Monday, February 7, 2011

Piaf @ South Brisbane, Brisbane

The name Piaf brings back memories of the movie "La Vie En Rose" and Edith Piaf, the French singer with the mesmerising voice. Now if I am not mistaken, Piaf also means "Little Bird" and the display wall of the restaurant features none other than a picture of a sparrow (i think).


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However the picture of the helmet remains a mystery.

Piaf is a casual quaint cafe that serves French food, I suppose a simple yet elegant enough place to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of when the Girlfriend was legally and officially upgraded her status as the Wife. Most hatted restaurants were either closed from the floods or not open on Sunday (and obviously the bill would have been another barrier), we were happy with the relaxing sitting.

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The onion tart started the meal, a small little quiche with not too much onions, topped with a dollop of sour cream and salad leaves. Refreshing.

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The problem with the escargot is that they came without the shells which is not much of a big deal since you get de-shelled escargots with the shells separately in the supermarkets anyways. However without the shells meant it, it tasted slightly rubbery and chewy (probably over cooked) but the thought of serving bread to mop up everything was a nice touch.

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The duck confit was done beautifully; sticking to a balance of salty and sweet. The succulent duck meat being the savory element and the cranberries used in the sauce to keep it light. 

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The roast pork sandwich got our attention, thinking that we will get what we got from Earl's Canteen. Disappointed that it was more of a pulled pork sandwich, it was by no means bad but we were shattered as we didn't get that crispy crackling we had conjured up in our mind. Kudos that they served when asked, aioli to go with the chips without a surcharge.

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Alas we wanted to skip desserts but succumbed in the end to the creme brulee which had to be disappointing. The dessert was not set and what we had was a delicious custard beneath the hard caramel top. The flavours was good but there was a gooey texture.

While there were hits and misses, we liked the casual bistro / cafe setting and the alright food (as there are alot of hits and misses along the street).

Address and contact details:

Piaf on Urbanspoon

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Not as mindblowing as Edith Piaf's singing but its an option if you want a place to stop by for a nice lunch 

9 comments:

Baby Sumo said...

So did they play Edith Piaf in the background?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: i dont think they did..maybe a recommendation to them if i drop by again haha.

CUMI & CIKI said...

Wah so up market one ar you? I love that song.. Life, thru rose tinted glasses! Btw, cannot believe tis been ONE whole year since you got married?! time flies man.

Gong Xi Fa Chai! Happy New Year to you and family:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha which part upmarket me? it was the most randomest of moment to have gotten a copy n watched it..yes its been 1 year..gong hei fatt choy to u n josen!

Michelle Chin said...

Wah one year already! Eh,next year maybe you should prepare a candlelight dinner at home! :D

Sean said...

happy belated anniversary! i guess this place seems like probably the equivalent of kl's pressroom at bangsar shopping centre =)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: yeah there are some resemblances but a much smaller menu

mchin: haha cook? maybe if i can get hold of better produce than supermarket food.c

eiling lim said...

very nice painting indeed. Maybe the sparrow should have pooed on the helmet instead! haha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: haha maybe someone should try drawing the "poo"