On Gourmet food map

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shannon Smith

French Vietnamese restau­rant Lib­erte has been named in the Gourmet Trav­eller 2018 Restau­rant Guide, putting the Great South­ern on the foodie map.

The Al­bany restau­rant oozes char­ac­ter and its sig­na­ture cuisine is cre­ative and unique — grant­ing it Gourmet Trav­eller’s third-best restau­rant in re­gional WA.

Owner and head chef Amy Hamil­ton took over the busi­ness in 2014 and she said Lib­erte has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for in­ven­tive bar food and an ex­quis­ite wine and cock­tail menu.

“Vietnamese food, like a lot of South-East Asian food, has re­ally punchy, bold flavours and there is a fresh­ness and a tex­tu­ral el­e­ment that is re­ally ap­peal­ing to peo­ple’s pal­lets,” she said. “I thought I was ini­tially go­ing to do my take on French bistro, and I just thought that cre­atively I would get a lit­tle bit bored do­ing that — so there was an op­por­tu­nity with Taste Great South­ern to float an idea,

“I pro­posed to do the French in­flu­ence on Vietnamese cuisine be­cause their in­flu­ence is ev­ery­where, no one does any­thing like that down here and it was re­ally suc­cess­ful.

The most popular items on the menu are the crispy chicken bao, and they sell 6000 a year, along­side Ms Hamil­ton’s Vietnamese take on pou­tine — the loaded fries.

“I put the loaded fries on one night as a bit of a joke and its funny be­cause some things be­come popular that you least ex­pect.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Amy Hamil­ton, the owner and head chef of Lib­erte's, with a plate of her popular pou­tine.

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