On Gourmet food map

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Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

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.

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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.”

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