From ice-cream sandwiches to duck fat potatoes and espresso martinis that will get your heart racing, the new menu at e’cco bistro is a taste sensation.

The newly refurbished e’cco bistro has proven that your twenties really are the best years of your life.

The bistro has recently turned the big 2-0 and although getting a facelift isn’t usually reserved for leaving your teenage years behind, that’s exactly what this inner-city eatery has done.

Located within a refurbished historic building on the fringe of Brisbane’s central business district, the century old former tea warehouse now boasts a bold and bright look with plenty of glass, salsa-red and aubergine-purple walls, polished Masonite floor and plain wood tables and chairs.

The new look e’cco bistro now features an inviting bar space where locals will be able to stop in for lunch, drinks, bar snacks or dinner.

e’cco’s nationally acclaimed head chef Philip Johnson said his vision for the restaurant has always been clear.

“It was in France that I fully appreciated the unique pleasure of a traditional bistro,” he says. “It was just as I had imagined – a hive of activity, bustling with communal and smaller tables and unforgettable with the noise of people enjoying their food while talking business, sport and politics. I was so captivated by the environment that I didn’t want to leave.”

When it comes to the menu the theme of the day is simple but full of flavor. If you’re looking for starters or side dishes you can’t go past the duck fat roast potatoes with confit garlic and chard, the broccoli with almonds, honey and poppy seed dressing or even the classic chips with aioli.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with the mains menu, which includes chicken supreme with mash, artichokes, pancetta and parsley,herb-crusted lamb with parsnip, watercress and mustard and duck breast with slow-roast carrots, dates and pearl.

Dessert at e’cco bistro is a unique experience and it’s worth dropping in just for that if you have a sweet tooth. Try the baked apple with rhubarb, buttermilk sorbet and walnut crumble or the choc fudge brownie with peanut praline, ,cherry and vanilla. There’s also a hazelnut ice cream sandwich with salted caramel and raspberry that will send you into a sugar haze, but it will be worth it.

If you’re looking for something to cap off your meal and give you a buzz for the journey home, a delicious  espresso martini is conveninetky located in the the tea and coffee section of the menu and acts as the perfect nightcap.

For more information about e’cco bistro, check out our dining guide.