Something I loved when visiting Paris was the ability to walk into just about any street-side bistro or cafe and have wonderful food. As a lover of French food, this was heaven. In Australia, quality French restaurants are harder to find, however Bistro Vue is a worthy contender. The mid-level alternative in Shannon Bennett’s restaurant empire, Bistro Vue serves up classic French cuisine with a modern Australian twist. The interior has a provincial-France feel, with its rustic wooden tables and velvet seating; and is far larger than I expected.
I tend to choose my courses based on how many elements in the dish that I like, and using this mainly foolproof method, I went for the ‘duck egg, kale, pancetta, cèpe emulsion’ for my entree. Not knowing how they were to be prepared, cooked or combined, I was extremely pleased when the dish was placed in front of me. Kale chips were liberally sprinkled over a perfectly poached duck egg nestled between crunchy triangles of toasted bread, in a mushroom sauce dotted with onion rings and chunks of pancetta. The taste was incredible, with the textures and flavours combining to create a memorable dish.
Our table also shared the Sterling caviar which, despite only being 30g, was enough for everyone to have a taste. I’m not a caviar connoisseur, but I did find the caviar with all of its trimmings quite tasty and not overly salty.
I selected the kangaroo for my main, which is a protein that I have never tried before. The smoked loin had quite a strong gamey flavour, which I enjoyed and the meat was very tender. Crushed macadamias and light potato puffs added texture, while the baby carrots and pumpkin puree added sweetness.
The sirloin steak, which arrived with the chunkiest chips imaginable and a large serving of béarnaise sauce (pepper sauce, truffle mustard and sauce Diane are also offered), was, according to my boyfriend, juicy and flavourful and he was very satisfied with it.
Both desserts that we shared were delicious and well presented. After placing the ‘Snickers’ bar on the table, the waiter poured hot caramel sauce over it, melting the top layer of chocolate to a chorus of “ooohs”. Peanut butter ice cream accompanied the layered chocolate mousse and cream bar, which was a delectable (albeit incredibly rich) combination of some of my favourite foods.
The waiter flipped the tarte tatin onto a plate from its copper pan at the table and drizzled crème anglaise over it, while we watched in eager anticipation. Tarte tatin is another of my favourite desserts and this was excellent, with its crisp, buttery puff pastry and well-cooked and spiced caramelised apples.
- Wonderful French food and great service
- The duck egg entree is a must
430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 9691 3838
W: Bistro Vue
Where is your favourite French restaurant? Leave a comment and let me know!