Having enjoyed an incredible meal at Guillaume Brahimi’s flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, I was keen for an opportunity to visit Bistro Guillaume, so J and I headed over to Crown on a beautiful sunny day for lunch. Bistro Guillaume is a gorgeous lunch venue. The restaurant is bright and airy, the dining room strikingly outfitted with dark-stained wooden floorboards and furniture, with bright green detailing injecting a splash of colour, and attention-grabbing puffy, skirt-like lights hanging from the high ceilings. The covered terrace is also a perfect way to enjoy a relaxed meal on a warm day.
When dining at a French restaurant, leaving room for dessert is a must, so we decided to skip the entrees and jump straight to mains. For J, chargrilled king salmon with heirloom tomato, confit asparagus, shaved fennel, lemon and dill. Perfectly cooked salmon, tender vegetables and a good hit of acidity to cut through the richness; a fantastic way to celebrate spring produce.
I had the steak frites (300 days grain fed Rangers Valley sirloin) with bearnaise sauce and a watercress salad. The steak was bang-on medium rare, tender and juicy, the fries exactly how thick-cut fries should be and the bearnaise sauce beautifully silky.
Dessert was a tarte tatin. Whereas Bistro Vue’s version is all about the sticky, chewy pastry, Bistro Guillaume’s tarte really highlights the apple. The thickly cut fruit was tender and not too sweet, without an overpowering caramel sauce, sitting on a thin layer of flaky, buttery pastry. Delicious warm with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.
We finished with coffee and cute little raspberry macarons.
Bistro Guillaume hits the mark in executing simple, honest food very well. And it just feels so authentically French; sitting in the restaurant, we could easily have been lunching in a rue parisienne rather than along the Yarra in Melbourne. I’m looking forward to returning to try some of the plats du jour. I think I also saw chocolate delice on the dessert menu :P