Not too far from the Albany Highway restaurant strip lies this hidden away suburban French cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Being a sucker for sweet things, baked goods, and pastries, I was interested in seeing what was on offer from the patisserie section of the display cabinet. A range of tarts greeted me and I was immediately drooling over which ones to pick. In the end I chose the raspberry tart, Paris Brest, and also picked up an almond croissant as part of my takeaway order. The raspberry tart has a lovely thin pastry, firm enough to hold the contents of a delicious light creme patisserie which partners well with the raspberries. The Paris Brest has a lovely light choux pastry encasing a lovely light almond laden cream which is quite rich but tasty. I saved the almond croissant for breakfast the next day and loved the slightly crunchy on the outside croissant, covered in slivered almonds which make the croissant quite rich. A lovely local cafe to drop by for some baked goods or grab a bite in a cosy comforting cafe. There’s seating inside and out with a retractable plastic wall to shield patrons from the elements.
The fine dining experience at Petite Mort was everything you expect, quiet ambience, quality interior, excellent service, creative dishes, and not to mention very tasty too. The night started with two bread rolls, one sourdough and the other a very very delicious brioche roll which I particularly enjoyed with butter. For mains I had tender cured salmon which was paired with a sweet buzzing kombucha, ginger and wasabi sorbet which elevates the flavours of the salmon. We were then presented with a kaffir and coconut shooter which was fantastic but gone in an instant. I could easily have a glass of this. For mains I enjoyed very tender earthy goat tenderloins and in keeping with the earthy theme, it was enjoyed with chestnut puree, jus and fondant potato. A pre-dessert was then presented serving up a fantastic ice cream using a recipe from 1952. Dessert presented a delicious passionfruit soufflé that was risen, light, and fluffy, though I felt the passionfruit sorbet was a little jarring due to the sweetness and tartness. However, the rich cream and the very tasty chocolate Baileys balls, evened things out. We were also presented with another dessert compliments of the chef, Gouda cheesecake with pineapple prepared in a variety of ways. I really liked the Gouda cheesecake. To finally finish the night off, Cuban cigar smoked cream with a touch of salted caramel formed the filling to a set of maccarons. Wow, so delicious. What a finish to the night. The 3 course special is an excellent option with several dishes to select for each course but I think I’ll have to visit again to try their degustation.
I’m a real fan of French food and I can see the French influences in the cuisine. I started the night with rabbit rillettes which were soft and juicy and oozing flavour. The char of the baguette presents a lovely contrast against the richness, as too the acidic pickling juices of the grapes. For mains I ordered the slow roasted Moroccan spiced lamb rump which presented 4 juicy thick slices of slightly pinkish lamb, flavoured by slightly fruity spices which had formed a slight crust on the outside and permeated inside the flesh. Quite tasty, though I really loved the chargrilled courgettes which were simply fantastic. For dessert I ordered the white chocolate mousse which was light and airy almost like eating cream. The richness was contrasted with citrus fruits like grapefruit which while sour, partner well with the elements on the plate. Pretty good but it didn’t wow me. Sometimes one can choose dishes which are better than what others ordered. I had a small taste of the duck which left me envious and I also had a taste of the tiramisu which was excellent and had me wishing I had ordered that instead. Well crafted food that was solid rather than spectacular, in an excellent atmosphere with equally good service to boot.
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!