Bistro Guillaume

 

Summary: Great quality produce at bistro prices. The only thing missing was Guillaume himself LOL.

 

ADDRESS: Crown Entertainment Complex/8 Whiteman St, Southbank (MELBOURNE)

PHONE:  (03) 9292 4751

WEBSITE: www.bistroguillaumemelbourne.com.au

OPENING:  Lunch &  Dinner 7 days

BOOKING REQUIRED: Required for Dinner. Recommended for Lunch

LEVEL OF CASHOLA REQUIRED: $36- $40 for Mains

CUISINE: French

 

FLICKS VERDICT:



THE “PEOPLES VERDICT”

Many people are raving about the awesome food however the service left a lot of the patrons unimpressed

 

IT’S REVIEW TIME!

 

I had high expectation from Guillaume establishment in Melbourne purely on the basis he had already proven himself to create brilliant tucker (from a previous dinner at Bennelong).

 

I was a little scared of the entrance- bright green doors, however (as the brave food lover I am) I managed to get myself through these doors and visibly relaxed when I saw the rest of the interior was not overpowering green. I’m not sure if I could stomach my dinner if the walls were plastered in the same vibrant green.

 

 

Green Doors  The Green Entrance- “Enter if you Dare”


The menu in my opinion was perfect, (not too many dishes but enough to struggle to only choose 1). The best thing is it was even published on the internet so you can select before you go!


To start, Mr FYF chose the oysters. They looked and tasted if they were freshly shucked- which should be mandatory for all restaurants! I decided against a starter- leaving valuable room for dessert!


Freshly shucked oysters
Freshly shucked Oysters with shallots and red wine vinaigrette

 

I ended up choosing the duck for mains. The only complaint was it was slightly overcooked (medium-well) and the skin was a little chewy. Though in saying this, the duck was still delicious.
Mr FYF went for the pork belly. Actually if I’m telling the truth; I may have persuaded him to choose it (as I was deliberating if I should have it or the pork). It was cooked perfectly and the apple and cabbage garnish help cut through the richness of the pork.

Pork Belly & Roast Duck

Roasted Duck Breast with carrot & orange puree with endive and radish
Berkshire Pork-belly with pickled cabbage and apple salad


Dessert time! I seem to automatically choose the dessert with the title containing salted caramel. In this instance the ‘Chocolate and Salted Carmel tart’ was no exception. The tart had a perfect line between the salted caramel and chocolate- it was incredible. Even when cutting a slice to serve- there was no knife marks. Mr FYF did shake his head when the first thing I did was squish it with my fork- just to see if it was possible to make an imperfection- which it was! It tasted as good as it looked! I will be returning again just for another piece of that tart.

 

Valrhona Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with rum and raisin ice cream  Valrhona Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with Rum and Raisin Ice cream


To finish we had coffee and an extra large macaroon- to see us through the cold weather Melbourne had going on. The macaroon was one of the better ones I had had! I suppose Guillaume is the god of French cuisine!

The lower prices (compared to Bennelong) and quality food will definitly see us back again!

 

Interior of Restaurant  


THE LOCALE, DECOR AND VIBE:

Green! Using the menus as placemats was a fun addition.

 

LETS’ TALK PEOPLE POWER:

Service at the start was brilliant however it was hard to get hold of a waitress when the restaurant became busier.

 

NOM NOM NOM:

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart!

 

FROWN FACTOR:

If I had to choose it would be the slight over cooking of the duck- however it was still delicious

 

WHAT WE ATE:

6 Freshly shucked Oysters with shallots and red wine vinaigrette.
Roasted Duck Breast with carrot & orange puree with endive and radish
Berkshire Pork-belly with pickled cabbage and apple salad
Valrhona Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tart with rum and raisin ice cream
Large Macaron with coffees

 

me and Guillaume   Meeting Guillaume (note: this was taken 6 months previously)

 

 

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