lasagne with crustacean sauce that I had was simply mind blowing. Layers of crab meat were swimming in the creamy crustacean sauce which was sweet, rich and packed with flavours of the sea. In case if you were wondering, yes it is as good as il Centro’s. The other travel bunnie had the Angus beef oyster blade braised 18 hours with red wine & sweet peppers, vegetable “Basquaise”. The tender meat easily flaked away when the fork pierced into it. It was a hearty dish done with perfection. 

As for desserts, we shared the “Buche de Noel” the chocolate Christmas log, apricot sauce & salted caramel ice cream and the Floating Island “Oeuf a la neige” with new season mango “comme Anglaise”& mango iced parfait. My personal preference was the floating island, for its light summery flavours and the equally enticing presentation. 

What a gem!

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $102.

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