Deer Duck Bistro
396 Milton Road, Auchenflower QLD
07 3870 8482
If Alice in Wonderland had a restaurant, this would be it.
Combining antiques of all kinds with Victorian furniture and decor, the interior of Deer Duck Bistro looks akin to the inside of the caravan of a travelling mystique. This is a striking contrast with the hole-in-the-wall exterior, not to mention native approach Deer Duck takes towards its modern and top quality cuisine.
In 2011 Nicholas Cooper opened Deer Duck. He is also the creative mind behind the eccentric interior design. Nicholas has 25 years’ experience as a chef in Melbourne and Brisbane and this wealth of knowledge inspired him to create a unique dining experience. Nick wanted to provide an experience that encourages return visits, somewhere with an authentic atmosphere and immaculate attention to detail in every aspect.
Head Chef, Anthony Hales, is to thank for the style and quality of food found at Deer Duck. Anthony has worked in dozens of critically acclaimed restaurants all over the world, and cooked for world leaders at the 2014 Brisbane G20 Leaders Dinner and at Queensland Parliament House. No wonder the food is so good; the man is almost royalty.
Renowned for its degustation menu, those looking for an interesting night of dining are also provided for with a more traditional à la carte menu. However that’s where all normality ends. Deer Duck is one of the few venues where what the menu says is available doesn’t matter.
On the menu you will see only the fundamental, most basic ingredients of a dish listed, such as mackerel, cucumber and miso for entrée, lamb, aubergine and yoghurt for main, and curd, raspberries and lavender for dessert. This philosophy of cooking needs some context, so read on.
Produce at Deer Duck is as fresh and organic as it gets. A wall garden provides all the heirloom vegies and micro herbs in your meal, “harvested” as they are needed. Mount Tamborine, The Darling Downs and South Burnett growers supply all of the remaining produce, with some even being foraged from “secret gardens”. And this is why the menu is so dynamic and ever changing – the abundance of unique ingredients found and sourced by the kitchen change every day.
The front of house staff are responsible for conveying the intricacies of that day’s menu to you, so be sure to ask them if you’re confused, and inform them of any dietary requirements.
As Nicholas said, “Restaurants are theatre. The curtain goes up when you walk in the door, so please be our guests and sit back and enjoy the show”. So, for a singularly unique dining experience with some of the best food Brisbane has to offer, Deer Duck Bistro is the place to go.