Anise, A Star
By Eliza Gower | Posted in The Verdict | 23 March 2011 9:43AM
Looks can be deceiving. Who would ever have known that the most unassuming, diminutive shop front on boisterous Brunswick Street could be the gateway to such incredible sensory delight?
Anise is a little haven of gastronomic divinity. It seats just 17 people around a small but handsome bar, backed by a deliciously imposing wall of willowy wine. It entwines the pleasure and decadence of a high-end dining experience with the intimacy and comfort of a romantic dinner party. Very astute bar staff attend to your every whim, gently guiding you, without pretention, through the myriad of international and local wines in their command, and lubricating you with generous Soupçons to taste through the evening.
The small seasonal menu harmoniously combines French antiquity with Australian ingenuity; every dish is simple, rich and elegant. I’m quite sure that the duck fat potatoes and the perfectly balanced chèvre stuffed figs wrapped in prosciutto, could turn even the most ardent vegetarian…
If you accidentally stumble through the tiny, humble entrance, into the indulgent world of Anise, I warn you, even the most well-intentioned, modest dinner will quickly blow out into an evening of utter extravagance.
Where: 697 Brunswick Street, New Farm Q 4005
Image source: Anise