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Roaring Forties backstrap at Victory Lane

Victory Lane Ascot is a culinary diamond that’s tucked away at the quiet end of Racecourse Road in Brisbane and seamlessly fuses modern, contemporary Australian cuisine with a French twist. My best advice is to get in quick before everyone else finds out about it.

Victory Lane Ascot
Victory Lane Ascot in Brisbane

There’s a canopy of twinkling tree lights outside and the restaurant blends warmth and light, making it equally inviting for daytime and evening dining. The interior is decked out with white timber panelling, marble, and black and tan seating, and potted plants which makes for a pleasant ambience when we stroll inside.

The interior of Victory Lane
The interior of Victory Lane Ascot

Victory Lane Ascot offers alfresco dining during the day or on warm evenings, a bar area for socialising, and rear seating for sit down dining with a sophisticated menu. If you’re looking for a romantic night out, don’t be put off by the TVs over the bar at the entrance as this space is completely separate to the classy restaurant out the back.

Victory Lanes group dining
Group dining at Victory Lane Ascot

As we were escorted to our table, we were impressed with the extensive wine rack. Sparkling or still water was offered as soon as we sat down, promptly followed by the food and wine menus and daily specials. Sophisticated chilled tunes added to the ambience and got us in the mood for a great evening with fine food and wine.

Victory Lane’s menu is compact but appealing with a selection of seafood and meat dishes and a few vegan/vegetarian dishes. We opted to share the hay-smoked duck served with parsnip purée, beetroot, black garlic, cherry and rhubarb relish with pistachios to start. Big mistake!

Hay Smoked Duck at Victory Lane
Hay smoked duck at Victory Lane

It was duelling forks as we scrambled to beat each other to each tender piece of duck, and the sprinkling of pistachios which providing a lovely, soft textural crunch and really added to the dish. In hindsight, we definitely should have ordered one each (next time!).

Mains has us both thinking of the Roaring Forties backstrap (a steal for $40). This dish featured a generous 200g lamb backstrap with dutch carrot, legumes, leek, pea hummus and toasted quinoa. We also had the warm potatoes which were delicious but a little cold in the middle.

ROARING FORTIES BACKSTRAP, a 200g lamb backstrap with dutch carrot, legumes, leek, pea hummus and toasted quinoa
Roaring Forties lamb backstrap

The wine list was impressive, especially by the glass, with a selection of whites and reds from Australia and overseas. Ask the staff for recommendations and don’t be afraid to experiment as you’re in safe hands with this knowledgeable team. Our glass of Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir was amazing and the perfect match for the lamb.

Service was exceptional with the attentive staff offering meal and wine recommendations, water top ups and clearing our plates just at the right time. Before we knew it, it was time for dessert, but we needed to share again as the mains were so generous.

We went with our waiter’s recommendation of The Lemon, a sophisticated white chocolate and yuzu ganache, served with lemon marmalade with crispy white chocolate pearls. There was more cutlery combat as we savoured this delicious dish which was the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavours.

The Lemon dessert at Victory Lane Ascot
The Lemon dessert

Overall, Victory Lane is one of the best restaurants on Racecourse Road in Ascot with exceptional cuisine and an amazing wine list, all at a fabulous price point. Add in the relaxed ambience, great service, and appealing decor, and you have all the essentials for a great dining venue and a great afternoon or evening out.

Disclosure: The writers dined as guests of Victory Lane Ascot.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Brisbane, we have reviewed the Treasury Hotel, The Calile, Ovolo The Valley, W Brisbane, Capri by Fraser Brisbane, Hilton Brisbane, The Johnson, NEXT Hotel Brisbane, Sage Hotel James Street, The Westin Brisbane, Oaks Brisbane Festival Suites, Royal on the Park, Ibis Styles Elizabeth Street, Sofitel Brisbane, Crystalbrook Vincent, The Inchcolm by Ovolo, Alex Perry Hotel & Apartments, and Pullman Brisbane Airport.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.