Small but perfectly formed. That’s how I’d describe Sardine Tin, located in Little Stanley street, South Brisbane. The charming, French-inspired dining area is small as is the open kitchen, but the food is bold and perfectly formed.
Sardine Tin has been on my list of ‘must try’ for ages, so I was very excited to dine here with Al before we headed off to see the legendary George Benson at the QPAC Concert hall.
We sat at the bar dining area overlooking the kitchen and shared two of the small plates to start. At $6 and $7 each, they were incredibly good value for the amount of work it would have taken to produce them. Crispy artichoke, quail egg, truffle, asparagus and beef cheek parcel, smoked celeriac, porcini, rocket.
The crispy artichoke was the dish of the night for me. These flavours blended beautifully together. I was so in love with this dish. Delicate and careful plating only added to the joy. I loved it so much it deserves another photo!
For main Al chose the special of fennel coated fish with kipfler chunky chips. I don’t think I’ve ever had parrot fish but I’ll be looking out for it on other menus. This was a great dish. Familiar, yet sophisticated. Not particularly pretty but a very satisfying meal.
For main I chose tea smoked duck breast, mango, coconut tapioca, cherry sauce. I don’t usually go for duck on a menu but I was intrigued by the coconut tapioca and cherry sauce. The duck was cooked perfectly with a very subtle smoke flavour. There was a peppery flavour coming through but I couldn’t identify if this was from the tapioca or the cherry sauce. Together, all the flavours worked well. My only issue with this dish was all the elements on the plate, except the duck, were cold and on a cool evening I would have preferred a more warming meal. The other main that caught my attention was the Tamarind fried chicken, sambal, apple salad, spiced rice.
Dessert at the moment includes lemon mousse, rum, mango, rhubarb, toasted brioche and caramelised pear and fig crumble, vanilla mascarpone. Our waitress mentioned the dessert special and we had to try it. Donut holes filled with creme patissiere on a chocolate cream. Not the prettiest of presentation but light, fluffy, hot, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Delightful and just the right portion size to finish the meal.
Sardine Tin is exceptional value for money. We enjoyed two starters, two mains, one dessert, a glass of Stella beer and a glass of Tassie Pinot Noir for $72. The menu and the wine list might be small but it is well thought out and I think, a perfect size for bistro style dining.
You can also enjoy a beautiful looking charcuterie board (I watched chef plate up one of these boards as we were preparing to leave) and an extensive cheese board if you are just after a quick bite with a glass of wine.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Sardine Tin experience and we’ll be back.
Shop 3A “Arbour on Grey” Little Stanley Street, Southbank
Opening Hours: 12 midday till late.
p: (07) 3846 1146