In December 2017 Montrachet, Brisbane’s best French restaurant, opened at its new King Street location in Bowen Hills. Husband and wife owners Shannon Kellam and Clare Wallace had closed their much-loved Paddington original in late October.
Inside, the detailing of the King Street venue feels much the same as the Paddington restaurant. The 240-square-metre space is lined with red leather banquettes and dark timber, offset by fresh bouquets of flowers and gilt-framed mirrors. The wine glasses sit poised on white tablecloths by rolled serviettes, the Montrachet monogram frosted on their sides.
There is a subtle dividing wall between the comptoir and the main dining area, and an impressive wine cellar behind a glass wall.
There is also a French bakery attached. The boulangerie is on adjoining Machinery Street and is linked to the main venue via a shared kitchen.
The restaurant menu hangs on to the classics. There’s the filet de boeuf (eye fillet with French fries), soufflé au crabe et au Gruyère (double-cooked crab souffle), the seafood bouillabaisse and of course the crème brûlée. But around these mainstays the menu changes every four weeks.