Piaf Bistro – Restaurant Review

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Piaf is a french fusion restaurant named after the singer Edith Piaf, known as the little bird. Piaf is located in the heart of Southbank in Brisbane. It’s a small restaurant with loads of charm!


Piaf is full of all the things you want from a great restaurant, charm, ambiance, great service, and most of all beautiful food. Boasting an incredible seasonal menu, Piaf has it all. The menu changes with each season which means you never tire of the choices on offer. The changing menu also means the chefs at Piaf are able to deliver beautiful fresh seasonal food when it’s at its absolute best.

The menu is impressive for its dazzling variety and its ability to cater to so many food choices, gluten-free, wheat free, vegetarian they offer it all. The wine list although small boasts an excellent selection of wines, most wine lovers will find although the choices are limited, they are in no way disappointing.

The portions are perfect, not so small that they could pass as a garnish but not so huge that you feel as though your wasting half the food on your plate either. I particularly enjoyed the flexibility of the menu. You can order an appetizer as a main, with a side dish if you’re not a fan of big meals. This also enables you to mix and match dishes and get the full Piaf experience.

The thing that impressed me most was the way the chefs at Piaf were able to transform everyday meals into incredible delights. The one that comes to mind is a side dish of macaroni and cheese, now that sounds dull but don’t let that fool you. The dish was made with several different cheeses all adding their own unique depth of flavour and special bite to the dish. The provolone was particularly good !

I also had a spectacular asparagus tart. You could assume this was just a variation of quiche but again Piaf delights the senses with its stunning use of ingredients, making this the best tart I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. The pastry was divine and the filling was like an explosion of flavour.

Piaf is a brilliant addition to the Brisbane foodie scene. While Brisbane is putting itself on the mark for its growing array of culinary delights, I feel that its restaurant like Piaf that will really put us on the map. But don’t just take my word for it, try it out for yourself.

Piaf is strictly by reservation only and has two seatings per night so punctuality is a must. With dishes ranging from $15 – $25 this is a little pricier than your average bistro but it is worth every cent. Make sure to sample the wine list too, it’s absolutely fantastic.

I give Piaf four stars out of five !




(photos courtesy of ourbrisbane.com)

Mud Dessert Bar – Restaurant Reviews

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I thought I would chance a visit to Mud Dessert Bar last night and to say I’ve heard mixed reviews would be being kind. I have heard raves and I’ve heard some really bad reviews too so I decided to check it out for myself to see what all the fuss was about.

My first impressions were good, the interior is beautiful and decadent and completely fits the chocolate theme of the restaurant. We sat outside which I found definitely detracted from the vibe of the place. However it was so packed inside I didn’t want to be crammed in with so many other people.

The menu is bizarre, It’s tapas and  dessert which struck me as a weird combination. I personally think sticking to just desserts would be a better way to go. We had already enjoyed dinner elsewhere so we only checked out the dessert menu which was amazing! The range was impressive and mouth-watering reading, however the prices were rather steep. I expect to pay $19 in an upmarket restaurant but not a sidewalk café.

The range was good at first glance but really it was just all chocolate and ice cream served many different ways with the odd exception of Banoffee Pie and Sorbet. I had a sundae which priced at $16 seemed a bit over the top, and to be honest it was. It was a glorified bowl of ice cream in a pretty glass. My friend had the sorbet and it too was exactly what it was, prettily presented but nothing mind-blowing.

Perhaps I have been spoilt by the amazing offerings at such brilliant dessert restaurants as Freestyle and Max Brenner but this really was pretty average. I’m sure true dessert lovers would enjoy the experience but it left me feeling a tad disappointed.

The service was slow but very friendly, we waited 35 minutes for a cup of coffee and then dessert arrived just before the coffee did. I understand that it was busy but to wait that long seemed ridiculous for a bow of ice cream and a short black.

All the wait staff were a young eclectic mix and very helpful and friendly. They were by far the most appealing part of the whole experience. With two girls in particular making up for all the bad parts of this restaurant. They were friendly, great to deal with and apologetic for the slow service times. The owners should be very pleased that the staff are the saving grace of this rather bland experience.

While I won’t discount giving Mud Dessert Bar another chance they certainly wont get more than that. My overall rating for Mud is not great but check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Service…. 2.5 out of 5

Menu…. 3 out of 5

Staff ….4 out of 5

Ambience….2 out of 5

Overall Rating….2.5 out of 5

Mud Dessert Bar is located in Oxford Street Bulimba.