Piaf plays with the populism of South Bank in several pleasing ways.
Its modern design, with sleek simple furnishings, warm timber detailing and an inside that feels decidedly outside, make a great foil for people-watching and enjoying the shade of tree-lined Grey Street.
Its classic bistro fare is surprisingly good value and ingredients unfamiliar to modern Australian palates are prepared in crowd-pleasing ways: escargot are immersed in a tasty tomato sauce with melting garlic confit; the creaminess of lamb's brains is countered by a deep-fried batter and crisp speck.
The wine list is very small, very French and all by the glass. Need help deciphering a Beaujolais from a Cotes du Rhone? Knowledgeable staff will offer varietal translations. There's nothing esoteric about dessert either; try the not-too-sweet chocolate panna cotta with its dark boysenberry sauce and hazelnut praline, utterly satisfying in its flavour combinations.
Piaf is South Bank dining at its best.
- 07 3846 5026
- Prices - Entrees $14 Mains $24 Desserts $12
- Features - Wheelchair access, Family friendly
- Chef(s) - James Guldberg
- Owners - Simon Livingstone
- Cards accepted - AMEX, Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS
- Opening Hours - Daily 7am-9.30pm
- Seats - 70; outdoor seating; wheelchair access; kid friendly