Food & Drink

Meet Banc Brasserie, A Luxe New Restaurant And Wine Bar In An Old Bank

By Ranyhyn Laine
25th Nov 2021

a plate of duck and mushrooms
a prawn dish
a spoon digging into a small panna cotta
the front facade of an old building
the bar inside banc brasserie
a cup of coffee with chocolate coins
a plate of duck and mushrooms
a prawn dish
a spoon digging into a small panna cotta
the front facade of an old building
the bar inside banc brasserie
a cup of coffee with chocolate coins

You know the old bank building at the top of the Queen Street Mall in the CBD? Yep, the big, imposing heritage one with arched windows and impressive sandstone columns. Well, it’s just found another lease on life as a glamorous bar and eatery, with Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar taking over its moneyed halls. 

Walk through the doors and no longer will you find abandoned teller stations and ugly waiting chars—the whole interior has had a plush makeover worthy of its grand facade. Underneath the soaring ceilings hang glamorous modern chandeliers which reflect off the marble tiled floor. In the lobby, a long wooden bar with brass fittings invites you to order a drink (or just a coffee pre-midday), with a grand piano in one corner. Separated from the bar area by a divider is the brasserie, which features charming floral curtains lining the windows, white tablecloth covered tables and comfy looking plush banquette seating along one side. Meanwhile, a more relaxed bistro and lounge are still to come on the other side of the space. 

a table underneath floral curtained windows

Being that the whole venue gives of serious European bistro vibes, with a touch of London’s iconic Soho brasserie The Ivy, it makes sense that the menu features plenty of French and Italian influences, albeit with a few native Australian ingredients thrown into the mix. Banc isn’t willing to be pigeonholed though—Head Chef Lucas McMillan has travelled extensively, and brought plenty of international ideas to the kitchen.

a plate of duck and mushrooms

With the full menu available for both lunch and dinner, you can start with entrees like beef tartare with macadamia and pomme gaufrette, bug tagliatelle with chilli and marjoram, and a delicate crab gazpacho topped with prawns. Mains include the visually impressive duck with wild mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke and blackberry, rack of lamb with eggplant, onion and cavelo nero and the classic brassiere favourite, beef and steak frites. 

If you’ve got time to make it a three-courser and don’t have to rush back to the office after a long lunch, the buttermilk panna cotta with lemon verbena, geraldton wax and white peach is a visual masterpiece, not too mention a delicious sweet finish. The bar area is also open for coffee and pastries from 7.30 each morning, and you’ll find a cheeky nod to the building’s history on your saucer in the form of chocolate coins to go with your latte. 

two cocktails on a table

Post-midday though, you’ll want to scope out the boozy offering, with a lengthy wine list to browse. Use of Coravins means you can try some of the more top shelf labels by the glass, just in case you’re not quite up to a whole bottle. The cocktails, meanwhile, are simple but sophisticated, and named for the banking world—sip on a Buyback, with riesling, pineapple, sherry and citrus, or the Stocks And Bonds, a blend of espresso, South American rum, Amaro Montenegro and vanilla. 

The team also plan on adding boozy brunches and high tea to their offering in the new year, so stay tuned for those. For now though, you can find out everything you need to know about Banc Brasserie & Wine Bar here

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Image credit: NIRA Creative 

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