Where: R2 River Quay, South Bank
Beautifully set by the river at the end of South Bank Parklands is the newly opened Aquitaine. With choice of tables inside and outside it is a perfect place to enjoy a meal, city skyline view and glorious Brisbane weather.
We decided to give this place a try for our wedding anniversary dinner at the end of October and I can tell you already, Aquitaine is perfect for date-diners. When you sit outside the lights are dark, so you feel like you have more privacy (but it’s hard to take photos if you’re a food blogger!). Service is excellent, every dish was presented to us upon arrival, each component was described so we knew exactly what flavours we should expect.
Starting with mains, as usual – to have more room for dessert, I had the Lamb Rump with deconstructed ratatouille ($33) and my husband one of the dishes of the day – Crispy skin Salmon ($34). We also ordered a house pomme frites ($8) with aioli to accompany our mains. Lamp was perfectly pink and flavoursome, tasting a bit different with each ratatouille component, they complimented each other extremely well. Salmon, cooked to perfection, flaky and delicate was also a good choice. My husband, not a big fan of skin on his food, was very happy with this one. And the smell of the salmon dish was beautiful.
Desserts ($11 each) were very big. I was glad we skipped entres. I, of course, had to pick the creme brûlée. Creamy, with the right amount of the caramelized sugar on top, I think that was the best one I had in Brisbane so far. Served with a shortbread, probably for the different texture experience and visual effect, was a nice touch but in my opinion, completely redundant. Hubby went for the dark chocolate mousse with berries and orange shortbread. Berries were perfectly cutting through the bitterness of the chocolate. Both desserts looked spectacular and were a perfect finish to our anniversary dinner.
Plating of all dishes coming to our table was great and very inviting, food without any doubts delicious and wait staff really knew how to present food to their customers. Aquitaine became my favourite French restaurant in Brisbane (sorry, French Martini!), I hope to visit again very soon.
Note: My excitement and food addiction is not sponsored by anyone unless clearly stated in the article. All opinions are my own.