For those who haven't been, LnL is a long narrow space with a bar at the front, tables stretching out to the back and a large lush courtyard. You could be a world away from West End when you're sitting in that courtyard and it's incredibly popular for brunch but on this occasion, after a breezy evening, we chose to sit in the snug interior. There was a cool little jazzy accoustic duo in the front bar, playing a bit of this and that and adding to the relaxed early week vibe.
Lush greenery & clever reflective light...
We fared much better with the main of Peppered Cape Grim Sirloin w Blue Cheese Butter ($32) and a side of Sweet Potato Chips (not the ones in the photo below, these came with the steak and were good too). The steak was perfect. Served exactly how it was requested (medium), juicy, tender and flavoursome. I have spoken before about the many, many disappointments of steak dinners I have had. In my books, a good steak truly is the test of a decent kitchen and chef who knows what they're doing and, LnL delivered the goods. The Sweet Potato Chips w Aioli ($9) were quite honestly the best I've had. Sweet potato fries can be notoriously hard to cook. They have a high sugar content so burn easily and there's nothing more unpleasant than a basket of fries with singed edges. These were delicious. Light, crisp, not overly sweet, seasoned well and, made on the premises rather than out of a packet. Great job!
We shared a dessert of Champagne & Strawberry Trifle with Champagne jelly, some nice little freeze dried pieces of fruit and candied basil. ($12) and it was all over, red rover within an hour of sitting down. The joys of Tuesday night dining. Service was attentive and pleasant and everything was as it should be when we went to pay. There's some more finessing on at least some of the items on the Tasty Morsels aspect of the menu but all in all, Lock 'n' Load is definitely worth a visit outside breakfast hours.
If you do decide to do breakfast, this is what you can have...
Lock 'n' Load Bistro
142 Boundary St
West End Qld 4101
Visited: Tuesday 22nd October 2013 - Dinner Service