An open-spaced restaurant with polished furnishing, this place felt rather business-like and formal - men and women in business suits where seen in serious conversations and quite frankly, I didn't feel we fitted in since we were there for a casual meal (it didn't help that Nicki was in jandals). Despite the lack of formal attire, we were welcomed by the maitre'd to an available table so obviously dress code didn't matter.
The lunch menu consisted of a good selection of food ranging from pasta to sandwiches and salads for those who prefer a lighter meal. I was happily surprised to see they also have an Asian fare section - I didn't think a modern Australian bistro would include Asian food but it turned out that the owner hails from Malaysia so dishes such as beef rendang and hainan chicken rice can be found on their menu. I had intended to get their Prawn & Calamari Linguine (the oil-based type pasta I like) but Nicki had her eye on it too so instead went for the Salt and Pepper Chicken, possibly a much better choice as it totally hit the spot :) Tender chicken strips covered in a crispy salt and pepper batter, hainan rice, side salad and sambal, and garnished with basil crisps and shallots...mmm, it was good!
Salt and pepper chicken with crispy basil and shallots
served with rice and side salad ($18.50)
Our bill amounted to about $30 (including the 25% discount we got from the Entertainment Book voucher) which was pretty good considering Nicki also had a glass of white wine. Definitely plan to come back again to try out their linguini and other Malaysian dishes :)