Libertine|The Barracks


Libertine will make your senses come alive. Your taste buds will do the Can-can and your eyes swoon over the décor. Make a date with your partner and dine at this French-Vietnamese wonder. NOW!

Apparently when bold, romantic French colonialism met spicy, fresh Vietnamese cuisine, it was love. Delicious, tasty love. And luckily for everyone in Brisbane, Libertine is their modern love child, producing one of the most mouthwatering and unique menus in town.

The unmatched French-Vietnamese menu provides both a casual outdoor area serving “streetfood” and a richly decorated dining room with a shared menu …But! After tasting the deliciousness of the shared meals, it becomes VERY hard to share a single bite. Offering delights such as seared Japanese scallops, confit duck a l’orange (amaze-balls) and red wine-braised chicken, one might try to eat quickly to avoid sharing with your dinner guests.


For true romantics, table number 41 is possibly one of the best date-reservations in Brisbane with its rounded seat sunken into the decorative wall, away from the view of most other diners. Canoodling is guaranteed (Oh la la).


Good news is, Libertine’s wine menu is plentiful and cocktails are strong and large. No need to share beverages here. The French inspired wine menu includes selections from well known wine growing regions of France, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Côtes du Rhône (oui oui!). And the cocktails are delicious and worth a reviewing for the cheeky cocktail names (e.g. Mr Miyagi’s fly catching chopstick technique cocktail and Libtertini).

Libertine’s beautiful, warm atmosphere is hidden within the heritage listed building of Paddington’s Barracks which is quite contrasted to the decorative interior. Described on their website as “French-colonial bordello style” the dining room’s giant deep red lamp shades, decorative wall paper and chandeliers makes a lovely escape from the normal minimalist restaurant layouts.



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