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Full most nights, busy over lunch and a de rigeur dinner spot in certain local circles; bustling, noisy France-Soir has the panache of a Parisian bistro. Wins are celebrated, deals done and rock stars come and go. In this tiny Melbourne restaurant, it's as much about expert service and casual bonhomie from theatrical, French speaking waiters who deftly weave around close-set tables, as it is about the carte that's changed little over 26 years.
Anyone craving a taste of Paris in Melbourne look no further than Bistro Vue. Taking in a Modern European bistro feel, the chefs here incorporate classic French techniques into their wholesome cooking. With the venue being housed in a visually rich environment that resets the pendulum on Parisian styling and French cuisine in Melbourne, Bistro Vue is a sophisticated gem. At Bistro Vue's heart, Bar Vue is Melbourne most charming, French-inspired bar. With a striking zinc/oyster bar and delightful courtyard, classic French treats pair delightfully with icy cold craft beer, smart Parisian-edged cocktails and curated wine list.
This amazing 1887 landmark heritage warehouse building has been given a modern restoration by award winning architect/designers Russell & George, who have taken inspiration with the design from the 1960 classic French film ‘À Bout de Souffle’ and its legendary charismatic lead actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.
Morris Jones is all about great food, great cocktails, a relaxed social atmosphere, our beautiful garden courtyard and the fantastic old heritage building that has so much rich history.
La Cassolette is a little place in the city where you will find traditional French and European food cooked slowly- slowly, as at home.
La Cassolette would like to offer any one, the possibility to enjoy all these meals who make you dreaming and record you when you were overseas: Bœuf Bourguignon, Pot au Feu, Poulet basquaise, Cassoulet…
You will find French staff, speaking the language of Voltaire who will serve you in a warm and intimate setting reminiscent of Montmartre in Paris or brewery amongst the towers of La Defense in Paris while overlooking a beautiful park towards the Yarra River.
Bistro Thierry was created with a single purpose: to give customers a chance to experience all the ambience, warmth and hospitality of a bistro in Lyon or Paris. From its striped black and white awning to the guillotine style bread board awaiting diners at the bar, the décor and lively atmosphere are unmistakably Gallic.
To quote one of our bloggers HenryNSW “Wonder where the local French go for a taste of home? Wonder no more”. A La Bouffe is where you will experience true French hospitality. When the French back home get together with friends and family to prepare a meal, when all the chopping, mixing and baking is done, the cook calls out “a la bouffe” let’s eat, and everyone sits down to enjoy their home cooked meal. That is what you will experience at A La Bouffe – an informal, friendly and delicious experience. No pretensions, just good friendly service and delicious food. When French visitors are feeling home sick for some Cream Brulée or Clafoutis (traditional sour cherry pudding) this is where they visit.
Jacky Frenot and Gabrielle Dewan, owners of A La Bouffe Bar & Bistro invite you to come to our little corner of France in the middle of Prahran and South Yarra shopping precinct and indulge your senses with our extensive range of popular traditional French dishes and contemporary style dishes as specials. Try our Seafood Millefeuille, puff pastry with mussels, scallops and prawns in seafood bisque. Or our Pavé a La Bearnaise, grass fed Goulburn Valley beef thick eye fillet, Pommes Sarladaises, green salad and Béarnaise sauce . Just two samples from our menu. There is an extensive wine list featuring French and Australian wines, aperitifs and beers.
We are across the road from the Como Palace Cinema and we are open to late. So after the film, finish off a perfect evening with a glass of wine or champagne, or a coffee and one of A La Bouffe’s signature desserts.
As MoMo & Coco describe A La Bouffe: “beautiful heartfelt food delivered by unpretentious staff in an utterly elegant setting….Overall, A La Bouffe is a fine showcase of rather authentic, accessible French luxury….”
Mr Mason is a French inspired restaurant & bar featuring a lounge & dining area, as well as an outdoor terrace. Located in the heart of the CBD within the 530 Collins building.
Mr Mason’s menu is produce driven cuisine at its best, changing weekly (with a few French classics that always remain) our menu reflects a casual, rustic sensibility. Mr Mason boasts a boutique one page wine list; everything is by the glass, because we want you to try them all.
Open for lunch & dinner Monday – Saturdays and closed on Sundays. Mr Mason is also available for hire for private events 7 days a week.
Drop in and experience our menu created using our homegrown produce, sensational coffee, and the beautiful surroundings, all nestled along the banks of the Plenty River.
We have a delectable selection of homemade tapas, tarts, pies, salads, muffins & cakes. And our breakfasts are becoming renowned in the area!
We also cater for children with a great kids menu full of healthy, tasty meals sure to tantalise little tastebuds.
On Friday and Saturday evenings we are now serving our French and Spanish inspired dinner menu.
The restaurant opened in Fitzroy North in 2004 and has since then become a destination for Francophiles and food enthusiasts in the area and beyond. Built mainly on word of mouth, our clientele comes to us to enjoy genuinely French dishes crafted from local and seasonal ingredients matched with quality beverages selected from our eclectic wine and beer list.
The highly acclaimed Chef Heston Blumenthal is flying his restaurant The Fat Duck to Melbourne. The three Michelin starred restaurant in Bray London will be closing for renovations in December and will relocate to the five-star Crown Towers hotel in Southbank.