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FOOD & DRINK

Bisou Bisou Is Fortitude Valley's New All-Day French Restaurant with an Oyster and Caviar Bar

It's now open inside the new Hotel X on Brunswick Street.
By Sarah Ward
March 10, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
March 10, 2021
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When Hotel X opened in February, it added a new boutique hotel to Brisbane's ever-growing list, and also marked the brand's first-ever venue anywhere in the world. And, if you're in need of somewhere different to eat and drink, it gave Fortitude Valley's hospitality scene a new French restaurant, thanks to the launch of Bisou Bisou.

Hotel X is also set to welcome a Mediterranean-themed rooftop bar and restaurant called Iris down the line; however, for now, Brisbanites can visit the site's ground level and pretend they're in a different part of Europe. The Ghanem Group is behind both venues, adding to a portfolio that already includes Boom Boom Room Izakaya, Donna Chang, Byblos Bar and Restaurant, Blackbird Bar and Grill, and Lord of the Wings.

At the brasserie-style Bisou Bisou, Ghanem has enlisted head chef Anthony Donaldson (ex-Blackbird) and executive chef Jake Nicolson to head the menu. Think seafood bouillabaisse, parmesan and thyme-crusted chicken schnitzel, escargot and bone marrow on toast, steak tartare and, of course, steak frites. There's also an oyster and caviar bar, a freestanding rotisserie and a cheese trolley. And, because this is an all-day eatery, you can even tuck into half a dozen oysters for breakfast, or start your day with caviar with warm eggs.

Other food highlights include croque monsieur and French toast with strawberries on the brekkie lineup, Lyonnaise sausages first up and on the mains menu, and multiple types of sorbets for dessert.

Many of Bisou Bisou's dishes are available on the bar menu, if you're heading by for a cocktail or a glass of wine with a snack while sitting on luxe red bar chairs.

And, decor-wise, the restaurant heroes neutral tones, marble tables, patterned and textured finishes, and exposed brick walls, as paired with splashes of deep greens and reds. There's also indoor and outdoor seating, and the wine collection takes pride of place along one wall.

Find Bisou Bisou inside Hotel X at 458 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley — open from 6.30am–late daily.

Published on March 10, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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