Margo Kitchen and Bar
Margo took the place of popular French restaurant Montrachet (now in Bowen Hills, and retains its predecessor’s classic bistro charm; red leather booths, mirrored walls and wooden floors.
Paddington, a bit removed from the city crowds, can be a hard place to start a business. It takes flair and a lot of grit to make it happen here. Thankfully, after more than a decade working at Brisbane fine-dining heavyweights such as Urbane, The Euro and Bacchus, owner and head chef Americo Fernandes has both.
French influence is felt in some of the cooking techniques, but in his own restaurant the Portuguese-born, French-trained Fernandes isn't constrained by any one particular cuisine. So while Margo’s baguette with smoked butter, beef tartare or steak frites might be about as French as it gets, the restaurant also serves lamb rack with baba ghanoush and a chimichurri cauliflower steak. Menu favourites show off the best market seafood: scallops with curry leaf, or Moreton Bay bugs with chorizo.
With such memorable food, it’s easy to forget the “bar” part of Margo Restaurant and Bar. But the drinks list has a respectable lean towards Australian and French wines and classic cocktails.