The other day my partner and I together with a few friends visited L’academie for dinner in Spring Hill. Initially our overall attitude was, lets give it try and see how we go. L’academie as the name suggests is a training hub for some of Brisbane’s finest up and coming chefs where they obtain exposure to a real restaurant and not just the classroom.
As soon as we entered the restaurant, which is situated on St Pauls Terrace (cnr with Gipps Street), we were immediately greeted by members of the team and shown to our table which we had pre-booked. Not knowing what to expect we were all impressed with the ambience of the restaurant which boasts fine chandeliers, an array of classic pictures (which would be the envy of many a gallery) as well as soft French music which added to the overall atmosphere. In addition to this the service was exceptional with waiters always being very responsive and courteous.
We measure our attitude to a restaurant with all the above in mind and obviously the main determinant as to whether we would re-visit an establishment is the quality of the food. In that regard I was extremely impressed with all 3 courses and so were the others in the group. The cost is only a fraction of what you would normally expect to pay for a similar experience in a non training restaurant.
To all at L’academie, congratulations and bon appetit.