By Douglas Freeburn
A little piece of classical Europe is opening its doors in Brisbane as Capulet inaugurates a European restaurant and cocktail bar.
Co-owner of next door's Capulet, Leigh Metzeling has unveiled his newest project: Montague.
Montague is a classical European crepe and cocktail bar located in Fortitude Valley, a throwback to Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. The bar features critically acclaimed French chef; Jean-Paul Bayer. This collaboration sources the bar with a rich vein of French culture and cuisine stemming from Bayer’s 20 years’ experience as a culinary connoisseur.
Fundamentally, the food menu will be centred upon crepes while the beverage menu will base itself upon an array of inventive and cultured cocktails in keeping with the classical European flavour. While the cocktail menu is not overly extensive, it lends itself to the cliché: quality over quantity.
This new establishment aligns its mantra to the evolving bar landscape, where carousers are seeking a cultural experience over a drink in isolation. This trend of internationally themed boutique bars has only recently sprung onto the Brisbane scene, with establishments seeking a point of difference from each other. Contributing to this cultural experience will be an array of exotic ingredients rarely utilised on the Australian culinary landscape. These include Speculoos paste, a caramelised, cinnamon spread with Belgian and Dutch origins.
This theme will also extend to the bar’s retrofitting where European antiques and features add to the sense that you really are a part of Shakespeare’s epic. The bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner till late, giving patrons a chance to experience this cultural enigma from savoury through to sweet at any time of the day.
188 Brunswick St, Valley