Thursday, September 06, 2007

C'est Bon

Introduction: In the heart of Port Melbourne at 396 Bay St this pleasing restaurant is as French as its' name
Ambiance: In a large stylishly outfitted wooden floored room with good space between white linen covered tables speaks of a good quality surburban restaurant

Service: So efficient that I found it a little abrupt

Food: We ate through a moderate amount of the menu and were generally well satisfied. The quiche with generous serve of bugs on a camembert filled tarte was quite excellent. quenelles were pleasant without being outstanding as were the duck salad and the Tarte with tomato a salad with tomato and fetta cheese.

Each of the mains - roasted rabbit, a little dry, the crispy skin duck sauce a little lacking , pork and the eye fillet were also very good but all missed out on being excellent. Portions were a good size as were the side dishes of French fries and beans
Desserts were variable. The Creme Brulee was the best example of this dish i have ever had. The chocolate mousse, on the other hand was very ordinary
Wine: Moet by the glass excellent as was sauv/blanc and the 2002 Chateau Rame bordeau very good value at $42/ bottle
Price; At the top end for a bistro at the 'Paris end' of Bay St We paid $360 which included a 10% tip

Comments: I love French food and there are still so many things on this menu that I want to try I will come back again

Score: 14/20

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