What a little gem of a bistro. Tucked away amongst the shops (as most cafe's and bistros are in West End), Lock n Load has great food, friendly staff, well priced and is a fantastic venue. They have the restaurant downstairs (which had a live jazz trio playing), a garden out the back and then a lovely room upstairs which seats about 30 people, and has a wide screen plasma on the wall perfect for talks and presentations.
The dinner last night had a set menu, with Turkish bread for starters for all, then several choices for mains, and also salad and shoestring fries served to the table for all. I had crispy skinned barramundi with chorizo, potatoes and olives. YUM-O. The barra was beautifully fresh, cooked to perfection (the seasoning on that crispy skin was divine) and the olives and chorizos really offset the mild flavours of the fish and potato.
I really liked the feel of the place too. Relaxed and friendly, and looks like it's been built into an old Queenslander house. The staff were really helpful, the wine was good (and well priced) and the room upstairs a perfect venue for lots of discussion.
I'll certainly go back there.