The crème de la crème, the va va voom, the foodie's first choice, the backbone of every quality palate, French cuisine is still as glamorous as it ever was. Melbourne has always had a bit of a den for French culture and the city's culinary scene is no exception. Whether you're after the perfect macaron or a mouth-watering steak tartare, you won't be disappointed by what the city has to offer. Here's five of our Frenchie favorites:
If there's one thing we can always count on a Gallic chef for, it's a world-class steak. Enter Entrecôte, a Parisian-style steakhouse that delivers some of the best classic French cooking in Melbourne. Their steak tartare de la maison is a thing of beauty. The pasture fed Angus beef is cooked to perfection and served chargrill. It's accompanied by cornichons, shallot, capers, egg yolk, sauce d'epices and pomme gaufrettes – basically, it's Paris on a plate. You can't go wrong with the steak sandwich, while the Yasa Osietra caviar is perfect for those craving something a little more extravagant. End your meal in style with the crème brûlée traditionelle, a vanilla bean custard topped off with a layer of hard caramel.
Paris In Melbourne
The French do breakfast better than everyone else. From baguettes at the Boulangerie to crepes at the Café de Flor, it's just… cooler, right? With Paris in Melbourne, you can get a luxury French-style breakfast delivered right to your front door. They let you mix and match, so you can get exactly what you're after. Croissants? Sure. Chocolate croissants? Absolutely. Almond croissants? 100%. There's no such thing as too many croissants in our book. Add in a pain aux raisins and some authentic French jam, and you've got a brekkie spectacular they'd be happy with on the Rue Cler!
Paris Go Bistro
Think about your favorite French dish. Done? OK, now go and read Paris Go Bistro's menu. Chances are it's on there. They serve all the Gallic classics, from elegant filet béarnaise to cotlette de porc – it's a real Francophile's paradise. With Deliveroo, you can get all these mouth-watering French goodies delivered right to your dining room table. Talk about a moveable feast!
We've got one word for you: macarons. With flavors including salted butter caramel (swoon), coffee & praline, pistachio, orange blossom, raspberry & chocolate and peppermint & chocolate, this is the indulgent French dessert we've all been waiting for. Colorful, dainty and sweet as anything, By Josephine brings a little bit of that French patisserie glamour to Melbourne. Très chic.
A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro
For French cuisine with an Aussie accent, A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro is the place to go. Try the kangourou a la bouffe, a kangaroo fillet served with sweet potatoes, sautéed baby spinach, poached pear, chocolate glaze and jus. It's gorgeous French cooking, but unmistakably Australian. If seafood is your thing, the ravioli a la langouste et aux crevettes might be the dish for you. This lobster and prawn ravioli, served in a creamy bisque sauce, is a true showstopper. There's also plenty of veggie options, while the plateau de fromages is a great choice for those who believe, like all civilized people, that the French do the best cheese in the world. Ooh la la.
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