Soul bistro

Soul Bistro
(07) 3367 8188
5/16 Baroona Road (Cnr Milton Road), Milton, 4064

An early dinner for three tired Red Crossers led us to Soul Bistro, up at the IGA supermarket near the Brisbane Red Cross offices.

I’d walked past at lunchtime and the place was thronged. At seven in the evening it was a lot quieter – and chillier – so we sat inside near the kitchen.

It was probably the best thing that it was BYO only. The previous night had been a long one, and an alcohol-free evening meal was not unwelcome.

My two coeliac friends were delighted to find that almost two-thirds of the menu was designated as gluten-free. The waiter confirmed that they had a separate fryer for gluten-free foods. Suddenly, nothing was suspect and my dining companions were excited.

We chose a single starter of whiting fried in corn and sesame seeds which was just enough, perfectly-cooked and tempura-crunchy.

My pot pie was pork and apple, served with steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Perfect for a chilly evening.

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Julie’s Szechuan chilli tiger prawns looked and smelled divine.

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Vicki was in heaven with perfect coeliac-safe fried chicken and potato wedges.

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The homemade lemonades were just lovely: lemon and rosemary, and raspberry, orange and mint.

The young waiter was most attentive and the chef came out to speak to us and make sure everything was ok. For a simple little local place, the decor and ambience are pedestrian but this is more than made up for by the delicious food. Added to which, it’s a perfect safe dining experience for the gluten-intolerant amongst us. We will be back.

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