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HOT: E’cco Bistro – 100 Boundary St, Brisbane

This was a long overdue dining experience.  E’cco is nothing new to Brisbane and I don’t even hear its name thrown around so much anymore as a dining destination for locals or out-of-towners, ampoule but it’s been on my list for years.  Celebrating 2 years of wedded bliss last month, MM and I figured we’d waited long enough to try E’cco

Being a school night we booked a 6pm seating, so we were pretty much the only people in the E’cco dining area, which has a very industrial feel to it – exposed air conditioning, high warehouse style ceilings and surrounds.  To be honest, without other people, it was a little cool, clinical and echoey (strangely enough?!) and could’ve done with softening up a little. 

Our waiter was very young and I suspected quite green in his role; his inexperience showing with a timid approach and lack of menu knowledge – no biggie really, but he didn’t quite hit the mark with the wine selection side of things and when I later found out there was a sommelier onsite, I was a little disappointed…

Onto the cuisine, it was after all why we were here. 

I couldn’t look past the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, walnuts, sage and burnt butter vinaigrette; I don’t think my words can actually do this dish any justice.  Three plump but dainty pillows of ricotta and pumpkin sat atop the most subtle burnt butter sauce that ever was made, topped with large, wafer thin sheets of parmesan.  The walnuts added the perfect combination of textures and the combined flavours were exceptional. 

MM decided on the seared scallops, white polenta, sauce romesco and flaked almonds.  The scallops were nestled next to some thinly sliced, mildly spiced chorizo – the perfect duo.  The romesco sauce was a chunky but again dainty presence on the plate, providing a mild and flavoursome tomato broth to cover the fleshy morsels.  All entrees at E’cco were $24.50

Onto the mains and it was no surprise to be stuck with a short-list as long as the E’cco menu itself.  Everything sounded right up my street and as usual it pretty much came down to a coin toss.

I decided on the grimaud duck breast, sweet potato, corn puree and padrones peppers.  Like many of the menu items I was worried this colourful dish would be a little ‘wintery’ and heavy for a balmy summer evening, but in fact it was light in flavour and so well balanced by the non-protein components.  The duck was cooked to perfection and had just the right amount of crispy, squishy fat.

 

True to style, MM chose the grain-fed angus beef sirloin with café de Paris butter, pommes anna and wilted spinach.  Beautifully medium-rare, the beef was constructed perfectly atop a crispy potato stack and greens, with a lovely blob of Parisian style butter which just oozed creaminess as it melted over the meat.  The beef was melt in your mouth tender.  All mains at E’cco were $42.50

With only a tiny hint of a pocket left for dessert, we took the savory option of French triple cream brie (buche d’affinois) served with pear, crisp breads, quince paste and muscatels ($17.50).  The cheese was uber-creamy, accompanied by a combination of thinly sliced fruity biscotti and lavosh style bread.  This was the perfect, calorie-rich and satisfying end to an insanely decadent meal.

 E’ccooozes class and sophistication, more through its menu than its presence or service.  The service doesn’t (or didn’t) really reflect the price tag, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  The harsh surroundings of the warehouse style venue lent itself to having quite a serious, don’t-make-too-much-of-a-raucous feel to it…which was a bit of a shame and I think it lead to us feeling a little uneasy at times.  But thankfully, the casual demeanor of our waiters helped soften the mood and the food was up there with the best of them.

 

Lunch Tues – Fri 12:00 to 2:30pm

Dinner Tues – Sat 6:00pm ‘til late

E’cco Bar – Tues – Sat 5:00pm ‘til late

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  1. The duck breast looks amazing. Thanks!

    Posted by Cory Nicks | May 12, 2012, 3:56 am

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