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HOT: Two Small Rooms – 517 Milton Rd, Toowong

My hard working colleagues were looking for something a little more cultured than the standard Friday pub lunch recently and in celebration of CB’s birthday we turned it up a notch by booking a table at Two Small Rooms.

Better suited perhaps as a romantic venue for two than a Friday lunch for the office crew, case Two Small Rooms is a deliciously quaint, viagra buy fine dining restaurant that most people on the west side of Brisbane would know of.  I’ve been driving past it most days since I was 10 years old and only recently have I had the pleasure of dining there.  It’s actually about 2 and a half rooms by the way…

Whilst there is an a la carte menu on offer in this French influenced venue, we opted for the value-for-money option of the Two Small Rooms set lunch menu for $40 per head, which included an entree, main and dessert each.

Each course had a selection of 3 dishes to choose from, all of which sounded well rounded and appetizing.  For entrees, the majority of our table chose the Barramundi fish cakes, but being the black sheep of the group I opted for the pork belly with cauliflower puree and apple salad.

I’m not fussed on things that are crumbed or fried, but these fish cakes were very lightly crumbed and fried and plump full of fresh Barramundi in a herbed and creamy white sauce.  My pork belly was cooked well with a nice thin, crispy layer of crackling.  It was resting in a thin gravy as well as a cauliflower puree – both very subtle but complimentary with the pork.

For mains there was a choice of sirloin and shoe string fries, mushroom linguini or sand crab omelette.  Upon recommendation by the waiter, CB and I both decided the crab omelette was a winner and a first time for both of us.  The omelette was in essence a great dish however it was a little on the skinny side and over-salted for my liking.  It was drizzled in balsamic and accompanied with some greenery which all worked well together.

The mushroom linguini was to my right and I managed to sneak a taste; the linguini was perfect with an abundance of mushrooms in a light yet flavoursome cream sauce.  Like the omelette, it was also a little on the small side size wise (sorry, no pic for this one).  The sirloin and shoe string fries took the remaining two places at our table. The meat was cooked as requested and beautifully juicy and tender and the accompanying fries were (too) more-ish.

For me the stand out course from the Two Small Rooms set lunch menu was dessert.  A selection of ice creams and sorbets was my pick and they didn’t disappoint – one scoop of caramel, one of yoghurt sorbet and a berry sorbet scoop.  All accompanied with a few juicy strawberries and a shard of waffle cone.  Yum!

Princess chose the cheese platter with quince paste and apple, which she thoroughly enjoyed, but I suspect she had a touch of the green eyed monster when the Eton mess (the third dessert alternative) arrived at the table – a big creamy mess of berries, meringue, red wine jelly, cream and ice cream with piles of sugar stirred through.  Double yum.

The courteous and prompt service at Two Small Rooms is worth noting, however the lunch time vibe felt a little hasty and lack lustre.  Perhaps it was because we were a table of 5 in a room that looked better suited to star crossed lovers, gazing at each other over flickering candle light.  I’d like to sample the ambience (and the delicious menu) on a Friday night with my Mr Right and see how it feels; I have no doubt it would be perfectly perfect.

  • Two Small Rooms – 517 Milton Rd, Toowong +61 7 3371 5251

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