A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Nice. It started with a gnocchi lacking in flavour but partnering perfectly with a delicious rich lamb ragout with a ratatouille like mixture of vegetables that were pleasing to the taste buds. That was followed by a delicious palette cleanser of passionfruit, citrus, and strawberry sorbet which was more like a dessert. For mains I ate bouillabaisse for the first time and liked the lovely tomato and fish soup surrounding an array of delicious seafood. Special call out to the mussels which tasted like the sea and were super tender, just like the squid which was also melt in your mouth. For dessert the nougat parfait surprised on the upside as I didn’t think it would be that great but I was proved wrong with an interesting creation married with strawberries and orange peel for a contrast against the rich flavours. I’ve eaten here many a times and really love experiencing the cuisine from different areas of France.
I enjoy coming to this restaurant which presents a stylish smart interior with delicious food prepared and presented. Eyeing the dessert menu I decided to skip mains and load up with three entrees instead. The chef’s tasting plate was a little mixed with an absolutely amazing pork and miso soup, and I also loved the sweet and roasted flavours of the pumpkin puree which paired effectively with delicious succulent salmon and crisp skin. The other two items of falafel and a kimchi slider weren’t as impressive. I also ordered a couple of the panko crusted oysters which were their usual deliciousness and I also enjoyed an intense but growing on me with each bite, black pudding. For dessert I ordered the lemon, almond and polenta cake which sounded a bit unusual to me but presented a normal cake which was soft and light, freshly baked and had a lovely crust. The tangy yoghurt ice cream was interesting, an enjoyable dessert though a little uninspiring. One does look to dessert for that big finish to the meal.
I really love French cuisine but P’tite Ardoise Bistro really didn’t do French cuisine the justice it deserves. I started with the escargot which served up 3 mini dishes, each containing 3 escargot immersed in a rich tomato base and a crunchy mini toast atop. The escargot were cooked well, nice and tender, some a tad spongey but tasty nonetheless. The crunchy mini toasts were tasty and the tomato base was good, though the dish was solid without being wow. I thought more flavour could have been delivered by additional parsley and potentially more garlic. The venison for mains was also perfectly cooked medium rare and served with a range of earthy vegetables which pair well. However, I felt the dish was underwhelming and quite pedestrian, really serving up meat and 3 veg. The French touches of a delicious sauce and flavour that is well represented in their dishes was lacking in this. I was quite disappointed with the outcome, particularly for the price paid, and passed on dessert.
The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience.
Alain Fabrègues’ Bistro des Artistes brings a slice of Paris right to the heart of Subiaco. The experience feels authentic from the internal setting to the French staff on hand. The menu offers a good range of dishes but the set menu specials of 2 courses for $45 or 3 for $50 represent excellent value. I decided to try the charcuteries board for the first time which presents a lovely array of little items. I particularly liked the chicken liver pate and the chicken rilletes enjoyed with bread and olive oil. For mains, I chose the Loose Box Beef Cheek which just cuts like butter. The super tender beef cheek takes on the subtle flavour of the red wine though it carries a slight sourness which detracts from the dish. It’s also under-seasoned but fixed with a dash of salt, the smooth mashed potatoes and carrot add further earthiness to the dish but it’s a little underwhelming, though makes a typical winter warmer. For dessert, I chose the creme brûlée though this version also had raspberry. I thought this element spoiled the rich creamy custard as the tartness took over but effectively cut through the richness. When the raspberries disappeared, you could savour the rich creamy vanilla flecked custard, however, it was very rich but really delicious.
A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Beaume. It started with a delicious risotto with the flavour of the crab permeating throughout the creamy risotto. The crab and prawn bisque provided plenty of flavour and richness, but this was offset by the tomato and meatiness from the squid stuffed pork balls. The squid was a tad chewy but the subtle herb flavoured super soft pork meatballs were delicious. A highlight of the night. That was followed by a beef cheek which cut as tender as the soft creamy mash that lay underneath. This was melt in your mouth stuff, the beef combining superbly with a red wine full bodied sauce, slight saltiness from the bacon-like lardo, sweet shallots, and soft mushrooms. To finish the heavy meal, a light dessert was required and millefeuille fitted the bill. Easy on the stomach, but delicious on the tongue, the crispy layers of puff pastry encased Chantilly cream and a delicious creme patisserie, enjoyed with fresh strawberries. I particularly liked the tart raspberry coulis. Amazing!
A degustation at Restaurant Amuse will place you in an environment perfect for any special occasion accompanied by professional service, quality food, perfect execution, and delicious taste. I felt the balance of some dishes were out of whack, an example being the beef dish which was far too creamy, and this coming from a person who likes creamy and rich food. The very creamy element seemed to be a common thread through several dishes which needs to be tempered and differentiated. Aside from that I liked the Spanish stuffed pepper with goats cheese, the nashi pear with grated turnip and cheddar cheese was an excellent pairing, the marron dish was excellent but the star of the night was the duck. What a fantastic dish paired with creamy cauliflower purée and bitter kohlrabi. Excellent experience. So full!
The first quiche I dived into was a bacon and cheese quiche which was delicious. Lovely buttery pastry that is just divine encasing a lovely rich filling. I’m glad I ordered the sharp salad which took the edge off the richness. I really enjoy quiche and this was excellent. I also had a few bites of the smoked salmon quiche which is even better. I’ll save that for breakfast tomorrow along with a few other pastries I picked up. The next day I warmed the quiche up and it was amazing! I really love the flavour of the smoked salmon which is just like chunks of softened salmon, but with a smoky flavour, well complimented by the creamy avocado. I liked this quiche the best and also enjoyed my other pastries.
Chez Pierre’s Taste of France took me to Bourges where I started with a wintery warming pumpkin veloute with a touch of spice for added depth of flavour. The pork belly was super tender and carried a honey glaze which added a nice sweetness. It sat atop very creamy, mushroom infused, rich risotto which was excellent. After cleansing the palette with the refreshing apple sorbet, a chunk of fillet of beef was presented. Super tender, it combined nicely with the well controlled strong flavours of the Roquefort blue cheese sauce. The thickly cut zucchini slices was well cooked and the thickly cut frites were perfectly seasoned and very enjoyable. Dessert presented a tender poached pear with vanilla flecked ice cream which was rich and creamy. Along with the hot chocolate sauce, it certainly added a yum factor. The biscuit base and brittle added crunch to the dish in contrast to the smooth elements of the pear, ice cream, and whipped cream. Another fine French meal and dining experience.
Chez Pierre’s Lyon themed menu for the week piqued my interest and had me on the phone in a jiffy. The night started with a lovely roasted tomato veloute followed by rich succulent beef cheek encased in puff pastry. The pie was delicious and the sauce was lovely but I would have liked a little more sauce. After the refreshing lychee sorbet cleansed the inside of my palette, the confit duck leg with sautéed potatoes and broccolini proceeded to blow me away. I can’t fault the duck. Absolutely superb! Flavoursome, perfectly seasoned, oozing with flavour and with the delicious sauce, what a dish. The unassuming orange tart was carefully put together with the refreshing summer mango and mint compote, partnering with the slightly tart cherries to combat the richness of the delicious orange tart with whipped cream. While the prior visit set the bar to a very high standard, today’s dinner didn’t reach the same heights but I was far from disappointed. Another excellent dinner.