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An all-day French brasserie in the heart of Brisbane

By Kayla Wratten

The French sure know how to throw a dinner party, and Brisbane’s newest brasserie Bisou Bisou lives up to expectations. French for ‘kiss kiss’, Bisou Bisou is nestled in the lobby of Fortitude Valley’s Hotel X and is open all-day for every occasion. During my weekend staycation at the glamorous hotel, this romantic restaurant made for a perfect date night and a glorious breakfast.

From the moment we descended the red-carpeted stairs into Bisou Bisou, I fell under the dreamy spell of the brasserie. I felt as though I’d stepped straight off a plane and into the city of love and lights.

We were led to an intimate banquette seat with a luxurious marble tabletop and were quickly overcome with choice as we flicked through the menus. A 200-strong wine list boasts an impressive range of varieties and regions and is accompanied by a collection of experimental cocktails. Curated by head chef Anthony Donaldson, the French-inspired menu opens with indulgent oysters and caviar and ends with a tantalising selection of desserts. In between, there are hors d’oeuvres, delicious sides and decadent mains.

With recommendations from our affable waiter, we settled on a round of natural oysters with mignonette and lemon to start, followed by the crispy-skinned rotisserie chicken and market fish with champagne velouté for the main event. With little room to spare, we indulged in a dark chocolate mousse with coffee ice cream to end the evening on a (sweet) high. As we slid out of the floral booth, hearts and stomachs equally full, we were thankful this wasn’t goodbye.

At breakfast the following morning, we were led beyond the dining area to a sunny courtyard filled with café tables. As our much-needed espressos arrived, we skimmed the a la carte menu. Opting for the Croque Madame, a simple toasted sandwich topped with a fried egg, I was flooded with culinary memories of brunch in Paris at first bite, travelling with my tastebuds to a quaint café on the Seine River. From an elegant fine dining experience to café-style brunch, Bisou Bisou gives you the best of both worlds.

Book your table at Bisou Bisou, a little piece of Paris in Brisbane, here.

 

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