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 thought the Wild Duck degustation was excellent, starting off strong but falling away towards the end. The Amuse bouche tomato marshmallow and Parmesan custard was an interesting starter. The seafood chowder was exceptional delivering lots of flavour and comfort, not to mention that perfectly cooked melt in your mouth scallop. The salmon trio was the standout dish of the night, the chef’s showcasing their skill in superbly presenting salmon three ways each as delicious as the other. The salmon mousse comfortably shaded the confit salmon and salmon Gravalax. The rich salt and pepper squid was effectively paired with a refreshing Asian salad and a delicious chilli jam with some kick. The slow cooked pork belly just cut like butter and was really enjoyable, as too the crunchy crackling. After the raspberry sorbet which cleansed my palette, the next two dishes fell short of the standard set. The crispy skin duck breast didn’t have too much crispy skin to enjoy and while the duck breast was tender, it lacked flavour and juiciness. Instead, a delicious duck jus and salty speck added much needed punch. Knowing what duck can deliver, I thought the dish restricted the duck from being the hero on the plate. Dessert is what people look forward to and the eggs on toast didn’t deliver the bang or grand finale to the meal. While clever and deceiving, it didn’t really deliver enough flavour to leave me satisfied. A very enjoyable meal in comforting surroundings, excellent service, and quality food.
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!
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.
Second visit to Chez Pierre and they just blew me away with superb French cuisine. In a smart tasteful setting with excellent service right from being huided into a parking bay to being taken to your table and served your dishes, the experience is nothing short of excellent. The 5 course set menu proved to be popular and as the restaurant was packed to the brim, everyone seemed to have the same idea, it’s excellent value at this quality. We started off with the butternut pumpkin veloute, a flavour packed smooth pumpkin soup to warm the senses. This was followeed by light, flaky, home-made puff pastry encasing a delicious sauce and tender prawns and squid. The bread and butter at the table is also delicious, and excellent for mopping up the delicious sauce. A refreshing ice cool apple flavoured sorbet followed to effectively cleanse the palette. Mains served up a chunk of veal rib, perfectly cooked, seasoned, and tender veal was complimented by a delicious sauce, garlic butter beans, and the most delicious stack of finely sliced potatoes with bacon adding another dimension. A super b dish followed by the floating island dessert. Soft, light, airy, cloud like meringue with a crystallised caramel on top and a cold, creamy, crème anglaise on the bottom of the glass, what a fantastic dessert to end a fantastic meal. I miss Paris but at least I can get something close to it thanks to Chez Pierre.
It’s been a long time since my visit to Paris and I haven’t eaten food that comes close. While tonight’s meal didn’t blow me away, I was satisfied with the consistency of the flavours in each dish. The roasted tomato veloute is something I haven’t eaten before and I really liked the creativity of this pocket dynamo. It packed a punch, full of intense flavour and sweet acidity. The tender succulent escargot and mushrooms in a rich delicious sauce made the dish superb. The perfectly cooked lamb may have seemed initially underwhelming but when paired with the sweet tomato flavour of the ratatouille, the dish was transformed. To finish, the creme brulee had the perfect amount of caramelisation and the spoon cracked through the thin, not thick, top, revealing a rich, vanilla flavoured custard that was fantastic. Considering the lovely setting, the efficient service, the delicious and well executed quality of the dishes served, for $58.50, the experience is a steal. I can see why this restaurant packed out so quickly. And this is a fine dining restaurant.
This is a burger like no other. It has a very classical feel to it and for some reason, reminds me of McDonalds but tastes nothing like it, so much better in fact. The presence of the pickles, a thinish fast food like pattie, the processed square cheese slices just melting, plus all the other ingredients combined for a great tasting burger. Unfortunately, the intense mustard flavour of the sauce overpowered the flavours and detracted from the overall experience. The beef patty could have had a little more moistness to it. However, those fantastic chips stole the show! Absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed the offering presented by Burgermeister which can be enjoyed in a comfortable, funky setting. Thumbs up from me.