My 15th Wedding Anniversary was coming up and we usually don’t make a big fuss but we thought this year was worthy of doing something a little special. We had heard through family that Restaurant Rapide at Camp Hill Brisbane was under new ownership and worth checking out.
In a quiet area of the city it wasn’t difficult to find a nearby parking space and get to. The ambiance of the restaurant itself was lovely and the staff attentive and friendly.
As we perused the menu I was impressed not only that the gluten-free dishes were clearly identified on the menu but that there were a considerable number of choices of gluten-free meals. Whilst not a diagnosed coeliac, I am sensitive to gluten as so have a growing number of people and consequently I am constantly surprised by the number of establishments that fail to indicate this on their menus. Not here! Part of this is because their sauces are made on site without relying on commercially prepared sauces usually containing thickeners and other wheat-derived ingredients.
We started with some Oysters Kilpatrick which were super delicious.
Making a decision for the main was tough going. In addition to the regular menu items there was a chef’s special on offer as well. After much to-ing and fro-ing I decided on their signature dish, an Asian duck dish with sauteed vegetables. Hubby decided on their steak dish.
It came to dessert and I wasn’t going to miss out. Again, decisions were tough and we decided to have a dessert each whilst waiting for another chef’s specialty, the snail filo. My chocolate tart was divine and the panacotta creamy and smooth.
I sampled the filo (not ideal for anyone avoiding gluten) and it was light and a great choice for anyone who doesn’t like overly sweet desserts …and no, it doesn’t contain snails 😉
Overall, I was extremely impressed with the meal that I had – and I’m not easily impressed. The prices were more than reasonable and the quality was excellent. Service was delightful. I was fortunate enough to have a chat with the Chef at the end of my meal and it was so lovely to talk to someone not only passionate about creating quality food but also mindful of sustainability and making efforts to source local and ethical produce wherever possible. I would definitely recommend Restaurant Rapide to anyone in the Brisbane area, well worth it.