Fo0die dined as a guest of St LuJa and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
On a cold Friday evening we took Tram 96 to the venue from Southern Cross train station which took about 20 minutes and stopped literally in front of the venue.
Opened since April 2017, we arrived at the unsuspecting venue; we could not tell from the outside it’s a bar restaurant and because it’s so dimly lit, it was hard to tell from the outside across the road that the venue was opened.
Underneath three tall palm trees, outdoor seating with umbrellas is available at the front of the venue.
The decor has a vintage feel to it. There’s seating on either side near the windows, a lounge area with a fire place and a range of seating options available throughout the venue with the bar on the right side of the venue.
Some winding stairs lead to the venue’s downstairs lounge (The DL).
Being a whisky bar, as expected, there is an impressive drinks menu. And awhile we didn’t try any of the drinks on this occasion, the venue would definitely be an ideal place to catch up over drinks.
Between the two of us, we picked one dish from the ‘share/starter’ section, a main each and a dessert each.
The croquettes were super crispy on the outside with a cheesy interior and a very subtle truffle flavour and taste to it.
Out of the two mains, our favourite was the 12 hours slow cooked beef brisket which is one of their most popular dish. Tender brisket paired with a chilli mash which was super satisfying during winter.
I had the chicken served with Texas-style smoked beans. The meat was sliced up and sat on top of some subtly smokey beans. The sauce itself wasn’t sticky or overly rich and instead was more tomato based. Both these dishes were a good serving size.
On to desserts, the creamy panna cotta is stronger on the vanilla side than the honey side. Served with a nice crumble and freeze dried berries.
The warm gooey centred brownie with a crispy crust on the outside was rich and sweet, too sweet for Mr J which meant more for me (I’m not complaining!).
St LuJa is slightly on the pricier side when it comes to food. But with an extensive drinks list, ever changing whiskies and a DJ on Saturday nights and Friday during summer, we see this venue being the perfect place for a catch up over some drinks and food.
Dishes that make up this review
- Truffled mac and cheese croquettes ($12)
- 12 hours slow cooked smoked maple beef brisket served with a chipotle mash and jus ($27)
- Saute crispy chicken breast served with Texas-style smoked beans, kale crisps with a rich and sticky chicken jus ($25)
- Honey panna cotta with caramelized oatmeal and berries ($13)
- Warm chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream ($13)